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Listen to the state-‘guided’ US media this past week and you’d believe a series of spontaneous anti-government protests broke out across Iran. The protests, according to President Donald Trump and his Israeli allies, were caused by `anger over Iran’s spending billions on wars in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and helping the Palestinian movement Hamas.’ Trump tweeted that Iranians were finally rising up against what he called their hated, brutal regime.

Talk about manufactured news. Most Iranians were elated and proud of their nation’s role in thwarting US plans to occupy much of Syria and overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. By contrast, the other side in this long proxy war – the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Britain – was smarting with defeat and seeking ways to exact revenge on the hateful trio, Syria, Iran and Russia.

Interestingly, the so-called news of protests over Iran’s military spending did not apparently originate in Iran but rather in Washington which spread it far and wide to our state-guided media. This was clumsy, but the US and Israel were so eager to get this piece of made-up good news out that they forget the basics of propaganda management: wait for the event before you proclaim it.

What in fact was going on in Iran where more than 21 demonstrators have died violent deaths? As a very long-time Iran watcher allow me to explain.

Restive minority groups in Iran’s Kurdish, Azeri and Sunni Arab regions, most far from the big cities, have been demonstrating and protesting severe economic problems. Iran is a big, resource-rich nation of 80 million people that should be booming. But it has been under economic siege warfare by the US and its allies ever since a popular uprising in 1979 overthrew the US-British backed monarchy that was raping the nation and keeping it a vassal of the western powers.

Iran’s new Islamic Republic was deemed a dire threat to Western and Israeli strategic and military interests (think Saudi Arabia). The very idea that the Islamic Republic would follow the tenets of Islam and share oil wealth with the needy was anathema to London and Washington. Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, ran Iran’s dreaded, brutal secret police, Savak. The crooked royal family looted the nation and stored their swag in California.

The West’s first act was to induce Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran, in Sept 1980. The West (including the Gulf Arabs) armed, financed and supplied Iraq. As I discovered in Baghdad, Britain and the US supplied Iraq with poison gas and germ warfare toxins. After eight years, 250,000 Iraqis were killed and nearly one million Iranians died.

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Ever since the Islamic Revolution, the US, Britain, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arabs have been trying to overthrow the Tehran government and mount a counter-revolution. CIA and Britain’s MI6 has ample practice: in 1953, the CIA and MI6 mounted an elaborate operation to overthrow Iran’s democratically-elected leader, Mohammed Mossadegh who sought to nationalize Iran’s British-owned oil company. Mobs of specially trained anti-Mossadegh plotters poured into Tehran’s streets. Bombs went off. Army commanders were suborned, lavish bribes handed out.

The 1953 coup went perfectly. Mossadegh was ousted with backing from the Army and Savak. Iran’s oil remained safe in western hands. The successful Iran uprising became the template for future ‘color revolutions’ in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Russia, Poland, and Romania.

But in 2009 a US-engineered ‘color revolution’ in Iran went badly wrong even though it used all the latest arts of social media to whip up protestors and deploy them in the streets. Something similar happened in Iran this past weekend where mobs of 20-somethings, agitated by US and British covert social media, poured into the streets of dingy provincial towns.

As of now, this medium-sized uprising in Iran looks to be over, though it could re-ignite at any time. Young Iranians, at least 40% of the population, suffer due to 50% unemployment. Iran’s $1 trillion economy is extremely fragile and in some cases barely functioning after decades of US-engineered economic warfare and boycotts. High unemployment is a result of US economic warfare and bullying other nations not to do business with Iran, producing 13% overall unemployment and a 40% inflation rate. The latter and wide-scale corruption were the spark that ignited the latest riots.

In two more weeks, President Trump, who makes no secret of his hatred and contempt for Muslims, must decide whether to reaffirm the multilateral nuclear energy deal with Iran or heed Israel’s demands and refuse to certify it. His cutoff this week of US military aid to Muslim Pakistan bodes ill for Iran.

Many Iranians observing the current US-North Korea nuclear standoff will wonder if their nation was not better off continuing its nuclear program and holding the Saudi oil fields at risk to deter a US attack. Trump’s wild, inconsistent and often infantile responses on this issue are making matters murkier…and ever more dangerous.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. KA says:

    “Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.

    “Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq and it’s a very dangerous course for them to be following. They are already committing daily acts of war against US and British forces,”

    The official said US commanders were bracing for a nationwide, Iranian-orchestrated summer offensive, linking al-Qaida and Sunni insurgents to Tehran’s Shia militia allies, that Iran hoped would trigger a political mutiny in Washington and a US retreat.

