According to Andrew Gavin Marshall, at Global Research, 5 September 2010, (The “Arc of Crisis”):
When Jimmy Carter became President, his government decided to support the Ayatollahs in Iran.
In 1978, Zbigniew Brzezinski referred to "an arc of crisis" and according to Time magazine, in January 1979, the "center of gravity of this arc is Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer."
According to Peter Dale Scott, in The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, "There was this idea that the Islamic forces could be used against the Soviet Union."
In 1978, Carter named George Ball to head a special White House Iran task force.
"Ball recommended that Washington drop support for the Shah of Iran and support the fundamentalist Islamic opposition of Ayatollah Khomeini." (F. William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. )
Manouchehr Ganji was a minister in the Shah's government and he has Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance.
According to Ganji, in 1978, the Shah believed that "the Carter administration was plotting to topple his regime."
In 1978, the Shah's wife, told Ganji that, "I wanted to tell you that the Americans are maneuvering to bring down the Shah... they even want to topple the regime."
Ramsey Clark, a former US Attorney General, and a professor Richard Falk, visited Khomeini in Paris.
According to Manouchehr Ganji, James Bill, a Carter adviser, felt that, "a religious movement brought about with the United States' assistance would be a natural friend of the United States."
The BBC broadcast pro-Khomeini programs daily in Iran. (F. William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order)
At the 1979 Bilderberg meeting, Bernard Lewis, a British historian, presented a British-American plan which supported "the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement behind Khomeini, in order to promote balkanization of the entire Muslim Near East along tribal and religious lines."
While Khomeini was in Paris, a representative of the French President organized a meeting between Khomeini and "current world powers." (http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43328)
In February 1979, Khomeini was flown out of Paris on an Air France flight, to return to Iran, "with the blessing of Jimmy Carter."
(Michael D. Evans, Father of the Iranian revolution. The Jerusalem Post: June 20, 2007: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1181813077590&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull)
Covertly, the United States immediately stirred up war in the region.
Iraq invaded Iran, in April 1980.
Two months before the war, Brzezinski met with Saddam Hussein in Jordan, where he gave support for the destabilization of Iran.
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