Government-sponsored protesters lampoon President Barack Obama,

at an annual demonstration held to commemorate the storming of the

U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Nov. 4 was the 30th anniversary of the event.



Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Islamic Republic of Iran

Why was the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Captured in 1978?


Is there any justification for the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Iran and the taking of 53 American hostages by militant Iranian students in 1978? According this editorial from Iran's state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the act, which took place 30 years ago, was not only justified - it was necessary to stop decades of foreign meddling in that country.




November 4, 2009


Iran - Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting - Original Article (English)

Followers of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking a majority of the embassy staff hostage. They were held 444 days, doing great damage to the presidency of Jimmy Carter. They were finally realeased on the day of the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.


VIDEO CLIP: The late Ayatollah Khomeini explains the hostage taking and responds to President Carter, from a documentary called The Life of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini. The documemtray was made in 1989, 00:04:21 RealVideo

Five years before the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, launched a coup in Chile to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende. The plot was implemented successfully.


Twenty seven years later, the CIA released documents that revealed how the U.S. Embassy in Chile was behind the plot and that the plan for the coup had been drawn up by American officials, including Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brezezinski and the then-U.S. ambassador to the country [Edward Korry].


In December 1979, disappointed by the Pahlavi regime [the Shah of Iran] - just five years after the Chile coup - the U.S. government appointed Heiser and Gast to launch a similar coup in Iran. [Editor's Note: The identities of Heiser or Gast could not be confirmed]. U.S. embassies that were behind the overthrow of legal governments in Santiago, Athens, Prague and Tehran planned to topple the newly-established Islamic Republic of Iran.


According to the documents released by the CIA, U.S. Embassy staff in Tehran violated international protocol by seeking to establish connections with opponents of the Islamic Republic. These measures prompted Iranian students to capture this den of espionage and bring an end to the plots being hatched there.


The late Imam Khomeini approved of the move [see video, below] and stated that their decision to capture the U.S. Embassy was correct, calling it a "second revolution."


Documents recovered from the U.S. Embassy showed hidden relationships with several prominent Iranian figures and their activities as spies.


The U.S. has a long history of interfering in Iranian affairs. In November 4, 1964, Imam Khomeini (Peace Be Upon Him) was sent into exile for protesting a bill by the Shah's regime nicknamed the "capitulation bill," which granted U.S. nationals in Iran immunity from any offense.



On January 26, 1963 under U.S. orders, a series of measures were adopted by the Shah (within the framework of the Kennedy era initiative called the Alliance for Progress), which in many ways destroyed the economic basis of this country. Imam Khomeini urged the nation to protest.


The national protest that began under the leadership of Imam Khomeini (PBUH) alarmed the United States, which realized that this movement would lead to bloody, long-term revolution against the United States and its protégé, the regime of the Shah.


This prompted the U.S. administration to revive the previously abandoned "capitulation bill" and establish "consular judicial rights" in Iran, so that without hindrance, U.S. personnel could protect the Shah's throne and American interests in this part of the world. They were now immune from any legal prosecution.



The approval of the capitulation bill by the Iranian Senate and Parliament was never made public. The media, censored by the government, refrained from divulging it.


A short time later, internal parliamentary documents containing the full text of the speeches and discussions on this matter by the Prime Minister members of Parliament reached Imam Khomeini, disturbing and upsetting him. The news of the Imam's distress gradually spread and people began traveling to Qum in order to hear the reasons for his concern.


Opposition protesters near the site of the former U.S. Embassy

in Tehran. It was a counter-demonstration to a regime-staged

event on the 30th anniversary of the taking of U.S. Embassy.




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On October 26, 1964, the day of the birthday of Hazrat Fatima [daughter of the Prophet Muhammad] and Imam Khomeini himself arrived. A deluge of people descended on Qum from around the country to hear the Imam's speech.


As he spoke his voice rose:


"Gentlemen, I warn you of danger! Iranian Army, I warn you of danger! Iranian politicians, I warn you of danger! Iranian merchants, I warn you of danger! Iran's Ulama [the most educated Islamic Scholars], maraji [teachers] of Islam, I warn you of danger! Scholars, religious students! Centers of religious learning in Najaf, Qum, Mashhad, Tehran, Shiraz! I warn you of danger!


"If our country is under American occupation, then tell us ... All of our troubles today are caused by this America. All of our troubles today are caused by this Israel. Israel is itself derived from America."


At the end of his epic speech, Imam Khomeini criticized the approval of the bill by representatives in the two houses of Parliament.  



This passionate, revolutionary discourse was, until that day, without precedent in the history of the movement, and it shook not only the foundations of the Shah's despotic rule but the White House in Washington.


In this speech, Imam Khomeini made clear his categorical and uncompromising stance against both the eastern and western blocks, and confirmed the "No East, No West" policy to which he adhered until the end of his life.


He illustrated his position in regard to imperialist governments in this way:


"America is worse than Britain, Britain is no better than America and the Soviet Union is worse than both. Each is worse than the other; each is more abominable than the other. But today we are concerned with this malicious entity that is America. Let the American president know that in the eyes of the Iranian nation, he is the most repulsive member of the human race for all the injustice he has imposed on our Muslim nation."


In addition to this historic speech, Imam Khomeini issued a declaration that revealed more fully the [Pahlavi] regime's ties to the U.S. and the latter's interference in the internal affairs of Iran. 


On the night of November 3, 1964, hundreds of commandos and armed paratroopers surrounded the Imam's house in Qum, abducted him and transported him to Tehran. On November 4, the leader of the movement was expelled from his own country for the "crime" of defending the independence of his homeland and protesting U.S. interference.


Fourteen years later (November 4, 1978), tens of thousands of high school and university students on the grounds of Tehran University and the surrounding streets shook Tehran with cries of "Death to the Shah," "Long Live Khomeini" and "Death to America."


The U.S.-backed military clamped down on the protests and many were martyred, but the revolution ran its course to victory on February 11, 1979 (Bahman 22, 1357 AHS).


The revolution gave vent to the anti-arrogance energy of the masses and provided the needed motivation for the capture of a place that had long violated the rights of the Iranian nation and trampled its interests.


November 4, the day that the Den of Espionage was captured, has been designated on the Iranian calendar as a day of combat against world arrogance.


Every year, thousands of students and others gather near the site of the former embassy to protest the hostile policies and historic interference of the United States with the Islamic Republic.


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