Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

Letter to The Call on U.S.-Iran relations

First Published: The Call, Vol. 9, No. 22, June 2, 1980.
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In reference to your April 28 article on Iran and the U.S., Lyn Middleton states that the hostages would be freed (possibly) if the U.S. admitted its past wrongs and this would “lay the basis for creating a new relationship of equality and mutual benefit with Iran.”

Imperialism is not a policy but the natural outgrowth of monopoly capitalism itself. The U.S. cannot possibly set up an economic relationship (or any other kind) of mutual benefit with Iran or any other third world country that it exploits or has exploited. Any plan the U.S. might have in relation to Iran would have as its primary focus the reestablishment of rule by U.S. capital in one form or another. You cannot play one superpower off of another in order to benefit anybody.

G.M., Sacramento, Calif.