When another country starts burning your flag, it is not time to give them more money, it is time to crackdown, especially when that country is Iran, a known state sponsor of terrorism.
The flag burning was part of the celebrations for the Iranian take over of the US Embassy in which Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981 after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. It stands as the longest hostage crisis in recorded history.
The hostages described beatings, theft, and fear of bodily harm. Two of them, William Belk and Kathryn Koob, recalled being paraded blindfolded before an angry, chanting crowd outside the embassy. Others reported having their hands bound “day and night” for days or even weeks; long periods of solitary confinement; and months of being forbidden to speak to one another or to stand, walk, or leave their space unless they were going to the bathroom. All of the hostages “were threatened repeatedly with execution, and took it seriously”. The hostage-takers played Russian roulette with their victims.
The most terrifying night for the hostages came on February 5, 1980, when guards in black ski masks roused them from their sleep and led them blindfolded to other rooms. They were searched after being ordered to strip naked and keep their hands up. They were then told to kneel down, still wearing blindfolds. “This was the greatest moment,” one hostage said. Another later recalled, “It was an embarrassing moment. However, we were too scared to realize it.” The guards cocked their weapons and readied them to fire, but finally ejected their rounds and told the prisoners to get dressed. The hostages were later told that the exercise had been “just a joke,” something the guards “had wanted to do.
One, Michael Metrinko, was kept in solitary confinement for months. On two occasions, when he expressed his opinion of Ayatollah Khomeini, he was punished severely. The first time, he was kept in handcuffs for two weeks, and the second time, he was beaten and kept alone in a freezing cell for two weeks.
This is a national day of celebration in Iran!
Thousands of Iranians came to a former US embassy in Tehran to rally against American president’s “crazy” policy and “global arrogance.” A ballistic missile was put on display, as protesters burned American flags and Trump’s effigies.
Hovering above the rallying crowd, multiple banners could be seen reading “Down with the USA” and “Go to hell,” with the upturned images of the US president, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
A giant banner behind his back showed Donald Trump, and ran a quote from the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei: “The American elite feel ashamed of having such a president.” A Ghadr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) was put on display at the demonstration.
On Saturday, Iran marked both the Student Day and the National Day against “Global Arrogance,” which commemorate the 1979 US embassy takeover. Thirty eight years ago, student activists stormed the US diplomatic compound, taking 52 embassy staff hostage. The 444-day siege led the two nations cutting the ties, not having restored relations to this day.
Tensions reached a boiling point, after president Trump refused to certify the Islamic Republic’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal in mid-October. While the US leader repeatedly threatened to rip it up in the past, Tehran stated it wouldn’t pull out of the agreement. Meanwhile, other signatories to the pact, including Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK, have all warned Trump against breaking up the deal.
In a recent remark, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Washington Iran’s “number one enemy,” accusing it of “bullying” over the deal and “holding grudges” against “a tireless and resilient nation.”
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