NEW YORK – A group of former hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran reaffirmed today there was “no doubt” that the lead interrogator during their ordeal was the current president of Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied he personally took part in the hostage-taking, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York today for five minutes, despite a finding by the U.S. Department of State that he was a “terrorist” and was ineligible for a visa.
The entire U.S. delegation, led by Ambassador John Bolton, walked out of the General Assembly in protest when Ahmadinejad took the podium.
Before he spoke, the former hostages and their supporters held a vigil in front of the Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran at 3rd avenue and 40th street.
“For twenty-six years, the government of Iran has not been held accountable for their violation of international law,” said Kevin Hermening, who at 21 was a freshly-arrived Marine guard at the Embassy and the youngest hostage. “Despite our political differences as individuals, we all agree as a group that it is time to seek remedy. Ahmadinejad and his government need to be treated as a pariah.”
Yes. In a sane world, they would be.