November 20, 1987 |
With all the front page news out of Washington lately, the Persian Gulf seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. That's quite a vanishing trick for a body of water that's almost 700 miles long and littered with rocket-ripped, mine-mangled flotsam. But trust the U.S. news media to decide when the public has reached its saturation point on any given subject. For those who don't feel saturated, however, the most intriguing news out of the Persian Gulf lately is that there seems to be one less "Great Satan" on Iran's hate list.
July 6, 1988 |
He is the son and grandson of clergymen, a lover of poetry, an economist and civil engineer. Tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed and very serious, he has a job that requires him and his young wife to live in the very country his revered leader has called "the Great Satan. " But diplomat that he is, Mohammad Jaafar Mahallati, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, is eager to provide an explanation for that little bit of nasty rhetoric dispensed by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a decade ago. "You see, what has been referred to as 'Great Satan' . . . definitely is not United States as a country.
July 28, 1988
One of Iran's senior leaders has offered his country's help in obtaining the release of American hostages in Lebanon. The price: the return of Iranian assets frozen in the United States after the 1979 seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran. A White House spokesman gave a succinct and correct response: "No deal. " The Iranian offer reflects a growing penchant for realism, now that the Islamic revolution is collapsing under the burden of an endless, unnecessary war. The regime, which has finally agreed to accept a cease-fire in its war with Iraq, seems intent on ending its international isolation.
April 17, 2006 |
As a public service, I've written a speech for President Bush to use when we invade Iran. "My fellow Americans: "Thirty minutes ago, on my command, the United States, leading a coalition of peace-loving nations, began striking targets in Iran. This is the opening stage of a broad and concerted campaign to defend the civilized world from the threat posed by nuculer weapons in the hands of a regime known for supporting terror. "In the spring of 2006, Iran announced that it had, for the first time, enriched uranium, a key process in the production of fuel for nuculer reactors and nuculer weapons.
July 6, 1988
Yes, a lot of the Iranian leadership is nuts. And yes, there does seem to be a problem of Iranian air controllers sending commercial jets over a war zone as blithely as we Americans are sent out of O'Hare. And certainly there has been a pattern of commercial pilots flying over the Persian Gulf getting tired of continually identifying themselves to everybody who's got a gun, which is everybody. And Iranian pilots, almost suicidally, have this habit of not responding to calls from the Great Satan, even though the Great Satan has them in his gunsights.
October 20, 1987
The United States had no option but to retaliate for the Iranian attack Friday on a U.S.-flagged oil tanker berthed in Kuwait. The provocation was not as great as it would have been if the ship had been in international waters under the protection of American warships, but the missile strike against the ship while it was in Kuwait's harbor was clearly a test of U.S. will. If Washington had not reacted, the American military presence in the Persian Gulf would have lost its credibility.
December 5, 1995 |
On Nov. 4, Iranians celebrated the 16th anniversary of the takeover of the "Espionage Den" - the U.S. Embassy where Americans were held prisoner for 444 days. The date is a national holiday here, Struggle Against Global Arrogance Day. Thousands of young Iranians gathered in front of the former embassy, fists raised, chanting, "Death to America. " The air was thick with soot from a bonfire burning countless American flags and effigies of Uncle Sam. As speakers fired off a stream of vitriol against the Great Satan, an American visitor was politely ushered though security lines to the foot of the stage by his government hosts.
August 29, 2006
Another Bush visit? I am responding to the heartbreaking Aug. 24 article "Rescued, now trapped," which detailed the plight of the elderly survivors of Katrina who have become poverty-stricken strangers in a strange land. These helpless souls are at the mercy of FEMA, insurance companies, and time - which they have little of. The same day there was the article "Katrina recovery takes time, Bush says. " The article noted that President Bush planned to spend two days in the hurricane-ravaged regions to mark the one-year anniversary, during which time he is scheduled to dine with officials, give a speech, pray, and speak with residents.
May 15, 2006 |
YOU HAVE to admire Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The president of Iran (whose resume also includes stints as an academic and alleged hostage-taker at the U.S. embassy in Tehran) has carved out some time from his busy schedule to give George Bush lessons on religion, politics and international etiquette. It's amazing that he found a few spare moments to write an 18-page letter to our commander in chief, consumed as he is with more important affairs of state like increasing the probability of a nuclear holocaust and terrorizing his own people.
June 22, 1998 |
As much as U.S. players tried to spin it, their exasperated expressions said it all. When for once soccer was big news back home, the Americans were humiliated by Iran, 2-1, last night in Lyon, France, eliminated from the World Cup by one of the weakest teams in the field. "It's not easy, it kind of sits in your stomach," U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna said after players quickly shuffled out of the stadium. "It's a bad feeling. " They wanted to show the world they should be taken seriously, that the United States no longer is a soccer backwater.