The Situation Of The Iran Hostage Crisis

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On November 4, 1979, an angry mob of some 300 to 500 supposed “students” who called themselves “Imam’s Disciples,” laid siege to the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran. The mob held 66 U.S. citizens and diplomats as hostages. Women and African-Americans were released a short while later, but 52 hostages still remained for 444 days. The president took precautions to ensure the safety of the hostages as well as U.S. relations in Iran. This terrorist act triggered the most profound crisis of the Carter presidency and began a personal ordeal for Jimmy Carter and the American people. The events in the Iran Hostage Crisis demonstrate how bad the president at the time, Jimmy Carter, can handle such a horrible situation. Several negotiations were held between President Jimmy Carter and the mob at the Embassy even if they weren’t taken as good with the mob. First off, Carter imposed sanctions and applied diplomatic pressure to encourage negotiations for the release of the hostages. Carter then cancelled oil imports from Iran, expelled a number of Iranians from the U.S., and freezing about $8 billion of Iranian assets in the U.S. The Iranian government denied any responsibility for the incident, but their failure to take action against the hostage-takers belied the denial. This was one of the first mistakes; making the enemy mad, therefore giving them a stronger spring to bounce back on when you go attack or invade in their land.
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