Iran and America: Partners in Crime
One of the many conspiracy theories swirling throughout the Arab world is that Washington and Tehran have been cooperating since the Shah was first installed all the way up to today. According to this op-ed article from Iraq’s Sotal Iraq, not only has Tehran aided Washington in Afghanistan and Iraq – but the entire 1979 hostage crisis and the aborted American rescue of the hostages was staged.
“Iran has been a strategic ally of American imperial power from the time of the Shah right up to today.”
Translated By James Jacobson
By Talal Ma’aruf Najam*
November 12, 2007
Iraq – Sotal Iraq – Original Article (Arabic)
The world was surprised … but we weren’t … and it seems that with our previous analysis we have earned the confidence of many. Iran has been a strategic ally of American imperial power from the time of the Shah right up to today. When the Shah’s visage became unloved by his people, the White House – because of its treachery and unlimited ambition – became uneasy and lost patience with him.
To all the world, with the crisis at American Embassy in Tehran and the detention of its staff by Iranian students in the first days of the Islamic Revolution, Iran entered a period of conflict against American imperial power .
The occupation of the American Embassy dragged on for several months and the assumption of most of the world was that U.S. forces were impotent and that the Iranian revolution had begun to teach Washington a lesson in bravery. But what revealed this bravery was the theatrical crash of two American helicopters in the Iranian desert, which was arranged, far from the capital Teheran, where Iranian Revolutionary Guard held the U.S. hostages [Operation Eagle Claw ].
Washington claimed that the two helicopters were on their way liberate the American hostages. Iran hailed the capture of the two helicopters as a victory over American airpower and the estrangement between Teheran and Washington appeared to continue, even blatantly at times.
Then came the most recent scandal that revealed the false nature of the hostility between the two countries, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared the American intelligence report on Iran’s nuclear program “a great victory for Iran.”
In his speech broadcast by Iranian television, Ahmadinejad added that the American report “announces the victory to all the international forces of the Iranian nation regarding its nuclear program.”
The American intelligence report unveiled on December 3rd concluded that Iran suspended its nuclear arms program in 2003, although they still haven’t stopped carrying out uranium enrichment. The authors of the report said that they have a, “high degree of confidence” in their information.
Teheran didn’t hesitate to exploit the shift in the attitude of American intelligence, demanding compensation for the “fictional accusations” made against it over the years by the Bush Administration, emphasizing that the report provides good reason to take the issue of the Iranian nuclear file out of the hands of American officials and return it to its natural place: the International Atomic Energy Agency.
What concerns us is Iran’s request for negotiations and demand for compensation, which is nonetheless sensible after all the services Iran has rendered to the American Administration. Tehran supported American forces during their Afghanistan invasion and the findings and information used to launch the American invasion of Iraq were provided by the Iranian regime, mostly through its contacts in the south and middle of Iraq.