When kids are fighting in the playground and are separated by the teacher they always try to establish who started it. I was walking along minding my own business when he punched me in the face and took my lunch money. The teacher knows this is true because the kid has a bloody nose, is sobbing and has no lunch money. The other kid is looking at the ground and has his hands (and the lunch money) in his pocket. Our natural sense of justice demands that we discover “who started it”.
US Army Major (ret.) Danny Sjrusen who writes for (the admittedly left-wing) AntiWar.co, has written a good article called Who Started It?: A (Reverse) Timeline Of US/Iran Retaliations. The article has also been published by Zero Hedge (the link above is to the Hedge). Now Zero Hedge is known for its “robust” comments section. This is to be expected because you get pro-Zionist Hasbara trolls, anti-Muslim trolls,antisemitism, white supremacists, racists, misogynists etc commenting (apologies if I have forgotten anyone LOL). However, this free (and often abusive) exchange of comments and ideas often produces very good links and/or good observations. It is a case of sifting through the dross and sometimes holding your nose. So, I have chosen some of the best links and comments below together with my own introduction. I have not attributed the comments because they are anonymous (using an avatar)…..but a thank you to the commenters.
Introduction: This comment placed a link to the CIA website. The point being that even the Central Intelligence Agency admits on their own website that a coup was staged in Iran (1953).
All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
The usual response to this by the trolls is that “We built the oil infrastructure and invested in the country then the commies went and nationalized it. They stole our stuff and we kicked *** blah, blah (some more jingoism and swearing LOL). The true story is somewhat different (as usual). Before the US the Brits were in control and the Oil company eventually became BP. The problem was (as usual) that the money flowed to a corrupt Iranian elite (isn’t that always the case?) and so when the elected Government of Iran could not negotiate fair royalties etc they nationalized the industry. That is what happens when you refuse to share and act like a bully. The history is fully explained by this link (provided by the commentator):
Iran’s George Washington: Remembering and Preserving the Legacy of 1953 By Sam Sasan Shoamanesh
The Anglo-Zionists started it. They are the bullies. That does not mean that Iran is without blame or somehow perfect. However, the verdict of history is clear and Trumps actions are about to put the icing on the cake.