Mohammed Mossadegh

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Mohammed Mossadegh (1882-1967) was a member of the Majlis (the Iranian legislature) from its beginning into the 1950s. Mossadegh became Prime Minister of Iran and nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. He had also good relationships to the Communist Tudeh Party. Many believe that Mossadegh was democratically elected, but in fact during this time Iran was not a democracy, but a monarchy, and the election was a fraud. The Shah had the right to appoint and dismiss the prime minister, and while still in power after the election, he asked the CIA to depose him.[1][2] Mossadegh even behaved like a dictator himself. He imprisoned thousands of his opponents. Some of Mossadegh´s former allies wrote to the United Nations to end his dictatorship.[3]

In 1953 Mossadegh was overthrown by CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt's grandson. This event was called a "coup", but actually the CIA only reinstated Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, more commonly known as the Shah of Iran, who was the constitutional rightful leader.

Quotes

  • Anyone forgetting Islam is base and dishonorable, and should be killed.[3]

References

  1. https://www.nationalreview.com/nrd/articles/302213/myths-mossadegh
  2. https://www.thenewamerican.com/component/k2/item/4690-iran-and-the-shah-what-really-happened
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://www.nationalreview.com/nrd/articles/302213/myths-mossadegh/page/0/1