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Mark Bowden on Ahmadinejad

Filed under: Books,Scum,Terrorism — Patterico @ 9:28 am

I’m a big fan of Mark Bowden’s classic book Black Hawk Down, and also enjoyed his book Killing Pablo, about the criminal empire of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Power Line reports that Bowden has a book coming out in May about the Iranian hostage crisis.

Scott Johnson asked Bowden what role Iran’s current president played in the takeover, if any. John:

Bowden told me that his reporting establishes that [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad was one of the central figures in the student group that planned the seizure and took over the American embassy. Initially Ahmadinejad supported the takeover of the Soviet embassy, but he changed his view when Khomeni endorsed the takeover of the American embassy the evening of the takeover.

Given his position with the student group, Bowden surmises that Ahmadinejad was one of its ringleaders. Moreover, he was identified as one of the group’s ringleaders by every one of the dozen or so hostage takers Bowden interviewed in Tehran last year before Ahmadinejad became president. (Bowden disregards as ambiguous the photograph of the Ahmadinejad lookalike with a hostage.)

This is further confirmation of what we already pretty much knew, but it means a lot to me coming from a journalist as careful and thorough as Bowden.

I’m looking forward to the book. I’m not looking forward to our country’s having to deal with Ahmadinejad.

3 Responses to “Mark Bowden on Ahmadinejad”

  1. Bowden’s a great writer. Good–though scary–that he confirms Ahmedinejad is the guy.

    See Dubya (e11a42)

  2. A small part of Bowden’s book was published as an article in The Atlantic Monthly late last year. One doesn’t have to agree with everything he says to acknowledge him as a very careful and thoughtful writer. Reading Bowden left me convinced of Amhadinejad’s deep involvement in the Islamist student movement behind the Embassy takeover.

    AMac (c23f51)

  3. I to am a Bowden reader. Do you know if he is coming to Denver, CO to sign his new book?
    Thank you

    Joe McGuire (d8da01)

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