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October 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

A history of interference

Isn’t it ironic that the United States is flexing its muscle at how Russia is dealing with the turmoil in Ukraine. Russia’s action is unconscionable but we are in no position to question them when we view how we have interfered with other countries in the past 60-plus years.

Have we forgotten what we did in Iran in 1953? We overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran and put into power our puppet, the Shah. The involvement of the CIA in the overthrow was recently made public. The CIA could not have acted without the full support and backing of the US government. The reason given was that the government in Iran wanted to nationalize the oil companies, which could have jeopardized our interests in that region.

Over the same span of time, we have interfered with governments of countries in Central and South America and Africa, and wherever possible put in a leader subservient to the U.S.

The most recent example of our aggression is the attack on Iraq under false pretenses. The attack on Sadam Hussain will always be a black mark on our foreign policy and has diluted our prestige and influence on the world stage.

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