iran was evolving into a secular social democratic state and the americans and british stopped it and destroyed civil society in iran with their torture regime. everything after is the direct result of the coup against mozadegh and the over tunring of the democratically elected governemtn. without the shah there would have been no mullahs.americans really should stop military interference in other people's countries. it has always backfired in the long run and rarely even gets genuine short term results.the only people who benifit are the military industrial complex. unfortunately they have run america for decades, and are the reason for it's decline.