Fuck you Bush: Iranian voters
Iran's new president with an American
hostage in 1979
London, Jun. 29 ? Iran Focus has obtained a photograph of Iran?s newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran in 1979.I guess that Iran's new president won't be looking to negotiate with the Americans.
Prior to the first round of the presidential elections on June 17, Iran Focus was the first news service to reveal Ahmadinejad?s role in the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
The photograph was given to Iran Focus by a source in Tehran, whose identity cannot be revealed for fear of persecution. Iran Focus does not know who took the photograph or the exact date it was taken but it has learnt that it was taken in November or December 1979 in the U.S. embassy compound in Tehran.
Soon after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Ahmadinejad, who was studying in Tehran?s University of Science and Technology, became a member of the central council of the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, the main pro-Khomeini student body.
The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Hashem Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.
So who do we thank for this? Michael Ledeen, handmaiden of the Pahlevis? Bush's increasingly provocative talk about Iran? Ariel Sharon? Who do we thank for placing the H. Rap Brown of Iranian politics as president of that country.
So how much help will SCIRI and Sadr get from Iran now? I think more than none is the right answer.
posted by Steve @ 3:50:00 PM