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.
IRAN VERSUS THE US: Will the real HARD CORE gangstas please stand up?
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)
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.”
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 Times Iran has Overthrown the US‘s Democratically-Elected Government = 0
Number of Times the US has Overthrown Iran‘s Democratically-Elected Government = 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!!!!!
Number of Countries Bombed by Iran SINCE WWII = 0
Number of Countries BOMBED by the US SINCE WWII = 32
- China 1945-46
- Korea 1950-53
- China 1950-53
- Guatemala 1954
- Indonesia 1958
- Cuba 1959-60
- Guatemala 1960
- Belgian Congo 1964
- Guatemala 1964
- Dominican Republic 1965-66
- Peru 1965
- Laos 1964-73
- Vietnam 1961-73
- Cambodia 1969-70
- Guatemala 1967-69
- Lebanon 1982-84
- Grenada 1983-84
- Libya 1986
- El Salvador 1981-92
- Nicaragua 1981-90
- Iran 1987-88
- Libya 1989
- Panama 1989-90
- Iraq 1991
- Kuwait 1991
- Somalia 1992-94
- Bosnia 1995
- Iran 1998
- Sudan 1998
- Afghanistan 1998
- Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
- Afghanistan 2001
- Libya 2011
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.
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.