You can’t make this up. From today’s NY Times (A New Iran Overture, With Hot Dogs):
Last Friday, the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates around the world notifying them that “they may invite representatives from the government of Iran” to their Independence Day celebrations — annual receptions that typically feature hot dogs, red-white-and-blue bunting and some perfunctory remarks about the founding fathers.
Hopefully they won’t be serving pork franks.
Now the last time Iranians visited a U.S. embassy, the only fireworks involved the hostile takeover of the embassy in Tehran and the hostage taking of 66 Americans, 52 of whom would be held in captivity for 444 days. The hostages’ stay included mock executions held for the amusement of their guards (after making the hostages strip to their skivvies for the execution to humiliate them). Other atrocities included publicly parading the hostages before hostile crowds and television cameras (shades of Hanoi!), keeping hostages in solitary confinement for months, keeping them handcuffed for weeks, threatening their safety, and interrogating them. Presumably, this will all be investigated by the Iranian legislature to fully reveal this violation of the Geneva Convention.
During a failed rescue attempt 8 American servicemen were killed.
I’m sure Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will receive this invitation warmly so he can bask in the memory of the interrogations he supervised as one of the leaders of the hostage crisis.
Greetings from occupied territory!