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British Commandos Rescue Embassy Hostages

May 6, 2010 | 10:13 am


May 6, 1980, Commandos

May 6, 1980: Times Pulitzer Prize winner William Tuohy writes that British commandos stormed the Iranian Embassy in London, freeing 19 hostages, killing three terrorists and capturing two others. The attack was ordered after the terrorists, opponents of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, executed two of their hostages because the Iranian government refused to release political prisoners held in Khuzistan, Tuohy says.

On the jump, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, on the campaign trail, says:

-- Jimmy Carter “tells us to turn the thermostats down so we'll be miserable when we're home; don't drive or drive too little or drive slowly. The truth of the matter is we're an energy-rich nation.

-- "It's time we told the rest of the world we don't care whether they like us or not, we want to be respected."

-- "Government creates inflation; therefore, government can make it go away."

May 6, 1980, Reagan

May 6, 1980, Reagan

May 6, 1980, Commandos

May 6, 1980, Commandos