Today the world is still paying the price for Carter’s actions
By MICHAEL D. EVANS
On the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, Jimmy Carter has again pushed the limits of rhetoric by declaring that he could have defeated Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election by bombing Iran. Said the former president, “I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth.”
He added, “I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages, and so I stood up against all that.”
As a nation, we have been blinded by liberal rhetoric as to the purpose of the war against terrorism. It is time we set our blinders aside and acknowledge the truth. We have only to look as far back as the Carter presidency to find when Pandora’s Box was opened and the Islamic revolution was unleashed.
In an 800-word diatribe against Israel co-written by former Irish president Mary Robinson, the two opined regarding the recent Gaza/Israel conflict:
“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals.”
Of course, the former president has shown his disdain for Israel in countless ways and in myriad diatribes against the Jewish state. Carter has met several times with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Damascus in an ongoing attempt to push Israel toward a one-sided peace agreement—in favor of Hamas. His personal relationship with Mashaal rivals that of Carter’s long-time liaison with the late Yasser Arafat.
Carter’s ideology was alive and well during the time of the Shah of Iran, and leaves no question in my mind that it was responsible for the destabilization of that country, a formerly pro-Israel and pro-Western ally. Khomeini could never have succeeded with the birthing of the Islamic revolution without the assistance and support of president Jimmy Carter. Khomeini’s Islamic revolution, in turn, birthed the onslaught of terrorism by which the entire world has been gripped and victimized.
Perhaps few remember that it was 4:31 a.m. on the morning of the Reagan inauguration that Jimmy Carter wire-transferred Iran $7.9 billion dollars through a series of banks including the Federal Reserve, a bank in the Netherlands, and the Bank of England. The funds to buy the hostages back were from money that had been controlled by the Shah of Iran. At the same time, Carter signed the Algerian Accord, committing the US to respect Iran’s territorial integrity and not to attack. That little stroke of the pen still haunts and fetters the US in the Persian Gulf region.
Carter’s most recent comments regarding his role in Iran might well have been challenged by the late French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the leader of France during the time of America’s first crisis with Iran. In an interview with him several years ago for my book, Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos, I was told that in 1979 he met with Carter in Guadalupe for a summit, as did Helmut Schmidt of Germany and James Callahan of Great Britain, and that Carter informed them that the US was going to support Khomeini instead of the Shah of Iran.
In essence, d’Estaing said he realized the US was trading its strongest pro-Western Persian Gulf ally in favor of a terrorist Muslim cleric.
“I was horrified,” said d’Estaing. “The only way I can describe Jimmy Carter is that he was a ‘bastard of conscience.’ ”
Carter seems to have conveniently forgotten that he listened to the advice of those who had an agenda regarding the shah and turned a blind eye while the ruler and his family were summarily expelled from Iran. It paved the way for Khomeini and his terrorist element to seize control of the country. Today, the world is still paying the price for Carter’s actions.
The administration of President Barack Obama has simply taken up where Carter’s presidency ended—with an agenda to discredit Israel and elevate terrorists in the Middle East to near-sainthood status.
Asadollah Alam, appointed prime minister by the shah in July 1962, was Pahlavi’s personal confidant. Alam, in his biography, wrote of Pahlavi’s concerns over the election of Carter. The shah had asked: “Who knows what sort of calamity he [Carter] may unleash on the world?” Today, we do know, as radical Islam seeks to create a global caliphate that would institute a “bow or die” philosophy.
Based on the past experience with the United States, Iran and other terrorist nations can look at the US under the leadership of yet another Liberal Left president and ask, “Crime pays; what will be our reward this time?”
Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.