As we have discussed in class with reference to the Iranian Revolution, the US often gets involved in the political affairs of other countries in order to protect or preserve its own interests. We mentioned that one of the main reasons the US became involved in the Iranian Revolution to prevent Iran from falling under the influence of Russian Communism. The best way to do this, according to the US, was to lead a coup in 1953 against Mosaddeq, replacing him with Fazlollah Zahedi, who they felt would not fall under the influence of the Russians but would rather support US and British endeavors. The US used these concerns to justify interfering in the internal politics of Iran. The US has also become involved in the political affairs of many other countries, such as supporting a coup against Prince Sihanouk in Cambodia. Do you agree that US political and economic interests justify interfering in any other country’s internal affairs, not specific to the Iranian revolution? Why or why not?
Here is a picture of forces during the coup in Iran.