Freedom and Democracy for Other Countries: America's Hypocrisy - Page 2
The Shah of Iran, while initiating many reforms, used torture and execution without trial to brutally suppress all opposition. After the nationalization of the country's oil industry by Prime Minister Dr. Mosaddeq, the CIA played a crucial role in having him removed and replaced by one of the Shah's generals, Fazollah Zahedi. Secretary of State, Madeleine K Albright, stated: “...it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs." Yet the Shah continued to receive America's blessing as a friend and ally, as he kept militant Islam at bay, and guaranteed the flow of oil to the West.
These are just a few of the more notable dictatorships to receive the blessing and support of the United States. There have been many other brutal and corrupt foreign governments that couldn't have held power without American interference in their internal affairs.
It's fine to make impressive speeches advocating freedom and democracy in foreign countries, but the hypocrisy of America propping up oppressive regimes for purely selfish motives, makes these fancy words sound shameful.