The Associated Press published an article based on interviews with Iran’s exiled crowd prince, Reza Pahlavi. It details how the aristocrat hopes to overthrow Iran’s republic (for a second time) and reinstate the monarchy, with a little help from his friends: the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the so-called alt-right.
Pahlavi told the AP he “will find any means that I can” to topple Iran’s government, “with anyone who is willing to give us a hand, whether it is the U.S. or the Saudis or the Israelis or whomever it is.”
Iran’s repressive monarchy was overthrow in the 1979 revolution. In recent decades, Pahlavi has lived comfortably in the US. He has not worked a single day of a job.
Since the election of far-right President Donald Trump, the prince has built up a relationship with the fascist “alt-right.” The AP noted, “Pahlavi has given a growing number of media interviews, including with Breitbart, the far-right website once run by Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Pahlavi also has sent letters to the Trump administration.”
The news agency added, “Pahlavi said he looks forward to meeting with Trump and his administration.”
It is not until the end of its article that the AP acknowledged that the US and UK previously overthrow Iran’s first republic. A CIA-backed coup in 1953 violently toppled the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh on behalf of international oil corporations.
Prince Reza Pahlavi calls his attempt at counter-revolution “revolution.”
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The Iranian monarchy was likewise backed by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia when it was in power.
The history of Saudi-Iranian relations is a bit more complex than this, but not too much. From the beginning of the creation of the modern Saudi state in the 1930s, the two were allies. They were not very close, but had positive relations.
Then, in the 1960s, Saudi King Faisal pushed for a much better relationship. Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a border agreement and increased “security” cooperation in 1968. From 1968 until the Iranian Revolution, they were close allies.
Political scientist Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh noted that, before 1979, “friendship and co-operation became so close and productive.” In the decade following 1968, “Iran-Saudi Arabian cooperation in the Persian Gulf for the preservation of peace and security.”
Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, also worked closely with the shah’s feared secret police, SAVAK, which were trained by the CIA.
The US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel hope to restore this alliance.