by: the Common Constitutionalist
For decades Iran has been synonymous with terrorism. Americans had been its target since the ouster of the Shah and the rise of Islamist fundamentalism. In 1979 the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to head the Iranian fundamentalist revolution. Many Americans still recall the taking of 52 of our citizens from our embassy in Tehran – held for 444 days, coincidentally released as Ronald Reagan took office.
After Khomeini became supreme leader in Iran the direct attacks on American facilities overseas seemed to come one after another, starting in April of 1983, with the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut Lebanon. Soon after, in October, was the infamous U.S. Marine barracks bombing which killed 241. In December that same year was yet another U.S. embassy bombing – this time in Kuwait. 1984 saw the bombing of the U.S. embassy annex in Beirut and in 1985, the highly televised hijacking of TWA flight 847, where a U.S. Navy diver was shot and tossed out of the plane onto the tarmac for the whole world to see.
The last major attack by Iran or it’s number one surrogate, Hezbollah, came in 1996 with the bombing of the Kobar Towers, a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia, which left nineteen Americans dead and 372 injured.
Since then it seems Iran has concentrating their hatred and terrorist efforts more toward Israel and others in the Middle East.