Numerous words will be added from the book ‘Taken Hostage’ to justify the claims and to clarify all the details with substantiations.
After reading the book taken hostage: the Iran hostage crisis and Americas first encounter with radical Islam, I have become a big fan of David Farber. Every word of the book holds a clear background of the story that revolves around the historic hostage situation that continued for 444 days. The story, on which the book is based, holds enormous depth within. David Farber’s analysis is based on a narrative point of view which looks beyond the day-to-day circumstances of the predicament with the interpretation of the lessons for America’s contemporary war on terrorism.
“Most of all, in analyzing America’s first major confrontation with the forces of militant Islam, I have foregrounded the difficulty American policymakers had recognizing how devoted Islamic mutants in Iran were to creating an Islamic state. Over and over, American policymakers kept expecting the Iranians to realize that the real danger in the region was the Soviet Union…” (p. 5).
This tells that America’s policy makers failed to realize what was coming on them which was the actual reason why they got over powered by the Iranian students thirty years ago on Wednesday Nov. 4, 1979. It was the time when the diplomatic relations between Tehran and Washington ended forever. The reason behind the hostage situation was the anger that many Iranians felt over Jimmy Carter, the US president of that time. Iranians were angry on the US president for allowing Shah Reza Pahlavi, who was the deposed ex ruler of Iran to enter the US for a medical treatment. Broadly, the United States had helped to establish the Shah Reza Pahlavi in the 1950s, and had powerfully backed his regime, despite the fact that Shahs government was dishonest and its human rights record was terrible. It was believed in Iran