Armed and Traitorous
August 4, 1976 — The Charleston Gazette

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This Charleston, West Virginia newspaper questioned the excessive military buildup under the Shah in an editorial.

Iran Doesnít Need Stockpile of Arms

Most of Iran is situated on a 4,000 foot plateau surrounded by mountains. This lofty setting is providential. Otherwise during the last four years Iran might have sunk below sea level from the weight of U.S. purchased arms: $10 billion worth.

Omar Kayyam would have difficulty enjoying that loaf of bread and jug of wine with his mistress: too many U.S. tanks running about the landscape.

Why do Iranís 36 million people need so vast a defense arsenal?

Thatís what the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would like to learn.

Since 1972, the number of American military advisers and technicians stationed in Iran has jumped 8,000 to 24,000 ó another source of worry to the committee.

Unlike the Persian Empire Cyrus the Great and Darius fashioned years ago from Greece to India, todayís Iran canít cope with the military system it has bought and is continuing to buy from the United States. Thus, by 1980, the committee estimates, 60,000 military specialists will be in Iran.

As is the case in so many societies governed by despots, the likelihood of the military systemís being used, not to repel aggressors but to put down rebellion, must be faced. The shah of Iran isnít celebrated for his democratic teachings and style of living, and torture has become a staple of his rule.

Clearly someone should put a halt to this unholy, uncalled for selling. Since our arms manufacturers and Pentagon arenít apt to, it will be up to Congress.

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Related links:

Protestors Say Violence Shows Depth of Hatred Against Shah | UPI, Nov. 18, 1977

Iranians Should Worry | The Chicago Sun-Times, February 21, 1977

House Panel Spreads Blame For Spook Goof | UPI, January 25, 1979

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