Post(s) tagged with "Iran"
- 1946 : Truman threatens Soviets regarding Northern Iran.
- 1946 : Truman sends SAC bombers sent to intimidate Yugoslavia following downing of U.S. aircraft over Yugoslavia.
- 1948 : Truman threatens Soviets in response to Berlin blockade.
- 1950 : Truman threatens Chinese when U.S. marines were surrounded at Chosin Reservoir in Korea.
- 1951 : Truman approves military request to attack Manchuria with nuclear weapons if significant numbers of new Chinese Forces join the war.
- 1953 : “Operation Big Stick” Eisenhower threatens China to force end to Korean war on terms acceptable to U.S.
- 1954 : Eisenhower Secretary of State Dulles offers French three tactical nuclear weapons to break the siege at Dienbienphu. Supported by Nixon's public trial balloons.
- 1954 : Eisenhower used nuclear armed SAC bombers to reinforce CIA-backed coup in Guatemala.
- 1956 : Bulganin threatens London and Paris with nuclear attacks, demanding withdrawal following their invasion of Egypt.
- 1956 : Eisenhower counter threatens the Soviet Union while also demanding British and French retreat from Egypt.
- 1958 : Eisenhower orders Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare to use nuclear weapons against Iraq, if necessary to prevent extension of evolution into Kuwait.
- 1958 : Eisenhower orders Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare to use nuclear weapons against China if they invade the island of Quemoy.
- 1961 : Kennedy threatens Soviets during Berlin Crisis.
- 1962 : Cuban Missile Crisis.
- 1967 : Johnson threatens Soviets during Middle East War.
- 1967 : Johnson's public threats against Vietnam are linked to possible use of nuclear weapons to break siege at KHz Shan.
- 1968 : Johnson threatens nuclear attack against North Korea in response to Seizure of USS Pueblo.
- 1969 : Brezhnev threatens China during border war.
- 1969 : Nixon’s “November Ultimatum” against Vietnam.
- 1970 : Nixon signals preparations to fight nuclear war to the Soviets during Black September War in Jordan.
- 1973 : Israeli Government threatens use of nuclear weapons October 9.
- 1973 : Kissinger threatens Soviet Union during the last hours of the "October War" in the Middle East.
- 1973 : Nixon pledges to South Vietnamese President Thieu that he will respond with nuclear attacks or the bombing of North Vietnam’s dikes if it violates the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords.
- 1975 : Sec. of Defense Schlesinger threatens North Korea with nuclear retaliation should it attack south Korea in the wake of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam.
- 1976 : President Ford dispatches nuclear armed B-52 from Guam toward North Korea in response to “Ax Incident” in Korean Demilitarized Zone.
- 1980 : Carter Doctrine announced.
- 1981 : Reagan reaffirms the Carter Doctrine.
- 1990 : Pakistan threatens India during confrontation over Kashmir.
- 1990-91 : Bush threatens Iraq during the "Gulf War."
- 1993 : Clinton threatens North Korea.
- 1994 : Clinton’s confrontation with North Korea
- 1996 : China threatens “Los Angeles” during confrontation over Taiwan.
- 1996 : Clinton threatens Libya with nuclear attack to prevent completion of underground chemical weapons production complex.
- 1998 : Clinton, Operation Desert Fox, refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons against Iraq.
- 2002 : Bush communicates an implied threat to counter any Iraqi use of chemical.
- 2003 : Bush dispatches 24 nuclear capable bombers to Guam during crisis with North Korea.
- 2008-12 : Obama “all options are on the table” with Iran.
- source : http://www.afsc.org/document/incidents-nuclear-blackmail
Shirin Neshat: Art in exile
People like myself, we’re fighting two battles in different grounds. We’re being critical of the West, the perception of the West about our identity, about the image that is constructed about us, about our women, about our politics, about our religion. We are there to take pride and insist on respect. At the same time, we are fighting another battle, that is our regime, our atrocious government who has done every crime in order to stay in power. Our artists are at risk. We are in a position of danger. We pose a threat to the order of the government. But ironically this situation has empowered all of us because we are considered as artists central to the cultural, political, social discourse in Iran. We are there to inspire, to provoke, to mobilise, to bring hope to our people. We are the reporters of our people and communicators to the outside world.
Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.
Mahshid’s… father, a devout Muslim, had been an ardent supporter of the [Iranian] revolution. She wore the scarf even before the revolution, and in her class diary, she wrote about the lonely mornings when she went to a fashionable girls’ college, where she felt neglected and ignored—ironically, because of her then-conspicuous attire. After the revolution, she was jailed for five years because of her affiliation with a dissident religious organization and banned from continuing her education for two years after she was out of jail.
I imagine her in those pre-revolutionary days, walking along the uphill street leading to the college on countless sunny mornings. I see her walking alone, her head to the ground. Then, as now, she did not enjoy the day’s brilliance. I say ‘then, as now’ because the revolution that imposed the scarf on others did no relieve Mahshid of her loneliness. Before the revolution, she could take in a sense of pride in her isolation. At that time, she had worn the scarf as a testament to her faith. Her decision was a voluntary act. When the revolution forced the scarf on others, her action became meaningless.
- Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (New York: Random House, 2003) 12-13. (via skysix)
Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon
TEHRAN—Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon. “Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran,” said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and “everything they need” to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material. “Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat.” Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel
- Howard Zinn on Kurt Vonnegut (via axelgonz08)
History of U.S. Intervention in Iran - 1953 Until Present (by ThePresidentDotCom)
‘This video is a basic overview of U.S. imperialism toward Iran that began at the behest of the British Government and big oil interests including British Petroleum also recently known as BP.
The United States’ own CIA led it’s first coup to overthrow a foreign leader against Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, The U.S. has suffered “Blowback: ever since, all the while the supposed leaders in Washington continue to demonize Iran’s leaders on flimsy grounds as more pretense to continued Middle East war and occupation by the U.S.’