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Wednesday, August 08, 2007


The Algiers Accords - who knew?

An article by the always knowledgeable Stephen Zunes acquaints me with something I hadn't previously heard of - the Algiers Accords (pdf). Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iranian students seized hostages at the American diplomatic mission, and held them until the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated (which is a whole other story) in January, 1981. What I didn't know is that the release was accompanied by the signing of an accord between the United States and Iran (negotiated in Algeria, hence the title).

And what is the very first point of the Accords?

The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs.
Oops! Make that just one more in a long line of treaties unilaterally abrogated by the United States. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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