by Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
There were many horrendous moments for the American hostages held by Iranians for 444 days at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. One of the worst occurred when Iranian captors showed a hostage a photo of the school bus that took his son to and from school. If the hostage didn’t cooperate, his son’s fingers would be chopped off and sent, one a day, to his wife.
On January 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan became president and Jimmy Carter departed, the crisis lifted and 52 Americans came home. And a few other good things happened. U.S. banks with investments in Iran were reimbursed, 100 cents on the dollar. Through an international tribunal, American corporations were compensated for their losses.
But the hostages were left out. It was as if they’d been quickly forgotten, blotted from national memory. And the Algiers Accords—the U.S.-Iranian agreement under which the hostages were released—offered no relief. That pact, negotiated by the Carter administration, barred the former hostages from suing Iran for compensation. Read the entire story.