In the cold war, we were important because we have major reserves of oil. We have 12.8%of the worlds oil. Both the West and the soviets wanted our oil,and profits want them.
NATIONALIZE THE OIL!!!!!
Mohammed Mosaddeg was very important to us after the Cold War. He nationalized our oil for us. Tjus made Brittian furious and we were pitted againsed each-other. The west had to step in to intermediate.
There was also the Iran Crisis in 1946. Stalin would not give back our land in fear of losing world power. The US then tried to get involved to force the Russians out.
This is my land
I want your oil money or else
We were also outraged when the Anglo Iranian oil company made 170 million pounds off of our oil. They kept 30% of profits from taxes while we kept a mere 10%.
Take my guns and give me money
Lastly, we had the Iran Contra Affair with Ronald Raegan.He came into Iran and sold us weapons.He used the profit sof this to help fund the Contras in Nicaragua, because they were fighting a suspected communist group.