By Sheda Vasseghi
"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.
A 2004 issue of
The New Yorker magazine that ran photographs of former U.S. President
Jimmy Carter, left, and then Sen. Barack Obama at the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art on July 8, in San Francisco.
During an interview, Carter said, "…when the Shah came here to visit in
November of 1977, my first year in office, I knew that he had been an
intimate friend of six presidents before me and a staunch ally that provided
stability in that region of the world. But I knew also that SAVAK, his
secret military service, had attacked some student demonstrators…."
So in 1979, without understanding the dynamics of a complex and ancient country
such as Iran in a volatile region, Iran's unprecedented social and political
achievements in just a few short decades despite overwhelming internal and
external obstacles, and the fundamentals of Islamic political philosophy, Carter
rejoiced at the coming of "His Holiness" the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamic
Revolution because he believed the Islamists would bring instant democracy. 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.
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