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From: Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East


Chapter Twelve focuses on Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It removed Iran as a sphere of exploitation for US investors and created a new pole of resistance to the US imperialist project, which attracted Syria, Libya and elements of the disenfranchised Shia population of Lebanon. The self-sufficiency program led to the development of home-grown industries that are rare in the Third World. The revolution’s goals, however, were not focused solely on fostering Iranian independence. Iran was only a small part of a larger Muslim world. Khomeini envisaged a Muslim sphere that was independent of the secular West. Like the Ba’athists who sought the parallel goal of Arab independence, and defined unity as the path to it, so too did Khomeini emphasize the significance of unity in achieving his goal.



Stephen Gowans

Stephen Gowans is an independent political analyst whose principal interest is in who influences formulation of foreign policy in the United States. His writings, which appear on his What’s Left blog, have been reproduced widely in online and print media in many languages and have been cited in academic journals and other scholarly works.