Senate and House bills banning Iran diplomat ignore historical reality
April 8, 2014
It is viewed as a bridge over the turbulent waters of congressional partisanship: Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer of New York worked together on legislation denying Hamid Aboutalebi entry into the United States.
The nomination of Aboutalebi as United Nations ambassador “is part of Iran’s clear and consistent pattern of virulent anti-Americanism that has defined their foreign policy since 1979,” said Sen. Cruz.
The U.S. insists Aboutalebi was member of a Muslim student group that took control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. During an interview with the Iranian website Khabar Online, Aboutalebi said he was not in Tehran when the embassy fell to the students but later served as a translator for the group. According to the U.S. Senate, and soon the House, which is set to pass similar legislation, Aboutalebi is a terrorist who will be banned from entering the United States.
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— The Hill (@thehill) April 2, 2014
The legislation allows Congress to climb up on its high horse and push a distorted “Argo” version of history. Argo is a 2012 movie directed by Ben Affleck covering the Iran hostage crisis. The version presented in the Hollywood film is taken from an account offered by a CIA operative, Tony Mendez. The CIA and the U.S. military routinely work with Hollywood to churn out propaganda and Argo is no exception.
Hollywood and Ben Affleck did not consult Fara Mansoor for historical perspective. Mansoor, an Iranian establishment insider before the fall of the Shah in 1979, provided insight into the affair unwelcome by both Iran and the United States.
“For 15 years the truth about the nature and origins of the Iranian hostage crisis has been buried in a mountain of misinformation,” Mansoor told Harry V. Martin in 1995. “Endless expert analysis has served only to deepen the fog that still surrounds this issue. We have been led to believe that the ‘crisis’ was a spontaneous act that just sprang out of the ‘chaos’ of the ‘Islamic Revolution.’ Nothing could be further from the truth!”
“I have collected enough data to yield a very clear picture,” said Mansoor. “[CIA director George Bush Senior’s] lieutenants removed the Shah, brought Khomeini back to Iran, and guided his rise to power, sticking it to President Carter, the American people (52 in particular), and the Iranian people.”
According to Mansoor, the agency fed the Carter administration disinformation about the situation in Iran and arranged for the Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran after 14 years of exile, mostly in Iraq, and then set the stage for the dismal situation between Iran and the United States that continues to this day.
The CIA, operating under its longstanding imperative of anti-communism, vetted Khomeini, who acknowledged “we would not collaborate with the Marxists, even to the overthrow of the Shah.” Khomeini then collaborated with the CIA in the overthrow of the Shah.
After returning to Iran, a Khomeini aide supplied the U.S. embassy with security and, several months later, on November 4, 1979, the embassy was taken after a previous failed attempt. The successful taking of the embassy was led by former embassy security boss Mashallah Kashani, described by author Christian Emery as “a disagreeable and ill-disciplined individual who treated the compound as his own fiefdom.” Omitted from this description is the fact Kashani worked at the behest of the U.S. State Department and the CIA.
None of this made it into Hollywood’s Argo or the official narrative on the hostage crisis which invariably paints Iran as a fanatical Islamic nation ruled by crazed mullahs who desire nothing more than to obtain a nuclear weapon and take out Tel Aviv.
Also rarely included in the official overview and routinely glossed over by the corporate media is the fact the CIA staged a coup in 1953 against the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddeq, and installed an easily manipulated monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and his brutal secret police, SAVAK, trained and directed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence.
Operation AJAX, as the coup plot was known in Washington, was part of a growing number of CIA subversions, destabilizations, and violent coups around the world – from Guatemala to Zaire and the failed Bay of Pigs operation in Cuba.
John Stockwell, a former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, who at the time worked for director Bush, estimated in the late 1980s that CIA covert operations were responsible for the death of over six million people.
“I found that the Senate Church committee has reported, in their study of covert actions, that the CIA ran several thousand covert actions since 1961, and that the heyday of covert action was before 1961,” Stockwell said in 1987, “that we have run several hundred covert actions a year, and the CIA has been in business for a total of 37 years.”
The secret CIA operation to install Khomeini and continue the order out of chaos plan in Asia and the Middle East, or for that matter the CIA’s well-documented history of subversion and manufactured global crisis, did not find its way onto the Senate floor as Cruz and Schumer worked together to ban Aboutalebi from entering the United States.
The Senate and the House have their marching orders handed down from the global elite: the engineered war on terror – as the neocons assured us, and the Obama administration reaffirmed – is a permanent fixture.