It’s the anniversary today of the 1953 coup in Iran, when the democratically-elected government of Mohammed Mosaddegh was overthrown by a coup d’etat organized by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States (an extraordinary important historical occasion with ramifications that are still being felt, right up to the present day).
[update August 19 2014 – these last two links, it appears, are now no longer working (sic) – so we’ll just quote briefly the pertinent stanza from Allen’s “Capitol Air” –
Col. Roosevelt and his U.S. dollars overthrew Mossadeq/They wanted his oil now they got Ayatollah’s dreck/They put in the Shah and they trained his police the Savak/All Iran was our hostage quarter-century/That’s right Jack
– Allen Ginsberg, October 3, 1981
That quotation and more were included on the original Mossadegh Project page.