- - Thursday, December 5, 2013

On Nov. 4, 1979, a group of radical Muslims stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 innocent civilian Americans hostage. Whatever the terrorists’ warped reasoning, there is no excuse for abducting innocent Americans and holding them hostage for 444 days. The hostages were starved, beaten and tortured in God knows how many ways.

These terrorists were of the same ilk as those with whom our puppet Secretary of State John Kerry struck a deal last month. Instead of holding the line and continuing to enforce strict sanctions that were actually working, President Obama gave these savages economic breathing room to the tune of at least $7 billion. In return, we got nothing but a promise — from chronic liars.

Other than a half-baked attempt at rescue (“Operation Eagle Claw”) on April 24, 1980, President Carter allowed himself and this entire country to be humiliated by a ragged bunch of uncivilized radicals for almost a year-and-a-half. We lost eight American soldiers and two aircraft in a failed rescue mission. Mr. Carter did nothing else to free our people. Ironically, the hostage crisis came to an abrupt halt on Jan. 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan got sworn in. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Reagan made it crystal clear during his campaign that, if elected, priority No. 1 would be getting our people home. The terrorists were smart enough to end the brutality.

Iran’s leadership hates us and seeks our demise. They have sworn to annihilate Israel, and there is no doubt when they have the capability, they will attempt to do just that. Humiliation is bad enough, but putting the free world in nuclear harm’s way is potentially catastrophic.

DICKIE BENZIE
Charlotte, N.C.