War Is Boring
Security, Middle East
The debate rages to this day.
For decades, Americans have argued for and against invading Iran. The arguing continues.
Nov. 4, 1979, marked a turning point in the relationship between the United States and Iran. Less than a year after the Iranian Revolution deposed the last shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, militant students — acting on their own — occupied the American embassy, taking 52 Americans hostages.
Iran’s new leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,...