The UK, USA and Iran
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Note that most Western media accounts of tensions between USA-UK and Iran take the events of 1979 (called "the hostage crisis") as their starting point. President Barak Obama did the same by talking about a three decade long conflict between Iran and the USA. These are examples of the USA and its allies and their media looking at the world through American (specifically USA) eyes.
|Year||Acts Committed by USA-UK on Iran||Acts Committed by Iran on USA-UK|
|1920s and 1930s|| UK control of Iran's oil.
UK pressure on the king of Iran to exclude other powers from development.
|1941-1942||UK, USA and Russia occupy Iran and exile the king, placing his son on the throne.|
|1945||Departure of foreign troops but no compensation as previously promised.|
|1953||UK and USA remove democratically elected government and replace with dictator (The Shah of Iran).|
|1957||USA sets up and trains Shah's secret police, SAVAK.|
|1979|| Iran overthrows the Shah who flees to the USA.
After the USA refuses to return the Shah, Iran takes 52 USA embassy staff hostage for 444 days.
|1980|| USA and UK arm Iraq when it invades Iran.
USA fails to back UN condemnation of invasion.
|1987||USA seizes Iranian ship in international waters.|
|1988|| USA bombs oil facilities in Iran.
USA warship shoots down Iranian passenger plane killing 286 people.
|1995||USA imposes sanctions on Iran.|
|2002||USA threatens Iran with regime change.|
|2007||USA takes 5 Iranian diplomats hostage in Iraq. (Jan 2007 - ?)|
|2007||Iran takes 15 UK sailors hostage for 13 days.|
|2007|| USA takes Iranian power station workers hostage in Iraq. (Aug 2007 - ?)|
USA threatens Iran with military action.
USA imposes sanctions on Iran's military.
|2009||USA offers hand of friendship to Iran to make up for break in relations since 1979 - ignoring events before then.||Iran is skeptical of USA intentions.|
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