Iran US Foreign Relations: A History of Violence

Many Americans consider Iran to be a psychopathically violent nation that would be willing to commit suicide in order to kill as many Americans as possible.  The statistics behind historical Iranian US relations do not support this view.

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Juggalo’s Corner

By George “Ghost F**ker” Will

   A plurality of Americans believe that Iran is an irrational, suicide-bound regime that would use nuclear-weapons up in this bitch, given the chance. But is this belief supported by an Iranian history of violence?  Is Iran really a bunch of stone-cold killaz or, alternatively, are these bitchez just yanking our nizzos?

   If Iran is truly as wicked hardcore as Americans claim, they should have a history with a serious mutha f***in’ body count. However, when you examine Iran’s history, it becomes painfully obvious that Iran, in fact, has a p***y for ballz. Despite the incendiary rhetoric of its leaders, Iran, when comparing their body count to that of the United States, just be lookin’ like some candy-ass bitchez.

Conversely, a serious examination of American historical interaction with Iran reveals the US actually possesses grenades for balls that will indeed get your mouf blowed up when you suck them.  Let’s look at the numbers.

IRAN VERSUS THE US:  Will the real HARD CORE gangstas please stand up?

Civilians Killed

War: Iranian Civilian Deaths from Direct US Involvement (Infographic)

 

NUMBER OF AMERICAN Civilians KILLED IN IRANIAN ATTACKS ON THE US = 0
NUMBER OF IRANIAN CIVILIANS KILLED IN US ATTACKS ON IRAN = 290
  • Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on July 3, 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz, toward the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path when it was destroyed by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49), killing all 290 passengers and crew aboard.
  • The U.S. government issued notes of regret for the loss of human lives and in 1996 paid reparations to settle a suit brought in the International Court of Justice regarding the incident, however the United States never released an apology or acknowledgment of wrongdoing. In August 1988 Newsweek quoted Vice President George H. W. Bush as saying “I’ll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don’t care what the facts are.”

Civilian Deaths (Indirect Involvement)

War: Iranian Civilian Deaths from Indirect US Involvement (Infographic)

NUMBER OF AMERICAN Civilians KILLED IN IRANIAN-SUPPORTED ATTACKS ON THE US = 0
NUMBER OF IRANIAN Civilians KILLED IN US-SUPPORTED ATTACKS ON IRAN = BETWEEN 11,000 AND 400,000
  • The Iran–Iraq War (also known as the First Persian Gulf War and by various other names) was an armed conflict between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran, lasting from September 1980 to August 1988.  The Iranian civilian death toll, overall, is estimated between 11,000 and 400,000 for Iran.
  • United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War, as a counterbalance to post-revolutionary Iran, included several billion dollars worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-U.S. origin weaponry, military intelligence, Special Operations training, and direct involvement in warfare against Iran. Support from the U.S. for Iraq was not a secret and was frequently discussed in open session of the Senate and House of Representatives. On June 9, 1992, Ted Koppel reported on ABC’s Nightline, “It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam’s Iraq into” the power it became”, and “Reagan/Bush administrations permitted—and frequently encouraged—the flow of money, agricultural credits, dual-use technology, chemicals, and weapons to Iraq.”

Military Deaths

War: Iranian Troops Killed vs American Troops Killed - Military Deaths (Infographic)

Number of American TROOPS Killed in Iranian-Supported Attacks on the US = Between 0 and 4,715

  • There have been no Americans killed by Iran in the US.  
  • 4,474 Americans were killed in Iraq.  There are many unsourced claims from the Pentagon and the American media that Iran has been providing weapons to insurgents in Iraq.  However, no evidence has been presented proving citizens of Iran, let alone the Iranian government, is culpable for these deaths. 
  • October 23, 1983, Beirut, Lebanon. A truck loaded with a bomb crashed into the lobby of the U.S. Marines headquarters in Beirut, killing 241 soldiers and wounding 81. Some analysts believe the Islamic Republic of Iran was heavily involved and that a major factor leading it to participate in the attacks on the barracks was America’s support for Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War and its extending of $2.5 billion in trade credit to Iraq while halting the shipments of arms to Iran. However, in 2001, former Secretary of Defense at the time of the bombing, Caspar Weinberger, stated: “But we still do not have the actual knowledge of who did the bombing of the Marine barracks at the Beirut Airport, and we certainly didn’t then.”
Number of Iranian Troops Killed in US-Supported Attacks on Iran = Between 300,000 and 1,000,000
  1. The Iran–Iraq War (also known as the First Persian Gulf War and by various other names) was an armed conflict between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran, lasting from September 1980 to August 1988.  The death toll, overall, was an estimated between 300,000 and 1 million for Iran.  
Rumsfeld and Saddam Shaking Hands

