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  • Obama held hostage: How Iran’s using the nuke deal as license to go wild

    11/07/2015 4:47:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2015 | Post Editorial Board
    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it’s already doing the reverse.Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month — and followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs.The kicker: Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage — threatening to junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh outrages.
  • Canadian who hid Americans during Iran hostage crisis dies

    10/15/2015 3:35:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    WCVB ^ | Oct 15, 2015
    Ken Taylor, Canada's ambassador to Iran who sheltered Americans at his residence during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis has died. He was 81. Taylor's wife, Pat, said Ken died Thursday after a two-month battle with colon cancer. Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months. Taylor facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports. Born in 1934 in Calgary, Taylor was heralded as a hero for helping save the Americans -- a clandestine operation that had the full...
  • Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germanys Secret Role in Ending the Drama

    08/10/2015 8:43:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 04, 2015 05:30 PM | Klaus Wiegrefe
    In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germanys role in the negotiations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. [] The details of the German contribution, however, remained unclear. Now historian Frank Bsch, the director of the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Spiegel have conducted research in German archives and spoken with period witnesses. This has revealed that the West German government at the time had a smooth intermediary role, as Bsch puts it....
  • A Modest Proposal on Iran

    07/21/2015 5:10:59 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 21 replies ^ | 07-21-2015 | grey_whiskers
    Just a bit of historical trivia, and a thought, in the wake of the Obama/Kerry HISTORIC. NUCLEAR. DEAL. with Iran. Obama has come under criticism that he left four American hostages in Iran; and his excuse was that "if we pressed for the release of the hostages, the Iranians would have demanded more concessions." Oh, really? Does anyone remember the last time a dimwit Democrat tried to deal with an Iranian hostage crisis? Yes, it's the return of Dhimmi...err, Jimmy Carter. Except I'm no longer so sure that Obama is merely a Dhimmi. Remember this little gem before Obama's first...
  • Sydney siege: Hostages held in central cafe

    12/14/2014 3:39:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 147 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 December 2014 Last updated at 18:35 ET
    <p>The cafe in Sydney's central business district has been surrounded by armed police.</p>
  • Hostages taken in Lindt Chocolate shop by armed robber (Sydney Australia, ISIS flag seen displayed)

    12/14/2014 3:37:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1,091 replies ^ | 15th December 2014
    A hostage has been forced to hold up an Islamic State flag in the window of a shop in Martin Place that is currently under siege. It is believed there are 12 hostages in the store and an ISIS flag has been placed in the window. Martin Place is the main financial area of the Sydney CBD.
  • Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe

    12/14/2014 7:23:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 14, 2013 | EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON
    Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe, forces crying women to hold black Islamic flag against the window and 'demands to speak to Tony Abbott' By EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:56 EST, 14 December 2014 Witnesses described how a man wearing a headband covered in Arabic walked into the Lindt cafe in Martin Place and produced a shotgun from a blue bag at around 9.45am. Shortly afterwards hostages were seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up...
  • [Sydney] Hostage-taker named as radical Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis

    12/15/2014 6:19:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Channel 9 News ^ | December 15, 2014
    Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been revealed to be the ringleader in the Sydney cafe siege that has seen up to 30 people held hostage for more than 10 hours. Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assuming the title of Sheik Haron. He has gained media attention in the past for a "hate mail" campaign, protesting the presence of Australian troops in Afghanistan. The campaign saw him and his partner Amirah Droudis post hate-filled letters to the families of dead...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic end to Sydney siege as police storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

    12/15/2014 7:44:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 214 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>Police stormed a cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday where a gunman held more than a dozen hostages for more than 16 hours, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades moments after captives were seen fleeing the buidling in terror. A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe on their own or in small groups. Eleven hostages The dramatic end stage of the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis. Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis. Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.</p>
  • Sydney Hostage Taker Identified as Muslim Radical who Lit Wife on Fire

    12/15/2014 7:29:23 AM PST · by rightistight · 17 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Aurelius
    Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been identified as the hostage-taker in Sydney who held people in a Lindt store against their will for over a dozen hours. Monis is known for writing letters to the families of fallen soldiers and comparing their dead loved ones to pigs. He is also being investigated for rape and was charged for murdering his ex-wife. Allegedly, he stabbed then lit his ex-wife on fire. He was out on bail.
  • JIMMY CARTER: 'I Could Have Wiped Iran Off The Map'

