Tuesday, May 06, 2003

How America Lost the War
'When the Shah of Iran, another employee of the United States, was overthrown by fundamentalist revolutionaries controlled by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, America lost a staunch ally against the rise of Soviet influence in the Middle East.'

In an otherwise good article, this statement perpetuates the classic myth of the cold war: that the US was everywhere combatting "Soviet influence". The fact that the Soviet Union no longer exists and that Iran is still officially an enemy of the US (part of the 'axis of evil') ought to have given the author pause for thought. In reality the cold war was not a war against the Soviets but a war by the US against the Populations of the Third World; and a war by the Soviets against their satellites. Thus the US war continued without skipping a beat following the fall of the Berlin wall.

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