Second Revolution , The siege of US embassy.
- From: "constantinus" <inmaster@xxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 21:14:56 +0100
Tehran, Nov 2 - In November 4, 1979, the newly-established Islamic Republic
was barely seven months old.
At that time, The deposed Iranian tyrant, Mohammad Reza, was a
'high-profile' wanderer, and Mahdi Bazargan's interim government had failed
in establishing nation-wide order, and the political and social atmospheres
were dense and vulnerable.
Anti-revolutionary figures, trends, and organizations were doing their
utmost to dislodge the revolutionary government and to make the sacrifices
of the nation fruitless.
Coups were in the making, and all these facts contributed to destabilize the
country. The then US president Carter administration's rather naive decision
to accept the ex-Shah and to ignore all popular and formal Iranian demands
for his extradition, plus the administration's covert and overt aids and
support for elements who were trying in vain to topple the popular Islamic
Republic, added fuel to the flames of hatred for the U.S. already kindled.
A group of university students, who later introduced themselves as Muslim
students following the line of Imam Khomeini, ultimately decided to seize
the embassy of the U.S. to protest the irresponsible and arrogant stance
towards the plights of the Iranian nation.
It was only after the embassy's takeover that the nation found out the true
nature of American under-cover activities at the diplomatic premises.
Diplomatic corps and premises have an internationally accepted definition.
Sophisticated communications and eavesdropping apparatus, as well as
classified documents suggested that the embassy was actually what the
Iranian people have ever since named it: the den of espionage.
The documents - 30 volumes plus of which have been published - all bear
witness to the sustained interventionist (foreign) policy of consecutive
U.S. administrations; to the perpetual tendency in American statesmen to
create and dispose foreign governments according to their desires and
interests; and even in the real interest of the American nation.
The takeover marked a turning point in the relations of third world
countries with the United States, contributing greatly to promoting
awareness of nations, and exposing the true face of American diplomacy.
Eversince then, nations-and even governments have moved in cautious steps in
expanding their relations with Washington.
Imam Khomeini's affirmation of the brave student action was, in fact, a
stance serving multiple purposes: to promote national and Islamic self
confidence and self-esteem, to strengthen the position and status of the
oppressed against the hegemony of the 'reat powers', and to underline the
fact that for international relations to be lasting and concrete, they have
to be based on equality, sincerity, and mutual respect.
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