Excusing the Shah’s “alleged” crimes and 1953 CIA coup
Retired Army Colonel Charles W. Scott, a 31 year veteran of the U.S. military, was Chief of the Defense Liason office at the American embassy in Tehran, supplying arms sales and military assistance to the Shah's U.S.-backed dictatorial regime.
On November 4, 1979, ("the most terrorizing day of my entire life") the embassy was seized by revolutionaries after the United States refused to hand over the Shah to stand trial for his crimes. Scott recounts enduring torture, solitarily confinement and lousy food during the 444 day long ordeal, much of which he calls "sheer hell".
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became President in 2005, Col. Scott adamantly claimed that he recognized him as one of his former captors in Tehran (the claims have never been substantiated).
In his 1984 hostage memoir, the former diplomat discussed the significance of the 1953 U.S.-engineered coup that overthrew Iran's democratic government to his captors. He recalls arguing with them over the atrocity, which he does not condemn.
The Evolution of Revolution TV Special (1999)
Col. Chuck Scott addressed the roots of the hostage ordeal in the 1999 ABC-TV special The Evolution of Revolution, part of The Century series hosted by Peter Jennings.
Pieces of the Game (1984)
In his book Pieces of the Game: The Human Drama of Americans Held Hostage in Iran, published in March 1984, Col. Scott referenced the 1953 coup which he called “an open secret”. Yet he excuses U.S. actions and maligns Mossadegh.
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