    The administration official also claimed that notwithstanding recent US and British overtures, Syria was still collaborating closely with Iran’s strategy in Iraq.” May 2007 Simon Tisdall

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/may/22/iraq.topstories3

    You see the lies that bind the newspaper columnist and USA’s warlords!!

    Vety soon after this write-up , USA liberated ISIS from prison and from foreign lands ,gathered them together from the disparate mixture of foreign fighters who populated the roster of Al Qaida and unleashed them on
    Shia.

    But per the narrative Al Qaida and Shia were plotting to topple American the warlords from the Board Of Director of the company known as Freedom Democracy Liberty .
    Iran is learning so has Russia and EU . Hope they extend the learning to the underlying philosophies that govern USA’s behaviors.

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  2. @KA
    "Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.

    "Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq and it's a very dangerous course for them to be following. They are already committing daily acts of war against US and British forces,"

    The official said US commanders were bracing for a nationwide, Iranian-orchestrated summer offensive, linking al-Qaida and Sunni insurgents to Tehran's Shia militia allies, that Iran hoped would trigger a political mutiny in Washington and a US retreat.

    The administration official also claimed that notwithstanding recent US and British overtures, Syria was still collaborating closely with Iran's strategy in Iraq." May 2007 Simon Tisdall
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/may/22/iraq.topstories3
    You see the lies that bind the newspaper columnist and USA's warlords!!

    Vety soon after this write-up , USA liberated ISIS from prison and from foreign lands ,gathered them together from the disparate mixture of foreign fighters who populated the roster of Al Qaida and unleashed them on
    Shia.

    But per the narrative Al Qaida and Shia were plotting to topple American the warlords from the Board Of Director of the company known as Freedom Democracy Liberty .
    Iran is learning so has Russia and EU . Hope they extend the learning to the underlying philosophies that govern USA's behaviors.

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    underlying philosophies that govern USA’s behaviors.

    Translation: Israel gets what Israel wants.

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  3. US is screwing with Iran. Good deal I say. Why all this constant moaning here in defense of the Persian-Shia supremacists? Those fellows are at war with us, starting with the act of war of occupying our embassy in 1976. The supreme leaders there proclaim “Death to America” every chance they get . We have been too lenient. They should have been reduced to the level of Somalia by now.

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    Are the Iranians chanting "Death to America" any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant "Death to Iran"? Other than that you do your chanting on the internet?

    Did you not read about the attack by the CIA on the Iranian people in 1953?

    The best thing we could do is to being all our troops home from the Middle East, end all aid to every other nation, let Israel sleep in the bed it has made, and mind our own business. Nothing in the Middle East is any responsibility of the American people.
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  4. So the CIA and Mossad have agents all over Iran, including Qom, something that the Iranian authorities are, of course, oblivious to.

    And are the reports that Ahmadinejad’s been arrested true?

    He’s certainly stopped tweeting at least in English:

    https://twitter.com/ahmadinejad1956?lang=en

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    So I guess this means Ahmadinejad is a U.S. agent. Who knew? I mean, other than Margolis ...
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  5. @edgeslider
    US is screwing with Iran. Good deal I say. Why all this constant moaning here in defense of the Persian-Shia supremacists? Those fellows are at war with us, starting with the act of war of occupying our embassy in 1976. The supreme leaders there proclaim "Death to America" every chance they get . We have been too lenient. They should have been reduced to the level of Somalia by now.

    Are the Iranians chanting “Death to America” any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant “Death to Iran”? Other than that you do your chanting on the internet?

    Did you not read about the attack by the CIA on the Iranian people in 1953?

    The best thing we could do is to being all our troops home from the Middle East, end all aid to every other nation, let Israel sleep in the bed it has made, and mind our own business. Nothing in the Middle East is any responsibility of the American people.

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    Excellent points.
    , @edgeslider
    I agree with the sentiment that the US should butt out of the ME, just not by showing both of its bare butt cheeks to be slapped around while doing so.
    , @MEexpert

    Are the Iranians chanting “Death to America” any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant “Death to Iran”?
     
    What about Israel's Mossad killing Irani engineers and scientist? They are only chanting "Death to America or Israel" but the US and Israel are actually assassinating Irani professional, sabotaging there power structure with "Stuxnet" and other viruses.
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  6. Right on top, Chris. You are so right!

    Peace

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  7. Iran poses no threat to the US whatsoever.

    “Allies” Israel and Saudi Arabia are nothing but.

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  8. Realist says:
    @Chris Mallory
    Are the Iranians chanting "Death to America" any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant "Death to Iran"? Other than that you do your chanting on the internet?

    Did you not read about the attack by the CIA on the Iranian people in 1953?

    The best thing we could do is to being all our troops home from the Middle East, end all aid to every other nation, let Israel sleep in the bed it has made, and mind our own business. Nothing in the Middle East is any responsibility of the American people.

    Excellent points.

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  9. CalDre says:

    US is screwing with Iran. Good deal I say. Why all this constant moaning here in defense of the Persian-Shia supremacists?

    Persian-Shia supremacists? LOL, the only true supremacists in the ME are the Jews. You don’t see the Persians ethnically cleansing other groups and occupying their lands. You don’t see the Persians lobbying and infiltrating Washington to get the US puppets to destroy their neighbors.

    Those fellows are at war with us, starting with the act of war of occupying our embassy in 1976.

    The acts of war occurred in 1953 when the US overthrew Iran’s government and installed a savage dictatorship. The US embassy staff were an occupying force. Iran had every right to arrest every single person in the embassy as an illegal occupying force, which was intimately involved in the crimes the Shah committed against the Iranian people. Those embassy personnel were murderers, torturers, kidnappers and thugs. They got off easy.

    The supreme leaders there proclaim “Death to America” every chance they get .

    Actually they don’t, and they certainly don’t chant “Death to America”. Given your general stupidity, you obviously don’t speak a foreign language. Translations are wide open to abuse, and no more so, than when someone’s enemy does the translation. What they are really chanting is “Down with America”, using the proper translation, and what they really mean is “Down with American Imperialism and Interference in Iranian Affairs”. Of which there has been a lot (US being the successor to British imperialism / occupation / war crimes in the region).

    We have been too lenient. They should have been reduced to the level of Somalia by now.

    Would make me much happier if your home and family were destroyed instead. For you are a truly evil war-mongering criminal. Though even that, I don’t wish for, as I am nowhere near the deep realms of hatred, supremacism and evil as you.

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    Yes Persian-Shia supremacists. The Jews are not the only supremacists in the ME or in the World. So quit your one dimensional thinking and one track Jew hatred.
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  10. Meimou says:

    In two more weeks, President Trump, who makes no secret of his hatred and contempt for Muslims

    Sigh. Why would unz publish this nonsense? We can read articles filled with vapid commentary anywhere.

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    Eric Margolis has Mohammedans in his family and is therefore a traitor.
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  11. @Meimou

    In two more weeks, President Trump, who makes no secret of his hatred and contempt for Muslims
     
    Sigh. Why would unz publish this nonsense? We can read articles filled with vapid commentary anywhere.

    Eric Margolis has Mohammedans in his family and is therefore a traitor.

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    Trumps family is full of yids,
    He should be hanged.
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  12. KA says:

    2005

    ASSAD (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): We will deal with every situation through the U.N. If it happens, I cannot really go into a hypothesis at this point. However, there is no such safe haven or camp of the kind to be bombed.
    AMANPOUR: Mr. President, you know the rhetoric of regime change is headed towards you from the United States. They are actively looking for a new Syrian leader. They’re granting visas and visits to Syrian opposition politicians. They’re talking about isolating your diplomatically and, perhaps, a coup d’etat or your regime crumbling. What are you thinking about that? http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/10/12/alassad.transcript

    They are looking for a leader a new leader who once identified can choose either Syria or Iran to rule ( or may be Russia even )

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  13. @Thorfinnsson
    Eric Margolis has Mohammedans in his family and is therefore a traitor.

    Trumps family is full of yids,
    He should be hanged.

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  14. Miro23 says:

    Trump’s wild, inconsistent and often infantile responses on this issue are making matters murkier…and ever more dangerous.

    I wouldn’t see anything happening with Iran until MBS gets his ARAMCO IPO payoff. Then he has to fulfill his part of the bargain, and get an Iran War rolling – of course, with a whole new collection of US investors crucially interested in the outcome.

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  15. Margolis got it completely right on this one. While it may have begun as a people demonstrating against poverty brought on by neoliberal policies, it was quickly highjacked by pro-yankee sedition as could be seen when the violence ramped up and english phraseology appeared on the signs. Social media is also frequently used as part of the yankee colour revolution playbook. Now that it is apparent that the protests are one more psycho-op by the yankee state and its manifold crew of satellites, it is also apparent that treason is involved, and the protests have disappeared.

