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|Middle East challenges await|
When President Carter sought re-election in 1980, the Islamic Republic of Iran not only held dozens of Americans hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran, they wielded powerful influence over Carter's re-election hopes.
Having ordered an attempted rescue of the hostages that ended in a tragic embarrassment with the wreckage of military helicopters in the Arabian desert, Carter was seen as a weakened leader who could not secure the release of the hostages nor the reassertion of American strength against both the threat of Iran and the Soviet Union.
So that November a majority of American voters went to the polls and cast their ballots for Ronald Reagan. Within days of his inauguration the Iranian government released the hostages and by the end of his second term the Soviet threat not only receded but became an historical artifact with the dissolution of the once great Soviet Empire.
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Ron Coody, a West Monroe native, is a Ph.D. candidate in Intercultural Studies at Concordia Seminary. From 1993-1998, he lived and worked in Kazakstan doing environmental work. Since 2002, Mr. Coody and his family have resided in Istanbul, Turkey.