Tuesday, 17 June 2014
At last, the realisation that Iran is not the greatest enemy
The Independent's cover story (print edition) today begins: "The collapse of Iraq has led Britain and the United States towards a historic rapprochement with Iran which could end 35 years of hostility." To my mind, that should read "63 years", going back to the election of the liberal prime minister Mossadegh and his attempts to end the stranglehold Anglo-Iranian (later BP) had over his nation. President Obama has admitted the role the United States played in overthrowing the democratically-elected government and imposing the dictatorship of Reza Shah. It is high time that our government apologised for Britain being the prime movers of that coup, and for the shameful part the then Overseas Service of the BBC played in signalling its start.