Islamic Revolution big blow to apartheid, favor to world: Texan professor

New York, Feb 10, IRNA – The fall of Shah, who was a supporter of the suppressive regimes, like Apartheid, was an important opportunity for the oppressed people of Africa, said a professor of history at the Houston University, Texas.

'There were very close relations between the apartheid regime of South Africa and the regime of the Shah, which was supplying apartheid South Africa with petroleum,' Gerald Horne told IRNA on Saturday on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

'After the overthrow of the Shah there was shift with regards to the new regime in terms of cutting off petroleum supplies to apartheid South Africa', which 'paved the way for the ultimate demise of the apartheid regime', said Horne.

Horne said Iran as a major country has diverted considerable energy of the US imperialism and Israeli colonialism that might otherwise have been directed to support the South African apartheid.

He also said that the US government supported the South African apartheid for it was against Communism.

Commenting about the Western media, to restore the Pahlavi family as a current, Horne said it is not surprising that the rhetoric of the US governments has not changed measurably in the last four decades; 'it has a lot to do with the fact that Israel and the pro-Israeli lobby which is so influential in Washington has not been weakened considerably over the last decades.'

Referring to some revolutions, he said that the common legacy of all of them, including that of Iran, was 'the weakening of monarchy'.

From the US' point of view, 'the monarchy in Saudi Arabia is more capable and more competent in terms of protecting the interests of the US imperialism than anti-monarchy in Tehran', which they see 'inimical to the US imperialism'.

'I think the Iranian people did the world a favor when they overthrew the bloody shah, because his oppressive policies were not only against Iranians, but worldwide,' he said.

Dr. Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his PhD in history from Columbia University and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley and his BA from Princeton University.

Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. His current research includes an examination of the US-South African relations since the so-called “Anglo-Boer War” at the end of the 19th century and an analysis of the Political Economy of the music called “Jazz” from the late 19th century to the present.

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