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[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 18 - July 20, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-07-20 22:56 (KST)   

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Wednesday, July 20, 1988

"The decision was like drinking poison."
--Ayatollah Khomeini

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On this day in 1988, Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini accepted a truce with Iraq. (In late 2006, Iranians were stunned to learn that the head of the Revolutionary Guards had made the decision to end the war and not Khomeini.)

"This decision is based on many reasons, but since Imam Khomeini is aware of many political and military secrets, he cannot give more explanations at the moment," Rafsanjani said.

Canada and Iran have agreed to resume full diplomatic relations. Canada closed its embassy in Teheran in 1980, after the Canadian ambassador and his staff helped smuggle six Americans out of Iran. At that time, the United States Embassy was being occupied by Iranian militants.

But the peace process remains uncertain. Iraq said that the "deceptive" language used by Teheran left it no choice. "The logical position is that the war is still going on," said Tariq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Iraqi jets attacked industrial plants at Bandar Khomeini and at Ahwaz, at the northern end of the gulf. The Iraqi targets in Iran included an unfinished nuclear plant without nuclear fuel at Busher. The plant has been the target of half a dozen Iraqi strikes in the last four years.

Dukakis Selected Democratic Presidential Nominee

The Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Ga., has nominated Michael Dukakis for US president and Lloyd Bentsen for vice president.

"It's time to understand that the greatest threat to our national security in this hemisphere is not the Sandinistas, it's the avalanche of drugs that is pouring into this country and poisoning our children," Dukakis said in his acceptance speech.

Oliver North Trial Delayed

A lawyer for Oliver North said that he would seek a delay in North's trial in the Iran-contra case.

Back to the Present

On Friday, a reader who describes himself as an ordinary Scot sent me an e-mail to let me know that he is planning to organize a TV debate regarding the Lockerbie affair. His interest for the affair was triggered by a personal event.

"I happened to be staying in the same Dutch hotel as many of the trial witnesses and lawyers. I am sure, from listening to the drunken court reports each night in the hotel bar, that the trial was a sham and that an innocent is imprisoned," he told to me.
References

"U.S. Says Teheran Will Honor Truce," July 20, 1988.

"Iraq, Assailing Iran's Truce Terms, Says It Must Press War in the Gulf," July 20, 1988.

"U.N. Council Asks End to Hostilities in the Gulf," July 20, 1988.

"Canada and Iran to Restore Full Relations After 8 Years," July 20, 1988.

"The Democrats in Atlanta," July 20, 1988.

"North Seeks Trial Delay," July 20, 1988.

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Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."
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