Iranian Hostage Crisis

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For Most Americans, the story starts with the Iranian hostage crisis, but they do not always think about what led up to this point.. The events that lead up, which included the United Sates overthrowing Iran democracy and installing a pro United States dictator, made it almost impossible that the Iranians would not fight back with extreme measures. The Iranian Hostage Crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian took over the US Embassy in Tehran. President Carter called the hostages "victims of terrorism and anarchy," adding that "the United States will not yield to blackmail”. The Iranian Hostage Crisis was inevitable because western nations imposed their modern ideas on Iran. Along with imposing a pro United States dictator, the West also controlled their oil, which was their biggest national income and imposed their western ideas on the country. The religious leaders in the United States were deeply upset and lead a revolution again the Shah and the United States. In order to understand why the Iranian Hostage Crisis was inevitable, we have to look back at the US influence over Iran and its government. The United States wanted to modernize Iranian and to make this happen they had to have a Shah that would be open to new, modern ideas. The shah that eventually took over for the US was named Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Shah Pahlavi was in office before, but he had been weakened by the new parliament that was put into place, which weakened his rule. After 1953 the Shah was in full control and was supported by the US and Britain. Soon the oil was flowing again un... ... middle of paper ... ...tween Iran and the United States, and the decline of the provisional government and later political moderates. The Iranian Hostage Crisis was an event that could not have been prevented because of the background and problems that the United States and Iran had. The background of the Iranian Hostage Crisis was a way for the Iranians to get what they believed they deserved from the US and to get back at them for all the trouble they had put the Iranian people through. Their believe was that the United States is taking over everything we believe in and turning it into their believes and traditions which the Iranians were not ok with. They had a strict Islamic religion, which went against almost everything the western nations believed in. Overall all the Iranians wanted was for their country to have the believes they wanted and for the US to stay out of their business.
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