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    • Replies: @TAquinas
    Rather than "apparent" you should say alleged. There is certainly no evidence in this article that "the protests are one more psycho-op by the yankee state and its manifold crew of satellites,". Further, the presumption that anyone speaking their mind, if they happen to be saying something that one doesn't approve of, is engaged in treason, shows an authortarian mindframe, more suitable for the Trump White House than a supposedly "progressive" website.
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  16. L.K says:

    Overall, a good article by Margolis.

    One minor criticism is that Margolis repeats the hugely exaggerated alleged Iranian death toll in the Iran-Iraq war as nearly 1 million. Often this figure is repeated & it is baseless… it appears to be based on the heavily inflated Iraqi claims.
    Eric Margolis:

    As I discovered in Baghdad, Britain and the US supplied Iraq with poison gas and germ warfare toxins. After eight years, 250,000 Iraqis were killed and nearly one million Iranians died.

    Iranian official figures for fatalities, both military and civilian( this apparently including MIA) is 213.000, revised up from the circa 195.000 previously stated( military dead 123.220 + 60.711 MIA + 11.000 dead civilians).
    Source: Neighbors, Not Friends: Iraq and Iran after the Gulf Wars by Dilip Hiro.

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    The gas I found in Iraq was sold to Saddam by the USA purchased from France and manufactured in Spain Gas is illegal so all countries involved are guilty of criminal intent .
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  17. @Chris Mallory
    Are the Iranians chanting "Death to America" any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant "Death to Iran"? Other than that you do your chanting on the internet?

    Did you not read about the attack by the CIA on the Iranian people in 1953?

    The best thing we could do is to being all our troops home from the Middle East, end all aid to every other nation, let Israel sleep in the bed it has made, and mind our own business. Nothing in the Middle East is any responsibility of the American people.

    I agree with the sentiment that the US should butt out of the ME, just not by showing both of its bare butt cheeks to be slapped around while doing so.

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    Go phuck yourself. Always looking for an excuse to murder more and lose more money away. Get out,stop the war crimes now
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  18. @CalDre

    US is screwing with Iran. Good deal I say. Why all this constant moaning here in defense of the Persian-Shia supremacists?
     
    Persian-Shia supremacists? LOL, the only true supremacists in the ME are the Jews. You don't see the Persians ethnically cleansing other groups and occupying their lands. You don't see the Persians lobbying and infiltrating Washington to get the US puppets to destroy their neighbors.

    Those fellows are at war with us, starting with the act of war of occupying our embassy in 1976.
     
    The acts of war occurred in 1953 when the US overthrew Iran's government and installed a savage dictatorship. The US embassy staff were an occupying force. Iran had every right to arrest every single person in the embassy as an illegal occupying force, which was intimately involved in the crimes the Shah committed against the Iranian people. Those embassy personnel were murderers, torturers, kidnappers and thugs. They got off easy.

    The supreme leaders there proclaim “Death to America” every chance they get .
     
    Actually they don't, and they certainly don't chant "Death to America". Given your general stupidity, you obviously don't speak a foreign language. Translations are wide open to abuse, and no more so, than when someone's enemy does the translation. What they are really chanting is "Down with America", using the proper translation, and what they really mean is "Down with American Imperialism and Interference in Iranian Affairs". Of which there has been a lot (US being the successor to British imperialism / occupation / war crimes in the region).

    We have been too lenient. They should have been reduced to the level of Somalia by now.
     
    Would make me much happier if your home and family were destroyed instead. For you are a truly evil war-mongering criminal. Though even that, I don't wish for, as I am nowhere near the deep realms of hatred, supremacism and evil as you.

    Yes Persian-Shia supremacists. The Jews are not the only supremacists in the ME or in the World. So quit your one dimensional thinking and one track Jew hatred.

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    Jews are filthy with money and corruption. Look at their games on Wall St. One day the jewzi scheme they have built will crash down, and they will be running for the sewers, because people KNOW what the jews about, despite the fact that many of them are smart and heros. Problem is at least half of them are scum willing to kill arabs, americans and anyone else that gets in the way of their rise to whatever promised land they think they deserve.

