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Taken Hostage , David Farber Farber believes that the November 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and the ensuing 444 day hostage crisis were the first steps in the current wave of Islamic anti-Americanism; in essence, this marked the beginning of the perpetual War on Terror and can be used as a model (or warning) for subsequent crises with the Middle East. Because later administrations failed to learn any lessons from this crisis, the escalation of anti-American Islamic sentiment was inevitable. Farber identifies Reagan as another perpetrator of this escalation, citing his invasion of Lebanon, authorization of US covert intervention in Afghanistan and his indifference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Farber defines the crisis in the context of domestic sentiment at the time. The climate in the US was wary, after Watergate and Vietnam shook the nation’s confidence in its leaders. Farber says that the crisis epitomized this feeling in America at the time, but that the media and perhaps Carter himself fueled the crisis into a publicity stunt.
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This essay was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course HIST 3140 taught by Professor Logevall, f during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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