Foreign Policy Can Be A Slippery Slope

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For Every Action, There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction Foreign policy can be a slippery slope, it’s difficult to have a policy between two diverse countries where their beliefs, values, and cultures are entirely different. As a result, when countries are entwined within a foreign policy, the decisions made may only benefit the very few people at the top. Unfortunately, when the leader of a country only takes their needs and wants into account and disregards policies to help make their country better domestically, problems will arise. As we saw through Taken Hostage, the tension of foreign policy between Iran and the U.S. was not a result of just one action, but instead the result of actions over the years. The Iranian people already had…show more content…
Although the hostage crisis took place in 1979, the disapproval of the United States and Iran foreign relations took place over a century before the overthrow of the embassy. A major threat to the United States was the fear of the Soviets spreading their communist beliefs internationally. Due to this, the United States came to conclusion that the best way to stop the Soviets was to use a containment strategy (Cold War Intervention 1954). This entailed the United States doing what they thought was necessary to stop the spread of communism. Unfortunately, the prime minister of Iran at that time supported Soviet beliefs along with the idea of nationalism. The nationalist beliefs of the prime minister gave him the idea of nationalizing the Britain and American owned petroleum refineries in Iran, and god forbid someone touches the U.S. oil. With the fear of Soviet communism having an influence on Iran, the United States successfully completed a covert CIA operation that overthrew Mossaegh. Thus, replacing him with a pro-western Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who despised the Soviets just as much as the United States. With the new anti-communist Shah in place, the fear of the Soviets influencing Iran had finally subsided. However, even though the United States needs were satisfied, American intervention with Iranian affairs was deeply resented. By the time of 1970 the Iranian people
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