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Today is 4th of Novemeber
Nov, 3rd. 2003 | F14 Pilot

Posted on 11/04/2003 12:09:35 AM PST by F14 Pilot

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day that the US Dipolamts in Tehran taken as hostages for 444 days.

The Hard-line Iranian students and militants had demanded the return of the late Shah of Iran, to his homeland to stand trial, who was in the US for intensive medical cares he needed at the time.

A few months later, A group of Special Forces were sent to rescue the hostages but the mission failed.

Finally, The hostages released right after the President Reagan took office in 1980.

Since that time, some hard line militants and students gather in front of the former US Embassy, every year, in Tehran to chant against the USA and its interests.

This short note is written to commemorate the memory of those hostages and the days that American society was concerned about the fate of their countrymen.


TOPICS: Announcements; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 444days; 54hostages; anniversary; carter; hostagecrisis; hostages; iran; revolution; shah; tehran; us; usembassy

1 posted on 11/04/2003 12:09:36 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn; McGavin999; Eala; AdmSmith; dixiechick2000; nuconvert; onyx; Pro-Bush; Valin; ...
Some websites to learn more about Crisis.

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ir.html

http://rescueattempt.tripod.com/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tehran/

http://www.democracyforiran.de/Iran_Eng_HQ.html
2 posted on 11/04/2003 12:10:47 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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Pictures of the employess taken hostage in the hand of Iranian hard line militants. http://rescueattempt.tripod.com/

With Special thanks to Mr. Bancroft and his helps to provide the pictures.

4 posted on 11/04/2003 12:24:12 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: All
A new picture of the former US Embassy in Iran.

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A documentary picture showing how they seized the embassy.

5 posted on 11/04/2003 12:28:07 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ..
Canteen Bump

I sure wont forget the day
6 posted on 11/04/2003 2:41:23 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: F14 Pilot
Thank you.
7 posted on 11/04/2003 3:47:45 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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To: F14 Pilot
bttt
8 posted on 11/04/2003 4:16:45 AM PST by firewalk
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To: F14 Pilot
Thank You for remembering.
9 posted on 11/04/2003 4:35:40 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: F14 Pilot
Ah yes, the Carter legacy.
10 posted on 11/04/2003 4:51:20 AM PST by secret garden (Carry on)
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To: F14 Pilot
Ah yes, the beginning of the end of my liberal days...
11 posted on 11/04/2003 4:52:26 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: F14 Pilot
Thank you for remembering.
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"Since that time, some hard line militants and students gather in front of the former US Embassy, every year, in Tehran to chant against the USA and its interests."

We know the regime stages this every year.
It's an organized, sanctioned event.


12 posted on 11/04/2003 6:51:03 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the heads up!
13 posted on 11/04/2003 6:52:05 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: F14 Pilot
I remember the day they were released! I was in elementary school, and remember saying to my teacher: 'The reason they were released is because they know Reagan will go and get them back.' Thank you, Grandpa, for introducing me to Ronald Reagan at a very young age.
14 posted on 11/04/2003 6:54:56 AM PST by rintense
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To: F14 Pilot
The anniversary of the day the Communist/Socialist-Internationalist traitor, Sayed Jimmah KKKarrtah, started World War Four.

[And he hadn't gotten to giving America's Canal to his predatory Peking-based psychopathologically-hesperophobic pals, yet]
15 posted on 11/04/2003 7:09:30 AM PST by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: F14 Pilot
Finally, The hostages released right after the President Reagan took office in 1980.

Um, I think Reagan took office in 1981.

Thanks for the post, though.

16 posted on 11/04/2003 7:11:46 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: F14 Pilot
I cannot believe it has been 24 years!

I remember driving to college and some of the students were holding a large "Honk if you think Iran sucks" sign.

Can't believe it's almost been a quarter of a century.

17 posted on 11/04/2003 7:13:56 AM PST by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs: 8-0 baby)
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To: F14 Pilot
And 23 years ago today Ronald Reagan was elected president!
18 posted on 11/04/2003 7:16:34 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: Skooz; cardinal4
I worked temporarily at the old U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1975, halcyon days, it turns out.

My main man (who is still working in Pakistan today) was at the Embassy the first time the dirtballs took over in Feb 79. One of them was waltzing off the compound with the flag. My man, a full 150 pounds soaking wet, tackled the "student," and relieved him of his burden. After what was left of the team was evacuated - a harrowing ride from the compound out to Mehrabad Airport complete with AK-47-toting teenage "students" - to Rome and onward to CONUS. We met them at the airport in Rome with a case of cold beer. These two guys are normally unflappable, but after that experience, they were clearly shaken. The team chief smuggled out his "jube dog." The Iranian PanAM clerk tried to charge him $750 to send the dog as baggage on to Rome. The chief wrote PanAM a check and the the first thing he did when he got to Washington was put a stop payment order it.

The flag accompanied my man to his next post in southern Africa, where it flew over the Embassy for several years.

19 posted on 11/04/2003 7:28:28 AM PST by Ax
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To: rintense
I remember the day they were released! I was in elementary school,

You're just a baby!

20 posted on 11/04/2003 7:47:23 AM PST by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs: 8-0 baby)
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To: F14 Pilot
Finally, The hostages released right after the President Reagan took office in 1980.

