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Iran Marks Anniversary of U.S. Embassy Takeover

November 3, 2008

Demonstrations have been held in Iran to mark the 29th anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran.

The Islamic revolution in 1979 took over from the US backed regime of the Shah and installed the clerical rule of Ayatollah Khomeini.


Students stormed the US Embassy on 4 November 1979 taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

The hostages were released in 1981 and relations between Washington and Tehran have never recovered.

The old US embassy compound is now used by the Revolutionary Guards and the walls are plastered with anti-American slogans.

BBC Tehran correspondent Jon Leyne says demonstrators made use of the traditional chant of “death to Israel, death to America”, but on a wet morning in Tehran, school children and students helped make up the numbers and only a few people seemed to be listening to the speeches.

“The evil power of Israel is waning” said one speaker, others launched long tirades against the power of the American government.

US Election

The anniversary comes as Iranians, like the rest of the world, await the result of the US election with high anticipation.

Our correspondent says that despite the rhetoric many, probably most Iranians long for a reconciliation with the United States.

Some demonstrators expressed a hope that it might become possible if Barack Obama becomes the next US President, he said.

Jon Leyne says that even President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hoping for a diplomatic breakthrough, although there is no sign he is willing to make any of the compromises that would make that possible.

CIA Director on Terrorism

September 8, 2007

CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Friday, September 7, 2007.  The full text of his remarks can be found at the link at the end of this article.  A few remarks that should be highlighted include:

“al-Qa’ida has protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability. That means safe haven in the tribal areas of Pakistan.”
[This confirms what our friend Muhammad has been telling us as he reports from the tribal areas of Pakistan.]

“Our analysts assess with high confidence that al Qaeda’s central leadership is planning high-impact plots against the American homeland.”

“Al Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant economic aftershocks.”

Read the full text of general Hayden’s remarks:

September 11, 2001 Anniversary Approaches: Reality Touches Us

Pakistan: Tribal Areas Remain Terror Enclave

Pakistan: Terrorists Planning Global Attacks

Director of the
Central Intelligence Agency

September 11: Terror Milestone

September 8, 2007

Milestone No. 5

By John E. Carey
The Washington Times
First Published
September 11, 2006

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was unprovoked and unannounced. No state of war existed before the attack.

On April 18, 1942, just more than four months later, America retaliated with a bomber attack on Tokyo. The pilots had been trained and qualified, in that short time, to do something never tried before: fly off a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean, conduct a bombing mission and ditch instead of land at an airfield.

On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked at the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon near Washington D.C. The attack was unprovoked and unannounced. No state of war existed before the attack.

On October 7, 2001, less than a month later, the United States attacked Afghanistan.

It is difficult to imagine any other nation in the world being able to respond so quickly and so professionally after an attack like that suffered by the United States on December 7, 1941, or on September 11, 2001.

Both days were dark days. Both days challenged our unity and resolve. Both days ended with great jubilation in quarters of the enemy camp. And both days marked commencement of a long, arduous struggle.

Since September 11, the damaged section of the Pentagon has been rebuilt, a plan is in place in New York, and despite terror attacks in London, Madrid and elsewhere, there has not been a significant follow-up strike against the United States on U.S. soil.

By carrying the battle to the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan, with our professional military forces and not our women and children and other innocents, we, as a nation, have already achieved a significant advantage over the enemy.

And, as the president said last Thursday during an interview with Katie Couric, of this new enemy: “They share the same jihadist mentality, this radicalism. See, that’s the interesting thing about this war, Katie. It’s — we’re not facing a nation-state. We’re facing people from other nation — around the — around the globe, frankly, that share an ideology and the desire to — achieve objectives through killing innocent people.”

So this war is different from all others. And we have responded differently. We reformed our government and created the Department of Homeland Security. We energized and reformed our intelligence services and created the director of national intelligence (John Negroponte) above the Central Intelligence Agency director. We monitored the terrorists’ communications, computer networks, financing and banking. We commenced a war like no other war ever on Earth.

We, the United States, redefined war. The war on terror we are engaged in, what the Pentagon calls the Global War on Terror (GWOT), and the underlying wars like the war between Israel and Hezbollah, may best carry this new definition: We will do what we have to do, on all levels throughout the world, to keep the enemy on the run, off-balance and living in fear.

The GWOT is more than a military confrontation. It is also a spy game, a media battle for “hearts and minds,” a war of financial sleuthing and intrigue, a war on the internet and much more.

