“I had to pull over to the side of the road, and I basically cried,” said Rodney V. Sickmann, who was a Marine sergeant working as a security guard at the embassy in Tehran when he was seized along with the other Americans by an angry mob that overran the compound on Nov. 4, 1979. “It has been 36 years, one month, 14 days, obviously, until President Obama signed the actual bill, until Iran was held accountable,” he said.Iran is held accountable?
I had to read through many paragraphs of the linked NYT article trying to piece together the answer the obvious question:
[T]his year... a decision... forced the Paris-based bank BNP Paribas to pay a $9 billion penalty for violating sanctions against Iran, Sudan and Cuba. Some of that money was suddenly available for victims of state-sponsored terrorism....Here's the top-rated comment at the NYT:
[T]he $4.4 million total authorized by Congress depends on the outcome of efforts to collect on judgments won in earlier court rulings involving victims of terrorist attacks.... Of the $9 billion penalty paid by BNP Paribas, about $1 billion will be put into a compensation fund for victims of terrorism, with more money and assets potentially added as a result of continuing litigation....
Some former hostages and their family members had expressed frustration at the Justice and State Departments for blocking efforts over the years to get compensation. In a sense, the spending bill represents Congress’s taking control of the BNP Paribas money back from the Justice Department.
Oh, the always exceptional Americano hypocrisy. Has the US paid the Iranian victims of the American coup de etat that deposed their elected government in 1953? Has the US paid the Iranian victims of the US armed Saddam Hussein when he used US supplied chemical weapons and US supplied satellite imagery to use those WMD's on Iran? And, oh, the bleating about the hostages. Not mentioned is the fact that, at the time, the US Embassy Tehran was the largest CIA station in the world. We did pay the 290 victims, 66 of them children, when the USS Vincennes shot two missiles that blasted Iran Air 655 out of the sky. We never did apologise though. On the other hand, has any American, wrongly convicted and imprisoned, for decades, in our own country, been paid $10,000 a day? As we, the always exceptional, would say: Nope.