Fidel Castro on Mossadegh, Iran, Israel
Cuban Dictator Slams U.S. Imperialism, Cites 1953 Coup

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project | July 14, 2010                    

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro on Premier Mossadegh, Iran, Israel, and U.S. Imperialism

Although Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro ceded power to his younger brother Raúl Castro in 2008, he still writes a regular column titled Reflections.

In June 2010, three such columns invoked the history of the 1953 CIA coup which toppled the legal government of Premier Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran. Then in July, while meeting with Cuban ambassadors in Havana, Castro said publicly that the current U.S. pressure on Iran is an exact duplication of what it did to Mossadegh in the 1950’s — a relatively common leftist meme.

In addition to discussing Iranian affairs and its contested nuclear dossier, the aging dictator condemned Obama, Israel, and of course, U.S. imperialism.

El Imperio y la Guerra (The Empire and War)
June 1, 2010 - 11:35 am

When Obama spoke at the Islamic University of Al-Azhar of the “overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government” and immediately added that “Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in kidnapping and acts of violence against soldiers and civilians...”, he was referring to the revolutionary movement promoted by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, from Paris, without a single weapon, crushing the most powerful armed forces that the U.S. proxy regime had in South Asia. It was very difficult for the most powerful country in the world to resist the temptation to set up one of its military bases there, south of the USSR.

Over five decades ago, the U.S. crushed another absolutely democratic revolution when it overthrew the Iranian government of Mohammad Mossadegh. He was elected Prime Minister of Iran on April 24, 1951. [April 28, 1951] The Senate approved the nationalization of oil, which had been his banner cause, on May 1st of that year. “Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries,” he declared, “have failed to produce results so far.”

It is obvious that he was referring to the great capitalist powers that control the global economy. Iran took possession of the premises of the intransigent British Petroleum [BP], which was then called the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

It was not possible for the country to train technicians. Britain had withdrawn its qualified staff, and responded with a blockade of markets and spare parts. It then sent its Naval fleet of war to threaten combat. As a result, Iran’s oil production declined from 241.4 million barrels in 1952 to 10.6 in 1953. Under these favorable conditions, the CIA organized the coup that overthrew Mossadegh, until his death which took place three years later. [Mossadegh died over 13 years later, not three] The monarchy was restored and a strong U.S. ally came to power in Iran.

The U.S. has done exactly the same with all other countries, since that nation was created on the richest soil of the planet, it never respected the rights of indigenous people who lived there for millennia, nor blacks who were imported as slaves by the British colonizers.

I am sure, however, that millions of intelligent and honest Americans understand these truths.

President Obama can make hundreds of speeches, trying to reconcile irreconcilable contradictions at the expense of truth, dreaming of the magic of well-articulated phrases, while making concessions to individuals and groups completely devoid of ethics, and draw fantasy worlds that only fit in his head, while unscrupulous advisers, knowing his tendencies, plant these in his mind.

Two questions required: can Obama enjoy a second presidential term without the Pentagon or the State of Israel, whose behavior does not comply with all decisions of the United States, if they use nuclear weapons against Iran? What will life on our planet be like after that?

El Imperio y la Mentira (The Empire and Falsehood)
June 3, 2010 - 11:16 am

I had no choice but to write two comments on Iran and Korea, which account for the imminent danger of war with the use of nuclear weapons. In turn, I have also expressed the view that one of them could be overcome if China decided to veto the resolution that the United States is promoting in the United Nations Security Council. The other depends on factors beyond any possibility of control, due to the fanatical behavior of the State of Israel, the United States turned to its present safe nuclear power status, that does not accept any control of the superpower.

During the first U.S. intervention to crush the Islamic Revolution [??? — nationalist and democratic movement] in June 1953 [August 1953], and, in defense of their interests and those of its close ally the United Kingdom, which brought to power Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Israel was a small state that still had not seized almost all the Palestinian territory, from Syria and some of neighboring Jordan, previously defended by the Arab Legion, of which not even a trace remains.

Today, hundreds of rockets with nuclear warheads, supported by the most modern aircraft that the United States supplies, threatens the security of all states in the region, Arabs and non-Arabs, Muslims and non-Muslims, who are susceptible to the large radius of its missiles, which can fall a few meters from their targets.

El Zarpazo al Acecho (The Blow on the Prowl)
June 10, 2010 - 11:59 am

It is therefore very likely that the blow is postponed for a few weeks, and may even be forgotten by most people in the hottest days of summer. It should be noted, the cynicism with which Israeli leaders meet press interviews in the coming days, where they will be bombarded with questions. Fittingly, they will raise the intensity of their demands before pulling the trigger. They yearn to repeat the history of Mossadegh in 1953, or to take Iran back to the Stone Age, an appealing threat for the powerful empire [U.S.] in its dealings with Pakistan.

The hatred of Israel against the Palestinians is such that it would not hesitate to send a million and a half men, women and children from that country to the crematoriums where the Nazis exterminated millions of Jews of all ages.

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[Castro then quotes from Barack Obama’s statements on the new U.S. sanctions against Iran]:

I selected these sentences from his brief speech to show how feeble, weak and unjustifiable the policies of the powerful [U.S.] empire are.

Obama himself admitted in his speech at the Islamic University of Al-Azhar in Cairo that, “In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government”, although he did not say when it happened or what the purpose was. He may not even remember how the coup was carried out against Mossadegh in 1953, to install the government of the dynasty of Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, [Mohammad Reza Pahlavi] armed to the teeth which, as its main policeman in the region of the Middle East, the satrap [puppet regime] accumulated an immense fortune, derived from the oil wealth of that country.

At that time, the State of Israel did not possess a single nuclear weapon. The [U.S.] empire had a huge and unstoppable nuclear power. It was then that the United States came up with the adventurous idea of making Israel its police in the Middle East, which now threatens a significant portion of the world population, and is able to act with its characteristic rebelliousness and fanaticism.

• The preceding excerpts from Fidel Castro’s column Reflexiónes were translated from their original Spanish.


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