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
"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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Ervand Abrahamian: 1953 Coup About Control, Not Communism
Eisenhower's Diary Confession of Anti-Mossadegh Coup in Iran
VIDEO: NBC TV's Camel News Caravan Footage Discovered
Right-Wing Broadcaster Fulton Lewis, Jr. Sees U.S. Role in 1953 Coup (Oct. 1953)
The “Dime Novel” Hoax: How President Eisenhower's Words Were Twisted
1952: TIME Readers Irate Over Mossadegh as 'Man of the Year'
No Drone Warfare: President Obama's Speech Disrupted
LIFE Urges U.S. to Get Muslim World To "Stop Hating Us" -1952
North Korea and Iran vs. USA: Cold War Origins of the Conflicts
Dr. Mossadegh's 1967 U.S. Obituary Lacks Truth, Class
Proof Transcends Trust: The Story of “Rumor of the Century”
H. Norman Schwarzkopf Denied Role in Iran Coup. The CIA Contradicts Him
Poet Mehdi Akhavan Sales Pays Tribute to Mossadegh (VIDEO)
Barack Obama: 1953 Iran Coup "Seismic", Continues to Haunt Us
George McGovern Examines US Foreign Policy and Terrorism
British Meddling in Middle East Irks Truman, Acheson (1951)
Correcting Washington Post journalist Tara Bahrampour
Famed writer Iraj Pezeshkzad (My Uncle Napoleon) remembers Dr. Mossadegh
Mossadegh's National Press Club Speech, Through the Media Lens
Philadelphia 1951 — Mossadegh Evokes Liberty, Spirit of '76
VIDEO: Obama and Shimon Peres' New Message to Iranians
Saying goodbye: the death of Dr. Mossadegh - March 5, 1967
From 1979: "Selective Outrage" Over Iran Hostage Ordeal
Christopher Hitchens: 1953 Coup in Iran was an "Atrocity"
Hillary Clinton Admits 1953 Iran Coup a Mistake, Hypocritical
1944: Mossadegh Slams Tudeh Party (Communists) in Iran
Indecent Proposals, 1951: Oil, Iran, and the Anglo-American Art of Non-Negotiation
Our Comments in National Portugese Magazine Re: BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Newt Gingrich on Iran: His False Predictions and Phony History
Iran National Front Spokesman Asghar Parsa's Memoirs
Premier Mossadegh's Final Norouz — March 1953
MOSSADEGH IN EGYPT: A Hero's Welcome (Photos & Info)
Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's Nuclear File, Sanctions, Trust
University Protests in Iran Continue (Student Day / 16 Azar)
"Blowback" in Philippines Massacre — CNN's Maria Ressa
US Institute of Peace Corrects "Iran Primer" Errors... Sort Of
US Funded "Iran Primer" Needs Editing — by Arash Norouzi
Obama Talks Nukes & Sanctions in BBC Persian Interview (9/24)
All the Sham's Men: the CIA's Communist Charade in Iran
Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro on Iran, Israel, Mossadegh...
VIDEO: 1984 BBC Program on Iran Oil "Crisis" in Abadan
Our Response to Maziar Bahari's Negligent "An Iranian Odyssey"
Tales of Dr. Mossadegh's Impeccable Character
Howard Zinn on American Empire & Iran [VIDEO]
Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Iran Ashura Day Violence
MOSSADEGH, Islam and Ayatollahs (MUST READ)
Russell Baker on Media Fakery, Mossadegh's Death
Fareed Zakaria on Iranian Nationalism, US Diplomacy
Mossadegh and Zia Saltaneh -Over 64 Years of Marriage
MOSSADEGH - My Childhood Memory, by Dr. Norouzi
Ron Paul on Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy and "Blowback"
Charles Krauthammer's Political Distortions re: Iran [VIDEO]
Former Hostage Chuck Scott: US-Shah Alliance Blowback
Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's Medical History Revealed
Flashback: Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down by U.S. Navy
Jack Straw Praises Dr. Mossadegh, Criticizes Coup
Jello Biafra's Letter to Obama Cites 1953 Coup History
Joe Biden Speech Transcript: Meeting the Iranian Challenge
IRAN: The Nuclear Assumption [Arash Norouzi]
US and Shah Acted Illegally, Not Mossadegh
Allen Ginsberg: Iran Was OUR Hostage For 27 Years!
CIA Director Michael Hayden Evades Coup Query
GANDHI and MOSSADEGH- Masculinity At Its Finest?