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Argo, October Surprise and Banisadr



Just watched Argo, which is about the American hostages in Iran. It is a very well made, suspenseful and over-dramatized movie. There is only one quote from one Iranian politician at the time, in which he said: "the hostages will be released in less than 24 hours."  It is a quote from Banisadr.  At the time, he did not know that the plot to occupy the American Embassy was hatched in the US by Henry Kissinger, Rockefeller and Asharaf Pahlavi, The Shah's sister; this later became known as the 'October Surprise'.  He also did not know that there had been a secret agreement to postpone the release of the American hostages until after America's presidential election in order to ensure that Jimmy Carter would lose and Ronald Reagan would win, made between Iran's Islamic Republican Party and Reagan's administration, including George Bush, or that Khomeini had been personally involved.

Iran, America and the world in general has paid and still paying an extremely high price for this secret deal and people like Banisadr and Robert Parry who kept working to expose this secret deal need all the support they can get.

For further information I do suggest to read Banisadr's My Turn to Speak and also numerous books and articles by Parry, among them:'Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery' and 'Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq'


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mahmood delkhasteh

After the revolution, as a revolutionary I made two major mistakes. One was supporting the occupation of the American embassy, which I did for the first month. Every morning I had a bit of bread and cheese and tea and would walk, from Salsabil, over one hour to the street in front of the embassy and chant, debate and talk late into the night, ignoring my hunger, and then walk back home to eat what was left of dinner. With this in mind, I have to say that the anger which was palpable in the streets was against the American government (for conducting a coup against Mussadegh, suffocating democracy in Iran and for over 25 years supporting a despot and the ruthless and efficient security forces that had terrorised Iranians), but not against the American people. The Iranian public as a whole was able to distinguish between the two, so what you see in the film I did not see in the streets. I even saw dozens of American women with babies in push chairs gathered in front of the embassy condemning American foreign policy and people were so happy to see them.

Still, after one month I eventually began to listen to Banisadr, whom from the beginning was against the hostage taking, calling it immoral, inhumane and illegal. He said that it was in fact Iran which was taken hostage by the US, and stated that the warfront with the US government and its policy of domination was not in the streets but in the universities and on the farms, as we needed educated and productive people who were able to think for themselves. I remember after I changed my mind and recognized my mistake, I told the guys there about why I had changed my view and never went back to demonstrate in front of the embassy again and always criticized myself since then.


ayatoilet1 B.S. from Argooz U., M.S. from Massachosetts I.T. PhD from Oxfed U; Post Doc @ Kharvard U; Big Shot @ Sheikh Mir Hassan Bank. Plays for a band: Ayatoilet & the Shits. The Supreme Dr. Ayatoilet Kh Kh Kh!

I have written a book, and screenplay called 9/22 (check out amazon under Ayatoilet) and I am in the process of a film production titled the same for release in about 18 months. This information (or your blog) is very dated most of it was public information in the 90's (almost 20 years ago). Parry's book is over 10 years old, and there are many many other references on this - notably by Gary Sick and Barbara Honnecker (both of who served in the Reagan Whitehouse). One interesting element (behind the scenes but never revealed) in the movie Argo, was that they were planning to cancel the airport trip for the Canadian embassy gang because the Whitehouse believed these hostages in the Canadian embassy they would be able to leave with the delta force rescue mission. But those (on the inside in the CIA) knew ahead of time that the delta force rescue would be botched up ...and pushed for an independent rescue mission. The point I am making is that the the delta force people were betrayed by "Americans - Republicans behind the October Surprise" and many died in the dessert in Tabas as a result (the helicopter failures were no accident at all) ; also separately, talk about betrayal not only did the Republicans undermine Carter, BUT (Big But), also the Nojeh coup was a big betrayal by the Monarchists who 'squealed' on the air force pilots knowing that they were signing a death sentence for them - but they intended to weaken Iran's defenses and weaken Iran's air force so that Saddam Hussein would face minimum opposition in toppling the Mullah regime. Betrayal, treason everywhere....all this hostage taking was very, very dirty business ...Over 37 fully trained Air Force Pilots were executed as a result of the botched coup...and Iran was in fact left defenseless. The Monarchists sided with Saddam Hussein, like the MEK. This is alone, is reason enough to never - ever - (even after freedom and democracy takes hold in Iran and the Mullahs are toppled) to allow the Monarchists or the MEK to come to power again (under any circumstances). And once the Republican Party crimes become even more public then today - it should surely be the final nail in their coffin.... I wish the movie had explored all this - more deeply - but it just skirts over it.


Sayyad Sha'er visit:

There's a clip of Ghotbzadeh somewhere in the film, too. I remember the movie, I liked it. From what I hear from relatives, their depiction of revolutionary Iran was spot-on, no Hollywood racism at all. The hate on the streets was close to how it really happened. I think Affleck is a better director than actor.

If you are a fan of Bani Sadr, read "Assassins of the Turqoise Palace" by Roya Hakakian. It's a very good book about the Mykonos Trial.


mahmood delkhasteh

I ham very pleased to see the comparison which you draw between Nojeh coup and Delta force. I, also, in my research had shown that the Nojeh coup which was initiated by Bakhtiar, monarchists and with the help of Saddam Hussein, did not aim to overthrow Khomeini’s regime(which given the time and space was absolutely impossiblity.) but to remove the last obstacle for invasion of Iran by Saddam. To explain that, after the revolution, the deeply demoralized ground forces were bogged down in Kurdistan, while thousands of officers were fired. So Saddam knew Iran’s ground force is no match for his over 2400 tanks. While the air force was still 90% operational and the Mullah could not control it. So the Nojeh coup was conducted in a most careless way so the Iranian regime would easily find out and through the arrest of pilots, the air force would be grounded.
However one factor fell out of their calculation and that was Banisadr, whom while the Iraqi tanks were outside of Dezfol airbase, he ordered the release of pilots and cancelled the order of destruction of the base and gathered pilots around himself and delivered one of his most patriotic speech and asked them to defend their land at the time of their need. That speech, that decision and unbelievable courage of Iranian pilots changed the course of history.
You can see part of my research about it here:
بختيار: اسطوره و واقعيت، هدف از کودتای نوژه (بخش دوم)، محمود دلخواسته
بختيار: اسطوره و واقعيت (بخش پايانی)، نقش بختيار در حمله عراق به ايران، محمود دلخواسته

Here is Banisadr talks about that fateful day in the airbase: