[lit-ideas] Re: Iran (1), The Revolutionary Imperative

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 10:05:50 -0800

No, Berman's book is not about what preceded the Ayatollah.  He documents
just those things he writes about.  

Where did you get the document you refer to?

I have read that the Shah was the CIA's man.  I read that in several places,
and then he took Jimmy Carter's speeches as being his death knell and did
some things that got him kicked out -- and then came the Ayatollah.

The Ayatollah, as Sayyid Qutb, was a big fan of the USSR.  He patterned his
Islamic Revolution after the USSR's Marxist Revolution.  


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From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

> I've been reading Ilan Berman's Tehran Rising, Iran's Challenge to the
> United States, 2005.  I read some good reviews about the book.  He is
> described as "an expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central
> Asia, and the Russian Federation.  He has consulted for both the U.S.
> Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense and
> assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a number of
> governmental agencies.  In his book, he documents everything.

He documents everything?

1) Does he document Shah? What Shah did to Iran? What the USA did with Shah?
and SAVAK? Is 
that in there?

2) And here's the real question: does he document the documents from the US
embassy? When 
the students surrounded the US embassy in Teheran, the embassy employees
shredded everything 
they could.

After the students took over, they carted away the shredded documents. And
then hundreds of 
Iranian women spent months at reassembling those shreds. This was then
printed as a book: 
the CIA's secret documents in Iran.

These aren't declassifed documents. They are highly classified. Your Eyes
Only. The top CIA 
and US State Dept cables between Washington and the CIA in Teheran.

The book is astonishing. You can see how Washington top experts on Iran
discussed the 
situation in the late 80s. How they understood it, and their
recommendations. I guarantee: 
you'll be astonished at every page.

But... this book was published only in the Middle East and Europe. It has
never been 
published in the USA. Not available anywhere in the Land of Free Speech. In
fact, I've never 
ever seen a single newspaper or book even mention that this book exists at

Does Berman document that?

You can not understand the Iranian Revolution without understanding what
happened under 


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