Also, by coincidence
1980 Ronald Reagan (R) beats President Jimmy Carter (Dim) by a landslide!!!
21 posted on 11/04/2003 8:37:23 AM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: rintense
Where's my Geritiol?
22 posted on 11/04/2003 8:39:50 AM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: F14 Pilot
Freedom, Now!
23 posted on 11/04/2003 9:16:28 AM PST by blackie
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To: Ax
We met them at the airport in Rome with a case of cold beer. These two guys are normally unflappable, but after that experience, they were clearly shaken.

I remember when all of this happened. I also remember you going to retrieve them from FCO. About 4 years ago, over at the K's house in Millersville, B recounted most of the story for us. It took him about 45 mins to tell it. Quite a story. The thing that struck me was that B had said he cabled home with the news that the situation was now critical and the savages will be coming over the wall any minute. The response received from Ft Meade was to wait and report. We know what B and your Man did next....Funny thing about Iran now, they would probaly be the least hostile to Americans. Its the Iranian government that makes relations difficult; the population in Iran is very young, and you cant keep the internet and satelite TV away, no matter how much the govt wants to censor. I believe Iran will be an ally or something resembling one within 5 years..

24 posted on 11/04/2003 9:32:19 AM PST by cardinal4 (Hillary and Clark rhymes with Ft Marcy park...)
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To: cardinal4
"....Funny thing about Iran now, they would probaly be the least hostile to Americans. Its the Iranian government that makes relations difficult; the population in Iran is very young, and you cant keep the internet and satelite TV away, no matter how much the govt wants to censor. I believe Iran will be an ally or something resembling one within 5 years...."

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Great quotations... A Nice Post~!

25 posted on 11/04/2003 9:42:17 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: Ax; All
I also remember the celebration at the US Embassy compound in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the night John L came home. He was living in Jeddah, attached to the US Embassy and was TDY in Tehran when it fell. His wife and two kids lived on the compound for the duration. The night John L came back after 444 days, they closed the compound and partied. Every single tree had a yellow ribbon around it, I know, I helped tie them on. And I agree with the above post; WW IV started that day when the Embassy fell.
26 posted on 11/04/2003 9:43:29 AM PST by cardinal4 (Hillary and Clark rhymes with Ft Marcy park...)
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Iran: Thousands Rally On Anniversary Of Hostage Taking At U.S. Embassy

Radio Free Europe
English Edition

Tehran, 4 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Thousands of Iranians rallied today outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran to mark the date when students stormed the compound 24 years ago.

Demonstrators, including many schoolchildren, waved banners and chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

Iranian students occupied the U.S. Embassy on 4 November 1979, in the wake of Iran's Islamic revolution, after the United States offered to take in the deposed Shah. The students held the embassy staff hostage there for 444 days.

One speaker at today's rally was Sohail Karimi, one of two Iranian journalists freed yesterday after being held by U.S. troops in Iraq. Karimi repeated accusations, denied by the U.S. military, that the journalists were tortured after their arrest.

http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2003/11/04112003135849.asp
27 posted on 11/04/2003 9:45:50 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
I was in the same boot camp platoon with hostage Steven Kirtley...3077, 1st Mar Div... Summer of 1977....oo-rahhh!
28 posted on 11/04/2003 9:46:26 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: cardinal4; GSWarrior
Have you ever visited this webpage?
http://rescueattempt.tripod.com/
29 posted on 11/04/2003 9:52:03 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for the ping Race.
30 posted on 11/04/2003 10:01:50 AM PST by Aura Of The Blade
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the link. He's a major now. That's great.
31 posted on 11/04/2003 10:01:58 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: rintense
I remember too. I was in 1st grade and I have almost the exact memory! But it was my dad who introduced me to Reagan at an early age!
32 posted on 11/04/2003 10:20:17 AM PST by California74
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To: F14 Pilot
Bump!
33 posted on 11/04/2003 11:54:04 AM PST by windchime
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To: F14 Pilot
Iran is still on the short list. It was an act of war and remains unresolved.
34 posted on 11/04/2003 11:55:54 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: RightWhale
Bump for later reading
35 posted on 11/04/2003 1:02:15 PM PST by 6323cd
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To: F14 Pilot
I read one of the former hostages book about his ordeal. I can't recall his name, perhaps someone else will. I think it was Terry something. Anyway, it was a fascinating and horrific tale of the capture and time they spent as prisoners.

Never forget!
36 posted on 11/04/2003 4:57:25 PM PST by ladyinred (Talk about a revolution, look at California!!! We dumped Davis!!!)
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To: rintense
Yep. Same terrorist groups then as now, same fears.

After all, everyone has fears, even terrorists.

Their fear. The TEXAS COWBOY, Ronald Reagan.

Today's terrorist's fear,, The TEXAS COWBOY, George Bush.
37 posted on 11/06/2003 1:22:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ("Duty is ours, Results are God's" --John Quincy Adams)
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To: UCANSEE2
Well, that cowboy Reagan was from a couple towns over, in California land. This cowboy is from Texas.

I think Bush should give his acceptance speech in a cowboy outfit or better yet, a flight suit just to annoy the Rats all the more.
38 posted on 11/08/2003 12:43:27 PM PST by republicanwizard
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