Friday, January 27, 2006

The Imperium's Quarter Century

Robert Parry, one of the few real journalists, has an interesting article on the October Surprise, putting it in historical context.

If there is a birth date for today’s American Imperium, it would be Jan. 20, 1981, exactly a quarter century ago, when Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President and Iran released 52 American hostages under circumstances that remain a mystery to this day.

The freedom of the hostages, ending a 444-day crisis, brought forth an outpouring of patriotism that bathed the new President in an aura of heroism as a leader so feared by America’s enemies that they scrambled to avoid angering him. It was viewed as a case study of how U.S. toughness could restore the proper international order.
What’s now known about the Iranian hostage crisis suggests that the “coincidence” of the Reagan Inauguration and the Hostage Release was not a case of frightened Iranians cowering before a U.S. President who might just nuke Tehran.

The preponderance of evidence suggests that it was a prearranged deal between the Republicans and the Iranians. The Republicans got the hostages and the political bounce; Iran’s Islamic fundamentalists got a secret supply of weapons and various other payoffs.

www.consortiumnews.com/2006/011906.html

1 Comments:

Anonymous sunny said...

Thanks Gary Buell! Keep it up. This is my second visit, looked over all your Kennedy stuff the first time around. I really appreciate your efforts.
Anybody who likes Robert Parry is aces in my book.

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