    10/01/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by illiac · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/29/2014 | Hunter Wlaker
    Former President Jimmy Carter marked his 90th birthday Wednesday with a lengthy interview on CNBC Meets where he discussed his one term in office and the one thing he would have handled differently the Iran Hostage Crisis. Carter suggested Operation Eagle Claw, a failed 1980 attempt to rescue the hostages taken by Iranian revolutionaries at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, could have been successful if he committed one more helicopter to the mission. "I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians," said Carter. "And everybody asks me...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he wont enforce it

    04/18/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • One-time hostage of Iranian militants urges denial of visa to new Iran envoy involved in siege

    03/31/2014 6:55:37 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 31, 2014 | Eric Shawn
    Hostages captured after the 1979 siege on the US Embassy in Tehran are seen in this undated file photo.Former American hostage Barry Rosen, held by student extremists at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year, said Monday it would be an outrage and disgrace if Washington gave a visa to one of the militants recently named by Iran as its new U.N. ambassador. It may be a precedent but if the president and the Congress don't condemn this act by the Islamic Republic, then our captivity and suffering for 444 days at the hands of Iran was...
  • Iran Is Not Our Friend

    01/26/2014 7:42:55 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 25, 2014 | Leon Wieseltier
    On the foreign policy front . . . I find myself 
wondering why we cannot regard another country, in this case Iran, 
as just that, as one more country which we would regard as neither friend nor foe, with whom we are prepared to deal on a day-to-day basis, neither idealizing it nor running it down, keeping to ourselves (here, of course, I am speaking about our government) our views about its domestic political institutions and practices, and interesting ourselves only in those aspects of its official behavior which touched our interests—maintaining in other words, a relationship with it of mutual respect...
  • 'Qaeda 7' attorney gets NYC job: Fed prosecutor gig ('Terrorist sympathizer')

    01/09/2011 4:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Michael Maddux
    An embattled former Obama administration appointee -- who was part of a group of attorneys accused of being terrorist sympathizers for defending "enemy combatants" -- has been hired for a post at the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, officials confirmed today. Tali Farhadian was one of several private attorneys who created a rift between Republicans last spring when the Obama Administration assigned them to posts within the Justice Department. Although Farhadian was handling unrelated matters in Attorney General Eric Holder's office, a political watchdog group accused Obama of overloading the agency with officials sympathetic to enemy combatants. Their appointments even...
  • Algeria Hostage Crisis Comes to a Bloody End

    01/19/2013 11:59:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/13
    A four day hostage crisis ended Saturday in a final assault by Algerian special forces on a group of Islamic terrorists who were holed up, along with dozens of hostages, in a gas facility in the country. The forces stormed the complex resulting in the deaths of at least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist terrorists. The Niger terrorist believed to lead the al-Qaeda splinter group, Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, is reported...among those killed.
  • Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloody violence: Seven oil workers executed by terrorists....

    01/19/2013 8:42:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 19, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Seven hostages were executed today as Algeria's four-day hostage stand-off came to a bloody end when the country's special forces stormed the remote desert gas plant. The army killed 11 militants during the 'final assault' on Al Qaeda-linked gunmen, but not before they in turn executed seven hostages, the state news agency reported. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the government had received information that the hostage situation 'has now been brought to an end.' He described the loss of life as 'appalling and unacceptable.'
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Irans Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. Here I am with world leaders, that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the World Leaders Forum at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of Americas best leaders. But...
  • White House Statement on American Hostages in Iran [November 9, 1979]

    09/15/2012 4:46:05 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 4 replies
    The American Presidency Project ^ | November 9, 1979 | Jimmy Carter as read by Jody Powell
    The seizure of more than 60 Americans in our Embassy in Tehran has provoked strong feelings here at home. There is outrage. There is frustration. And there is deep anger. There is also pride in the courage of those who are in danger and sympathy for them and for their families. But the most important concern for all Americans at this moment is safety of our fellow citizens held in Tehran. The President shares these feelings. He is pursuing every possible avenue in a situation that is extremely volatile and difficult. His efforts involve many countries and individuals. Many of...
  • Obama's Chickens Come Home To Roost In Egypt