    These are a people who don't learn from history. THey don't just seek to gain wealth, they seek to gain power their numbers can't justify. They must always enter like a parasite, and then the animal dies, and the parasite is then hunted. You would think they would grow up, but they are the chosen ones.
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  19. Continuing its nuclear program. Implies it has nuclear welcomes program:a lie
    This silent should read Gareth Porter.

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  20. @edgeslider
    I agree with the sentiment that the US should butt out of the ME, just not by showing both of its bare butt cheeks to be slapped around while doing so.

    Go phuck yourself. Always looking for an excuse to murder more and lose more money away. Get out,stop the war crimes now

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  21. This was a no-brainer. If the US establishment press is saying it is raining outside, then you know it’s zero humidity and 105 degrees.

    Oh, and yes of course the US is all about the Iranian people. That’s why we’re backing them on their nuclear power aspirations.

    I know a lot of Iranians that came over when the Shah was in power, one is the son of a former heavyweight boxing champ, Mahbod Seraji. He wrote “Rooftops over Tehran”. If you’re reading this old buddy: Hawkeye Tae Kwon Do and Iowa wrestling. You know who I am.

    I love all you guys and I am sorry, for everything these assholes in our government have done to your people.

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  22. CalDre says:

    Yes Persian-Shia supremacists. The Jews are not the only supremacists in the ME or in the World.

    And what is this evidence of Persian Shia supremacism? And whom are they ethnic cleansing?

    So quit your one dimensional thinking and one track Jew hatred.

    LOL, some ad hominem attacks to back up your baseless accusations, how divine.

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  23. MEexpert says:
    @Chris Mallory
    Are the Iranians chanting "Death to America" any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant "Death to Iran"? Other than that you do your chanting on the internet?

    Did you not read about the attack by the CIA on the Iranian people in 1953?

    The best thing we could do is to being all our troops home from the Middle East, end all aid to every other nation, let Israel sleep in the bed it has made, and mind our own business. Nothing in the Middle East is any responsibility of the American people.

    Are the Iranians chanting “Death to America” any different than you and your Israel First buddies that chant “Death to Iran”?

    What about Israel’s Mossad killing Irani engineers and scientist? They are only chanting “Death to America or Israel” but the US and Israel are actually assassinating Irani professional, sabotaging there power structure with “Stuxnet” and other viruses.

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  24. I remember the filmed reports from the 1979 uprising. Huge crowds in the streets of the big cities. So big in fact that the Shah could not bring himself to order the police and armed forces to open fire on them.
    Although I could not ask the demonstrators why they were in the streets I must assume that relatively few of them had been prompted by Allah. They were there for national pride. I have a hunch that national pride and not religion is still the primary political motive of the people of Iran with regards to external pressures. As long as the religious leaders are in line with that pride they will be tolerated/supported.

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  25. The 1953 coup went perfectly. Mossadegh was ousted with backing from the Army and Savak. Iran’s oil remained safe in western hands. The successful Iran uprising became the template for future ‘color revolutions’ in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Russia, Poland, and Romania

    .

    Add Guatemala to the list in 1954 to salvage the fortunes of the United Fruit Company.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Fruit-American-Guatemala-Expanded/dp/067401930X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515860521&sr=8-1&keywords=bitter+fruit+book

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  26. Mr. Kyle says:

    Taking our troops out of the Middle East is not an option. Controlling the trade of oil and the vast reaches of our military, forcing the USD as a reserve currency in most nations around the world, keeps the over-inflated US dollar relevant. If we were to pull out and lose control of that oil market, which is only traded in USD, the dollar would crumble. Russia would take over as the global dominant. Don’t you see, we are stuck. For the sake of every citizen within the US, the Middle East must suffer from our acts of control

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  27. TAquinas says:

    Although this is article is entitled “Trump’s Failed Coup in Iran” it offers absolutely zero evidence in support of that claim other than the (completely unsubstantiated) claim that protestors in 2009 and now were agitated to protest the regime through U.S. and British social media, as if they had no wills of their own. In fact later he admits that “High unemployment … and wide-scale corruption were the spark that ignited the latest riots.” What is particularly despicable in this article is the way that Mr. Margolis attempts to portray all opponents of the Iranian regime as U.S. puppets, much the same way the Soviet Union branded all dissidents as foreign agents and, indeed, the U.S. government labelled anti-Vietnam protestors as “Soviet stooges”. It is unfortunate that Mr. Margolis, while attempting to present himself as an openminded individual, in fact himself engages in the worst types of authortarian thinking – assuming any opponent of one’s own point of view is necessarily a puppet of some larger power rather than a person with his own opinion. The crushing irony is that Mr. Margolis would doubtless become outraged if any one claimed that protestors against Trump were the agents of Al-Qaida, for example. It appears that in Mr. Margolis’ view, only the children of the West have the right to protest to seek change in their goverment without being accused of treason.

