BP Destroys Countries, Too

• Mohammed Mossadegh was an Iranian national hero, Time’s Man of the Year in 1952, and the popularly-elected leader of Iran’s budding democracy.

• BP, then known as the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, controlled Iran’s oil reserves. They shared little of the revenue and kept workers in slave-like conditions.

• When BP refused to negotiate a solution, Mossadegh nationalized the oil company.

• The CIA aided the British in overthrowing Mossadegh in 1953 and installed the Shah so BP could reclaim Iran’s oil.

• The coup forever changed the course of Iranian politics from liberal democracy to religious extremism; it paved the way for the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the hostage-taking, the 1983 Beirut bombing, and all the anti-American sentiments that followed.

BP's Long History Of Destroying The World