Not like most of us, former President Jimmy Carter was on the top of the world. He was the USA president and the leader of the democratic nations. Jimmy Carter, not like most of us, was in position of power where he could change the world and transfer it to a better place.
President Jimmy Carter, indeed, put all his Presidential weight and all the political and economical power of US behind the last stage of the peace talks between Egypt and Israel and it is fair to say that if not Jimmy Carter - the Camp David Accord of 09/1978 could have never been signed. He should be credited for the first peace treaty between an Arab Muslim state and Israel for ever.
But Jimmy Carter did also other things during his presidency. In the same year – 1978 – the Iranian Islamic revolution gained momentum in Iran. Iran under the Shah was a dictatorship, but so were all the Middle East countries, except Israel, including the close friend of US - Saudi Arabia. USA was the sponsor of many non democratic countries in the world from Chile in Latin America to Indonesia in the Pacific Ocean. Iran was a trusted ally of US equipped with the latest American military technology, Iran did not threaten any nation in total annihilation but had diplomatic and military ties with Israel. In the delicate balance of power in the Middle-East - Iran was a stabilizing power. (See - IMPOSING DEMOCRACY )
The Iranian notorious Secret Service - ‘SAVAK’, the police and the army were loyal to the Shah and the Shah had all the means to overcome the Islamic revolution. Jimmy Carter believed in reaching out to Islamists that publicly scorned Democracy, never hid their deep hate to USA and their intention to weep out Israel from the Middle East. His iron logic was that eventually it is much better to talk with your enemies then fight them. Jimmy Carter directly threatened the Iranian Shah of cutting military supply and imposing sanctions on Iran if the Shah will not use more democratic methods confronting the Islamic revolution. When the Shah, sick with cancer, a long time trusted ally of US, was forced to flee his country, in 01/1979, Jimmy Carter denied his entrance to USA for medical treatment no to anger the new Islamic regime of Iran.
The drastic changes in Iran created a disastrous political vacuum and a chain of horrendous bloody events that shook the world up to our current days. Iran did not become a democracy but a brutal religious theocracy hat executed tens of thousands Iranians. The Islamic revolution in Iran became one of the pillars of nowadays Global Jihad. Violent Islamic movements emerged all over the Middle East, aspired by Iran, and the side effects of the Iranian Islamic revolution brought upon the assassination of the Egyptian President Anwar Saadat, on 10/06/1981, the Hama Massacre in Syria in 03/1982 and the formation of Hizbullah in Lebanon in 1983.
The Gulf Region became a war zone where more then 500,000 perished in the Iranian-Iraqi war also known as the First Gulf War.
About 150,000 people were killed in the Middle East in the 30 years before the Iranian Islamic revolution, between 1948-1978, in wars between Israel
and its neighbors, war between Arab countries themselves, in brutal oppression of oppositions and civil wars.
Over 1,100,000 (minimum) where killed in the Middle-East in the 30 years after the Iranian Islamic Revolution, between 1978-2008 - just about 1% of them in the ISRAELI-Arab conflict. Jimmy Carter is not the only one to blame but he was a key player in making the Middle East the bloodiest part of the world outside black Africa
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