Finally, today, on the Feast of Epiphany, we celebrate the story of The Magi visiting Jesus – whether it be history or myth, or a mixture of both. I love it.

The Magi were not kings but Zoroastrian priests-astrologers – from Persia or today’s Iran.

IRAN! How timely.

IN 1950 IRAN HAD A democratically elected government and Prime Minster. In late 1951, Iran’s Parliament in a near unanimous vote approved the oil nationalization agreement. But the USA and UK were not happy with the existence of a national Iranian Oil Company.

Our UK government did everything it could to make things difficult for the Iranians, even using the Royal Navy to blockade Iranian oil exports. The Iranian revenues were greater, because the profits went to Iran’s national treasury rather than to private, foreign oil companies. The UK went as far as banning British companies from exporting key products to Iran, including sugar and steel, as well as freezing Iran currency accounts in British banks.

The UK embargo had the effect of causing Iran to spiral into bankruptcy. Tens of thousands had lost their jobs.

By 1953, economic tensions caused by the British embargo and political turmoil began to take a major toll on PM Mosaddegh’s popularity and political power.

In 1953 a coup d’etat planned by the USA and UK overthrew the democratically elected PM Mohammad Mosaddegh, in favour of the monarchical rule of another Mohammad, who became the Shah of Iran.

It was the first covert action of the United States to overthrow a democratically elected foreign government during peacetime.

This act ensured Western control of Iran’s petroleum resources and prevented the Soviet Union from competing for Iranian oil. Some Iranian clerics even cooperated with western spy agencies – especially the CIA – because, dissatisfied with Mosaddegh’s secular government, they favoured a more religious form of government for the future!

The Shah of Iran ruled for 26 years as an absolute monarch, a Persian king, with the support of the USA and UK.

How many monarchs, absolute rulers, presidents and PM’s. today pay genuine homage to the teaching of the Palestinian Jew called Yehoshua or Jesus, the only ABSOLUTE PRINCE OF PEACE in history.

The real Jesus, not the Christ of fiction!

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