    02/14/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 14, 2012
    Mideast: As the president sneaks more money in the budget for Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood thugs he helped install in Cairo show their gratitude by threatening to attack Israel. For three decades, the U.S. essentially paid Egypt not to attack our closest ally in the region. The policy worked to maintain peace. But Obama nullified that deal by backing Islamist revolutionaries against reliably pro-U.S. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now the bribe has lost its effect. The new Egyptian leadership, led by the virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood, this week issued a warning to Washington that it should understand that "what was...
  • Warren Christopher, former secretary of state, dies

    03/19/2011 12:30:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | March 18, 2011
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher died at the age of 85 Friday night, KABC-TV Los Angeles reported on its 11 p.m. newscast. Christopher attended the University of Redlands before transferring to USC, where he graduated in 1945. He was secretary of state under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He died from complications of kidney and bladder cancer, KABC reported.
  • Whats Behind the Campaign to Delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization?

    03/04/2011 5:13:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    A growing number of former U.S. officials both Republicans and Democrats have hopped on the bandwagon to demand that the State Department delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of terrorist groups.I consider the MKO a terrorist group for good reason. There is no doubt that the MKO has targeted Americans, and no amount of slick public relations should erase that. During my time in Iran, it was clear that while Iranians respect the United States and have little good to say about their own government, they all detest the MKO.The enemy of my enemy...
  • The Re-writing of Reagan Continued: Koppel Breaks the Reality Barrier

    01/30/2011 12:35:53 PM PST · by Wanderer659 · 13 replies
    Conservative Hideout ^ | 1-28-11 | Matt
    Ive discussed previously that part of the lefts disinfo/propaganda campaign has been to rehabilitate the utterly failed presidency of Jimmy Carter, and, whenever possible, distort and minimize the accomplishments of Ronald Reagan. That effort continues, as Gateway Pundit discussed this nonsense from Ted Koppel from a few days ago.
  • Ahmadinejad proposes prisoner swap for US hikers(Welcome back Carter)

    02/02/2010 5:37:41 PM PST · by Rome2000 · 15 replies · 247+ views
    AP ^ | 2/2/2010 | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday proposed a swap of Iranians in U.S. prisons for three American hikers being held in Tehran. Ahmadinejad said in interview with state TV that there were ongoing negotiations about exchanging the hikers for several Iranians jailed for years in the United States. "There are some talks under way to have an exchange, if it is possible," he said. "Recently they (the U.S.) have sent messages, we answered to bring them (the Iranians), to bring these people (the hikers). We are hopeful that all prisoners will be released."
  • An Ominous Deja Vu (the answer to Carter, who has been defending his action in Iran hostage crisis)

    11/17/2009 10:14:18 PM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 504+ views
    The Clinton Chronicles Book ^ | 11-2009 (orig in 1993) | Lt. Col. Tom McKenney (USMC - retired)
    Note: Jimmy Carter, who rivals Bill Clinton for the worst president ever, has been lately defending his action or lack thereof in the Iranian hostage crisis. Here is some insight about the kind of people from whom Carter got advice. =================================================== FROM THE CHAPTER CALLED "The Unthinkable Commander in Chief" It is significant that the man Clinton turns to for military advice--who argued against the tanks and APCs for the raid in Mogadishu--is the same Warren Christopher (then a high official in Jimmy Carter's National Security Council) who helped plan the disastrous raid to rescue the hostages in Iran. At...
  • The North Korean succession: Pyongyang's next in line needs clout

    06/10/2009 11:09:32 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 11 replies · 459+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2009 | Editorial
    Former Vice President Al Gore is reportedly being dispatched to Pyongyang to appeal for the release of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who report for Mr. Gore's Current TV media company. Meanwhile, South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee said in a June 8 letter to the South Korean military that the reason for North Korea's recent behavior is the unfolding succession drama. The two issues are closely related.
  • NPR Interviews Ahmadinejad

    09/22/2008 5:47:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 9/22/2008 | Aaron Wiener
    It may be political poison for U.S. government officials to talk to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but the taboo does not extend to NPR. NPRs Steve Inskeep interviewed the controversial leader this afternoon in New York and pulled no punches. Ahmadinejad is in the United States to address the United Nations General Assembly, which is meeting this week. In an often heated conversation, according to the transcript, Inskeep confronts Ahmadinejad on Israel, wiping countries off the map and chopping off hands and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Ahmadinejad, for his part, denies that Iran has provoked the United States,...
  • Carter on Today

    04/28/2008 5:50:10 AM PDT · by estrogen · 8 replies · 133+ views
    today show
    Jimmy is on with Merideth and states that the state dept. never told him not to go to the Middle East. What a loser
  • Clinton calls hostage crisis traumatic (Barf! calling families most difficult part of ordeal)

    12/02/2007 10:16:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 127+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/07 | Amy Lorentzen - ap
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that calling the families of the campaign staffers taken hostage at her Rochester, N.H., office last week was the most difficult part of the ordeal. "Those were the most emotional moments, I have to tell you, calling them in the first instants to tell them what had happened," she told reporters after a campaign stop in eastern Iowa. Clinton said that while it was a traumatic experience for her staffers, "they performed magnificently under pressure." "They were cool, they looked out for one another," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "They kept...
  • Hillary Hostage Crisis on Google Video - yes, what a great leader she would be

    12/02/2007 3:26:10 PM PST · by doug from upland · 33 replies · 78+ views
    google videos ^ | 12-2-07 | dfu
    (Enjoy the mocking) HILLARY AND THE HOSTAGE CRISIS ON GOOGLE VIDEOS NOTE: Hillary had the headlines during the so-called hostage crisis. JILL ZUCKMAN: Clinton rushes to comfort beseiged campaign crew SUSAN CORNWELL: Clinton impresses with handling of hostage drama TONY ALLEN-MILLS: Cool Hillary shines in hostage crisis
  • Clinton seizes opportunity after crisis

    12/01/2007 12:24:04 PM PST · by garyhope · 85 replies · 134+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/01/2007 | David Paul Kuhn
    Friday afternoon began with possible tragedy: a hostage crisis at Hillary Rodham Clintons campaign office in Rochester, N.H. As the incident unfolded, Clintons campaign closed its doors and canceled her public appearances. But nightfall brought a happy ending: the campaign workers safe, the man in police custody and the New York senator flying to the scene to express thanks. The hostage-taking itself offered a rare, if small, genuine drama in a campaign season governed by strict schedules and scripted stump speeches. And as soon as it ended, Clinton took full advantage of the opportunity she had unexpectedly been handed....
  • Another Image of Ahmadinejad During Iranian Hostage Crisis

    11/09/2007 4:11:29 PM PST · by cool2007 · 26 replies · 620+ views
  • Iran hostage crisis (29 Years Ago Today, Jimmy Carter's Weakness Emboldened Islamofacists!)

    11/04/2007 6:52:11 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 41 replies · 2,877+ views ^ | Info Please
    Iran hostage crisis, in U.S. history, events following the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian students on Nov. 4, 1979. The overthrow of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran by an Islamic revolutionary government earlier in the year had led to a steady deterioration in Iran-U.S. relations. In response to the exiled shah's admission (Sept., 1979) to the United States for medical treatment, a crowd of about 500 seized the embassy. Of the approximately 90 people inside the embassy, 52 remained in captivity until the end of the crisis.
  • Iran marks U.S. embassy seizure, brushes off threats

    11/04/2007 5:26:18 AM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 110+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/07 | Reuters
    Thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" and vowed not to yield to U.S. pressure over Iran's nuclear program at a demonstration on Sunday marking the 28th anniversary of the seizure of the American embassy.
  • Ten Things You Didn't Know About Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    09/28/2007 1:35:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 1,575+ views
    Yahoo! News/U.S. News & World Report ^ | September 26, 2007 | Staff
    1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pronounced mah-MOOD ah-mah-dih-nee-ZHAD) was born Oct. 28, 1956, three years after the CIA-sponsored coup that installed the pro-Western leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as Iran's leader. A Shiite Muslim, he and his wife, a professor, have two sons and a daughter. 2. When he was an infant, Ahmadinejad's family moved from the village of Aradan to Tehran. It was at this point that the family changed its name from Saborjhian, which translates to "thread painter" (the lowliest job in Iran's traditional carpet-weaving industry), to the more religious Ahmadinejad ("race of Muhammad" or "virtuous race"). 3. Ahmadinejad is...

    09/25/2007 4:46:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 287+ views
    The New York Post ^ | September 25, 2007 | Arthur Herman
    COLUMBIA University Presi dent Lee Bollinger yester day made some cutting crit icisms while introducing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - but that doesn't make the school's decision to offer a platform to the head of a violent terrorist state any less abject, squalid or shameless. "Abject, squalid, shameless" is how Winston Churchill described the resolution passed by Oxford University's prestigious Debating Union in 1933 - the year Adolf Hitler came to power - that "this House will under no circumstances fight for King and Country." And Columbia's event, like the 1933 Oxford resolution, sent (to quote Churchill again) a "very...
  • Jimmy Carter says comments were 'careless' [text and VIDEO]

    05/21/2007 9:33:19 AM PDT · by XR7 · 41 replies · 1,430+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/20/07 | msnbc & news services
    Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday said his comments over the weekend about the Bush administration were careless...
  • A defiant act of war

    04/10/2007 12:48:51 PM PDT · by dmh191 · 3 replies · 408+ views
    The Tufts Daily ^ | 4/9/07 | Daniel Halper
    On March 23, 15 British sailors and marines were taken hostage by Iran. Accused of entering the territorial waters of the Iranian regime, the hostages were paraded and humiliated on Iranian television and have since been released. Americans, as well as the British, watched with apprehension, as the fate of these brave men and woman was uncertain. For Americans, an Iranian hostage crisis is a familiar occurrence. After all, it has been less than 40 years since the hostile takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran by Iranian militants on November 4, 1979. President Jimmy Carter's ineffective approach to the...
  • One-way sovereignty

    04/02/2007 1:03:50 PM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 396+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-2-07 | Mark Steyn
    Twenty-seven years ago, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a student in Tehran and is said (by a former Iranian president, for one) to be among those in the U.S. Embassy who seized and held American citizens hostage for more a year. Today, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is president of Iran and bears less ambiguous responsibility for Western hostages. This time around, they're British subjects: 15 sailors and Royal Marines. There are a few differences between this kidnapping and the last: Back in 1979, the Iranians seized their hostages by invading a diplomatic mission -- the sovereign territory of the United States. In 2007, they...
  • Saudis warned Iran not to underestimate US threat

    03/31/2007 1:38:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 324+ views
    Yahoo! News/AFP ^ | March 30, 2007
    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah reportedly warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should not underestimate the US military threat on Iran. Ahmadinejad met with King Abdullah on March 4 in Riyadh, and publicly the two leaders agreed to fight growing Sunni-Shiite strife in the region. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told Newsweek in an interview that the king meanwhile warned Ahmadinejad to take seriously threats of US military strikes over Iran's refusal to halts its uranium enrichment program. "On the nuclear issue, we warned him: 'Dont play with fire. Don't think the threat (of an American attack on Iran) is...
  • UK Ready for Diplomatic Attack on Iran

    03/30/2007 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 500+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 31, 2007 | Stewart Stogel
    The Security Council "statement" criticizing Iran's continued "detention" of 15 British Royal Navy sailors is only the first step in what may turn into a major diplomatic attack by London, say U.N. diplomats. The watered-down statement, unexpectedly accepted by British Ambassador to the U.N. Sir Emyr Jones Parry late Thursday, while criticizing the Iranian move, only demanded immediate access to the soldiers by British consular officials. It did not address the claims and counter-claims about whether the Royal Navy violated Iran's territorial waters. However, on Monday, the UK assumes the monthly rotating presidency of the Security Council, followed by the...
  • Europe threatens action as Iran airs new 'confession'

    03/30/2007 6:31:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 575+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 31, 2007 | Julian Borger, Tania Branigan and Simon Tisdall
    EU foreign ministers support British position and warn of 'appropriate measures' if 15 sailors and marines not released The EU threatened to act against Iran last night if it did not immediately and unconditionally release the 15 British sailors and marines it has been holding for more than a week. EU foreign ministers meeting in Bremen, Germany, threatened "appropriate measures" if Tehran did not let the group go, supporting Britain's position that the crew had been in Iraqi waters when they were seized eight days ago. The ministers did not spell out what measures would be taken, but British diplomats...
  • Iranians parade captured navy woman in a hijab (Muslim headscarf)

    03/28/2007 4:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 355+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 29, 2007 | MICHAEL SEAMARK & KIRSTY WALKER
    Kidnapped British servicewoman Faye Turney was forced to cover her head with an Islamic hijab in the first video released by Iran since she and 14 comrades were seized last week. Hours after Tony Blair vowed to 'ratchet up' the pressure by freezing official business with Tehran, it responded with a stage-managed broadcast described by one senior politician as 'totally repugnant'. Pictures showing some of the 15 sailors and Marines - apparently well and eating a meal - provided brief reassurance for their worried families. But the video footage on state TV of Tehran parading its captives inflamed the worsening...
  • Iran may charge Brits as spies (indictments possibly coming)

    03/25/2007 9:27:43 AM PDT · by jdm · 181 replies · 8,341+ views
    Sunday Times via The Australian ^ | March 26, 2007 | Correspondents in New York and London
    FIFTEEN British sailors and marines arrested by Iran off the coast of Iraq could be charged with spying and held until the US releases five Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized by US forces in Iraq earlier this year. Reports yesterday said a website run by associates of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had reported that the arrested Britons would be put before a court and indicted. Referring to them as "insurgents", the site said: "If it is proven that they deliberately entered Iranian territory, they will be charged with espionage. If that is proven, they can expect a very serious penalty since,...
  • Iranians Mark Anniversary Of U.S. Embassy Takeover

    11/04/2006 6:36:15 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies · 319+ views
    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran -- Thousands of Iranians, including elementary school students, chanted anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans Saturday and burned flags of the two countries to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the U.S. embassy takeover by militant students. Demonstrators who gathered outside the former U.S. embassy warned Washington to learn from the incident. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranians have celebrated the Nov. 4 takeover of the embassy, when 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. "The Americans should have learned from the seizure of their embassy; they should know that threats will not affect the Iranian nation," Gholam...
  • Former US president slaps down 'subservient' Blair (Peanut head)

    08/26/2006 10:14:18 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 89 replies · 1,780+ views
    Former US president Jimmy Carter lashed out at British Prime Minister Tony Blair for being "so compliant and subservient" to the Bush administration in Washington. "I have been surprised and extremely disappointed with Tony Blair's behaviour," Carter told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper as he promoted his new book "Faith and Freedom." "I think that, more than any other person in the world, the prime minister could have had a moderating influence on Washington, and he has not," said the 81-year-old former head of state. He faulted Blair for not having been a constraint on US President George W. Bush's decision...
  • Just A Reminder : "Guests of the Ayatollah" will be on Discovery Channel in @10 mins

    06/24/2006 5:50:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 533+ views
    Just A Reminder : "Guests of the Ayatollah (Mark Bowden) will be on Discovery Channel in 10 mins. That is all.
  • Our Critics Picks, Books - Mark Bowden, "Guests of the Ayatollah"

    05/18/2006 12:33:50 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 7 replies · 250+ views
    Nashville Scene ^ | May 18, 2006 | MICHAEL RAY TAYLOR
    MARK BOWDEN The subtitle of Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowdens exhaustively researched account of the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 and 1980, is The First Battle in Americas War With Militant Islam.This statement may be redundant, because the seeds of our current troubles in Iraq, not to mention our growing conflict with Iran, are evident on virtually each of the books 680 pages. The storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by young Islamic zealots led to 444 days of captivity for 66 American hostages, diplomatic dead ends based on failed U.S. intelligence, a disastrous attempt at a military...
  • The Carter Doctrine Comes Calling (foreign policy of coward democrat comes home to roost)

    04/28/2006 1:35:47 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 23 replies · 1,254+ views
    Column posted at 850am KOA website ^ | Thursday April 27th, 2006 | Gunny Bob Newman
    I began studying Iran in 1979 as a 21-year-old Marine sergeant and Recon (Recon is the Corps version of Navy SEALs and Army Rangers and Green Berets) team leader with "A" Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. My studies began because terrorists in Iran had just overthrown Shah Reza Mohammed Pahlavi, sacked the United States Embassy in Tehran and taken dozens of Americans hostage. A few months later, my unit, the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was in Thailand when our mission was changed and we headed up through the tanker- and cargo-ship-packed Straits of Malacca (I...
  • Carter urges troop withdrawal from Iraq

    03/08/2006 8:59:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 147 replies · 4,292+ views
    AP ^ | March 8, 2006 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE -- Former President Jimmy Carter criticized the war in Iraq on Wednesday, urging a troop drawdown as the United States enters its fourth year of conflict in Iraq. "It was a completely unnecessary war. It was an unjust war," said Carter, the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner. "It was initiated on the basis of false pretenses. All of those are true, but we can't just pre-emptively withdraw."