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A Lesson in Interventionism in Iraq

•, by Jacob G. Hornberger

 The new intervention, however, produces a new crisis, which then necessitates a new intervention. With each new intervention, the government's power continues to grow.

While Mises was referring to economic intervention, the principle applies in other areas. Good examples are the drug war, immigration controls, healthcare, and education, all areas that are characterized by a perpetual series of crises and interventions.

The principle also applies to foreign policy. Iraq provides a good example. Let's examine the history of U.S. interventionism in Iraq.

1953: The U.S. government, operating through the CIA, knowingly, intentionally, and deliberately destroy Iran's (Yes, Iran's) experiment with democracy by ousting Mohammed Mossadegh from power in a coup and re-installing the Shah of Iran, who proceeded to establish one of the most brutal tyrannies in history, with the full support of the U.S. government. The reason for the coup? The British Empire had lost their oil rights in Iran and the U.S. government wanted to help Britain regain them. The ostensible reason for the coup was to save Iran from communism as part of the Cold War against the Soviet Union, the U.S. government's World War II partner and ally.

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