When did Iran become a problem to the Western World? Professor Paul takes the time to break down the modern history of the problems with the terrorist state of Iran. Here’s a hint, the trouble did not start last week.

During our Brownells Bullet Points segment, we consider when gun builds go bad. Paul has some advice about how to keep a gun build project from going bad and where to turn should you need advice. 

Also, we have a SOTG Homeroom from Crossbreed Holsters. The recent attack in a Texas church as many in the gun culture discussing tactics and skillset. This is a good time to consider your own skillset. Could you meet the challenge? 

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From www.history.com:

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The immediate cause of this action was President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s deposed Shah, a pro-Western autocrat who had been expelled from his country some months before, to come to the United States for cancer treatment.

However, the hostage-taking was about more than the Shah’s medical care: it was a dramatic way for the student revolutionaries to declare a break with Iran’s past and an end to American interference in its affairs. It was also a way to raise the intra- and international profile of the revolution’s leader, the anti-American cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The students set their hostages free on January 21, 1981, 444 days after the crisis began and just hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many historians believe that hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term as president.

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From www.timesofisrael.com:

The 10 US sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world’s more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation.

And, investigators revealed on Thursday, some of the sailors revealed classified information while being questioned at gunpoint by Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers, including revealing the top speed and mission parameters of their captured naval vessels.

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From www.stripes.com:

Brian Castner combed over the armored vehicle, mostly intact aside from entry and exit holes tipped with molten copper that had since cooled.

The U.S. soldiers who had been inside had already been medevaced near Kirkuk that summer in 2006, leaving the Air Force bomb technician alone with the vehicle. Pools of blood simmered under the Iraqi sun, near what one soldier left behind.

“There was still one foot left in the Humvee,” Castner said.

The targeted U.S. killing Thursday of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.

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