30 Jun 2005 “The New President of Iran is a Terrorist”
From the Washington Times:
Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages.As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard,’ said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a former hostage who lives in Jonesboro, Ga.
‘He was one of the top two or three leaders,’ Col. Scott said in a telephone interview. ‘The new president of Iran is a terrorist.’
The new president’s hard-line political views and his background as a student radical in the Iranian Revolution are well known.
But recollections of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s direct and personal role in the embassy drama promises to complicate the already rocky relations between Iran’s new president and the Bush administration.
Donald Sharer, a retired Navy captain who was for a time a cellmate of Col. Scott at the Evin prison in northern Tehran, remembered Mr. Ahmadinejad as ‘a hard-liner, a cruel individual.’
‘I know he was an interrogator,’ said Capt. Sharer…