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.