Friday, August 17

Speaking of the Soviet era

"We overthrew Mossadegh not because he was too strong but because he was weak and the most logical successor to him would have been a Tudeh coup and Soviet divisions on the Straits of Hormuz. The Shah was a lousy client and Khomeini was an even worse alternative but at the time it was preferable to Iran as a Soviet satellite."

-- Mark Safranski, in a reply to a ZenPundit reader.

Once again, ZenPundit uses his historian's knowledge to keep the record straight. See the first and second comments in the Zenpundit post for the complete exchange. I was going to add Mark's quote to the Yalta post but decided it deserves to be spotlighted.

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