Years ago, Dinesh D’Souza made the case that the moonbattery that helped the Ayatollah Khomeini to power laid the groundwork for 9/11.
The importance of the Khomeini revolution is that it demonstrated the viability of the Islamic theocracy in the modern age. And to this day post-Khomeini Iran provides a viable model of what the Islamic radicals hope to achieve throughout the Muslim world.
Khomeini also popularized the idea of America as a “great Satan.” Before Khomeini, no Muslim head of state had said this about America. Khomeini was also the first Muslim leader in the modern era to advocate violence as a religious duty and to give special place to martyrdom. Since Khomeini, Islamic radicalism has continued to attract aspiring martyrs ready to confront the Great Satan. In this sense, the seeds of 9/11 were sown a quarter of a century ago when Khomeini came to power.
Helping to sow those seeds were the greatest enablers of radical Muslims, Western liberals.
Khomeini’s ascent to power was aided by the policies of Jimmy Carter and his allies on the political left. … From the time he took office, the left contrasted Carter’s rights doctrine with the Shah’s practices. The left denounced the Shah as a vicious and corrupt dictator, highlighting and in some cases magnifying his misdeeds. Left-leaning officials such as Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, UN envoy Andrew Young, and State Department human rights officer Patricia Derian pressed Carter to sever America’s longstanding alliance with the Shah. Eventually Carter came to agree with his liberal advisers that he could not in good conscience support the Shah.
They don’t call them useful idiots for nothing:
William Miller, chief of staff on the Democrat-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee, said America had nothing to fear from Khomeini since he would be a progressive force for human rights. U.S. Ambassador William Sullivan even compared Khomeini to Mahatma Gandhi, and Andrew Young termed the ayatollah a “twentieth century saint.”
As D’Souza accurately observes,
The Carter administration’s role in assisting with the downfall of the Shah is one of America’s great foreign policy disasters of the twentieth century.
What did liberals learn from this painful lesson? If we assume for the sake of argument that Obama isn’t actively working against American interests on purpose, the answer is absolutely nothing:
Carter tried accommodating America’s enemies. He cut back on defense. He made humility the hallmark of American diplomacy. Sound familiar? It might be too much to argue that the current President’s doctrine plagiarized the peanut farmer. But it is not too much of a stretch.
Too bad Obama doesn’t limit himself to plagiarism that is not “malevolent,” like his VP.
If Carter helping to create a terrorist Iran led to 9/11, imagine what Obama putting the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt and Libya will do.
Tips and graphic compliments of Zappatrust.