Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967) was a lawyer, professor, author, Governor, Parliament member, Finance Minister, and democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran.

Mossadegh fought both internal corruption and British colonialism, enacted social reforms and nationalized the Iranian oil industry.

In 1953, he was overthrown by a British-American coup, arrested and tried as a traitor in military tribunal court. It was the CIA's first successful dismantling of a foreign government, and Iran has not known democracy since.

“There is no better way to govern Iran than democracy and social justice!” — Mohammad Mossadegh

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"It's a sad story that really began in the 1950's..."
- President Bill Clinton

"Why did we, our government, help overthrow Mossadegh in 1953? It had to do with oil. So our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests."
- Congressman Ron Paul

"Lord knows what we'd do without Iranian oil."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government."
- President Barack Obama

“Many of our covert moves [during the Cold War], such as the Bay of Pigs and the overthrow of Mossadeq in Iran, were ill conceived and cost us dearly.”
- Former U.S. diplomat George C. McGhee

"[T]hat was a disruption of what could have and should've been a natural development of democracy with Iran..."
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"Iran had a democratic government which was overthrown because of oil."
- Congressman Dennis Kucinich

"Iran is a clear example of the West trumping basic democratic and human values to address its short-term political and economic goals."
- Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

"That's ancient history..."
- President Jimmy Carter

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