One of the few “achievements” of Jimmy Carter’s presidency is the fact that we now have a bunch of Islamic crazies running Iran who want to violently put down their people’s desire for freedom and to control the entire Middle East. The continuing violent oppression of those who oppose the Iranian government will be part of the Jimmy Carter legacy.
Two years ago there was an interesting analysis` in the JPost which said in part:
Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter’s ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said “Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint.” Carter’s Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, “Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure.” Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not a mad mujahid, but a man of “impeccable integrity and honesty.”
The Shah, on the other hand had the Peanut President down pat. He told his personal confidant, “Who knows what sort of calamity he [Carter] may unleash on the world?”
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It was Carter’s Kumaya-pacifism that got him into trouble:
Carter never got it that Khomeini, a cleric exiled to Najaf in Iraq from 1965-1978, was preparing Iran for revolution. Proclaiming “the West killed God and wants us to bury him,” Khomeini’s weapon of choice was not the sword but the media. Using tape cassettes smuggled by Iranian pilgrims returning from the holy city of Najaf, he fueled disdain for what he called gharbzadegi (“the plague of Western culture”).
Carter pressured the shah to make what he termed human rights concessions by releasing political prisoners and relaxing press censorship. Khomeini could never have succeeded without Carter. The Islamic Revolution would have been stillborn. Gen. Robert Huyser, Carter’s military liaison to Iran, once told me in tears: “The president could have publicly condemned Khomeini and even kidnapped him and then bartered for an exchange with the [American Embassy] hostages, but the president was indignant. ‘One cannot do that to a holy man,’ he said.”
Well thank you Jimmy, you created this horrible regime, and now that its leaders have stolen the vote, and started beating, shooting and torturing those fighting for their votes to count, you are strangely silent. Why don’t you open up your mouth and try to clean up your own mess?
“Where is Jimmy?” Has anyone seen or heard from Jimmy Carter while the Islamic Republic regime in Iran and its thugs brutally beat, torture, and murder civilians on a daily basis? After all it was Carter carrying his human rights banner who turned his back on the late Shah when the country was suddenly overrun by Islamic militants in cahoots with the leftists.
The past few weeks taped live on the streets of Iran have left no question in anyone’s mind that the naïve and misguided human rights claims by the Carter Administration against the former Shah’s regime are in no way, shape or form comparable to the terror unleashed by the agents of the Islamic Republic. Yet, there is no word from Jimmy. And those in privileged media and political classes who hold past presidents accountable for their past sins are silent as well.
Internet search, e-mail and verbal inquiries, and The Carter Center website revealed nothing. It seems there has been no public outcry by the self-proclaimed humanitarian Jimmy Carter against the brutality of the illegitimate government in Tehran. The Carter Center website, however, offered a recent article by Jimmy preaching that God does “not justify cruelty to women.” According to Carter, “[i]n some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job.” Presumably one of the Islamic nations to which Carter refers is the Islamic Republic of Iran since thirty years ago Khomeini annulled all civil rights granted to women by the late Shah.
Carter’s concerns about women’s mistreatments in Islamic nations are indeed baffling since he supported the creation of at least one Islamic regime – the one in Iran. During Carter’s presidency, Andrew Young, Carter’s ambassador to UN, said “Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint”; William Sullivan, Carter’s Ambassador to Iran, said “Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure”; and James Bill, an advisor to Carter, said Khomeini was a man of “impeccable integrity and honesty.” Jimmy Carter believed a reactionary fanatic Islamist such as Khomeini would be better for Iran than a pro-Western secular monarch to whom Iranians owe any and all traces of modernity.
Carter confirms he is not trained in religion or theology yet continues to make dangerous conclusions about the very topic in which he admits and has proven himself incompetent. Thirty years has passed since the terror unleashed on Iranians by the clerics, and their most recent indisputably vicious acts against civilians have been recorded live on thousands of cameras for the world to see, and yet Carter still makes statements about what he thinks certain religious founders had in mind with respect to equality and human rights. Carter is responsible for Iran’s derailment from its path to greatness and the conditions in which Iranians are living as they are kept hostage by a bunch of backwards mullahs. Carter is responsible for Iranian women losing their civil rights under the same Islamic regime he promoted while he now laments poor treatment of women in Islamic countries. Carter’s dangerous foreign policies contributed to the 9/11 tragedy becoming a part of American history. In short, Jimmy’s “some student demonstrators” became tens of thousands of Nedas at the hands of Khomeini and his mullahs and millions of displaced Iranians across the globe.
In the midst of the fraudulent elections this past June and military coup, following the footsteps of Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration first acknowledged Ahmadinejad as the “elected” president and then realizing the political implications lowered his legitimacy to a “fact.” President Obama gave Iran until next month to show signs for open dialogue since he seems eager to work with the theocratic dictators rather than the Iranian people, who want a secular democracy. In view of the current butchery in Iran and Obama’s plans on improving relations with a rogue and dangerous regime, one may wonder why U.S. policymakers have not learned from the disastrous consequences of Jimmy’s human rights policies for Iran.
Sheda Vasseghi obtained a Master’s degree in Ancient History with an emphasis on Persia from American Military University.