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 Iran president makes no secret that he is a professional revolutionary  

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Iran president makes no secret that he is a professional revolutionary 7.7.2005
by Amir Taheri posted 5.July "THE PREZ & THE HIT SQUAD"

 


THE winner in Iran's recent presidential election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, makes no secret that he is a professional revolutionary, having spent all his adult years in the service of the Khomeinist movement. But was he the chief interrogator of American diplomats held hostage during the occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979-80? And was he involved in the assassination of three dissident Kurdish leaders in Vienna in 1989? 

On the basis of much research, it is almost certain that Ahmadinejad was not directly involved in the embassy episode. But it is equally clear that he was present when the three Kurdish leaders were gunned down in a hit ordered from Tehran.

Ex. Kurdish Leader Dr.Abdul-Rahman Qasimlo 1989 ┼
Photo: Kurd Net Archive

The allegation that Ahmadinejad was one of the hostage-holders at the U.S. Embassy is based on an Associated Press photo unearthed and published hours after the election on a Web site supporting his opponent. In it, a bearded youth holding the arm of a blindfolded American is identified as Ahmadinejad. But it is not: The man in the photo has almost slanted eyes, with eyebrows that point upwards. Ahmadinejad, however, has almond eyes with almost drooping eyebrows.

And the man in the photo has been identified as Jaafar Zaker, one of the student leaders during the embassy raid. Zaker's younger brother Mohsen told journalists in Tehran that he recognized his brother, who died in the Iran-Iraq war in 1984.

That Ahmadinejad was not personally involved in the hostages drama is also borne out by his denials.

After all, it is almost certain that if Ahmadinejad had been involved he would have trumpeted the fact as part of his "glorious" Khomeinist background. Instead, he has always said that he was opposed to the embassy raid because he saw it as a manoeuvre by the pro-Soviet left to provoke a clash with the U.S. and force the new regime into Moscow's arms.

The occupied U.S. Embassy in Tehran was a seeding ground for a new generation of radicals thirsting for action to gain revolutionary credentials. Of the 400 or so students involved, nearly half died in the eight-year war against Iraq. The rest had differing fortunes. A few dozen (including Ali Ranjbaran, who has been identified as the second youth in the photo) were executed after being linked with leftist groups. Some lapsed into an eclipse produced by disillusionment, or joined the regime's loyal opposition.

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