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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:17 PM

6. Probably not.

The hostage crisis was not authorized by the revolutionary government. While the rhetoric of the revolution was anti-western, Khomeini did not intend to alienate the USA in policy. When students took over the embassy on their own, Khomeini felt that the political situation in Iran required his acquiescence. One of the stated goals of the hostage-takers was to bring down the Carter govt. which had been so cozy with the Shah. They knew little of internal American politics. When Carter left office, it may have given Khomeini the excuse he needed to end the hostage crisis.

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