Skip to comments.Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany’s Secret Role in Ending the Drama
Posted on 08/10/2015 8:43:56 AM PDT by Olog-hai
In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germanys role in the negotiations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. [ ]
The details of the German contribution, however, remained unclear. Now historian Frank Bösch, the director of the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Spiegel have conducted research in German archives and spoken with period witnesses. This has revealed that the West German government at the time had a smooth intermediary role, as Bösch puts it. And one of the key figures, it turns out, is barely known: Gerhard Ritzel, the German ambassador in Tehran. [ ]
In January 1979, after millions of people demonstrated against him, the shah left Iran. A few weeks later, Khomeini returned from his Parisian exile and announced the beginning of an Islamic Republic. Ritzel quickly came to terms with the regime change. The West feared that Iran could slip into the Soviet sphere of influence. [ ]
Ritzel was one of the few Western diplomats officials in Tehran would still listen to. In order to safeguard German export interests, the government in Bonn wanted a quick end to the crisis.
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As usual for Jimmeh, he threw SNAKE EYS and walks away with nothing but his d**k in his hands.
That and the threat of a president who do something about it.
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