The mullahs had been toying with Carter at will – three times in five months pretending to be open to some secret deal, then canceling it, making Carter look more and more and more and more like the fool he was and is and always will be and don’t I sound a little bitter but it’s not bitterness it’s disgust at the rank amateur incompetence of the person but maybe I’m just rambling. Upshot is, Carter authorized a non-lethal incursion into the Iranian capital – Delta Force was to use only, um, rubber bullets. In a city of five million radicalized Moslems. As one DF captain said, “The only difference between this and the
So what should have been done? Well, negotiations, it goes without saying. These fellehs didn’t seem rational or honest, but who knows? Maybe we’d get lucky. No. And when the character of the enemy became clear? Here’s the thing. An embassy is the sovereign territory of the nation it represents. It is homeland. It is
The President – I do not mean Carter (our first female president), but a real President – should have let it be known through diplomatic channels that the situation was one of imminent war. Everyone who needed to know should have been told. Privately, as these things ought to be done. Every tourist and diplomat and foreign business man would be warned in the clearest of terms by their governments to leave the city. When the mullahs continued to fail to take us seriously, the President should have announced that violent consequences were about to take place, unless the hostages were immediately released. When the hostages were not released, the President should have publicly explained what an embassy is and declared that a state of war existed – either by act of Congress or by Executive Order. Then he should have caused the destruction by massive bombardment of every government building and military base, every power plant and water distribution facility, every bridge and bus depot that
Then the mullahs would either have murdered the hostages, or released them. If the first, then
If such a thing had happened, the world would be very different now. We would have had our Gulf Wars a generation earlier. I maintain the world would be far better, far safer, and far more civilized. The Soviets may have entered Afghanistan anyway - in reality, they were encouraged by American weakness, but in this fantasy they would have been encouraged by American example. In any case, the toehold that Islamism first gained was in
Franklin Roosevelt might have done it. Theodore would have.