“Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, which we should begin with,
is that for the past 60 years, not a day has passed in which the U.S.
has not been torturing Iranians. That’s 60 years, right now. Began with a
military coup, which overthrew the parliamentary regime in 1953,
installed the Shah, a brutal dictator. Amnesty International described
him as one of the worst, most extreme torturers in the world, year after
When he was overthrown in 1979, the U.S. almost immediately
turned to supporting Saddam Hussein in an assault against Iran, which
killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians, used extensive use of chemical
weapons. Of course, at the same time, Saddam attacked his Kurdish
population with horrible chemical weapons attacks. The U.S. supported
all of that. The Reagan administration even tried to—succeeded in
preventing a censure of Iraq. The United States essentially won the war
against Iran by its support for Iraq. It immediately—Saddam Hussein was a
favorite of the Reagan and first Bush administration, to such an extent
that George H.W. Bush, the first Bush, right after the war, 1989,
invited Iraqi nuclear engineers to the United States for advanced
training in nuclear weapons production. That’s the country that had
devastated Iran, horrifying attack and war. Right after that, Iran was
subjected to harsh sanctions. And it continues right until the moment.
So we now have a 60-year record of torturing Iranians. We don’t pay
attention to it, but you can be sure that they do, with good reason.
That’s point number one.” – Noam Chomsky