مجلة علوم اللغة العربية وآدابها
Volume 12, Numéro 1, Pages 402-424

Jimmy Carter And Human Rights: A Sceptical View. Iran: Case Study.

Authors : Mellak Hamza .

Abstract

This article seeks to disprove the conventional wisdom that equates human rights crusade with Jimmy Carter on one hand and to refute the contention that held this policy, presumably, in part, responsible for the fall of the shah of Iran on the other. The Iranian case may seem complicated, but it can offer us a new angle through which to examine the Carter policy of human rights, and reinterpret it differently for the sake of unveiling its very essence. To some extent, a conclusion can be drawn to corroborate the assumption that considered this policy as a cynical ploy designed to win votes and later turned into a practical ideologized weapon amidst the raging Cold War sidelining any moralistic dimension inherent in it. In Iran, the sterility of this policy is to be emphasized given its incompatibility with the already precarious situation in which it was evoked.

Keywords

Human rights ; the Cold War ; the Islamic Revolution ; Liberalization ; Moralism