Everything else was arranged so why not the timing of release ?
10/ The Iran/Contra Affair.
Ever since the Shah of Iran (a key western ally) had been overthrown by the Iranian revolution in 1979 and a new Islamic Republic had been declared
under the leadership of the Ayatollah Khomeini relations between the United States and Iran had taken a dramatic turn for the worse to say the very
When the Iran/Iraq war started in September 1980,Iraqs leader ,Saddam Hussein ,received a great deal of military aid and support from the United
States who took every opportunity to undermine the islamic fundamentalist state.Iran fought back in it's own way by sponsoring terrorism across the
region and the world.Today it might seem strange that regimes that were so obviously sponsoring terrorism against the U.S and the West as a whole
could last very long but this was at the height of The Cold War and there was a very careful world balance to maintain.The USSR who were allies of
Iran already occupied Afghanistan on Irans northern border and so across the third world this covert form of warfare by proxy was fairly prevalent.
In August 1985 Israeli official approached the U.S.A with a proposal to exchange 508 of their own American-made TOW anti-tank missiles for the release
of Reverend Benjamin Weir who was a hostage being held in the Lebanon by an Iranian backed terrorist group.All this with the understanding that the
U.S.A would reimburse Israel with replacement missiles.The transfer took place over the next two months.This transaction and the others that followed
not only violated United Nations sanctions (proposed and voted for by the U.S.A) but also Acts of the U.S Congress which specifically prohibited sale
of weapons to Iran.
In November, there were more negotiations, where the Israelis proposed to ship to Iran 500 HAWK anti-aircraft missiles in exchange for the release of
all remaining American hostages being held in Lebanon.Only 18 missiles were shipped to Iran on this occasion.
In January of 1986, Reagan approved a plan whereby an American intermediary, rather than Israel, would sell arms to Iran in exchange for the release
of the hostages. In February, 1,000 TOW missiles were shipped to Iran (We know that this arrangement was cleared at the very top because Reagans
personal diary entry for January 1st, clearly states "I agreed to sell TOWs to Iran,"). From May to November, there were other shipments of various
weapons and parts.
Of couse, all these illegal transactions were producing millions in black money and the big question was what to do with it all.........
........And so the black money was diverted,through Oliver North (aide to the U.S. National Security Advisor John Poindexte) to a right wing terrorist
organisation who were trying to overthrow the democratically elected socialist government of Nicaragua.
The Sandinistas had formed a majority government there after winning 61 of the 96 seats in the national legislature in an election where 7 parties had
vied for power and where independent observers from Western democracies had declared the election to be both fair and free.
Reagan declared the election "fraudulent" and even instigated a U.S. trade embargo initiated in May 1985.
The Contra Rebels,as they are commonly known,received weapons and training from the CIA, especially in guerrilla tactics such as destroying
infrastructural elements and assassination.Some claim there is also evidence that the CIA and perhaps other parts of the US government may have been
involved with drug trafficking to raise money for the Contra campaign.
The entire scandal began to unravel when in November of 1986, the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reported that the United States had been selling
weapons to Iran in secret in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
The United States Congress, on November 18th, 1987 issued its final report on the affair, which stated that Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility"
for wrongdoing by his aides and his administration exhibited "secrecy, deception, and disdain for the law."
On June 27th, 1986 the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of Nicaragua in the case of "Military and Paramilitary Activities in and
Against Nicaragua". The U.S. refused to pay restitution and subsequently vetoed a United Nations Security Council Resolution calling on all states to
obey international law. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution in order to pressure the U.S. to pay the fine. In spite of this
resolution, the U.S. still did not to pay the fine.
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