Animosity between U.S. and Iran goes back before 1979

In a recent Herald, David Ignatius discussed hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, which he claims began in 1979, with the takeover of our embassy there. Shame on you, Mr. Ignatius, for misleading your readers. You, as a journalist, should know better.

The story begins in 1953, when the Iranian people elected Mohammed Mossadegh, a leader who had the audacity to believe that the profits from Iranian oil should belong to the people of that country. This did not set well with American oil companies, so they had our CIA overthrow the democratically elected leader of Iran and install a puppet government led by Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. He was our boy! Not only did he hand his country’s resources over to American corporations, he set up his own Gestapo to hunt down and “disappear” any citizens who dared to oppose him.

This went on for 26 years, until the Iranians took back their country via the takeover of our embassy and the capture of the Americans who worked there, as well as the expulsion of the hated shah.

Take a look at the situation now. Imagine if the Iranians parked two aircraft carriers and a destroyer in the Caribbean Sea, and built military installations in countries adjacent to ours, and sent drones over our territory to surveil us. Imagine if Iran had the power to cripple our economy as we do theirs, and viciously did so. Would we not respond with hostility? I am a history teacher, and I believe that we should tell the truth. The Iranians did not start this; we did.

Gina Parry

Snohomish

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, June 1

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Work ahead even if county can move to Phase 2

While easing restrictions would be welcome, there’s much to be done to get the economy going again.

Commentary: Officers’ actions in Floyd’s death not by the book

Their treatment of a suspect went against the training expected of law enforcement officers.

Commentary: It’s no longer Trump’s economy; it’s the pandemic’s

While the economy is likely to improve, it may not recover quickly enough to help Trump in November.

Don’t sign petitions against K-12 sexual health education

Please offer your strong public support to implement comprehensive sexual health education… Continue reading

Everyone should follow the advice of experts

None of us has ever been here before. Previous epidemics, with the… Continue reading

Mueller report still relevant and important

The purpose of this letter is revive a simple truth, one that… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, May 31

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: State officials’ pay raises poorly timed

Set by a citizen panel a year ago, the raises begin just as the state needs to make deep budget cuts.

Most Read