Last week I was approached by some friends who had expressed concern about the escalated tension between the United States and Iran. One of them was fully convinced that had President Donald Trump not pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last year, we as Americans would not have been on the brink of war. True, Trump’s decision may have triggered the recent animosity, but this contention, as with others in the Middle East, began decades ago as the result of the Deep State, i.e., the clandestine network entrenched inside the government, bureaucracy, intelligence agencies, and other governmental entities.
For those of us who are old enough remember when the the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was ousted in 1979, we also recall that it inadvertently led to the 444-day hostage crisis when young Iranian students broke into the American embassy in Tehran holding American personnel captive. What was not clear back then as is more transparent today is how deeply involved the Deep State was in creating that chaos, as in other parts of the Islamic world.
Pahlavi’s ousting appears to have been something in the making by the Deep Sate for years. This was a déjà vu when the CIA deposed Iranian Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh from power in 1953 after he tried to nationalize his nation’s oil. That was the year that the CIA, which was called into existence in 1947 when the US government was being converted to a national-security state, targeted Iran with its first regime-change operation. The CIA had asked President Harry Truman for permission to initiate a coup to help the British oil companies, which the CIA knew would destroy the Iranian people’s experiment with democracy. To his everlasting credit, Truman said no. That didn’t stop the CIA, however. As soon as President Dwight Eisenhower became president in 1952, the CIA renewed its request for a coup, arguing that Mossadegh was a “communist.”
Mossadegh’s removal restored the young Shah Pahlavi to power, thereby giving the élite someone they could manipulate in order to administrate Iran’s oil commerce. Nevertheless, by the 1970s the Shah, notwithstanding the abuses of the SAVAK, was able to restructure Iran into a highly developed society through educational, land, and juridical reforms; the suffrage of women; and the creation of efficient hospitals, as well as legislating religious freedom. He also made his country one of the main global competitors of petroleum. When he tried to nationalize his country’s oil, which would have meant that countries the United Kingdom and America would no longer dictate policy in Iran, he was ousted. After this, in November 1979 President Jimmy Carter gave Pahlavi asylum in the United States for humanitarian reasons, while simultaneously helping Ayatollah Khomeini, who was in exile in France, gain control of Iran and institute the same Islamic theocracy President Donal Trump is trying to contend with.
Another conflict the US Deep State supposedly created in the Middle East was the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The Soviets, as initially reported, invaded the country in order to expand its atheistic doctrine. The truth of the matter is that it was in response to US covert operations in the region, which had been well in place for six months, with the apparent aim to overthrow the Communist People’s Republic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) — coed education had been introduced in elementary schools by the PDPA and women were able to teach and where not required to wear the burqa. This began to change when the US government backed the drug-trafficking Mujahideen—the forerunners of the Taliban and ISIS—to oust the PDPA. (There is actual video footage showing then-US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski directly inciting the Mujahadeen rebels in Pakistan.)
As US drug adviser to President Carter, David Musto, said, because “we [went] into Afghanistan to support the opium growers,” moderate Sufi leaders in the countryside were replaced by radical ones. This was due to massive financial support from agents of the Pakistani Inter-Services, funds that came from both the United States and Saudi Arabia, which were allocated toward jihadist ends.
According to Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway of The Washington Post, “The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code.”
Former US Representative and Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz holds that the liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal, meanwhile every office in his executive branch had worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness testimony, destroy federal records, classify embarrassing information, and retaliate against truth tellers. In his book, The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda, Chaffetz speaks of an entrenched leadership within the civil service, which includes conservatives, that resists exposure, accountability, and responsibility. At the highest levels, they fight back, outlast, and work the system for their own advantage. A present-day product of their intrigues seems to be the US embassy in Badhdad’s Green Zone, the largest one in the entire world.
It covers an area of 104 acres, six times larger than UN headquarters in New York and ten times larger than the new embassy Washington is building in Beijing — which is just 10 acres. One may ask why? According to Iraqi Sheikh Qassim Al Ta’ee: “It’s… there not only to protect American interests, but to manage the entire world from the heart of the capital, Baghdad.” I do not believe that the US should become an isolationist country, for that would give a full green light to the Chinese and the Russians to further exploit the world. America needs a constant presence in the Middle East to protect its interests and those of its allies. But what exactly are those interests? Until the Deep State continues to dictate American policy, the apparent interests are petroleum, natural gas, and so on. And creating a conflict, or the Robert Mueller drama, is a good way to distract us from their clandestine enterprises. Yet because of recent publications, as well as the social and non-mainstream media, the truth is can no longer be contained. Let us take advantage of such outlets in order to give the power of decision-making back to the people.