January 16, 2020
By Sister Karen M. Donahue
In many ways, the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 2, 2020, is just the latest chapter in the ongoing hostilities between the United States and Iran, which stretch back decades. In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush included Iran as part of an Axis of Evil that threatened world peace, and in recent days, commentators have reminded us of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iranian hostage crisis (November 4, 1979 – January 20, 1981), during which 52 Americans were held captive for 441 days. The impression given is that these 1979 events mark the beginning of the problematic relationship between the two countries.
Listening to these various accounts of our history with Iran, I have been struck by the scant attention paid to an earlier U.S. intervention, the 1953 coup engineered by the United States and the United Kingdom that overthrew a democratically elected leader, Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, elected in 1951.Read More