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Was Iran’s President Involved in 1979 American Embassy Seizure?

Since becoming President of Iran, there have been many stories circulating as to whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the Iranian students who seized the American Embassy in 1979.  This is the latest one.

Five former American hostages confirmed that Ahmadinejad as one of their captors. William J. Daugherty, a former intelligence officer, said he saw Ahmadinejad 8 to 10 times at the start of his captivity: “I recognized him right off. … I remember so much his hatred of Americans. It just emanated from every pore of his body.”
BBC correspondent John Simpson recalled seeing Ahmadinejad on the embassy grounds. Abholhassan Bani-Sadr, a former president of Iran long living in exile, asserted that Ahmadinejad “wasn’t among the decision-makers but he was among those inside the Embassy.”

That episode lasted for 444 days, involved the taking of 52 American hostages, and wound up bringing down one of our most ineffective Presidents (and most traitorous ex-Presidents) Jimmy Carter.   I would argue that the Iranian Hostage Crisis was a warning sign about the threat to America by Islamic radicals way before September 11, 2001.

Texas Rainmaker highlights this new photographic evidence to suggest that indeed, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the Iranian students who declared War on America by seizing our embassy.




The majority of the pictures were an original report on a street demonstration in honor of the seizure of the “den of the enemy.” But among the many photographs filled with crowds of people, one stood out. Taken from a respectable distance and from behind a barrier, it shows a young man with an automatic submachine gun – presumably one of the participants in the storming of the embassy. Not just anyone from the crowd, however: his submachine gun has a factory casing, as opposed to the more common wood-paneled submachine guns brandished by the students in the other pictures. The young man is standing, leaning tiredly against the wall of the embassy. And when the picture is enlarged, his face comes to closely resemble that of current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

There should be an outcry from all reasonable people if the Iraq Study Group, being spearheaded by former Secretary of State James Baker, calls for negotiations with Iran as a solution. 

We shouldn’t be kowtowing to the Iranian madman who threatens to annihilate the United States and our allies.  Instead, we should send in the Special Forces and capture this man and bring him to justice for his role in the American Hostage Crisis from 27 years ago.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)



  1. “Instead, we should send in the Special Forces and capture this man and bring him to justice for his role in the American Hostage Crisis from 27 years ago.”

    Then what do we do?
    Haven’t you learned anything from our experince in Iraq?
    No I guess you haven’t….

    Comment by keogh — November 15, 2006 @ 11:58 am - November 15, 2006

  2. Instead, we should send in the Special Forces and capture this man and bring him to justice for his role in the American Hostage Crisis from 27 years ago.

    This is silly, and a good example of the shrill extremist rhetoric that has overtaken this blog once it became obvious the Democrats were going to do well in the election.

    Kidnapping the head of State of Iran means going to war with Iran. If thats what your proposing, then thats what you should say. I’m not actually opposed to that, if it means neutering Iran’s ability to be a terrorist state with nuclear weapons, but to do so just to get their President is stupid.

    Not to mention that it is not a Special Forces kind of operation. They are not a magic wand that you can wave to fix any problem.

    Besides, if we were to arrest him, why not just do so the next time he speaks before the UN Assembly in New York?

    And unfortunately, I don’t know if the United States can at this point have any legal and moral standing to bring charges against the man.

    Under Reagan we did make a deal to exchange the hostages for weapons. By that action we told the Iranians that their behavior was acceptable. We gave into the terrorists and they won that round. You or I may not like it, but we can’t change it.

    Comment by Patrick (Gryph) — November 15, 2006 @ 2:04 pm - November 15, 2006

  3. “Under Reagan we did make a deal to exchange the hostages for weapons.”

    Um, that was Carter’s deal, not Reagan’s.

    “have any legal and moral standing to bring charges”

    Who has greater moral standing than the US? Iran? France? Get a clue.

    Comment by John F in Indy — November 15, 2006 @ 3:40 pm - November 15, 2006

  4. I think, John F, a short read of history will deomstrate that Gryph is right –partly.

    When Gryph wrote that RR traded arms for hostages, if he wasn’t talking about the BIG hostage group released on the heels of RR’s election in 1980 from Iran and he meant the 5-6-7 American hostages taken by Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1983(?)… he’d be correct.

    If you’ll recall, those hostages –from a group of countries– were taken hostage in retaliation for some suicide bombers convicted in Kuwait. We gave arms to Iran (who were getting the crap beat out of them by Iraq) in the hope that Iran would compel Hezbollah to release the hostages. It got pulled together in 1985 and sort of worked. Later, McFarlane resigned when Ed Meese announced that we had used Israel as a go-between to effect the sale of TOW missles to Iran.

    Good ol Ollie North at the NSC came up with a new plan when McFarlane left town in disgrace… we could sell the arms str8 to Iran and use the “profits” to help out RR’s favorite bad boys in Central America… the Contras.

    I think the Hezbollah hostages are what Gryph was writing about and, if that’s the case, then on that note he is correct.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 15, 2006 @ 4:52 pm - November 15, 2006

  5. If that photgraph is indeed Ahmadinejad, then he has barely aged at all over the past 30 years. With the beard its difficult to say, but if I had to guess, I don’t think the individual in that picture would be young enough to be Ahmadinejad. That man looks like he has crows feet and substantial aging around his eyes, something highly unlikely for a man 23 years of age, as Ahmadinejad would’ve been in 1979.

    Comment by Chase — November 15, 2006 @ 6:51 pm - November 15, 2006

  6. Jimmy Carter is a traitor now. Fabulous.

    Comment by sean — November 15, 2006 @ 11:43 pm - November 15, 2006

  7. sean, not just “now”. JimmineyCricketCarter has been a traitor for a while… sorry you think that’s “fabulous” –how gay.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 16, 2006 @ 9:09 am - November 16, 2006

  8. sean whined…

    “Jimmy Carter is a traitor now. Fabulous.”

    The only thing “fabulous” about it, sweetie, is that the unconscionable boob is sooo far off the deep end, even my DOG knows it.

    Jeez, get a clue, will ya?

    Eric in Hollywood

    Comment by HollywoodNeoCon — November 16, 2006 @ 11:56 am - November 16, 2006

  9. Hey Eric, maybe we can send JimmineyCricketCarter to Iran to negotiate the Free World’s surrender to radical Islamo-fascism.

    He might be pretty good at it since he’s now the “moderate” given that the Democrats’ other elder statesman, GeorgeSurrenderMcGovern, thinks that the former Democrat Plan to just “Cut&Run” will take too long… the troops need to “Scatter, Dodge and Scamper” home now –the new Democrat Plan.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 16, 2006 @ 4:26 pm - November 16, 2006

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