In a recent talk at the Truro, MA, library about his summer's trip across Iran, Boston Globe columnist and former New York Times bureau chief, Steve Kinzer, called Iran "the most misunderstood country in the world" with "the most pro-US population of any country in the world." You can hear all about it on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 PM, when the South End resident and his wife, artist and photographer Marianne A. Kinzer, will present a talk and slide show about the land on the other side of the Persian curtain. They will be introduced by former municipal court judge, Herb Hershfang. The author of All the Shah's Men, about the 1953 CIA coup that overthrew the only democratically elected government of Iran, Kinzer told Christopher Lydon on WBUR Open Source that the US is on the brink of a new relationship with Iran that could be a positive one. "We are slowly realizing that the violent interventions we engaged in come back to haunt us," said Kinzer, who described those policies in a previous book, The Brothers, referring to John Foster Dulles, secretary of state and his brother, CIA director Allan Dulles, who, during the Eisenhower administration, laid the groundwork for it. "Now we see it led to decades of repression and hurt us over the long run." Kinzer attributes the US/Iranian thaw in part to a changed offer by the US: while the Bush administration refused to allow any enrichment of uranium, President Obama made it negotiable. And Kinzer credited "our neighbor John Kerry" (and indirectly himself perhaps), who read All the Shah's Men, brought it to his office for Kinzer to sign, and recommended it to others for reading.
Describing Iran as the last big untapped consumer market in the world, in desperate need of everything including thousands of trucks, hundreds of airplanes and the resources to pay for it all, Kinzer told Lydon in the Open Source interview that the profit motive did provide some extra momentum and incentive for the nuclear agreement. "It was signed on Tuesday, and on Sunday, five days later, the German minister of economy was in Teheran with a huge delegation of German businessmen," he said. "I hope the Americans will get in on the deal. There's nothing else like it out there."
The event is free. Refreshments will be served. The South End library is fully handicapped accessible. Seating is limited, so come early if you don’t want to miss this event.