Iran is just slapping Obama around to see how much more he will take. The answer appears to be everything.
Iran has named a member of the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.
The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group of radical students that seized the U.S. embassy on Nov. 4, 1979. Imam was an honorific used for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chose Aboutalebi to serve at the UN, which is headquartered in New York City…
But… but Rouhani is a moderate. The media keeps saying so, so it must be true.
Aboutalebi is of course claiming that he was just an intermediary. That’s what most terrorists with a public presence in a hostage situation try to claim. That’s what Somali pirate Ali Mohammed Ali claimed when he was captured. Aboutalebi was not some sort of outside party, he was a member of the group playing a particular role. The idea that his role was humanitarian is a scam that only an Obama would fall for.
Although Aboutalebi downplays his involvement, his photograph is displayed on Taskhir, the website of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line. Taskhir can mean both capture and occupation in Persian.
According to Mohammad Hashemi, one of the students who led the occupation of the embassy, Iran’s revolutionary government sent Aboutalebi and Abbas Abdi, another architect of the occupation, as emissaries to Algiers. The Algerian capital at that time was a mecca of third-world liberation movements, including the Palestine Liberation Organization.
In 1980 Aboutalebi, along with Abbas Abdi, a student instrumental in the US Embassy takeover, traveled to Algeria to invite representatives from several “liberation movements” to attend a meeting in Tehran. The invited groups included the Palestine National Liberation Movement (Fatah), Polisario, The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, The Front for the Liberation of Zimbabwe, Shias from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Lebanon’s Amal Movement.
The US is ignoring the visa for now, hoping that Iran will withdraw it, while Iran is continuing the staring contest and expecting the US to blink… again.