A historical review of events in the Middle East since 1979

The current situation in the Middle East is complicated and confusing to say the very least. Big Al decided to provide a chronology of events that, in his mind, are pertinent to the current tenuous environment. The more that I discuss the Middle East from a political standpoint, the more that I realize that I have been leaning more on emotions than verifiable facts. The next three editorials will rectify that situation.
I have decided to lean on Jim McKinney since he was actively involved in that area for the past twenty years of his career. Virtually everyone on our site certainly does not have the “boots on the ground” expertise that he does.
I, personally, would appreciate your thoughts on this particular commentary to be supported by facts all of which are verifiable by links that you provide with your comments.
Help me out if you would! Jim certainly is doing that to the best of his ability.
Big Al asks for your input to clarify this question. Please do make sure that all of your comments are supported by what you believe are verifiable facts.

  1. On January 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm,
    Robert Moriarty says:


    If anyone wants to understand Iran you have to go back to 1953 because it was the start of everything.

    • On January 8, 2020 at 2:07 pm,
      irishtony says:

      AL…..Bob is correct , you really have to to back to 1953…Forget 1979 thats not the important year…….& IMO Mr Mc Kinney SHOULD know that.

      • On January 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm,
        irishtony says:

        AL….Read this , it will open your eyes , i posted this link a couple of days ago , not sure if anybody bothered to read it . .It’s a timeline from the second world war , & it explains why Iran is were it is today……….Read It.

      • On January 8, 2020 at 2:19 pm,
        Jim M says:

        It actually goes back to 1890 with the Tobacco Uprising – modernization, under the Shah, then the Mossadegh coup.

        For for contemporary issues, the 1979 changed the world, shocked everyone.

        • On January 8, 2020 at 3:56 pm,
          irishtony says:

          Nice one Jimmy Boy….But you miss the point of the article.

        • On January 8, 2020 at 9:54 pm,
          Robert Moriarty says:

          Actually if anyone wants to understand the state of the world today and how the US fits in, it is necessary to step back and look at the entire picture.

          There are several books about the actions of the CIA. I have come to realize that what the CIA was doing behind the scenes was far more important even in respect to Vietnam than we understood. My nephew was killed in Jordan by a tribesman of the King, three SF guys murdered in cold blood and the King wanted to send a message to the CIA that the terrorists that the SF were training wanted US air support.

          The CIA did get the message and since it was politically not possible to provide air support, the CIA mission was canceled. I met the CIA guys when they came to brief my brother. Arrogant didn’t come close to describing them. They have turned the SF into their own private army and pretty much do what they want without supervision from anyone.

          We worked with them a few times in I-Corps in Northern South Vietnam. They were in their own world and no doubt generated intelligence but it was never shared with us.

          The CIA created the mess that Iran is today and the US and Jim M in their typical arrogance refuses to admit we created this shit. Iran is not a terrorist state, they are acting in their own self interest. I am all for that. Russia acts in their self interest. That’s all good. China acts in their self interest and that’s ok.

          The US is not acting in their own self interest. We have been hijacked by a foreign power and we keep doing things that are dangerous to the US on their behalf. Iran would be the most wonderful ally of the US if one president had the sense and courage to admit we created the actions of 1979 in 1953.

          The CIA is the most dangerous and out of control government agency in US history and may as well be the quasi-military arm of a foreign power. The actions of the CIA are un-American.

          If you want to understand Iran, read a couple of books on the CIA. They all come to the same conclusion.

      • On January 9, 2020 at 9:03 am,
        Rufust445 says:

        It’s all about oil, all the way back to Pearl Harbor

    • On January 8, 2020 at 3:31 pm,
      bonzo barzini says:

      Al, you should go back to the Greco-Persian wars that started in 499 B.C. when the Persians invaded Greece twice and were defeated both times. In the 3rd century B.C. Alexander the Great conquered Persia.

  2. On January 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm,
    Temple says:


    As I have specifically recommended, Al, read “The Brothers” by Stephen Kinzer — that will explain how and why the post-WW2 American Empire by lying, assassination and all the res came about thanks to (chiefly at the outset) the Dulles Brothers.

    Among other things, it might make you re-think abandoning your Catholic faith for this regimen.

  3. On January 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm,
    Temple says:

    And Kinzer’s book goes into great, historically verified detail on how they overthrew a modern, democratic–but nationalistic–Iran in 1953 (besides many other countries)

    • On January 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      And they continue this criminal behavior today (and you can bet well into the future).

      And they murder countless people along the way.

      And they do this in your name with your tax dollars, the money they take from you by force.

      And the idiots in this country think they’re free.


  4. On January 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm,
    Big Al says:

    You three, with the possible exception of Mr. Irish, know me very well and you all know that I do look at every side of a story.

    I will take all of your advice and see how I feel about things.

    • On January 8, 2020 at 2:19 pm,
      irishtony says:

      AL…Read my second post above…we both posted at the same time.

  5. On January 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm,
    cfs says:

    Replicating a technology developed by China for satellite killing, Israel now has missile killing technology.


  6. On January 8, 2020 at 3:28 pm,
    cfs says:

    Rumors coming out of Iran indicate pieces of what might be an M-8 missile have been found in the Ukraine &37 wreckage.
    Although I have seen pictures of these pieces, I have insufficient knowledge of M-8 missiles to make further comment.

  7. On January 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm,
    cfs says:

    Passengers that died were:
    82 Iranian
    63 Canadian
    11 Ukranian
    10 Sweden
    4 Afghanistan
    4 UK
    3 German…….total 177

  8. On January 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm,
    cfs says:
    • On January 8, 2020 at 3:54 pm,
      irishtony says:

      cfs….So does that mean they Cant tell the truth ? .

      • On January 8, 2020 at 4:44 pm,
        cfs says:

        No, it means that sometimes interspersed in accurate news is propaganda, sometimes absolute lies, but almost always bad news about Russia is omitted.

    • On January 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      They aren’t Russian sponsored. They’ve said in at least a couple broadcasts that they receive no Russian money.

      But if the Rooskies do send them money they are awfully damned stingy because the poor bastards have to sell mugs and shirts to make a go of it.

  9. On January 8, 2020 at 4:32 pm,
    irishtony says:
    • On January 8, 2020 at 4:48 pm,
      cfs says:

      Yep, Posted earlier.

  10. On January 8, 2020 at 6:24 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:


    I THINK 29 yrs………is Long enough……….

  11. On January 8, 2020 at 6:41 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    Funny as hell……….75% of the voters can not find Iran on a map………..

  12. On January 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm,
    buzz says:

    Obama needs to put on his berka, stand on the shore of Marta’s Vineyard & wave to the Iranians to let them know everything’s going to be OK. (Like, we could talk after Trumps impeached out of office).

  13. On January 8, 2020 at 8:21 pm,
    buzz says:

    The reason Biden doesn’t get Obama’s endorsement is because they’re both dirty.

  14. On January 8, 2020 at 8:46 pm,
    Chartster says:

    Funny as hell,, yeah…
    Like who is your secretary of treasury?
    Who is your secretary of defense?
    Who is the Chairman of the joint chief of staff? (Big)
    Who smokes joints With The chief? ( the peanut gallery…) yay…