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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

"444 Days in Tehran", Co-Starring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?: Iran's New President and Allegations of His Participation and Role in the 1979 Iranian Revolution Posted by Hello
Good morning to all. This will be a quick post because I have to get ready to help a friend move this morning. The topic of the day is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad), Iran's newly elected president, and newfangled allegations that identify him as a main participant in the debacle (for us at least) that was the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979-1980 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis). I got up this morning around 0630 hrs. listening to NPR (www.npr.org) and was captivated by the report with Gary Sick, formerly of the National Security Council and now with Columbia University's Middle East Institute(http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sipa/RESEARCH/bios/ggs2.html) and Colonel Charles Scott, a former Army officer and one of the 52 hostages held in Tehran for those 444 days (http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.org/documents/hostages.phtml). Colonel Scott said he was convinced newly-elected Iranian President Ahmadinejad was one of the main functionaries in the hostage crisis in terms of the leadership hierarchy responsible for his captivity. Colonel Scott also went on to say that no fewer than four to five of his comrade-hostages came to the same striking conclusion when they first saw Mr. Ahmadinejad's countenance on the television screen (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1675088,00.html) over the last few days. It was a fascinating interview, engrossing to say the very least. The bottom line, as far as I'm concerned, is that if Ahmadinejad was in fact played an integral role in the hostage taking (and that is a big IF due to the fact there has been nothing but anecdotal evidence vis a vis a number of former hostages....although, I personally believe Ahmadinejad DID play a significant role in the crisis because of his bio, his rhetoric and how he came across during the campaign and election, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4107270.stm) it give us all some idea of where Iran is heading in terms of its domestic and foreign policy. Like Michael Douglas's character William 'D-Fens' Foster in the great 1993, social-parable film 'Falling Down', Ahmadinejad (no doubt) is going to start "rolling back prices" as soon as he gets in the big chair. Oh yes, make no mistake, with Ahmadinejad at the helm of the Persian nation-state, the revolution that was radicalized by the fiery rhetoric of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, prosecuted by the Iranian student movements of the late 1970's and established the Islamic Republic of Iran (the IRI) is not over...not by a long shot! In fact, the 1979 Iranian revolution is coming around the bend once again for an encore performance, but this time with nuclear ambitions and with (more than likely) a nuclear capability. This is the beginning of a new, Islamic revolution, and (once again) Iranian-style. In other words, this is going to be a full-court press by the newly-elected President Ahmadinejad and the extremely influential mullahs (who, by the way, exert the real political and cultural power in the Islamic Republic of Iran) to advance a 21st century Iran with ambitions to export it's method and fundamentalist Islamic teachings/philosophy throughout the Middle East and (indeed) all over the world. Semper Fidelis


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