..."USA Carter govt. colluded with the Soviets in toppling the moderate( and by Muslim standards, progressive) Shah of Iran..." 1. How on earth Carter toppled the most pro-US and pro-Israel regime on Middle East in the modern history? Did I miss something here? 2. Shah of Iran and his regime was neither moderate nor progressive at any standard of modern state system at all. For the Western he was a servant, for the Muslim country he was a traitor. And for the world he was a DESPOT. His SAVAC SECRET service killed thousands of his own people. 3. By any standard of comparison, the nearest of his type was Salvador Allende of Chile and Soeharto of Indonesia. Both of them are US SERVANTS in their own regions. 3. His brutal regime gave birth to KHOMEINI fundamentalist regime.
from the article: Moscow's Mideast myopia