In June 2007, Dr. Michael D. Evans wrote a commentary published in the Jerusalem Post titled Father of the Islamic revolution (web archive link may be slow to load) excerpted below. I was excoriated by friends and some not so friends when I made a similar comment about President Jimmy Carter a year earlier in On Your Hands. Dr. Evans is infinitely more qualified than me to provide an assessment. I am not a Middle East scholar, but I observe and draw my own conclusions. It is good, however, when someone as studied and published as is Dr. Evans agrees with my assessment. He called it the Islamic revolution and I called it the Islamic Nazi movement. I called it that because their goals are the same. Kill all of the Jews and dominate the world.
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.”
Also in that time frame, International Business Daily published a 10 part series on the Carter Presidency and titled it Profile in Incompetence (also a web archive link). Some in this series are also worth contemplating: Carter Plants the Seeds of Al-Qaida and Iran: Carter’s Habitat For Inhumanity.
As he’s done with our terror-war detainees in Guantanamo, Carter accused the Shah of torturing some 3,000 “political” prisoners. He chastised the shah for his human rights record and engineered the withdrawal of American support.
The irony here is that when Khomeini, a former Muslim exile in Paris, overthrew the shah in February 1979, many of the 3,000 were executed by the ayatollah’s firing squads along with 20,000 pro-Western Iranians.
Mr. Carter’s disdain for Israel became glaringly more apparent when he published his book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.
A look back to this point in our nation’s recent history is important. It is important because it gives us a panoramic view into the liberal mind and it also shows us how dangerous that mind set is for nations and humankind. By choice, albeit and uniformed one, Americans placed us on that tour again. Only this time it is much more aggressive. Our tour guides are from the anti-American Weather Underground hippie generation who believe that the destruction of America and free enterprise is the way to utopia. In their haste to achieve that end, they will side with any enemy and call it seeking democracy. They know that Americans love the “democracy” word because they have been conditioned to believe that our representative republic is true democracy. It is not. This form of liberalism goes far beyond offering a differing world view to an intense desire to force feed that world view to every American. It is a worldview that is either ignorant of or willing to discount what keeps the world in relative peace, that has a double helping of disdain for the United States of America, and is communist at its core with its open admiration for Chairman Mao and supporting the communism of labor union bosses.
Where are we today? We refused to support Iranians as they were being killed in the streets while protesting the oppressive Islamic theocracy aided into existence by actions of a United States president. Our stated national position is that “we should not meddle in the affairs of other countries.” After that, we enthusiastically meddled by supporting the overthrow of the “Shah-like” leader of Egypt. For whatever warts he had, he was a secular leader who was not an enemy to the United States and kept peace with Israel. Now, the Muslim Brotherhood that spawned practically every Islamic terrorist organization you can name is about to change Egypt, with its US equipped military, into an Islamic Republic not unlike Iran.
Not only must we be rid of Mubarak, but other leaders (most of them thugs granted) must go as well. Why do you reckon that is? It is because these dictators, good or bad, stand in the way of forming Islamic theocratic governments in those countries. It is not because they stand between the people of these countries and “democracy.” If it was, we would have done everything within our power to help the people of Iran overthrow that murderous regime. You are watching the birth of the Islamic caliphate.
Now, it appears that our national position is to turn away from support of Israel. Israel is the only free country and the only true American ally in the entire region. Whatever else transpires in this insane approach to a peaceful world and a secure America understand that the fate of Israel is the fate of the United States of America.