Skip to comments.Former Iran Hostage-Taker Criticizes Carter Prize
Posted on 10/12/2002 9:35:42 AM PDT by GeneD
TEHRAN (Reuters) - A former ringleader of the U.S. embassy hostage drama in Tehran said on Saturday that Jimmy Carter, who was U.S. president at the time, did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
"He would have deserved a peace prize today if he had taken serious steps toward peace during his presidency," said Abbas Abdi, one of the leaders of the student militants who seized the U.S. embassy in 1979.
The students, who were trying to force Washington to extradite the deposed Shah of Iran for trial, held 52 U.S. hostages at the embassy for 444 days.
During that time, Carter broke off diplomatic ties with Tehran and suffered the embarrassment of a botched attempt to rescue the hostages.
In 1981, Carter was swept from office by Ronald Reagan, a humbling end to an optimistic presidency but the start of a high-profile semi-retirement.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited on Friday Carter's "vital contribution" to the peace accord between Israel and Egypt and his efforts in conflict resolution on several continents in giving him the $1 million prize.
"Those who award the prize have their own criteria which might be justifiable for them," said Abdi, who like many of the former hostage-takers, is now a leading voice for reform in Iran.
"We have never seen a U.S. president who prefers the interest of other countries to his country's national interest," he told Reuters.
Iran's government has given no reaction to Carter's award and officials could not be reached for comment.
The state-run Iran daily newspaper, however, also criticized the prize.
"It's worth pointing out that, contrary to what the Nobel Peace Committee announced about Carter's pacifism, he launched a military attack against Iran on the pretext of liberating the U.S. hostages," the paper said.
Political analyst Morad Veysi said Carter's award was based on the work he had done after he left the White House.
"Experience shows that during the time that Carter was U.S. president, he didn't show the same support for peace as he does today," he said.
He might investigate the embarrassing administration of punkboy, x42 - impeached former President cartoon. there was an administration which never placed US interests in front of self interest.
Point noted, Mr. Abdi. Now, why don't you take a few serious steps out of the shadows so you can claim your "prize" - right between the eyes. Goofy raghead SOB's: You're time is coming...
I beg to differ. I think former President William Blyth (Clinton) qualifies.
That says it all, but you are correct, Bubba should be included in this too. Can you imagine how much Bubba envies Carter though? He wants that Nobel prize so bad!!!!
Well, this is a BAD thing? And has he ever put the interests of others above his own? The interests of, say, the families of those he detained?
Those who award the prize have their own criteria which might be justifiable for them," said Abdi, who like many of the former hostage-takers, is now a leading voice for reform in Iran.
What this tells me is that the mullahs haven't done a very good job. I also wonder about what role the Carter administration actually had in that drama. Did they make the situation worse? Did they cause it by their ham-handed activities?
And, is this guy one of the political reformers within the government or one of the ones now aligned separately? Very mysterious.
But I am happy to read yet another embarassing comment about Carter, from whatever source. HA!
Very curious. This Voice of America article indicates that Abbas Abdi has turned into one of the pro-Western reformers in Iran; he is a prominent advocate of establishing talks with the U.S., presumably aimed at restoring diplomatics relations:
Early this year, some reformist lawmakers began calling publicly for talks with Washington. But Iran's hardline judiciary later declared calls for talks with Washington to be illegal.There are, of course, many people whose political views changed from 1980 to now.
Iran's judiciary has banned more than 80 pro-reform publications since beginning a crackdown on dissent 30 months ago.
Two leading reformists said in August they feared the country's ruling hardliners were preparing to declare a state of emergency to counter reformist moves to improve U.S. ties.
Karim Argandepour, editor of a banned daily newspaper, and political ally Abbas Abdi said extremists in the conservative camp were seeking to create what they called an exceptional situation.
Don't hold your breath Abbas!!! The adults are running the show over here now!
He gave khomeni the whole of Iran and set the country back into the dark ages,..........what more does this turkey want?
Jimmy getting the nobel peace prize means that the Europeans are still most comfortable with anyone who acts like Neville Chamberlain instead of Winston Churchill. And that it was really a hit at W must rankle Jimmy at least a little.
Jimmy gave the world so much heartache that giving the Nobel to him really diminished the already small award.