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Saturday, April 29, 2006

The redemption of Abbas Abdi 


I am in the middle of Mark Bowden's excellent new reality thriller, Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam, so I have been thinking a lot about the impact of the Iranian hostage crisis on today's struggle with Iran and the wider war with Islamist extremism. That event led to extraordinary ripples through history, and we do not yet know all their implications.

The New York Times today published an interview with Abbas Abdi, one of the hostage-takers back in 1979. Abdi is surely one of the more nuanced participants in that affair, insofar as he believes it was the right thing to do then, and that the United States is a better country today for having gone through it. Who is to say he is wrong?

Read the whole thing, and please offer your comments below.


3 Comments:

By Blogger sirius_sir, at Sat Apr 29, 10:09:00 AM:

I don't know how nuanced my view is, but for what it's worth I will say that toppling the present Iranian regime will be the right thing to do, and Iran will be a better country tomorrow for all the Ayatollah nonsense it suffers from today.  

By Blogger sirius_sir, at Sat Apr 29, 10:42:00 AM:

"This is not the revolution," he said of the current leadership in the country. "I don't call it the revolution just because they call it the revolution.

I wonder how many Marxists have said the exact same thing through the years.

Why is it failed--or, for that matter, successful--revolutionaries never admit they were wrong?  

By Blogger DanMyers, at Sat Apr 29, 02:54:00 PM:

"This is not the revolution," he said of the current leadership in the country. "I don't call it the revolution just because they call it the revolution. It is despotism. No despot admits he is one. They usually claim they are democrats."

Sorry couldn't help the partisan dig.....  

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