All the Shah's Men

2130 Words May 3rd, 2005 9 Pages
In the novel All The Shah's Men we are introduced to Iran, and the many struggles and hardships associated with the history of this troubled country. The Iranian coup is discussed in depth throughout the novel, and whether the Untied States made the right decision to enter into Iran and provide assistance with the British. If I were to travel back to 1952 and take a position in the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) for the sole purpose of examining the American Foreign Intelligence, I would have to conclude that the United States should have examined their options more thoroughly, and decided not to intervene with Iran and Mossadegh. I have taken this position after great analysis, which is something that Eisenhower and his staff never …show more content…
The people of Iran are just becoming more aggressive and aggravated. The United States should have realized this increasing hatred for foreign powers and opted out of the coup while they still had the chance. Mossadegh was just doing what every other Iranian wanted to do, but was too afraid to do it. The last major factor that if noticed would have prompted the United States to withdraw from engaging in the coup with the British, and cooperating with the Shah concerns the ongoing struggle Iran faces with its corrupt leaders. After the people of Iran took back their land for the foreign conquerors, they then had to face and rise up against a number of rulers who is some aspects were even worse than the foreign invaders. One such man was Nasir al-Din Shah who "…sold government jobs, imposed oppressive taxes, and confiscated the fortunes of wealthy merchants. When there was no money left for him to take, he came up with the idea of raising cash by selling Iran's patrimony to foreign companies and governments" (31). Many followed after Nasir including his son, Muzzaffar, who basically in my opinion sold everything that the country had in value, oil.
Many descendants of Muzzaffar continued to rule after him, and although the Iranian people eventually were able to nationalize some industries, the oil belonged to the British. This is really where all of the conflict begins concerning the oil, and the hatred that Iranians have for foreign