Iraq, Iran, whatever.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current president of Iran, is a very dangerous man. he had this to say 3 weeks ago: "Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps. Any historian, commentator or scientist who doubts that is taken to prison or gets condemned. Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, if the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe—like in Germany, Austria or other countries—to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it." holocaust deniers should not be in charge of nations. he is the first president to take an extremely anti-US stance, but after a little investigation, who can blame him? from 1951-1953, Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh was the freely-elected prime minister of Iran. after nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the US and UK deposed Mossadegh in a plan called Operation: Ajax. we replaced him with Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who had been in power before the democratic elections. Pahlavi ruthlessly silenced dissidents by using his newly formed SAVAK, or secret police. understandably, iranians were upset at having gained a democracy, only to have it destroyed because it did not match western oil needs (iran is OPEC's 2nd largest oil producer). this led to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which deposed Shah Pahlavi and empowered the infamous Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. it also began the Iran Hostage Crisis, which lost Carter the election and handed the presidency to Ronald Reagan. in becoming Supreme Ruler of a populist theocratic republic, Khomeini was seen as a threat by surrounding arab countries, leading to the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988. Oddly enough, Iran and Iraq are the only two countries where Shia Muslims outnumber Sunni Muslims. Ayatollah Khomeini died in 1989, only to be replaced by the Ayatollah KhAmeini, then president of Iran. It was under Khameini that Ahmadinejad went from being a marginalized governor of Tehran to President of Iran. I took solace in the fact that the president of Iran does not control the military, until i discovered his unusually close connection to the current Supreme Leader, who DOES have control of the army. widely thought to be Khameini's protege, Ahmadinejad is the second president ever to kiss the hand of the Supreme Leader (a significant event), and it is believed Khameini's son was largely responsible for Ahmadinejad's political success. so what i mean to say is, we are directly responsible for the situation we find ourselves in. history is a bitch.

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