The Iranian Hostage Crisis : The Iran Essay

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The Iranian Hostage crisis Ken Pollack of the Brookings Institution once said “Remove all of the baggage- all of the ideology, the history …and look in purely geostrategic terms… it’s hard to figure out why the United States and Iran would necessarily be in conflict. In fact during the Shah’s era, before 1979- recognizing that there were all kinds of other problems- the Unites States and Iran worked together splendidly at the strategic level.” (10) Initially, the United States and Iran had excellent relations but certain events, most vital, The Iranian Hostage Crisis, built more and more tension. The Iran contra with the United States lasted for more than a century, conflict beginning in the late 1800s until 1980. The Iranian Hostage crisis on November 4th, 1979 served as the defining event between the United States and Iranian relations through the constant struggle for control of power resulting in hostile diplomacy between the two countries. In the early 19th century the United States and Iran established cordial political relations (Amies 22). During the early 1950s, a struggle for power in the Iranian government occurred in Iran between Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Premier Mohammad Mossadeq. From 1941 until 1979 the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ruled in Iran. His plan was to westernize Iran (Goldway, p. 9). The United States played an imperative role in a coup that eliminated autonomously elected Premier Mohammad Mossadeq to restore the Shah to power. Mossadeq…

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