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I am the original poster. Having been away for a few days, it's amazing how this thread has morphed from a discussion on new SWR research into a debate on Jimmy Carter and the Shah of Iran.

That being said, Carter is proof that Darwin was right. His failure to flex the American muscle in Iran until it was too late unleashed what became much of the world's problems today. Yes, the Shah was a thug but he was LESS a thug than the religious thugs since. The lesson learned is that sometimes the thug you know is better than the alternative thug that you don't know.
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