Is Ron Paul correct that the U.S. is at fault when it comes to Iran’s intransigent hatred for our country?

According to Barry Rubin, who has forgotten more about the Middle East than most people (including State Department employees) will know in a lifetime, Ron Paul is Wrong Paul when it comes to Iran.  First, what’s happened in the last decade is irrelevant, since Iran hatred long preceded that.  The real issue is whether the U.S. decision in 1953 to put the Shah in power was the trigger that deserved the animus that now comes our way.  Rubin, with access to key contemporary documents, says it is not.  Not only was it a rational and reasonable decision at the time, the mullahs wanted it:

What is especially interesting in retrospect is that one of the main supporters of the move were the Iranian Muslim clerics, including Ayatollah Kashani, the man who would be a role model for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. I saw how he and his colleagues met with U.S. officials and urged a coup, since they also feared a Communist regime. It is ironic for Islamists to complain about a U.S. policy that they actively backed at the time.

Read the whole thing, which succinctly summarizes decades of Iran policy. It’s fascinating.

And while you’re at it, you might want to check out Barry Rubin’s new book, which got a great review in the latest edition of Commentary Magazine:

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  • lesterhalfjr

    the people of Iran certainly didn’t want the Shah and had elected the one they wanted. so it depends what “iran” you are talking about, the theocrats or the people.

  • Mike Devx

    Well, I think it’s about our support for Israel since the mid 40’s.  Radical Islamists were allied with Hitler back then, and they’ve never changed, not one bit, since then.  Hatred for Jews, and for Israel, is at the root of their riot.

    You can’t blame our policies concerning Iraq since 1990.  They were attacking us before 1990.  You certainly can’t blame our policies since 9-11 (2001).  Bin Laden was blowing up the U.S.S. Cole, and they bombed the World Trade Center basement in 1992.  And so on, and so on.

    Also, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, we were the sole remaining Great Power that stood in their way, in the fevered imaginings of complete global domination.  We were automatically their enemy based solely on that as well.

    Ron Paul is wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Ymarsakar

    Everything is the fault of the Left, one way or another.