Condemning Al Jazeera’s Distortions of Truth
The report suffers from various problems.
Mossadegh was Prime Minister, not President. What kind of a moron makes this kind of mistake!!!!!!!!
The report interviews two great sources, but why the hell the report does not show what these great sources had to say about the role of the Shia clerics in the CIA coup in 1953???? This report is FISHY. It stinks. It is disgusting to hide the truth and engage in shameful propaganda.
Abrahamain on the role of Ayatollah Kashani:
In Nov. 1951, the British Embassy reported that Kashani was so disgruntled with Mosaddeq that he had put out “feelers” in many directions, including the royal court and the U.S. Embassy. “The Americans,” reported the British Embassy, “have told us in the strictest confidence that he [ Kashani] has been in touch with them. His main thesis is the danger of communism and the need for immediate American aid.”
Two weeks after the coup in an interview Kashani said that Musaddiq was guilty of high treason and had to be punished by death.
Khomeini and the coup
And this is the reactionary Khomeini on Mossadegh. Khomeini was happy that the CIA overthrew Mossadegh because if Mossadegh was not overthrown by the CIA, then Mossadegh would have undermined Islam.
Among those who closely worked with the CIA and the Shah during or after the coup are: Ayatollah Abolqassem Kashani, Kashani’s son, Ayatollah Mohammad Behbahani, Hojatolislam Mohammad Taqi Falsafi, Grand Ayatollah Brujerdi, and Fadaian Islam.
The CIA mobilized the Fadaian Islam, the main Islamic fundamentalist group in Iran at the time, infamous for numerous assassinations, including an assassination attempt on Dr. Hossein Fatemi, who was Mossadegh’s foreign minister, as well as a foiled plan to assassinate then prime minister Mossadegh himself. The day after the coup, Fadaian Islam’s newspaper described the coup as “an Islamic revolution,”1 and stated:
“Yesterday Tehran was shaking under the manly feet of the soldiers of the Muslim and anti-foreign army. Musaddiq, the old blood-sucking ghoul, resigned… under the annihilating blows of the Muslims… All governmental centers were captured by the Muslims and the Islamic army”
Grand Ayatollah Brujerdi
After the coup, Brujerdi publically supported the Shah, who badly needed support in the immediate aftermath of the coup. In his public cable, Brujerdi expresses “joy” to have received the Shah’s message and writes:
“To His Royal Majesty, may God protect his kingship… It is hoped that Your Majesty’s return to Iran is blessed [by God] and will be the cause of the improvement of religious objectives, the glory of Islam and the tranquility of the Muslims”
Hassan Ayat is one of the fundamentalists in the Majles Khobregan that wrote the fundamentalist constitution. Ayat wrote a book attacking Mossadegh. The Islamic Republican Party (IRP), the fundamentalist party wrote a preface to Ayat’s book.
The IRP provided a preface to Ayat’s book attacking Mossadegh in the following words:
“Many political parties and groups whose roots are linked with the obvious and not so obvious agents of Britain and America (e.g., the National Front)… and ten other groups had one thing in common which was their praise for Musaddiq… The martyred Ayat never walked the misguided path of the nationalists. Since his early youth, because of his correct identification of this satanic path and his familiarity with the real character of Musaddiq, Ayat launched a staunch struggle against Musaddiq and his followers”
In conclusion, this report is misleading. I condemn it. An HONEST report on the CIA coup should tell the TRUTH that the Shia clerics strongly and closely cooperated with the CIA in the 1953 coup against Dr. Mossadegh.
The question is WHY is this report refusing to tell the truth???????????????
Shame on charlatans.