Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Iran Hostage Crisis Remembered

Today is the 26th anniversary of the failed hostage rescue attempt in Iran which resulted in death of Eight American servicemen.

The fall of the late Shah of Iran in 1979 turned Iran to a anti-American hotbed for a while, and the crisis got worse when a group of radical islamist-marxist individuals supported by the Islamic regime leadership occupied the US embassy in Nov, 4th 1979 and took more than 60 American diplomats hostage for more than a year.

As an Iranian, I am sorry for the mistreatment of the American nationals in Iran but the issue of hostage taking will remain in history of Iran as a dark and shameful spot for which we owe an apology to the Americans.

The Atlantic Monthly recently published a series of articles, pictures and video clips on the hostage crisis which can be seen at The Atlantic Online web site.

For more information, you may want to view James Bancroft's personal web page which is looking at the issue from a personal point of view.

Update1: I forgot to mention the Canada's role in helping couple of American hostages to flee Iran during the crisis. Canada did help prepare fake documents for bunch of American diplomats to get away.


ناهيد said...

درود بر دوست جديد..
متاسفم و كمي كه نه خيلي خجالت مي كشم كه بگم انگليسيم زياد خوب نيست.. اما در هر صورت خوشحالم كه اومدم خونه ات.. شاد باشي و پيروز..

Chester said...

A sad anniversary.
Just to keep the record straight....66 people were taken hostage, but 14 were let go (women and non-Americans).
52 were held for 444 days.
A disgraceful episode under a disgraceful President.

Joseph Salomonsen said...
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Anonymous said...

Joseph: I concur, "the first hit" of long list of other terror activities. Thanks to Jimmy Carter, the Christian.

Leap Frog said...


Thanks Winston and on your link
http://rescueattempt.tripod.com/id3.html, came across this: Under Bruce Laingen, #67

But perhaps the most interesting part of the call was the 12-14 year old girl who saw our black Chrysler limousine waiting outside and who asked my security officer, "Who's car is this?" When told it was the American Charge she said, "... but I thought all the Americans had left... We're going to chase them out!" She's not representative, but what she said says something about the impact of some of the propaganda heard in much of the press -- propaganda that some of its proponents genuinely mean and which others express for effect.

Out of the mouths of babes as they say.

Aryamehr said...

Even though I agree with Winston let us not forget that it was Jimmy Carter who betrayed a staunch U.S. ally in the "M.E." and who decided to give the go-ahead for the mollah takeover! Jimmy Carter called that bloodthirsty terrorist Ayatollah Khomeini a SAINT!

Never Forget.

irandokht said...

با درود به تمام مبارزان راه آزدی. روزگار غریبی ست نازنین. تنها با یاری تمام یاران دبستانی است که می توان امیدوار بود : ایران هرگز نمی میرد.
جنبش آزادی ایرانیان گزیده جدیدترین اخبار روز را در اختیارتان می گذارد. با نظرات گرم و دستان پرمهرتان همراهمان باشید. ( اتحاد همه با هم را فراموش نکنیم.)
در این راه عظیم یاریمان کنید . ( جنبش آزادی ایرانیان - جنبش مستقل دانشجویی )
پاینده ایران.