DINESH D'SOUZA'S column on the causes of 9/11 ("How left has lowered our nation's guard," Other Opinions, Jan. 21) misrepresents the facts, by carefully beginning his account of U.S.-Iranian history where it suits him — and not nearly the beginning.

In 1953 the CIA under Eisenhower deposed Mohammad Mosaddeq, the prime minister of Iran. This was done with the assistance and urging of the British government, after Mossadeq nationalized British oil fields. A year earlier, British pleas for American assistance had fallen on deaf ears under the previous administration of Harry Truman.

The installation of the shah of Iran, under American sponsorship, inaugurated a quarter-century of political and religious oppression in Iran — oppression conducted with the blessing of six presidents of both parties.

It was the shah's repression that made a medieval interpretation of the Muslim faith a viable political force. It also gave Khomeini his credentials as one of the leading opponents of the corrupt Pahlavi regime, after his imprisonment in 1963 for speaking out against the Iranian government.

To people of conscience, the real "Enemy at Home, and abroad" are those who try to manipulate public opinion, in a crusade to find enemies instead of facts.

Brian Gothberg

Hayward

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