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Why Does The US Target Functioning Democracies For Regime Change?


Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi; Originally appeared at TheAntiMedia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently admitted that America’s official foreign policy includes a regime-change operation in Iran. The CIA has created an office for this sole purpose, tasking Michael D’Andrea — also known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike — with leading this operation.

Why Does The US Target Functioning Democracies For Regime Change?

Iran just had an election in May, and voter turnout was as high as 70 percent. Even prisoners were allowed to vote, something so-called moderate democratic countries like New Zealand disallow.

In contrast, voter turnout in the 2016 U.S. elections was around 58 percent, and support for Donald Trump’s impeachment is now higher than support for his presidency.

Though Iran is hardly democratic by Western standards given the stringent requirements for becoming a political candidate in the first place, it is still vastly more democratic than most of America’s closest allies in the region. According to a U.S. State Department document:

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the Al Saud family…The following significant human rights problems were reported: no right to change the government peacefully; torture and physical abuse; poor prison and detention center conditions; arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention; denial of fair and public trials and lack of due process in the judicial system; political prisoners; restrictions on civil liberties such as freedoms of speech (including the Internet), assembly, association, movement, and severe restrictions on religious freedom; and corruption and lack of government transparency. Violence against women and a lack of equal rights for women, violations of the rights of children, trafficking in persons, and discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, sect, and ethnicity were common. The lack of workers’ rights, including the employment sponsorship system, remained a severe problem.” [emphasis added]

Despite this grim reality, Saudi Arabia remains a close U.S. ally while Iran is being targeted for regime change even though the Iranian people just elected a popular reformist government on their own — without American interference.

In 1953, the Iranian people democratically elected Mohammad Mossadegh. Mossadegh immediately posed a threat to the U.S. and British economic interests in the region, and the CIA worked with the British to topple him and replace him with a brutal dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. According to the Guardian:

“Britain, and in particular Sir Anthony Eden, the foreign secretary, regarded Mosaddeq as a serious threat to its strategic and economic interests after the Iranian leader nationalised the British Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, latterly known as BP. But the UK needed US support. The Eisenhower administration in Washington was easily persuaded. [emphasis added]

The idea that America’s interests and priorities have changed over half a century later is clearly untenable considering the current American president has openly suggested that America should seize Iraq’s oil as “reimbursement.”

In 2011, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — together with Britain’s David Cameron and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy — told us the world needed to bomb Libya to save the country from a massacre. Never mind that under Gaddafi, the people of Libya had state-sponsored healthcare, education, subsidized housing and transport and enjoyed the highest standard of living in the entire region. Never mind that Sarkozy was being investigated for accepting  50 million euros from Gaddafi himself for his 2007 presidential campaign.

Never mind that Libya actually had a fully functioning democratic system that allowed for decision-making at the local level. As Counterpunch has explained:

“Far from control being in the hands of one man, Libya was highly decentralized and divided into several small communities that were essentially ‘mini-autonomous States’ within a State. These autonomous States had control over their districts and could make a range of decisions including how to allocate oil revenue and budgetary funds. Within these mini autonomous States, the three main bodies of Libya’s democracy were Local Committees, Basic People’s Congresses and Executive Revolutionary Councils.”

This system was no secret to the mainstream media, as further explained by Counterpunch:

“In 2009, Mr. Gaddafi invited the New York Times to Libya to spend two weeks observing the nation’s direct democracy. The New York Times, [which] has traditionally been highly critical of Colonel Gaddafi’s democratic experiment, conceded that in Libya, the intention was that ‘everyone is involved in every decision…Tens of thousands of people take part in local committee meetings to discuss issues and vote on everything from foreign treaties to building schools.’”

Was Gaddafi a brutal leader who tortured and oppressed his own people? Most probably.

Is the Iranian government a brutal theocratic regime that also oppresses its own people? Almost certainly.

However, America’s concerns with these countries are not rooted in goals of promoting “freedom” or “democracy.” These countries already had democratic institutions that worked more or less effectively.

As the Times notes, Libya’s health care system was “once the envy of the region.” Now, Libya isn’t the envy of anything. Thousands of people are dying trying to flee the country.

Iran already had democracy before the U.S. overthrew it in favor of a monarch in 1953. Now, the U.S is attempting the same strategy with full knowledge that ISIS-inspired Sunni movements are the types of elements currently exerting pressure on the Iranian government.

There is a reason why “spreading democracy” is no longer an official explanation for America’s military adventures in the Middle East: that claim is a complete (and unbelievable) lie.

It’s time to call this strategy out for what it is – an unnecessary, baseless, undemocratic, rights-abusing neoconservative agenda that will see the region explode as countless more lives are lost in the near future.

