Many people believe that from 1979 onwards, the only contact that America has had with Iran is through proxy wars in Lebanon and Iraq. The view is completely wrong and in fact the opposite is true. While it would be correct to say that America has had a frosty relationship with Iran, this hasn’t stopped them from trying to be allies since the moment Iran, as we know it today, was born. More from the Jerusalem Post:
Almost 30 years ago, president Jimmy Carter tried to show what a nice guy he was by pressing the shah of Iran not to crush the revolutionaries. After the monarch fell, national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski met top officials of the new Islamist regime to pledge US friendship to the government controlled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
This may seem strange, but don’t forget at this time, Khomeini was seen to have the majority of popular Iranian support, it would seem only natural to support the guy that everyone else likes. Plus don’t forget that Iran still hadn’t kidnapped anybody or started up Hezbollah, yet. However this all changed when only:
Three days after the Brzezinski meeting, in November 1979, the Islamist regime’s cadre seized the US embassy and its staff as hostages, holding them until January 1981. This was our introduction to the new Middle East of radical Islamism. Carter continued his weak stance, persuading the Teheran regime that it could get away with anything. The hostages were only released because Iran was suffering desperately from an Iraqi invasion and feared Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, as someone likely to be tougher.
This is just one of the many reasons why I view Carter as the worst U.S. President in history. As usual, Carter lost whatever backbone he had and instead of trying to get rescue the hostages (he held off until April 24, 1980 and even then the attempt failed) he negotiated with a rogue state, even when it was obvious that he was failing. Now this is where relations between Iran and America get really interesting:
On September 29, while [US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates] giving a lecture at the National Defense University in Washington, someone asked him how the next president might improve relations with Iran. Gates responded: “I have been involved in the search for the elusive Iranian moderate for 30 years.” Then Gates revealed what was actually said at Brzezinski’s meeting, in which he has been a participatant, summarizing Brzezinski’s position as follows: “We will accept your revolution… We will recognize your government. We will sell you all the weapons that we had contracted to sell the shah… We can work together in the future.”‘
Knowing this completely changes the view that America has always rejected diplomacy with its enemies. After reading this, it becomes clear that it was America who made the first move to try and open diplomatic relations with the new regimes only to be rebuffed and taken advantaged of.
Far from persuading Khomeini that the US was a real threat, the US government made itself appear a pitiful, helpless giant, convincing Teheran – as Khomeini himself put it – that America couldn’t do a damn thing. His revolution and ideology were too strong for it.
Now if this isn’t enough to persuade you how futile it is to try and negotiate with these people, maybe this will help:
Former US Marine Col. Timothy Geraghty was Marine commander in October 1983 when suicide bombers attacked the barracks of US peacekeeping forces in Beirut, killing 242 Americans. He now reveals that a September 26, 1983 US intelligence intercept showed Iran’s government ordering the attack through its embassy in Lebanon. The timid response to that operation set a pattern leading directly to the September 11 attack.
America has tried to help them, negotiate with them, only give them weak sanctions and after all that they get attacked in their own embassy and lose valuable military personnel to Iranian made and supplied bombs in Lebanon and Iraq. Maybe its time to take a real stand against terrorism and nuclear proliferation?