Part Three: Why They “Hate Us”: Bringing “Regime Change” and “Democracy” to
by Juan Santos
Larry Everest suggests that “…it would be willful disbelief to ignore the growing danger of a
The Bush regime understands clearly that simply obliterating
In the early 1950s the
Afterward, under the totalitarian reign of Shah Reza Pahlavi, the
Its instrument was the secret police agency SAVAK, created and supplied by the CIA, and whose 15,000 agents were trained by
SAVAK censored the media and gathered intelligence, spying on every aspect of Iranian political life, while annihilating political dissidents by assassination and execution. Amnesty International estimated that there were as many as 100,000 political prisoners in
The methods of torture used in SAVAK’s special prisons and torture chambers included inserting broken glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, brutally pulling teeth and nails, beatings, anal rape, tying weights to the genitals, electric shock, whipping, and many others.
Amnesty reported that during the Shah’s reign
As one critic noted “Poverty, despair, and torture defined the lives of
Once the Shah was gone, the
George W. Bush now claims the Iranians are a backward people who hate the
Armed with the facts, one might conclude otherwise; that Iran has already experienced a US sponsored “regime change” and that there are altogether different reasons why any Iranian in her or his right mind would hate and oppose the US Empire.
It comes as no surprise that, having had their own democracy overthrown by the US, Iranians would offer a flat “No” to US claims that it’s exporting “democracy” and “freedom” rather than torture, degradation, poverty and regional dominion.
If many Iranians want nothing to do with the West at all, that’s no wonder, either.