The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren’t ‚Students‘

„Listen carefully to the inevitable flood of 40th-anniversary retrospectives on the November 4, 1979, takeover of the U.S. embassy in Iran, and you’ll hear an unusual choice of words to describe the hostage-takers. From the very first moment of the hostage crisis, Walter Cronkite and most other American journalists referred to the men who climbed walls, faced down Marine guards, broke into buildings, seized diplomats, and held them for 444 days as „students,“ uncritically adopting the moniker used by both the hostage-takers themselves and Iran’s new revolutionary regime, which was anxious to avoid U.S. retaliation.“ (…)