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  28. TAquinas says:
    @exiled off mainstreet
    Margolis got it completely right on this one. While it may have begun as a people demonstrating against poverty brought on by neoliberal policies, it was quickly highjacked by pro-yankee sedition as could be seen when the violence ramped up and english phraseology appeared on the signs. Social media is also frequently used as part of the yankee colour revolution playbook. Now that it is apparent that the protests are one more psycho-op by the yankee state and its manifold crew of satellites, it is also apparent that treason is involved, and the protests have disappeared.

    Rather than “apparent” you should say alleged. There is certainly no evidence in this article that “the protests are one more psycho-op by the yankee state and its manifold crew of satellites,”. Further, the presumption that anyone speaking their mind, if they happen to be saying something that one doesn’t approve of, is engaged in treason, shows an authortarian mindframe, more suitable for the Trump White House than a supposedly “progressive” website.

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  29. TAquinas says:
    @anony-mouse
    So the CIA and Mossad have agents all over Iran, including Qom, something that the Iranian authorities are, of course, oblivious to.

    And are the reports that Ahmadinejad's been arrested true?

    He's certainly stopped tweeting at least in English:

    https://twitter.com/ahmadinejad1956?lang=en

    So I guess this means Ahmadinejad is a U.S. agent. Who knew? I mean, other than Margolis …

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  30. William says:

    The vicious, inhuman ten year blockade of Iraq after the first Gulf War was managed by Israel dedicated neo-cons and dual national Israeli/Americans. It showed just how spiteful and hate filled the Israelis were, but it also showed just how supine and cowardly U.S. officials were. The U.S. and Britain maintained a deadly choke hold on all imports into Iraq until the number of deaths caused began to approach the definition of genocide.
    Israel was the driving force behind U.S. lack of humanity then, and it now maintains its own death hold on Gaza. Israel’s treatment of the inhabitants of Gaza is just as brutal and inhumane as was the embargo of Iraq.
    Now Israel and its supporters in the U.S. are doing everything in their power to bring economic devastation to Iran, but their ultimate goal is to bring about war between Iran and the U.S.
    The U.S. congress is criminal in its sniveling, groveling willingness to spend any amount of U.S. tax dollars and shed any amount of U.S. blood for Israel in order to keep American Jewish money flowing into their campaign coffers.
    This American is ashamed and heart broken by the treasonous behavior of his government.

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  31. @edgeslider
    Yes Persian-Shia supremacists. The Jews are not the only supremacists in the ME or in the World. So quit your one dimensional thinking and one track Jew hatred.

    Jews are filthy with money and corruption. Look at their games on Wall St. One day the jewzi scheme they have built will crash down, and they will be running for the sewers, because people KNOW what the jews about, despite the fact that many of them are smart and heros. Problem is at least half of them are scum willing to kill arabs, americans and anyone else that gets in the way of their rise to whatever promised land they think they deserve.

    These are a people who don’t learn from history. THey don’t just seek to gain wealth, they seek to gain power their numbers can’t justify. They must always enter like a parasite, and then the animal dies, and the parasite is then hunted. You would think they would grow up, but they are the chosen ones.

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  32. eric says:
    @L.K
    Overall, a good article by Margolis.

    One minor criticism is that Margolis repeats the hugely exaggerated alleged Iranian death toll in the Iran-Iraq war as nearly 1 million. Often this figure is repeated & it is baseless... it appears to be based on the heavily inflated Iraqi claims.
    Eric Margolis:

    As I discovered in Baghdad, Britain and the US supplied Iraq with poison gas and germ warfare toxins. After eight years, 250,000 Iraqis were killed and nearly one million Iranians died.
     
    Iranian official figures for fatalities, both military and civilian( this apparently including MIA) is 213.000, revised up from the circa 195.000 previously stated( military dead 123.220 + 60.711 MIA + 11.000 dead civilians).
    Source: Neighbors, Not Friends: Iraq and Iran after the Gulf Wars by Dilip Hiro.

    The gas I found in Iraq was sold to Saddam by the USA purchased from France and manufactured in Spain Gas is illegal so all countries involved are guilty of criminal intent .

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