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"Iran has built a “Mosque of Thanks” at the site, and plans to build a museum to display the crashed aircraft’s wreckage."

Irony lost? - - in commemorating Carter's failed rescue mission of 30 years ago the "museum" will display American aircraft built in the 70s, which is what Iran's air force is still using.

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How many ways are there to say just how wrong this kind of thinking is??? Let's blockade Iran, and then see how they celebrate.

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the "museum" will display American aircraft built in the 70s, which is what Iran's air force is still using.

Unless you've been to the museim yourself, I'd say you wouldn't know. Propaganda is on both sides and more so on the side that has all the TV and internet.

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The US was not trying to install democracy in Iran in 1980. The mission was a hostage rescue attempt. The American voters, in choosing Reagan in 1980, finished what Carter couldn't and the lunatic theocrat Khomeini released the hostages for fear of what Reagan would do.

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This museum has the symbolic meaning of failed American foreign policy.

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Would we expect any less from a country whose religious leaders put out death sentences on writers? Don't trust this country very far folks. It's a Taliban waiting to happen.

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Before criticizing Iran for this, one should learn the reasons why they took these hostages; and maybe about the deal they made with Reagan before he became president.

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Ahhh Carter... the Dems cringe every time they are reminded of his numerous failures.

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The U.S. government has never explained what Eagle Claw entailed. I have always been curious as to what they planned to. Did they really think they could fly in some copters, land at the U.S. embassy and free the hostages without anyone getting killed?

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I remember this day clearly. The only good which came of it was the 8 years of Reagan.

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c'mon.. how many on this board were old enough to comprehend the hostage crises, yet are giving their input.

If Iran's wants to put up a symbol and states that its a tribute to an American failure, let them do it. but don't go crying if South Park comes out with an episode making fun of Iran's right wing religious failures - like not being able to capture and kill a little out of shape writer.

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The only good which came of it was the 8 years of Reagan.

Yes, but a very good "good" it was.

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It's a shame the US had to overthrow the government and install the Shah to begin with, but that's another matter.

I don't like the way Iran 'celebrates' this as though it were divine intervention or some righteous retribution, as opposed to simply being the accident it was, but they are correct about the arrogance part. Anyway, to each their own; there are plenty of other nations that celebrate heinous acts and deaths of other nationals. I believe all are wrong in this, but as another poster pointed out, propaganda is on both sides.

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Iran post shah era politics,attacks all pre-shah era pro-US factions politics. The number of people killed in Iran and in Middle East politics astonishing. The PMOI(people's mujahideen of iran),SAVAK(shah's secret police),other pro-shah factions ,Fadayan-e-Islam and other post shah factions have killed each other via many assasinations.

Shapour bakhtiar 1979 Iran PM killed by Hezbollah. In 1979 Larijani's father in law Morteza Mottahhari killed by PMOI. PMOI leaders were also killed by Post-shah govt Iranians.

Kazem Rajavi PMOI's leader's brother assasinated in 1990. In 1981 PM Mohammad Ali Rajai assasinated by PMOI. Killed along with Rajai was 3rd PM of Post-shah Iran PM Mohammad Java Bahonar.

In 1951 pre-shah era PM haj Ali Razmara assainated by Fadayan-e Islam. Fadayan-e Islam leader Navvab Safavi was executed by Shah Regime in 1955. Former Minister of labour Iran Dariush Foruhar(nation of Iran party) assasinated in 1998.

In 1949 PM abdolhossein Hazhir assasinated by Navvab Safavi faction people. Asadollah Lajevardi Prison warden of Evin prison assasinated by PMOI in 1998. In 1965 PM hassan ali mansur assasinated by fadayan-e-islam. Prince Shahriar Shafiq of Royal family of Shah,assasinated in 1979.

I think there are many other assasinations have occurred in Iran between the rival factions from Post and Pre-Shah era rule. This is just some incidents,which happened. Recently Iran govt has approached insurgents in Baloch/Iran border with amnesty. Promoting amnesty is a best way forward among all rivals in Iranian politics.

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correction- PM Mohammad Java Bahonar should be PM Mohammad Javad Bahonar(3rd PM in post shah era).

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smithinjapan: It's a shame the US had to overthrow the government and install the Shah to begin with, but that's another matter.

That was most likely the last time the US ever played front man for a European agenda.

I saw we let them have their parade. I think celebrating the successful capture of embassy hostages is pretty much on par with the Iranian government. It's probably one more way that the people of Iran disagree with their government.

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People say the darndest things here. Some of seems to not only be partisan hogwash, but even a sort of mysticism. Its as if Carter were possessed by evil spirts that caused the equipment failures and the sandstorm that ruined the rescue attempt, and that despite the fact that he did not plan or participate in the mission. He just approved it and the demons took it over from there I guess.

And why were the hostages freed? Because the Iranians feared Reagan? Was he cracking heads as governor of California or something? What happened was no biblical fear of Reagan, sorry. Reagan had nothing to do with it. What happened was that the Shah was dead anyway and on top of that, Saddam invaded Iran. This made Iran see benefit in negotiating, and negotiate they did...with Carter. He signed the deal into effect two days before leaving office. The hostages were freed minutes after he left office. How did that have something to do with Reagan? Oh, I guess it was good spirits that possessed him, setting out to the free the hostages after his hand lifted from the Bible!

Get real folks, and please the leave the mysticism at church. The double standards you need to bury in a deep hole somewhere though. Carter made a lot of tough moves on Iran, exactly as the hard-liners would have expected from Reagan too. They did not work. Then latter on Reagan gets involved in a scummy deal of ARMING TERRORISTS and the hard-liners are like "oh well!" Oh well my lilly white ***! As much accusation as Carter gets it would be double if it was him that caved like that! And Reagan's excuses for his utter lack of spine and integrity were so much stinky CYA! Some of you don't seem to read or think. You seem to just drink partisan kool-aid all day long!

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Khomeini released the hostages for fear of what Reagan would do.

You mean like what he did in Beirut?

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"You mean like what he did in Beirut?"

Apparently beating one's chest in a patriotic manner shouldn't be disturbed when you're wearing them rose tinted specs.

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Who was it that got his own EDS employees out of Iran? Oh yeah that's right, Ross Perot. Go watch "On Wings of Eagles" and you'll see why I still love the guy.

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My friend is Persian and under the Shah his father was the ambassasdor to Pakistan and later Afghanistan. He says that the biggest problem was that the US pressured the Shah too late to reform. Once people are in the street it's past the tipping point. He also says that much of the revolution was secular and that the religeous hardliners allied with these people to topple the Shah. After gaining power of course the moderates and secularists were killed. The main point is that the majority wanted the Shah gone but they didn't realise their movement would be hi-jacked by Khomenie's followers. Even today the majority of Persians would prefer a secular democratic government but they don't want outside forces to dictate anything to them.

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usaexpat don't forget Ken Taylor who also got Americans out posing as Canadians. He became a US hero as well as a Canadian one. I don't really care about the politics of who did what when. All I know right now is that the powers that control Iran are pretty demented. I mean ever since these imbeciles got into power we have had bad publicity from Iran. I mean isn't this one of the only countries that have disrespected Embassies of foreign nations and used their own against it's host nation? Taking over the US embassy in Tehran, Seizing the Iranian embassy in London? Don't bring your problems to another nation. Stay home and mind your own business. And what government publicly puts death sentences on writer and others it disagrees with? A demented one. They can honor and remember anything they want in their country. They are demented. Just don't let them outside these borders to force their idiocy on the world.

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"Iran has built a Mosque of Thanks"

They should build a Mosque of Apologies.

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