January 23, 2006, - 4:50 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I almost forgot to recognize a very important anniversary. This past Friday was the 25th anniversary of the release of 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days by Islamic terrorists.
It’s especially important because one of their mad captors is now the mad leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today. While our State Department claims he was not one of the captors, the surviving hostages, today, remember him. And I believe them. Not the liars and enablers at the State Department who are most often America’s enemies fondest allies.
When the hostages were released, they were shown video highlights of what they missed in America while they were being held hostage. Many said that the most touching highlight was the victory of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team over the Communist Soviet Union, leading to an Olympic Gold Medal.
January 20, 1981 was also a great day in American history for another reason: Ronald Reagan–the greatest U.S. President in my lifetime–was sworn into office. I was only in elementary school, but I helped my father campaign for him, and it was the seed that planted my burgeoning conservative activism. Meeting President Reagan at the White House, a few years later, was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
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