Relations Between Western And Middle Eastern Countries

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Relationships between Western and Middle Eastern countries have always be tainted by ugly truths and misdeeds from both sides. The political relationship between the United States and Iran is not exempt from that, and is one that has a history of tension. Much of this tension can be traced to the 1953 Coup d 'Etat in which Mohammad Mossadegh, Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister, was removed and an American support system for despotic leaders was established. This unfortunate chapter in history has resulted in a culture of mistrust and betrayal deeply felt by the Iranian people, and has led to reactions and overreactions from both sides, culminating in the animosity and mistrust between the two countries that persists to this day.

Iranian Oil
During the first half of the 20th century, William Knox D 'Arcy, a British entrepreneur was able to obtain a concession from the Iranian government that would allow for the searching and production of petroleum. In return, the Iranian government was to receive a small percent of royalties. D’Arcy himself was unable to find oil and did not have the ability to continue the venture, so he assigned his concession rights to a company that would eventually become the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC, later becoming the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company or AIOC). In 1908 oil was found and profits were plentiful. The British government became a majority shareholder in the APOC after the British transitioned their navy’s fuel source from…
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