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Embassy row: Thank you, Canada
When he accepted the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, Mr. Affleck, who directed and starred in the movie, acknowledged the crucial role Canada played in saving six American diplomats during the 1979 Iranian revolution, which his movie “Argo” depicts.
“Finally, he mentioned Canada,” said Mr. Taylor, who had scolded Mr. Affleck last week for minimizing Canada’s efforts to save the Americans who had escaped the U.S. Embassy as a mob of extremists stormed the diplomatic compound.
Mr. Taylor, along with his deputy John Sheardown, sheltered the Americans for three months in their own homes, risking their lives and political embarrassment to the Canadian government if the Iranian revolutionaries had discovered the fugitives.
Mr. Sheardown, who is not even mentioned in the movie, died Dec. 20.
Last week, Mr. Taylor complained to reporters that the movie is inaccurate.
“In general, it makes it seem like the Canadians were just along for the ride,” he said. “The Canadians were brave, period.”
President Jimmy Carter, whose term in office was crippled by the 444-day hostage crisis at the embassy, also denounced the film.
“I saw the movie ‘Argo’ recently, and I was taken aback by its distortion of what happened because almost everything that was heroic or courageous or innovative was done by Canada, not the United States,” he told CNN last week.
The movie was inspired by a plot by the Canadian government and the CIA to create a cover story for the U.S. diplomats and get them out of Iran. Canada issued fake passports, and the CIA developed a scheme to present the Americans as Canadian filmmakers scouting Iran for a location for a science-fiction movie.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped onto the beach of Leyte in the Philippines on Oct. 20, 1944, more than two years after he was ordered to redeploy U.S. forces to Australia in the face of a massive Japanese invasion.
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About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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