Posted September 14, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important lesson of all the lessons of history.”
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Democracy is defined by most people as a form of government where the vote of the people determines the leaders and directions of their respective cities, counties, states and countries.
The people of the country of Iran democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 as their leader. Due to the fact that Iran had large deposits of oil inside their national boundaries, and that the government unanimously decided to nationalize that oil, their only natural resource, the United States and Britain engineered a coup to overthrow Mossadegh and replace him with the Shah of Iran. The Shah de-nationalized Iran’s oil and he reigned over the country until the revolution of 1979 forced him to flee to America.
The people of the country of Guatemala democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz to be their leader in 1954. Due to the fact that Guatemala had excellent farmland for growing fruit inside their national boundaries, and that the government decided to begin land reform, where land holders of over 100,000 acres would turn over any land over that amount to the government for peasants to work and live on, the United States engineered a coup to overthrow Arbenz and install a leader more aligned with the interests of the United Fruit Company.
The people of the country of Chile democratically elected Salvador Allende as their leader in 1973. Due to the fact that Chile had a large quantity of copper inside their national boundaries, and decided to gain a greater percentage of the profits from extraction and sale of that copper, the United States engineered a coup to overthrow Allende and install Augusto Pinochet.
Of note is that Henry Kissinger was one of those who masterminded the 1973 coup, and he was recently sitting at the table with Barack Obama and members of his cabinet, evidently there for his “wisdom”.
This is the year 2013. Has not humanity seen enough?
- Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown – By J. Dana Stuster (foreignpolicy.com)
- A Chile to remember: exclusive video report on 1973 coup (voiceofrussia.com)
- “Make the Economy Scream”: Secret Documents Show Nixon, Kissinger Role Backing 1973 Chile Coup (democracynow.org)
- Iran considers lawsuit against US over 1953 coup (theguardian.com)
- CIA finally admits it masterminded Iran’s 1953 coup (rt.com)
- Iran to sue US for taking part in 1953 coup (aljazeera.com)