The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States. 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981) after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
The crisis was described by the Western media as an “entanglement” of “vengeance and mutual incomprehension.” President Jimmy Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy” and said, “The United States will not yield to blackmail.” In Iran, it was widely seen as a blow against the United States and its influence in Iran, including its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution and its longstanding support of the recently overthrown Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who had led an autocratic regime.
The crisis is considered a pivotal episode in the history of Iran–United States relations. Political analysts cite it as a major factor in the trajectory of Jimmy Carter’s presidency and his loss in the 1980 presidential election. In Iran, the crisis strengthened the prestige of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the political power of theocrats who opposed any normalization of relations with the West. The crisis also led to the United States’ economic sanctions against Iran, further weakening ties between the two countries (Wikipedia)
Negotiations failed, and a rescue attempt also failed. Carter stood firm, on America’s policy “no negotiations with terrorists.” He told Iran, we will not be blackmailed. There are western leaders like obama that have set a very different precedent. As in the Guantanamo prisoner exchange and the 3 Americans released this year.
Saeed Abidini reports on his torture and abuse on his facebook page, enduring persecution and torture because of his faith. He points out that he was arrested on the anniversary of the taking of hostages by Iran 34 years ago. He reports that 1,000 members of his underground churches there have been arrested.
Nasim is one of those. She is still in prison in one of the worst prisons in Iran, still lied to, still denied medical treatment, still fighting for her freedom. I understand that last week her health had slightly improved, but her anguish increases. As others who have returned from prison there have said, such as Amir Heckmati, Jason Rezaien and Saeed Abidini the psychological torture is almost unbearable. Many human rights groups have reported on the heinous abuse perpetrated by this regime.
We can not remain silent on the abuses Iran is perpetrating on it’s own people, and Americans and Western visitors. Remember Iran still holding a British woman for crimes against the state. Although she committed no crime, and 3 others with dual citizenship have been arrested recently. Iran is now threatening to send Revolutionary Guards to the US and Europe.
Then we had a President that stood up against this terrorism. Now we have had a President that stood and watched as Iran executed thousands of innocent people simply for their beliefs or speaking out. This time we had a President that stood by silently and watched the Green Movement that saw Iran killing it’s own citizens simply for protesting peacefully. This time we had a President that negotiated with terrorists even fomenting a dark deal that pushed Iran into a position of power and trust. Trust? Iran can not be trusted under the current regime. Iranian’s do not hate America or Israel this is the propaganda pushed by the regime. They demand the hardliners protest and burn American flags so they do or face death or imprisonment or both.
It’s time to stop, it’s time for the world to say enough, the removal of sanctions from Iran is a dangerous game, the recognition of an oppressive evil regime is dangerous, putting not only the Iranian people in danger, but the world. The American people have been propagandized and even lied to. It’s time to wake up, and speak up for the people of Iran.
Commentary by C. Refsland
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