Iran poses no tangible threat to the United States — and neither did Libya in 2011. Overthrowing the Iranian government will not lead to stability or security and has no legal basis in the first place, something the mainstream media and the international community rarely discuss.

All of this poses the question: why is the U.S. targeting functioning democracies for regime change and siding with dictatorships across the globe?

Do democracies pose a threat to the United States? The United States seems to think so.

In this context, it may not be a surprise to learn that a study from Princeton and Northwestern University contended that the U.S. is not a democracy, but rather, an oligarchy that serves the interests of the rich and powerful while ignoring the majority of its people.



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  • Joe Doe

    I see many writers and analyst, even reporters concentrates on IRAN, Libya, Syria, but is totally ignoring torture and oppression own people in Saudi Arabia and America itself. No one has the courage bring to daylight that america is state police and brutality and power abuse to own people is on daily bases, especially when you don’t agree with the government policy or speak negatively about the government policy. The concept of political prisoners in america does not exist, because those political prisoners are frame by fabricating evidence, which this days is very easy and they are in jails for fabricated crimes.

    The government and politicians in Washington totally lost touch with the people. They are for themselves and for the own interest and the establishment. Poverty in america is on the rise, yet the government give money to the 1% rich and the same time taking away from the poor.

    America this days is very divided and deadbeat nation, yet no one has to courage to speak as it is. American become police state and getting close step by step to dictatorship

  • rudy

    The US herself is not a democracy, she must probably being jalous on real democracy especially wenn they dont have a Rotschildtbank !

  • rudy

    US secret constitution from 1871!The United States Isn’t a Country
    — It’s a Corporation!
    by Lisa Guliani

    This article by Lisa Guliani was published on this Serendipity website sometime prior to February 2004. This is proven by the page as archived on the Wayback Machine. This article has also been published on many other websites.
    Someone using the name “Reality Bytes” published (no earlier than 2010) a ripoff of this article on The Hub under the title The Corporation Of The United States Of America Is It True? We Are Not Under Common Law? [Curiously, this link to the Wayback Machine no longer leads to an archived copy of “Reality Bytes”’ page as at 2011-07-20 but instead produces a pop-up inviting you to download an .swf file, which may be malware.] This person is now claiming copyright infringement. This is laughable. “Reality Bytes” is a blatant plagiarizer, as shown by the textual comparisons below.

    Note added in 2014: “Reality Bytes”, perhaps as a result of his plagiarism being exposed by this page, replaced his rip-off of Lisa Guliani’s article by a different article — though whether that is also a ripoff of someone else’s article can’t be known without further research, which we can’t be bothered to do.

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
    — Preamble of the original “organic” Constitution

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
    — Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence of the original thirteen united states of America, July 4, 1776

    This page censored at Wikipedia Fourth of July 2002 has come and gone, and Americans honored the holiday with a renewed patriotic fervor that reminded me of the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976. As is customary, traditional fireworks displays took center stage and scores of people turned out to witness the dazzling show in the summer sky. With mixed feelings, I sat with friends on a crowded Pennsylvania sidewalk beneath a glittering, mesmerizing explosion of color, pondering the keen sense of sadness and betrayal that overwhelmed my spirit. Looking around at the huge crowds gathered for the annual events, I thought silently, “We are not free.” In truth, we have not been a free people for a very long time.

    We celebrate this day in honor of our “independence”. We call ourselves a free people in a land of liberty. Our anthems proudly sing the praises of this nation, and we raise our voices, wave our flags and join in song — but how many Americans realize they are not free? This is a myth perpetuated by the powers-that-be in order to avoid any major civil unrest, and to keep us all living under the thumb of a militaristic corporate Big Brother within the illusions that have been created for us. The truth of the matter is this: what freedom has not been stolen from us, we have surrendered willingly through our silence and ignorance. As Americans, most of us have no idea how our freedoms are maintained — or lost. Apparently, our ancestors didn’t have a good grasp of this either. It is sad, but it is also very true.

    Don’t point to that beloved parchment, the Constitution, as a symbol of your enduring freedom. It is representative of a form of government which seemingly no longer exists in this country today. The Constitution has been thrown out the window, the Republic shoved aside and replaced with a democracy. The thing is; most people in this country remain unaware that this is so because they simply do not know the truth — what lies beyond the myths. Your so-called government is not going to tell you, either.

    To even begin to understand what has happened to the Republic, we must look backward in time to the period following the Civil War. We must go back to the year 1871, which was the beginning of the decline of the Republic. When we examine what happened during that time in our history, we begin to piece together this troubling, perplexing puzzle that is “America” — only then should we answer as to whether we are indeed a “free” people or not.

