Iran Hostage Anniv. Reveals Little Change

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Thirty years ago, Wednesday, Islamic militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, setting off what became known as the Iran hostage crisis.

Three decades later, most say little has changed in the country.

Thousands of Iranians, including hardliners and pro-government students, rallied in front of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran Wednesday, chanting "death to America," to mark the 30th anniversary of the embassy takeover in 1979.

The Iran hostage crisis would drag on and dominate American politics for 444 days.

Sixty-six Americans were taken hostage, including embassy charge d'affaires Bruce Laingen.

The hostage crisis was the final nail in the coffin of the failed carter administration, and it set Iran on a course as a repressive rogue nation-- a status many say Iran has shown little interest in changing today.

Also Wednesday, Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons in a counter-demonstration. It was the opposition's first major show of force on Tehran's streets in nearly two months.

Authorities were ready with the same sweeping measures.

Amateur footage emerged from Iran showed women beaten by police using batons. The video showed one woman being hit on the head by a man in a regular police uniform. The woman then fell to the ground and a man who appeared to be trying to help was kneed in the face by a member of the riot police.

Iran has emerged as one of the most dangerous nations in the world, seeking long range missiles and nuclear weapons, and funding terrorism against Israel and in the United States.

President Obama said the world has been hearing for 30 years what Iran is against, and it's time to hear what Iran is for.

Judging from Wednesday's events, however, some would say "more of the same."

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