Pretty Sad if you ask me, 40 years ago our State Dept and Any Administration would not let this happen. They would demand immediate release and threaten Military Force and MEAN IT to get their Wrongfully Imprisoned men back.
I was lucky I served under Reagan. early 80’s
Ross Perot finnanced a rescue mission, gutsy. They were only employees.
(note: private citizens)
“...Just prior to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the government of Iran imprisoned two EDS employees in a contract dispute. Perot organized and sponsored their rescue. The rescue team was led by retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Arthur D. “Bull” Simons. When the team was unable to find a way to extract their two prisoners, they decided to wait for a mob of pro-Ayatollah revolutionaries to storm the jail and free all 10,000 inmates, many of whom were political prisoners. The two prisoners then connected with the rescue team, and the team spirited them out of Iran via a risky border crossing into Turkey. The exploit was recounted in a book, On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett...”
Could you even imagine Mexico trying something like this under Reagan?