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|Millions in Iran now hate Ahmadinejad|
I learned several important things by following the news this week. The former junior senator from Illinois' presidential prompter is causing him to stutter. The dictator of North Korea is insane. Eating raw cookie dough may be hazardous to your health. The most important event, however, is that a lot of Iranians are mad as hell. It's not the first time.
The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was president. The United States embassy in Tehran was taken over by radical protesters. The reason: the former Shah of Iran had been allowed to enter the United States for cancer treatment. Fifty six Americans would be held hostage for the next 444 days. Along with a horrible economy, the crisis would doom the Carter presidency and make way for a conservative president named Ronald Reagan.
The effects of the situation in Iran would eventually reach Ouachita Parish. On the night of March 6, 1980, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations and Shah supporter, Fereydoun Heveyda, was speaking at Northeast Louisiana University. More than 400 people attended the speech, including many supporters of the new leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini. The majority of the Khomeini supporters had travelled from other universities throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi with the sole purpose of harassing Heveyda.
When university officials cut the speech short, a near riot ensued and 48 protestors were arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest. During their week-long stay in the parish jail, the students created a bit of a media circus, complete with a hunger strike and protests of support by Khomeini supporters and American leftists. They were bailed out of jail by an anonymous supporter, rumoured to be a local doctor. They never returned for trial.
Most of the protestors would return to Iran to answer the call of the Islamic Revolution that is now being challenged. Some of the Iranians in the crowd that night nearly three decades ago did not support the Islamic Revolution and the terror it waged.
Rather than return to Iran, they remained in this country and have become good American citizens.
Ironically, one of the ring leaders of the hostage takers at the American embassy is believed to be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yes, the same Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that millions of Iranians now hate as much as they once hated America. It is possible that the things that brought down the Carter presidency, a poor economy and angry Iranians, will bring change to a nation that was once an American ally.