November 4th, 2009
10:54 AM ET

Iran's new chant is 'Death to no one!'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/18/iran.101.explainer.qa/art.tehran.bridge.gi.jpg caption="Moussovi supporters rallied in Tehran, Iran, last June."]
Hamid Dabashi
Special to CNN

November 4 is the 30th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, a turning point in Iranian history, in the geopolitics of the region and in the troubled history of U.S.-Iran relations.

On that day, militants, many of them students, invaded the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking about 70 Americans as hostages in a drama that would last 444 days.

I am one of the last Iranian students who peacefully walked into the United States embassy in Tehran. I went there in July 1976 with a recently acquired Iranian passport and an even more recently obtained acceptance letter from the University of Pennsylvania, and an I-20 form, as we called it then. Then a 25-year-old, I applied for a visa, received one and boarded a plane to Philadelphia.

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  1. earle,florida

    Very,..nice,Sir. Very nice. I wish you, and your family many happy days both here,and in your birth-home. We should all learn to live together. Thanks

    November 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm |