4 thoughts on “State Department Blacklists New Iranian Ambassador – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Abutalebi was not among the students that overran the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979. All the leading members of Student Followers of Imam Line, the Islamic leftist group that led the operation, are mentioned and described here:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2009/11/30-years-after-the-hostage-crisis.html

    Dadman, mentioned in the piece, was a true Iranian patriot who served his nation with distinction, and died in an air-crash in May 2001.

      1. The Wikipedia history tab is a useful and interesting tool to see how and why a page “developed”.

        User with the IP 80.74.102.98 had done a part of the texts is – surprise located in Israel. User GTVM92 who created the first page used the name ”Mohammad Khazaee” in the beginning of the text. Then came this Israeli “expert”(80.74.102.98) adding the “embassy seizing” chapter. The name “Mohammad Khazaee” was still in front of the first chapter after Israeli guy’s modifications. Then came user Kiarashplusplus and corrected the name “Mohammad Khazaee” to “Hamid Aboutalebi”. Hmmmm ….

  2. Richard,

    It is evident that the so called Iranian Hostage Crisis will remain the standard of measurement for all things to do with Iran until either the Iranians somehow utterly grovel in apologies of some kind, and until so many decades pass that any possible participants are long gone from the scene. Until that time, any 1979 blurry photo of any Iranian with a beard standing near the embassy is going to be turned into a possible suspect of … of what? I am not sure. One of those who had the temerity to shut down forever a CIA headquarters disguised as an embassy. There were of course lots of Iranian men with dark beards at that time, and many of them showed up at or near the embassy during all of the excitement. I am surprised that none of the Red Sox players have not been accused of having been there, given the popularity of dark beards, except that the Sox players are too young.
    Abutalebi should not have to prove to anybody that he was or was not in Tehran in 1979, when he was a very young man. The Iranian government picked him for the post. End of story. As you said, Richard, about Israel. The US appoints into diplomatic posts men who once did dirty jobs all over the world and no other country gets to utter a squeak about it. If they did, we would laugh. But Iran is forever scarred for its crime. And what was that crime, really? Taking hostages?
    If it is Iran, it is taking hostages. If it is a western country, they call it ‘you are under arrest.’ The real crime was humiliating the United States. That is what all of this has been about since 1979. Iran embarrassed America and then refused to show fear or contrition. So, since that time, we have pounded away, manufacturing excuses for some other abuse of that country.

    After what we did to Iran in 1980 – 1988, helping the ruthless Saddam Hussein to wage war upon Iran — not because Iran was particularly deserving of attack, but just because we carried left over rage — we should be the ones trying to make amends with the Iranians. But we will never see it that way.

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