Tensions continue to mount between the United States and Iran, driven by conflicts that have gone back decades and stoking fears of war. The Onion looks back at the history of U.S.–Iran relations.


1941:

Britain and the Soviet Union invade Iran to counter Germany’s expanding influence and show the Nazis how imperialism is really done.

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1953:

Fazlollah Zahedi replaces Mohammad Mosaddegh as prime minister after being democratically elected by a majority of CIA officers.

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1979:

Something or other happening over there affects gas prices in the U.S.


1981:

Iran releases 52 hostages into the far crueler prison of Reagan’s America.


1985:

Ronald Reagan diagnosed with early stages of dementia.


1988:

U.S. shoots down an Iranian passenger plane, killing all 290 people on board, and for some reason is still seen as the aggressor in the region.

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2013:

Argo wins Best Picture, infuriating Iranians who were really pulling for Silver Linings Playbook.

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2015:

Secret Muslim and Antichrist, Barack HUSSEIN Obama (sworn in on a Quran disguised as a Bible), signs the Iran nuclear deal.

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2019:

U.S. media overwhelmingly votes to authorize war with Iran.


2027:

Let’s just say it’s going to be very, very bad.

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