Iran hostage crisis remains vivid memory for Oxnard man
Stephanie Snyder/The Star Tom Rooney, 72, lived in Tehran, Iran, from 1974 to 1978 while working as an engineer on oil and gas pipelines for a Tulsa, Okla.-based company.
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#1 Nov 10, 2012
Yes, that hostage crisis was horrible and cannot be condoned. But that was the same hysteria that led to the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans. The Ayatollah had fed the Iranian people false information that the US and Israel were going to invade Iran and massacre its people. And the role going to be played by the embassy would be that of a "nest of spies" that would broker the terror.
We know it was false, but they at the time really bought it. That was a mere drop in the bucket compared to literally thousands of black men who have suffered exactly such treatment from lynch mobs and the KKK. Vietnam vets coming home with arms and legs cut off were treated like trash while these embassy people were treated like saints and martyrs. Vietnam vets were drafted on pain of jail or exile. Embassy staff were free to quit anytime they felt it was too dangerous.
The country and the media back in 1979 and 1980 reacted to the Tehran situation as if Jesus Christ had been crucified again. But considering far greater wrongs done right here to much larger numbers of other Americans, I refuse to jump on that bandwagon. But yes, it was wrong.
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