Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to the United Nations announcing the intention for Iran to seek compensation for World War II damages. Putting aside his country’s support of terrorism around the world and repressions at home, Ahmadinejad believes the world owes his country for invading Iran in defeating the Nazis. Iran remained neutral as the world fought fascism.
Ahmadinejad says that he has people busy trying to estimate the costs. There is no question that Iran did suffer in the war as did most nations. There is also no question that the priority given to occupying troops left Iranians with little support during those years.
Iran intends to also include demands for compensation for the coup launched with U.S. support in 1953 to “reverse a popular uprising that had led to the nationalization of oil.” In 2000, former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright acknowledged that the U.S. played a role in the coup, stating “[t]he Eisenhower administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons… But the coup was clearly a setback for Iran’s political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America.”
There is no statute of limitations for such claims, though Iran may find the world a bit unmoved by claims of damage during World War II when its agents are helping terrorists blow up people around the world. Perhaps we can strike a deal. We pay reparations for World War II and Iran pays reparations for decades of terrorism.
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