Skip to comments.I rescued Argo hostages in my orange Austin Maxi with a GB sticker on the back...
Posted on 03/03/2013 5:49:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Martin Williams was a First Secretary at the British Embassy in Iran when militants invaded the US Embassy in November 1979, taking 52 hostages and sparking an international crisis that lasted 14 months.
In his Oscar-winning film Argo, director and star Ben Affleck tells how six American diplomats hid in the Canadian Ambassadors house in Tehran until the CIA arranged an ingenious escape plan after they had been callously turned away when they sought shelter at the British Embassy.
Here Mr Williams, 71, who later was High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and New Zealand, says this is a gross misrepresentation of the part he and other British representatives played in rescuing five members of the group from anti-Western mobs roaming the streets . . .
IT WAS on a cold evening in January that my wife Sue and I set off from our home in Kent to watch Argo at the Odeon in Earls Court, West London. We had arranged to meet several colleagues who had also served in Tehran and were, naturally, looking forward to seeing how the film would depict what had been a significant and dramatic time in our lives.
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Honoured: Martin, with his wife after receiving the OBE in 1980, says he is upset by the film's 'inaccurate representation'
If we’d have sent in a rescue force within a week of the hostage takeover, Jimmy Carter would’ve been reelected in a landslide. The new Iranian government was terrified that they had wakened a sleeping giant when the “students” took the hostages. Their fear turned to glee when they realized that Jimmah was a complete pu$$y.
No knighthood at 71 after a lifetime of service? I'd say Her Majesty's government agrees with Mr Affleck.
What? Hollywood rewrote history? I’m shocked! /s
For many Americans the only history they learn is from mpovies. They should be a litle bit accurate.
Bump for a great story
Absolutely correct and Obama is inviting the same type of attack and disaster with his appeasement and encouragement of the Muslim Brotherhood and arming of Al Qaeda.
He already tried it at Benghazi. If it wasn’t for two former Navy SEALS who kicked some serious ass before getting killed, there’d have been about 30-40 American hostages.
I for one am relieved to know that British diplomats did not just turn their backs on our people in this time of need.
Also, he was the recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Awrad, so I doubt the British Empire agrees with Ben Affleck. I know I can’t stand the creep.
“Don’t get your striped pants in a twist. It’s just a movie, Mr Williams”
Ben is that you? Unfortunately I have know too many people that believe everything that Hollywood feeds them. The movie is either true or it isn’t. You do notice that the disclaimer says BASED on true events. Being familiar with Clooney and Affleck I am more inclined to go along with the British version of events.
I grew up right after WWII and all I saw were movies depicting Americans fighting. It wasn’t until recently after watching Foyle’s War, a British production, that I understood the great sacrifice the British people made during the WWII.
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!
One of my favorite British delicacies.
Did you even read his account?
That diplomat, his wife and all the other Brit diplomats and employees involved - and few other foreign nationals (Swedish ambassy, Thai cook) were all damn HEROES.
So what prompted Ben Affleck and his people, including producer George Clooney, to portray the Brits in such a derogatory way, I dont know. If the film had portrayed what they did, it might have added even more dramatic tension
And this man is a gentlemen and true diplomat (a dying breed) who kept his mouth shut all these years to avoid stirring up trouble in UK-Iranian relations and endangering other Brits with an Iranian govt headed by one of those “student” islamist extremist kidnappers - Achmadinejad
That is what “classified” information is about. Keeping secrets.
So why did Cooney and Affleck make a movie “based on fact” that included an inaccurate gratuitous slur against brave allies? Its holywod- it guess we should expect no less than constant agendas in place of history
Any loose cannon, civilian- diplomat murdering hostage-taking islamists out there want to embarrass the Great Satan, make headlines and diminish our national image in the muslim world by showing that sock monkey and our diplomats groveling to their murder and terror done to honor the “religion of peace”
Now is the time! The formerly greatest defender of freedom on Earth is now led by a manchild hostile to his own people, their nation, their values and US history
The so-called Free World is now led by a sock puppet who will send Mr Pompous John effin’ Kerry over to any foreign nation on earth to sympathize with the “freedom fighter” and apologize for Americas way of life, prosperity, and strength that make the 3rd world so upset
Onyango Obama, believed to be born in 1895, was a member of the Luo tribe who worked for years as a servant for white colonialists in Kenya. His son, the first Barack Hussein Obama, was the future presidents father. Onyango Obama was described as a strong-willed and stern man, abusive of the multiple women he would marry over his lifetime.
Ever notice how scum on the top of a pond attracts and bonds to other clumps of scum until it covers the whole surface?
Has ANYONE of them seen or heard from?
Who, WHERE are they?
The movie Argo was terrible. Cannot believe it won an Oscar for Best Picture!!