    So, let’s roll backward into the past for a moment. It is time we learned what they didn’t teach us in school. It is far more interesting than what they DID tell us. I think you’ll stay awake for this lesson.

    The date is February 21, 1871 and the Forty-First Congress is in session. I refer you to the “Acts of the Forty-First Congress,” Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62. On this date in the history of our nation, Congress passed an Act titled: “An Act To Provide A Government for the District of Columbia.” This is also known as the “Act of 1871.” What does this mean? Well, it means that Congress, under no constitutional authority to do so, created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, which is a ten mile square parcel of land.

    What??? How could they do that? Moreover, WHY would they do that? To explain, let’s look at the circumstances of those days. The Act of 1871 was passed at a vulnerable time in America. Our nation was essentially bankrupt — weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Civil War itself was nothing more than a calculated “front” for some pretty fancy footwork by corporate backroom players. It was a strategic maneuver by European interests (the international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the neck (and the coffers) of America.

    • Spanker Dane


  • JPH

    Democracy and human rights are window dressing only. Do not pay any attention to what the US says on that subject. That only serves to deflect attention from the real objectives.

    Introduction from the “The Grand Chessboard, American Primacy & Its Geostrategic Imperatives (1997)”
    “Eurasia is thus the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played, and that struggle involves geostrategy—the strategic management of geopolitical interests. It is noteworthy that as nrecently as 1940 two aspirants to global power, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, agreed explicitly (in the secret negotiations of November of that year) that America should be excluded from Eurasia. Each realized that the injection of American power into Eurasia would preclude his ambitions regarding global domination. Each shared the assumption that Eurasia is the center of the world and that he who controls Eurasia controls the world. A half century later, the issue has been redefined: will America’s primacy in Eurasia endure, and to what ends might it be applied?

    The ultimate objective of American policy should be benign and visionary: to shape a truly cooperative global community, in keeping with long-range trends and with the fundamental interests of humankind. But in the meantime, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Washington, D.C.
    April 1997”

    1) So control Eurasia just like Stalin and Hitler is the US goal. Nice company by the way.
    2) it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America

    US actions also in line with the Yinon plan:

    Targeting any state in Israel’s neighborhood exploiting religious and ethnic divisions in order to break those states. The very stability and reasonable given the context political legitimacy of Iran is considered a threat to that objective.

    • Wahid Algiers

      “Targeting any state in Israel’s neighborhood….” or deal with them, when they are willing to wait and sit like a dog listening what Uncle Sam is saying.

  • Derapage

    Errata Corrige:
    “rich and powerful” Anglo-Saxon caste (blue eyes and blond hair)

  • Spanker Dane

    Libya under Gaddafi and the Iranian theocracy are now “functioning democracies”?

    Is South Front turning into ‘The Onion’?

    • Bob

      Given that the entire US deep state is systematically opposed to, and attempting to manufacture circumstances to impeach Trump, against 2016 federal electoral result, how is US a ‘functioning democracy’?

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    To the Writer:
    #1 The US is not and has never been a Democracy. It was a Republic, which is the polar opposite of a Democracy. A Democracy is where the 50.1% vote and get there way on everything.
    #2 The US use to be a Republic, till a side form was made called a Federalalicy.
    The Federal government declared war on the Republic and defeated the Republic in the mid 1800’s.
    It continued being a Federal institution as oppose to a civilian-led-institution until 1914.
    In 1914 the Federal Reserve Act was instated by Jewish bankers from England transforming the Federal into an Imperial run country. Which then gave it the ability to bring war to any nation it chooses at any time.
    Like then the Imperial-USSA-Empire assisted on conquering the ethnic-German-people.

    No one can understand what America was founded on unless they have read all of the writing’s from the founding Fathers recorded in the very large book titled:


    • Solomon Krupacek

      It was a Republic, which is the polar opposite of a Democracy.

      stupidity. lern first, teach after

  • hhabana

    Jews control America and they use it to expand control the world. There is many goyim that hold hands with Zionists and they do a very good job controlling most Americans minds thru media, politics and education. Also, the average American has become fat and lazy. Concerning themselves only of sex, materialism, food, and aversion to any desire for discipline. You can see this in many countries and it speaks for their condition. Thanks God for internet since this is a medium they cannot control and allows people to communicate, exchange ideas and learn outside this controlling Matrix.

    The Jews and their ilk will destroy America with the declining integrity of U.S. currency and debt.

  • Don’t read butthurt replies

    Maybe other countries (no puppets) should try regime change in U.S. or in Illegal state Israel, since they control U.S. government.