The Iran Hostage Situation Captivated The World Essay

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The Iran Hostage Situation captivated the world for 444 days. The Iranian captors and their crisis successfully delivered for enemies of the United States a significant blow to American prestige, which led to a lack of faith in the Carter Administration and the government as a whole. The events leading up to the capture of the embassy workers, President Carter’s involvement in the crisis, the treatment of the hostages, and their eventual release impacted the world and has since changed the way the United States reacts to other events dealing with the Middle East.
From the 1940s to the 1970s, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi reigned as the Shah of Iran. He was seen by many Iranians as a traitor because he supported the westernization of Iran. He was also hated by the Iranians because his police, SAVAK, killed and tortured innocent citizens (History). The Shah lost the support of many Iranian citizens because of his pro-Western outlook for Iran. Many Iranians felt that the Shah favored the rich but oppressed the poor. His oppositionists supported Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who was carrying out a movement against the Shah. He and his supporters eventually took power and forced Shah Pahlavi to Egypt (History). Throughout the majority of Iran’s political unrest, the U.S. tried to remain neutral. In October of 1979, however, President Carter allowed former Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, to come to America to be treated for advanced malignant lymphoma. Although he was granted entry for…

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