INSULT TO INJURY: Iran Mocks ‘Weak’ Captured American Sailors
Just a month after two U.S. naval vessels and the detention of ten American sailors by members of the Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRG) just days before the so-called “nuclear deal” between the countries, was set to take effect, the Iranian government has heaped insult onto injury in public ceremonies holding the United States up for public ridicule.
As a celebratory parade wound through the streets of the capital city, Tehran, commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, crowds cheered depictions of the American sailors portrayed as weak, flabby, immoral – and easy to conquer.
The Obama administration attempted to spin the January 12th incident as a triumph of the diplomatic skills of Secretary of State John Kerry when the naval personnel were released in 24 hours.
It has also been used as propaganda by the Iranian government which presented the commanders responsible for the capture with medals awarded only to war heroes to honor victory over the enemy.
At that time, the Supreme Leader called the capture, “an act of God.”
The parade featured Iranian overweight men dressed in fatigues portraying the nine male U.S. Navy sailors in shackles; the lone female sailor was heavily made-up reflecting the prevalent attitude that all American women are “sluts,” despite the female sailor appearing in the photographs and video taken that day as wearing no make-up whatsoever.
The tableau showed some of the sailors kneeling at gunpoint with their hands behind their heads, and others tied together with bags over their heads.
The Iranian revolution occurred in 1979 when student raided the U.S. embassy and took more than sixty American diplomats and citizens hostage during the Carter administration and established the theocracy headed up by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that still exists today under his successor, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The hostages were held for 444 days, from November 4, 1979 through President Carter’s defeat in the 1980 election. They were released on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th president of the United States.