The CIA has for the first time publicly admitted that it and the British MI6 were behind the 1953 coup that overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran and installed the hated Shah of Iran, who ruled as dictator for 26 years until overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Why did we do it? Because the Iranian prime minister had nationalized Iran’s oil, which angered British Petroleum (BP).
Yes, that’s right. The CIA and MI6 with full knowledge and approval of their respective governments, carried out an act of war in the name of corporate interests, which destroyed a democracy and replaced it with a dictatorship, which eventually contributed to the rise of Islamic nationalism in Iran. Clearly, this blowback has cost us financially far more than the original cost of the nationalized oil.
Why did the people of the US and UK stand for this? Because of a misinformation campaign carried out on their own citizens, which falsely claimed that communists were taking over Iran.
Greed. Pure, simple, and stupid.