Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

John Perkins
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Chapter 20 Summary and Analysis

John was sitting at a bar in Tehran when his old friend, Farhad, from Middlebury came up. Farhad tells John they need to leave the country because it was about to fall apart. Farhad and John left for Rome the following day to stay with Farhad's parents. His father, a retired general, used to be very close with the Shah. He was now completely disillusioned by the Shah's arrogance and greed. He blamed U.S. policy for the hatred that was spreading throughout the Middle East, stating that the U.S. "sowed the seed of [the]rebellion" when they had overthrown the Mossadegh. The U.S. was convinced the shah was popular enough to keep the Islamic undergraound at bay. Farhad and his father told John all about Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was a fanatical Shiite that was urging Iranians to rise against the Shah to create a clerical state.

Two days later, riots and bombings broke out in Tehran led by Ayatollah Khomeini. The Shah fled the country and Iranians demanded him back. The Islamist seized the American embassy to hold hostages for the return Shah. With immense pressure, the U.S. ousted the Shah from the United States. Torrijos of Panama gave the Shah asylum. The U.S. accused Panama of corruption, collusion with the Shah and endangering American lives. Ironically, the U.S.. who had set the Shah in power, pressed for his return to Iran. Doc's prediction that MAIN would lose millions came true. The U.S. tried to deny the role that it had in damaging the world. Even some people in MAIN didn't know what was really going on, and he was certain the NSA and CIA was intentionally encouraging everyone to keep their eyes closed.

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