Part 1 of BBC doco by Norma Percy and co on the history and relationship beween Iran and the West.
This episode tells the story of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the key figures involved, in particular the Islamic leader Ayatollah Khomeini. During the revolution students seized the US embassy in Tehran and held its staff hostage for 444 days. The action and subsequent diplomatic reactions was to be another source of rot in the Iranian-US relationship. It was to change the dynamics of world politics, the staunch position of Iran undermined the image of power that the US had in the world. It would also topple a President – Jimmy Carter. The economic and political situation of today might be a lot better without President Reagan’s legacy.