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A quick look in history marks the fact that US has always faked the terms such as human rights to rule the world with its colonial and expansionist policies, and has always put its owns interests first. Human rights have been used by the heads of the White House to achieve their illegitimate purposes.
Publish Date : 08:14 - 2020 July 20

Irdc.ir: A quick look in history marks the fact that US has always faked the terms such as human rights to rule the world with its colonial and expansionist policies, and has always put its owns interests first. Human rights have been used by the heads of the White House to achieve their illegitimate purposes.

A good example took place in Iran on 70's, when Carter, the new president of the United States, came to power with plenty of appealing philanthropic mottos. He tried to support the human rights and he reconsidered arms trade. He presented the philanthropic policy as one of the principals of his foreign policy. But after he came to the office, not only he ignored human rights in the foreign policy of his administration, but also mobilized other countries including Iran to protect its own interests.

Human rights violation in Iran by Carter

James Bill, American researcher, mentions the rise in selling weapons to Iran, totally in contrast with his philanthropic mottos in his campaign: "When Jimmy Carter became the president, the weapons trading with other countries were gravely increased".

William Sullivan has written in his journals: "Before Ieaving United States to Iran, I had a meeting with Carter. He mentioned the strategic importance of Iran for the United States and our European allies. Then he recalled Muhammadreza Pahlavi as a close friend and a trusted ally for US. He noted that Iran was a factor for stability in Persian Gulf, and he reminded me of the cost of oil and other affairs concerning the two countries".

Sullivan sees that despite Carter had won the election with philanthropic mottos, and criticizing the previous republican presidents for ignoring human rights and supporting dictator regimes such as Pahlavi, he doesn't seem to care about it now, not a little bit. Sullivan, surprised, asks him about it. He said that even though there were concerns about human rights, Sullivan had to ask Muhammadreza to moderate his policies in that context.

The mobilization of Pahlavi regime with military weapons by Carter's administration

January 1977, the beginning of Carter's administration, and growing significance of human rights and the arms trade ban ,were concurrent. Although Carter had claimed that he aimed to reduce US arms trade, he made an exception for Iran.

Cyrus Vance US then minister of foreign affairs, told Muhammadreza in their very first meeting that US government was ready to provide Iran with its Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). He also announced that United States was willing to sell 160 F16s to Iran.

These Anti human rights proceedings, were opposed by the Congress. It was discussed in many sessions in "International Relations Committee". One of the senators said: "This is not a regular arms trade... this is breach of the principals related to limitation of arms trade, developed by the new government running by Carter.

Senator Calver also criticized making an exception for Iran: "The painful fact is that selling AWACS to Iran is against the principals announced by the president himself. It's pointless that we change our minds even before the ink dries, and make an exception for Iran".

In September 7, Carter suggeted selling AWAKS, and Harold, the minister of defence, Cyrus Vance and some Pahlavi supporter senators such as Barry Goldwater helped him to get it done. Howard Fish, the agent of US weapons trade in ministry of foreign affairs, said in October 5: "This time, the votes are ours".

He also authorized the 8.1 million dollars deal of selling 160 F16 fighters and started the evaluation of Iran's request for 140 F14s.

On 13 July 1978, he agreed to sell 800.000.000 dollars worth weapons to Iran. This was in addition to another contract worth 2.300.000.000$, already authorized.

He surpassed the previous presidents in selling weapons to Iran. In the first year of his presidency, his delivered weapons to Iran was worth 4.2 billion dollars. From January 1977 to September 1978, more weapons were sold to Iran than the whole time Ford and Nixon were in charge.

In other fields of economy, we can see that US export to Iran was at its highest amount ever. Moreover, Carter had signed a contract with Muhammadreza to build five nuclear power stations.


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