Today marks the 31st anniversary of the fundamentalist Islamic takeover of Iran on February 11, 1979.
So who was president of the United States in 1979?
Oh, yes. It was Jimmy Carter. And if you look at the pattern, our enemies since World War II always have been emboldened and have made significant geopolitical advances under weak Democrat presidents.
JFK and LBJ, both Democrats who together served from December 1961 to December 1969, started and escalated the disastrous Vietnam War that drained our national energy and emboldened the Soviet Union. Richard Nixon said repeatedly that we never would have been in Vietnam if he instead had been elected in 1960.
During Jimmy Carter’s tenure from 1977 to 1981, Iran fell and the Soviets marched into Afghanistan.
During Bill Clinton’s presidency, the United States failed to respond to terrorist attacks on New York City in 1993, on US embassies in Africa in 1998, and on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000, leading to the perception that America was ripe for a Big One. George Bush got an empty briefing book from Clinton, with CIA and FBI communications hamstrung by decades of Democrat restrictions. The terrorists then pulled off the September 11, 2001 attacks that were laughable in their simplicity. It never should have happened.
And now Obama is treating terrorists with kid gloves. This will lead to another attack.
Now look at Jimmy Carter. He hates Bush and often has broken the rule of presidents, that one does not criticize the policies of any of his successors. Yet Bush kept us safe. On the other hand, Carter booted Iran into a radical camp that has been attacking the West since 1979. This is one of the main reasons we have such strong terrorist networks today. Because of nations like Iran.
How did Carter blow it?
By being a left-wing foreign-policy weakling, that’s how.
In a speech that Carter gave on New Year’s eve in Tehran, Iran on December 31, 1977, he called Iran “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” These words would come back to haunt him. Then just over one year later, the Shah was on his way into exile, undermined by the same Jimmy Carter.
The brief history of the Shah is this: He came from a powerful Iranian family and rose to power in 1953 with American backing. At that time, Iran could have gone one of three ways – with the Shah; with the pro-Soviet Mossadegh who was duly elected; or with Islamic fundamentalism. Our CIA helped the Shah to topple Mossadegh with the intent of preventing a possible Soviet takeover or domination of Iran and the subsequent destruction of its economy and its freedoms.
The Shah ruled with harsh measures in a place that was indeed “one of the more troubled areas of the world”. But the important part was the positive things that the Shah was doing to bring stability and progress to his nation.
Here is an excerpt from wikipedia.org about the Shah’s rule:
The Shah made major changes to curb the power of certain ancient elite factions by expropriating large and medium-sized estates for the benefit of more than four million small farmers. In the White Revolution he took a number of major modernization measures, including extending suffrage to women, much to the discontent and opposition of the Islamic clergy, the participation of workers in factories through shares and other measures, the improvement of the educational system through new elementary schools and literacy courses set up in remote villages by the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces. The latter step was called “Sep?h e D?nesh”, “Army of Knowledge”. As part of the White Revolution, the Armed Forces were engaged in infrastructural and other educational projects throughout the country as well as in health education…. Moreover, he instituted exams for Islamic theologians to become established clerics. As a further step, in the seventies the governmental program of a free of charge nourishment for children at school was implemented. Under the Shah’s reign, the national Iranian income showed an unprecedented rise.
Doesn’t this look preferable to what we see in Iran today? Or what we see in any communist nation?
If we had stood by the Shah, Iran would have evolved into a peaceful, pro-Western democracy just as other pro-Western dictatorships became democracies after insuring stability in places like South Korea, Taiwan and Chile.
But there were leftists all over the world and in America who hated the Shah, just as leftists today hate pro-American leaders like the president of Colombia who have brought stability to their nations and routed the marxist left. Under Carter, America ultimately abandoned the Shah who fled Iran on January 16, 1979. On February 11 of that year, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran from Paris and the fundamentalist revolution began.
Here is a quote from the Shah himself about how his demise happened.
“I did not know it then, perhaps I did not want to know? But it is clear to me now that the Americans wanted me out. Clearly this is what the human rights advocates in the State Department wanted. What was I to make of the Administration’s sudden decision to call former Under Secretary of State George Ball to the White House as an adviser on Iran? Ball was among those Americans who wanted to abandon me and ultimately my country.”
Indeed. And today we are in a panic about Iran developing nuclear weapons when it all started with a weak Obama-like liberal, and need never have occurred.
So how should the United States now prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
Here is the Nikitas3.com solution: Pick a small, remote Iranian military base and obliterate it with cruise missiles and B-2 stealth bomber attacks that the Iranians cannot counter. Destroy all planes, buildings, runways, military vehicles and personnel. Then tell the Iranian leadership that we will destroy one military base per week until they give up their weapons program. It will be very persuasive. They are not that strong. The thought of being militarily emasculated will be very convincing.
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