Friday, July 01, 2005

swift boats for iran

so iran recently had elections. and just like the united states, they elected a far-right religious fundamentalist who considers his holy text more "true" and important than things like science. if you don't like islamist government, give them elections so they can choose their new islamist leaders.

but now, six americans who were hostages in the 1979 embassy crisis have now come out to state that new iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of their captors.

a president of a powerful nation is accused of being a kidnapper! that's big news. of course, a lot more people have come out to say that there's no way in hell it was him. the white house has even said that they wouldn't be surprised if it were indeed him, though they claim to be still investigating.

can it possibly be true? i was only 3 years old at the time, so i wouldn't know. let's explore some options.

  1. he did it, but those running his campaign etc didn't know
  2. he did it and they knew damn well
  3. it's all false and is a smear campaign so bushco can further demonize iran, and possibly invade
  4. it's not false but it's not a smear campaign either; the former captors are just confused... maybe all persians look alike to them or their memories are just bad (it has been well established that one person's false memories can influence others into thinking they remember something that never happened)

i don't know about you, but none of those options sound very good to me. and by that i mean that they're all believable, but none would make me very happy.

update: cnn is reporting that there was already a hostage-taker high up in iranian govt:

The current Iranian vice president and head of the Environment Department, Massoumeh Ebtekar, was the chief interpreter and spokeswoman for the radical students who took over the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Dubbed "Sister Mary" by the American press because her heavy head scarf resembled a nun's habit, Ebtekar gave almost nightly interviews during the standoff, denouncing the hostages as spies and accusing the United States of committing crimes.

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