Iran's Democratic history
Democracy cannot be "introduced" to region where it already been. A more accurate portrayal would be introducing democratic leaders that western special interest approve of. Iran had an elected leader in 1951 Prime Minister Muhammad Musaddiq who Ran for Office and won in a democratic election. He ran on the platform "to free Iran from the British imperial yoke." In an attempt to achieve this he tried nationalized Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC). Not the kind of sentiment western special interest like, In 1953 the CIA aided in having him overthrown (1 ).
American opposition to Iranian democracy
The CIA plot to oust the Iranian President was rejected by President Truman. But President Eisenhower approved it shortly after taking office in 1953. Its code name was TP-Ajax. The reason for the plot was over fear of communism and oil (2 ).
The person to direct TP-Ajax was the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, Kermit Roosevelt a CIA officer who had considerable experience in the Middle East (3 ).
This was not a sole venture by the CIA, British MI-6 and General Zahedi and other sympathetic Iranians were also in on this project (4 ).
Despite the noise by Islamic fundamentalists, they aided the CIA and the Shah in the overthrow of Iran's democratically elected leaders (5 ).
Two primary players in this operation were Ayatollahs Kashani and Behbahani who gave orders to the mobs. Without them doing this the coup d'etat would not have happened ( 6 ).
This successful plot also included restoring the shah (return to Iranain monarchy) to power in Iran. He had gone into exile after a power struggle with members of Iran's elected parliament. The CIA approved shah was over thrown on January 19, 1979 (7 ).
Iranian reaction to Western interference(Iranian revolution late 1970's)
The CIA sponsored Monarchy was replaced by a theocracy ruled by Islamic religious leaders called mullahs. It should also be noted that young Iranians took over the American embassy on November 4,1979 and seized 66 Americans and held most of them for 444 days. This was called the Iranian hostage crisis (8 ). Though a few were freed, 52 hostages remained in Iran for the whole time( 9 ).
Backing both sides of a war, subverting the constitution and other crimes
Iran-Contra was a arms for Hostages deal, it is alleged that the Reagan administration my have committed criminal acts, aside from the morality of now selling arms to both sides of a conflict (10 ). The Iran-Contra network was used to support the Nicaraguan contras and was run by Oliver North (11 ).