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Free the American 3

October 28, 2009


By Michael S. Smith II, SCHotline Contributing Editor

“TEHRAN, June 30 [2005] – Two Iranian leaders of the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979 dismissed allegation on Thursday by former American hostages that Iran’s president-elect was one of their captors. The Bush administration, however, said it took the charge seriously and vowed to investigate.

“‘Obviously his involvement raises many questions,’ President Bush told reporters … referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president-elect. ‘Knowing how active people are at finding answers to questions, I’m confident they’ll be found.’

“In Tehran, Abbass Abdi, a former student leader involved in the seizure, said Mr. Ahmadinejad had played no role, although he wanted to.

“‘He was a student at a different university,’ Mr. Abdi said, ‘and we kept the plan secret among our own members who we trusted. He called after the embassy was captured and wanted to join us, but we refused to let him come to the embassy or become a member of our group.'”

These were the opening paragraphs of an above-the-fold cover-page story published by The New York Times on July 1, 2005.

Published with the piece were two photographs, one a recent shot of Iranian President-Elect Ahmadinejad, the other a black and white photo taken in 1979 of an Iranian student leading a blindfolded American hostage out of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Each of the Iranian men in those photographs share a doppelganger’s resemblance of the other, and yet the question of whether the man in the recent color photo was the same man in the AP’s image from the early days of the Iranian Hostage Crisis has yet to be convincingly answered for most interested Americans.

Today, whether or not those men are one in the same matters little to the majority of Americans. There is, however, a commonality shared by these men, supposing they are not the same man.

Both men’s legacies will include holding Americans hostage, although, according to at least one of the students involved with the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege in Tehran, one has managed to make his mark as an American hostage-taker much later in life than he might have hoped.

Americans have not heard much about three of our contry(wo)men who were apprehended by the Iranian government several months ago.

According to Ahmadinejad’s regime, these young Americans, who were vacationing in Kurdistan, ventured into Iran illegally, where they were detained by guards of Iran’s border withIraq.

Policy-makers on The Hill should take a break from their efforts to wreck a sector that represents some 16 percent of the U.S. economy during the recession we’ve encountered (i.e. the health care marketplace) and ask the administration what’s become of these three young Americans.

If ever there were an opportunity for the Obama administration to actually bolster an air of bipartisanship, the issue of Iran’s detention of three Americans for months now could provide the administration a first step in that direction.

In the minds of most Americans, the notion that any American should be held hostage by any regime for this long is absolutely absurd.

There is no problem too large for members of America’s special operations teams today. Meanwhile, negotiating with Tehran is tantamount to negotiating with terrorists. Like it or not, Mr. President, the resources one could use to expedite a swift conclusion to this matter are available to you, and it will not require placating Ahmadinejad or the Ayatollah.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a despicable, anti-Semitic, anti-American megalomaniacal monkey who no-doubt suffers from a personality disorder that that is at the very least categorized somewhere among those listed on the Cluster B spectrum of such mental impairments.

The notion that negotiating with this bane of America’s interests in Persia or the Middle East will yield any meaningful results could be most concisely surmised with the same two words Bill Clinton once used to describe the idea that America really needs Barack Obama residing in the White House – “a fairytale.”

It is time for the Obama administration to start making some hard decisions when it comes to determining what America’s “interests” in Persia will be for the next 3 years. But deciding to do whatever must be done to free the three Americans currently held hostage by Ahmadinejad should not be regarded as a hard decision to make.


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