History Repeats Itself – Again and Again

On this day, 61 years ago, in 1953, the CIA paid some provocateurs and organized some protests in Tehran, the capital of Iran, against the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, who had nationalized the oil industry because it was being looted by the predecessor of British Petroleum, and put the tyrannical dictator and US puppet, the Shah, back on the throne, who ruled for the next 25 years, until he was toppled in the 1979 revolution.

They did the same thing the following year, in 1954, in Guatemala, then in 1960, helped the Belgians arrest and assassinate Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, and then helped overthrow another democratically elected president, Salvador Allende of Chile, in 1973. Then, in early 80’s, President Reagan gave arms and money to the “Contras” of Nicaragua in a bid to overthrow that government, too. The list of interventions is long indeed.

Fast forward to President Obama who publicly admitted what the US did to the Iranian people in 1953 was wrong. But, then, about a week ago, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland publicly bragged that Washington had poured $5 billion into Ukraine in a bid to take it over. And in Venezuela, leaked documents showed US involvement in creating the current unrest and sabotage against democratically elected President Maduro, in a bid to overthrow the government and install one that would be friendly towards US multinational corporations.

When you read past presidents’ statements, before and after their elections, you always find discrepancies, lies and false promises, but, I can’t find any previous president who was as rightwing, war mongering, pro-Wall-Street and pro-big and monopoly corporations, while at the same time pretending to be different and caring for the people, as Obama. Indeed, he is a phenomenon. If what distinguishes Republican and Democratic presidents is that Republicans’ actions are more consistent with their words, then between them, I prefer a Republican.


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