Government Overthrowals

War: US Overthrows Iranian Government (Infographic)

Number of Times Iran has Overthrown the US‘s Democratically-Elected Government = 0
Number of Times the US has Overthrown Iran‘s Democratically-Elected Government = 1
  1. The 1953 Iranian coup d’état (known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup) was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States under the name TPAJAX Project. The coup saw the transition of Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi from a constitutional monarch to an authoritarian one who relied heavily on United States support to hold on to power until his own overthrow in February 1979.

ROUND 5: Military Invasions – US WINS!!!!!

War: Countries Invaded by United States Since WWII (Infographic)

Number of Countries Bombed by Iran SINCE WWII = 0
Number of Countries BOMBED by the US SINCE WWII = 32
  1. China 1945-46
  2. Korea 1950-53
  3. China 1950-53
  4. Guatemala 1954
  5. Indonesia 1958
  6. Cuba 1959-60
  7. Guatemala 1960
  8. Belgian Congo 1964
  9. Guatemala 1964
  10. Dominican Republic 1965-66
  11. Peru 1965
  12. Laos 1964-73
  13. Vietnam 1961-73
  14. Cambodia 1969-70
  15. Guatemala 1967-69
  16. Lebanon 1982-84
  17. Grenada 1983-84
  18. Libya 1986
  19. El Salvador 1981-92
  20. Nicaragua 1981-90
  21. Iran 1987-88
  22. Libya 1989
  23. Panama 1989-90
  24. Iraq 1991
  25. Kuwait 1991
  26. Somalia 1992-94
  27. Bosnia 1995
  28. Iran 1998
  29. Sudan 1998
  30. Afghanistan 1998
  31. Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
  32. Afghanistan 2001
  33. Libya 2011

 
1953

Under orders from President Eisenhower, the CIA organized a military coup that overthrew Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.  Britain, unhappy that Iran nationalized its oil industry, came up with the idea for the coup and pressed the United States to mount a joint operation to remove Mossadeqh.

1953 to 1979

Following the coup, the U.S installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi , and the thriving democracy that existed in Iran was crushed.  The Shah led 25 years of tyrannical rule (supported by the CIA) that resulted in the killing of thousands of Iranians who opposed the U.S. puppet government.  On the economic front, the Shah denationalized Iran’s oil industry, 60% of which went to American firms.

 
1979

U.S.-backed Shah of Iran forced to leave the country after widespread demonstrations and strikes. Islamic religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile and takes effective power.  Sixty-six hostages taken by students at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.  The students justified taking the hostages as retaliation for the admission of the Shah into the U.S., and demanded the Shah be returned to Iran for a trial. The new Iranian regime believed the Shah was in the U.S. so that the U.S. could carry out another coup d’etat in Iran; the U.S. claimed he had come there only to seek medical attention. The Shah was given refuge and Iranians demanded his extradition to Iran to face justice.  The U.S. rejected Iran’s request and the hostage taking ensued. The hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy in Tehran lasted 444 days.

1980

Iraq invades neighboring Iran with the approval of the United States.  The war lasts eight years and kills hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Iranians.  Iran suffered heavy casualties from Saddam’s chemical weapons, many of which were provided by the U.S.

 
1981

Last 52 U.S. hostages freed in January after intense diplomatic activity. Their release comes a few hours after U.S. President Jimmy Carter leaves office. They had been held for 444 days.

1982 to 1983

As Iranian forces gained the upper hand on the battlefield with Iraq, the U.S. launched another covert operation to arm and aid Saddam.  It began clandestinely to supply Saddam with satellite intelligence on Iran’s deployments.  Weapons were also sent via CIA fronts in Chile and Saudi Arabia directly to Baghdad. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.

