The US obsession with Iran includes oil and gas. Without those two tools, a strong American emphasis on the nation since a U.S. age is difficult to imagine. The CIA backed Iran’s elected government in 1953 to the present day by a coup. The above related Foreign Policy journal is focused on decategorized CIA papers and sums up the coup.
No surprise. In 1953, Iran used to be an oil power, and today it remains one. Iran is estimated to have the world’s third-largest oil reserves and its second-largest reserves of natural gas. Although there is a somewhat inflated number, Iran’s reserves are not small and it is expected that for many future years the country will play an important role in world energy markets.
In the recent escalation of US-Iran tensions, due to the U.S. murder of a prominent, popular and, in every respect, extremely efficient Iranian general, advocate warfare will have the opportunity to find all sorts of excuses for such a war: terrorism, regime change, US credibility, Iran’s nonexistent weapons.
The deep historical antagonisms developed beginning with the CIA-supported coup of 1953 will not be discussed. For instance, people remember that, during Iran-Iraq war, the United States provided Saddam Hussein economic aid, technology for dual-use, training and arms in other countries
Saddam invaded Iran, believing that right after the 1979 revolution he was able to benefit from the instability in this region. During this Iraq war, large Iranian cities including Tehran were assaulted with ballistic missiles and poison gas.
The focus of Iran on America, its military, intelligence and diplomatic activities abroad, is only a mirror image of Iran’s US-focused global intelligence network and its allied surgeries that Iran uses to target the United States and its allies.