Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution, said in a interview with the Christian Science Monitor that “Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the “October Surprise,” which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan. Two of my advisors, Hussein Navab Safavi and Sadr-al-Hefazi, were executed by Khomeini’s regime because they had become aware of this secret relationship between Khomeini, his son Ahmad, the Islamic Republican Party, and the Reagan administration.”
Not too surprisingly, Iran released the hostages on January 20, 1981, at the exact moment Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. That, of course, was the deal the agents for Khomeini and Reagan made, and not because the Iranian government feared Reagan.
This was a “keep the hostages and we’ll give you military weapons” moment. The Reagan campaign went out of its ways to successfully undermine negotiations between the government of Iran and the government of the United States. After winning the presidency via treason, Reagan hypocritically announced that he would never deal with terrorists. However, this was Reagan’s so-called October Surprise, and the first great victory of the 1 percent against the 99 percent. The result of this treason was Reagan’s arms for hostage crisis, also known as the Iran-Contra scandal.
Treason is how low the 1 percent will go to in order to successfully wage war against the 99 percent. Carter was leading Reagan in all the polls before October. He would have won reelection had the hostages been released because his poll numbers would’ve only gone up more had the hostages been released before the election, and the US would have continued to be a progressive nation.
Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, head of the Iran-Contra congressional investigative committee, famously stated at the beginning of the investigation that his committee would not investigate back further than 1983. This suggests that plenty of people in congress, including Inouye, knew or suspected, treason had taken place back in 1980. It also suggests where the Democratic Party establishment sympathies lay, and it wasn’t with the 99 percent.
As shown by Bani-Sadr, those involved in this treason did not care that people died because of their actions. Getting political control over the United States was more important.
Notice also, the US corporate propaganda media isn’t jumping on this story, with the exception of course of the honest journalists at the Christian Science Monitor and Truthout.org.
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