1985 to 1986

Iran-Contra Affair: U.S. holds secret talks with Iran and makes weapons shipments, allegedly in exchange for Iranian assistance in releasing U.S. hostages in Lebanon. With revelations that profits were illegally channeled to Nicaraguan rebels, this creates the biggest crisis of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

1987

Following the mining of a U.S. Navy frigate, U.S. forces engage in series of encounters with Iranian naval forces, including strikes on Gulf oil platforms. The engagement was code named “Operation Praying Mantis”.  The battle, the largest between surface forces since World War II, sank two Iranian warships and as many as six armed speedboats.  The Iranian Frigate, IS Alvand, attacked by U.S. Navy forces.

1988

On patrol in the Persian Gulf, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger jet that it had mistaken for a hostile Iranian fighter aircraft. U.S. Navy Captain Will C. Rogers III ordered a single missile fired from his warship, which hit its target and killed all 290 people aboard the commercial Airbus.

1986 to 1989

Some seventy-three transactions took place that included bacterial cultures to make weapons-grade anthrax, advanced computers, and equipment to repair jet engines and rockets.

  • Joe

    Thank you guys for doing what you do at this website. Thank you.

    • Thank you for being a sweetheart! You just pushed my suicide date back by one day, Joe.

  • For real, my finest juggalo. Thank you for teaching me the value of not choking myself and helping supply the internet with the finest organic Kramton money can buy.

  • D

    As someone who studied foreign policy deeply, I suggest you try to understand you see very little of the truth.

    • Do you think it’s possible to know how much of the truth we see? First, we would have to know how much truth there was in total. Then we would also have to determine what, of all the things we see, is truth. Don’t you agree?

    • Ruan

      Hi D, all people see only a small part of the truth. It has been clearly shown that aggressive people tend to see less of it. We all have a problem that our psychology under threat or seeming threat becomes aggressive easily and thereby loses accuracy.

      You might have to be more specific about which foreign policy you studied and what truth you see which others dont. Kissinger’s approach of sabotaging the people you have decided are your opposition might sound clever to students but that doesnt change the facts or resultant dynamics: There is massive interference and aggression funded, supported, and committed by the US, initially to sabotage apparent opponents. but then leading to them having more enemies. the majority of the enemies America regards as dangerous were funded by them earlier to sabotage someone else, I assume you know this if you mixed history in with your policy studies.

      We know America is in danger, the problem is that its aggressive activities is escalating the danger it is in. By killing large amounts of civilians one creates terrorists faster than one can kill terrorists. When justifying aggression it is not easy to convince others you have a broader view than they. The academic consensus justifying all this violence in some parts of the USA and Europe is not proof of deeper insight, (neither, as you would probably agree, is the consensus in much of the rest of the world that it is counter productive). Very few large institutions are not affected the dynamics of power. Are we to believe Naom Chomsky didnt study foreign policy deeply? In the phyilosophy of science you’ve probably picked up that we are currently disproving and replacing theories faster than at any time before. Textbooks get updated. Old ones are always out of date. Very few of us see the same truth as those around us see, neurologists have in the last decade shown our individual perceptions of the world are pretty unique.

      One’s attitude determines what we filter out and latch onto to build our version of truth. Aggressive people easily build a consensus when they define common enemies. If you start with dangerous assumptions around cultural superiority you can easily denigrate the rights of others and turn a blind eye to the massive suffering that is created by overassertive unmanaged capitalism and imperialism.

      Is there an ideology that is so compelling that it justifies us ignoring facts, science, cost in suffering, and odds of success?
      Regards
      Ruan

  • Awesome post. Mind if I repost in its entirety on my site http://www.matthewgleslie.com?

    • Hi, Matt!

      That’s fine. Thanks for asking! It would be cool if you could put a link back to my site at the top of it, though.

      I like your site!

      Yours truly,

      Mike

  • Brian

    Hey Mike. I’ve been enjoying your site. I look forward to further exploring it and this page. Two quick things here: Don’t forget about the US bombing Iraq in 2003, which’d make 33. As well, I noticed: “whichwent.” All the best!

  • What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how on the topic of unexpected emotions.

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