Re: "Iran names US embassy hostage-taker as its next ambassador to the UN", World, March 31.
I seriously doubt that the US State Department will be so lobotomised as to grant a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, whom Iran has just named as its ambassador to the United Nations. This article says that Aboutalebi was one of the Iranian students who held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days back in 1979-80. They called themselves Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, meaning Khomeini.
For Iran to nominate this gentleman (and I use the word in its loosest possible sense) to represent it at the UN is an insult to the United States and a real slap in the face.
The message from the State Department to Iran should be “Pick somebody else. This specimen is persona non grata.” But, in the unlikely event that he should manage to score a visa, I suggest that concerned Americans organise a group called US Citizens Opposed to the Imam’s Outrageous Line. They should grab Aboutalebi as soon as he lands on American soil, hold him hostage for 444 days, and then fit him with large concrete boots and drop him into the Hudson River.
More than slightly annoyed,