Saturday, November 21, 2009

On November 21

On this day in ...
... 1979 (30 years ago today), in Islamabad, a "five-hour siege" that "began as an organised student protest" turned into a mob attack that resulted in the death of one Marine at the U.S. embassy in Pakistan, which was burned to the ground. The BBC attributed the attack to a radio broadcast in which Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini contended that "Americans were behind the occupation of Islam's holiest site, the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia" -- a broadcast that the U.S. State Department said contained "'irresponsible, outright, knowing lies.'" The Washington Post's 2004 retrospective on the attack is here.

(Prior November 21 posts are here and here.)

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