If it hadn't been for the CIA/MI6-led coup against Mohammad Mossadegh back in 1953, Iran would probably be a far more free and advanced country than it is today, according to Another Day in the Empire.
They report how the toppling of Mossadegh led to extremist Islamists and the Shah and ultimately the 1979 American hostage crisis. It's as if our meddling was deliberate because we knew extremists would take hold and would give us an excuse to invade and install a puppet regime. Meanwhile, the average Iranian will suffer.
And in light of the current Brit soldier hostage crisis, it is becoming clear that Britain was in Iranian waters and a provocation of 'Gulf of Tonkin' proportions may be underway. I certainly hope not.