Exactly what difference does this make?
I’m afraid I just don’t understand what difference this makes at all.
The United States is looking into whether Iranian president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad was involved in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The State Department says Iran needs to make a definitive statement on the issue.
Regardless of whether this guy was personally involved, and it’s certainly quite likely that he was given his apparent age, this is the same government that aided and abetted the hostage taking. This is the same government that has sponsored terrorism in the Middle East and around the world for 26 years. That the current President-elect of Iran had a more or less direct role in one of those many acts of terrorism seems irrelevant except to those who feel some need for justification to act against Iran beyond the ample justification of 26 years of their failure to abide by the most basic international norms.
The only thing this says to me is that the dictum usually attributed to P.T. Barnum applies to Iranians as well as to Americans.