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Sorry, but the 1953 CIA coup wasn't because Iran was going to go communist. It was because the PM was going to audit British Petroleum and see if they were cheating the Iranian people. Needless to say, they were. The CIA sent in a man without informing Eisenhower and did the dirty deed. They were shocked at how cheap and easy it was, and that started a long history of meddling that continues today.

John Pepple

Here’s a statement from a Wikipedia article on the coup:

Judging Mosaddegh to be unreliable and fearing a Communist takeover in Iran, UK prime minister Winston Churchill and the Eisenhower administration decided to overthrow Iran's government....

Here’s a link to the article:


You are correct that the surface controversy was about oil, but underlying it was the fear of communism. It is entirely possible, of course, that the likelihood of a communist takeover was small, in which case the whole business was a big mistake. But that doesn’t mean that the fear of a communist takeover wasn’t their basic reason for the coup. And of course this article could be wrong, but that is the way I learned it.

Also, I can’t see why the CIA would get involved in a mere trade dispute, unless they thought the communists were involved.

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