Saddam Hussein is behind bars or in court. Despite some ugly military prison scandals of our own, the rule of law prevails and reforms are in place. We have not lowered ourselves to the level of the terrorists.

Sure, one can criticize. Sure the effort has proceeded slowly and deliberately. Sure, the enemy has changed the rules of the game several times (he is not stupid) like springing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on us and attempting to instill sectarian violence so severe Iraq may splinter into civil war.

But our nation is perhaps the only nation that could have responded so quickly, so professionally and, seemingly, so effortlessly to the attacks we sustained. Shopping malls in America still teem with happy shoppers. Cars still sell. Gas is not yet even $4 a gallon. Our economy is strong. We continue to pursue projects in space.

Yes, we have made sacrifices, principal among them the sacrifice of life and blood and limb by our men and women in the combat forces. But what is the second biggest sacrifice? Processing before an airline flight takes longer? One has to remove ones shoes before boarding a plane?

Our schools continue to function. People still go to work.  Our mass transit systems are operating just fine. Our football season is getting underway.  No American has spent a night in a bomb shelter — even though many Israelis spent a month or more living in bomb-proof underground facilities as Hezbollah rained down missiles.

We should not be complacent. As the president has said: This will be a long war.

So what is our weakness? Our Achilles heel is our own resolve. Our weakness is our own lack of unity, now exacerbated by an election cycle.

And our enemies are still with us. In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defies not just the United States but the entire international community. He is the first president ever to defy the United Nations in the pursuit of nuclear projects. He pushes ahead despite U.N. Resolutions to the contrary.

What are Mr. Ahmadinejad’s goals? Well, he calls the United States the Great Satan. Israel is only the little Satan. And he blithely says he intends to “wipe the Zionist state off the map.” So what will his plan be for the Great Satan?

And in North Korea, an attention-seeking dictator has nuclear weapons and strives to perfect his long-range ballistic missiles.

So, like the Roman Emperors, we face the Huns on many fronts.

And like our forefathers in Rome and in other great civilizations, we have to guard against our own disagreements and divisions from becoming crippling. We have to watch our Achilles heel.

Because our enemies are real. And they want to win.

September 11, 2001 Anniversary Approaches: Reality Touches Us

September 8, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 8, 2007

We live in the shadow of America’s failure in Vietnam. My bride was born in a refugee camp just after the communists pushed out the French and took control of Hanoi. Her parents left their home, their jobs and their church to migrate, as refugees, toward the Central Highlands and, to what they thought was the end of the line: Saigon.

But there was more migration ahead. The Mekong, then America.

She was born in a refugee camp. Her father named her after the Lotus Flower that rises like a Phoenix from the muck of the pond’s bottom to bloom at the surface of the water.

She endured a lifetime of struggle.


Honglien Do, a Boat Person who spent much time in prison in Vietnam for trying to escape, visits the Vietnamese American exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution on March 3, 2007

And she did bloom.

She is the happiest person I have ever known.

And she can not be dissuaded from her firm conviction in the goodness of the American people and the greatness of America herself.

She is deeply troubled by the “cut and run” advocates who favor a speedy withdrawal from Iraq. She has a great affinity for the refugees in the Middle East today. And she is an admirer of George W. Bush.

She understands sacrifice – real human sacrifice. And she sometimes wonders why many Americans have no concept of that word.

I guess we all, at least most of us, live lives that include sacrifice and pain and loss.  But we cannot share the loss of those families of 9/11.  Their cliff is so steep.

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against America, we will undoubtedly mourn, discuss, contemplate and share many thoughts and experiences.

Last evening, at the Vietnamese Church we attend, I was struck by the look of a man I thought I knew. A man killed in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. But this was not my friend, now dead almost six years. This was a Vietnamese-American man of similar build, stature and hair.

God just made me see, for a touching yet terrible moment, the “cut of his jib” as sailors say – and it was evocative of my friend lost to premature death at the hands of terrorists unconcerned about human life.

We should not neglect the memory, deminish, or marginalize in any way the victims of 9/11, the Soldiers and Marines who have died or suffered in our behalf, the affected families, and all the victims of the terror war; from London to Madrid to the tribal areas of Pakistan.

September 11, 2001 changed all of us. We cannot let that day and all the lost souls go unremembered.

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September 11: Terror Milestone

Forget at Our Peril

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