You are a bit naive. While you are right, of course millions of Arabs haven’t died at the hands of America or the West- that’s a fantastic exageration- the West, and the US in particular, has meddled in that part of the world to it’s detriment.
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The west has meddled, but make sure what countries you are including.
Britain was more involved in this. They had a very large number of colonies in the world, including America at one time, and had a lot of influence in the Mid-East. But if you are dealing with tribal and ethnic boundaries, then you would have to have thousands of countries over there. And you forget the Ottoman Empire, which also cut way beyond ethnic, racial, and tribal lines.
Get information from here with a quick overview of their history.
[quote]The US (with Britain) overthrew the popularly elected Prime Minister of Iran and replaced him with The Shah (puppet), to control the oil of Iran.
The US backed the Shah’s secret police in silencing resistance. [/quote]
Ah, the “popularly elected” Prime Minister. It is annoying to keep seeing people think this was a democratic election, where anybody could become Prime Minister. Each candidate was hand selected, and pre-approved before any election.
And the Shah was already in power there, so we didn’t need to put him in power.
But yes the Iran stuff was not America’s brightest hour, nor Britton’s.
At this time the cold war was going on, and fear of communism was very strong, Briton was losing control of those oil fields, and was pressuring America to help overthrow the Prime Minister. At first America didn’t go along. The following quote explains how that changed.
"In March 1953, an unexpected development pushed the plot forward: the C.I.A.'s Tehran station reported that an Iranian general had approached the American Embassy about supporting an army-led coup.
“The newly inaugurated Eisenhower administration was intrigued. The coalition that elected Dr. Mossadegh was splintering, and the Iranian Communist Party, the Tudeh, had become active.”
So an Iranian General came to us. The government was already having troubles, and probably would not have stood for long anyway. America just didn’t want it to go to the USSR. This was a war about oil, and communism.
Now again as far as there being proper elections, this quote does bring it into doubt.
"Dr. Mossadegh had by now figured out that there was a plot against him. He moved to consolidate power by calling for a national referendum to dissolve Parliament.
“The results of the Aug. 4 referendum were clearly rigged in his favor; The New York Times reported the same day that the prime minister had won 99.9 percent of the vote. This only helped the plotters, providing ‘an issue on which Mossadegh could be relentlessly attacked’ by the agency-backed opposition press.”
Also you seem to act as though we just went in and took over, all by our little selves. But this was a matter of us supporting, though strongly influencing, one power over the other. The Shah was already powerful, and had the power to install a new Prime Minister, but needed a reason. America and Britton engineered that reason.
Just don’t forget that the Prime Minister at that time just came to power because the previous one was assassinated.
It is best to look at the whole history, and not put out some sound bite that twists things to make it seem worse then it was.
I don?t think anyone has the full truth about this. Nobody has proven Reagan actually knew what was going on. But this does show that we should never deal with terrorists, and was a bad idea.
And this is a complete myth, based on a misunderstanding of events. There were actually two factions fighting, and we supported one financially, but the other hated America, and wanted nothing to do with it. They received no financing from the United States.
People mistakenly assumed that when we supported one group, Osama was with that group. At the time if Osama even heard anyone speaking English, they would be put to death.
[quote]The US’s support for Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war, even though the US knew Saddam was using chemical weapons.
Most of Iraq’s pre^Gulf war weapons programs and rockets were built by American companies. [/quote]
Again saying that most programs were built by American countries is wrong. We were a bit player in all of this. And are you sure we dealt with him after we found out about his used of Chemical weapons?
Off the top of your head? No wonder it is wrong. You fell for all the propaganda and lies. There is real history, not just the MTV version, and it is more complex then your myopic view seems to indicate.
For example after the “overthrow” in Iran, we had peace with them, until the Ayatollah Khomeini took American Hostages, which must have been how he thanked us for treating his cancer.
Also history is not a simple as anyone makes it out to be. Even the most detailed history leaves out 90% of the details. And these events are not so black and white. The biggest Anti-American sentiment is created by those who wish to use it to build their power. And with our support of Israel, they have an excuse.