Posted by The AntiMedia on October 9, 2017 7:57 pm

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On October 7, 2017, Newsweek published an opinion piece by Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush. The article attempted to explain why the U.S. is correct to pursue regime change in Iran. According to Ridge, the U.S. doesn’t merely want regime change in Iran, it needs it.

Working our way backward, Ridge’s concluding paragraph states that:

“In setting policy toward Iran, it is important not only to fight political battles against the Islamic Republic, but building relationships with people and groups…whose goal is to bring freedom and democracy to Iran and make the Middle East safer, more tolerant and more secure.” [emphasis added]

Not once in Ridge’s article does he acknowledge that Iran already had its own notion of freedom and democracy before the CIA actively destroyed it in 1953 when it initiated a coup to overthrow the country’s democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mossadegh. Ridge also fails to explain that it was because of the

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