- Oops April 5
Somebody grab a reset button.
American lawmakers are upset over Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to United Nations ambassador, NPR reports.
Aboutalebi, who was not directly involved in the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, has nevertheless been quoted saying he acted as an interpreter for the student group. That role has led to backlash from those who spent 444 days in captivity. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. David Roeder told NPR he thinks that Iran is using the assignment as a taunt:
(Aboutalebi) was not one of those that held a gun to my head. He wasn't one of those who beat me and kicked me and that sort of thing. But he was there. And he was part of it. And you are a product of your past. I have a couple of little grandsons, and they are constantly testing me to see how much they can get away with. And I think that's exactly what the Iranians are doing to us. [NPR]
Others believe the move was not a calculated affront but a "huge miscalculation" by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Whichever side is right, a phone call may not suffice in smoothing relations between two countries still struggling with a very tenuous peace.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- How to live a long life, according to science
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- The culture war finally comes to the Catholic Church
- The pure fun of John Carpenter's Halloween
Subscribe to the Week