|MOSCOW LEANING PM: Mohammad Mossadeq.|
The CIA has finally admitted its role in the 1953 coup in Iran that removed a populist, Soviet-leaning prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq.
The strikingly successful CIA operation strengthened the Shah, who subsequently ruled Iran for 26 years as a modernizing and staunchly pro-Western monarch.
Not for nothing did the Kremlin try to assassinate the Shah. High-ranking KGB and satellite spy service defectors claimed the Shah was the target of various assassination attempts by Soviet agents.
|Khomeini precursor Kashani and Mossadeq.|
At the end of the day, Iran's king, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, underestimated the power and ruthlessness of the mullahs; and his failure to crush the clerical fascist menace when this was still possible led to his ouster and exile, and to the revolution that has made his country's name synonymous with barbarism, terrorism, and war … and a mad march toward atomic armageddon.
|Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran.|