I remember 1983 and bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, it turns out that Mr. Mousavi (the erstwhile alternative to the current president of Iran) also remembers that attack. His memory of the event is a bit different than mine:
Mousavi, prime minister for most of the 1980s, personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur, and dispatched him to Damascus as Iran’s ambassador, according to former CIA and military officials.
The ambassador in turn hosted several meetings of the cell that would carry out the Beirut attacks, which were overheard by the National Security Agency.
“We had a tap on the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon,” retired Navy Admiral James “Ace” Lyons related by telephone Monday. In 1983 Lyons was deputy chief of Naval Operations, and deeply involved in the events in Lebanon.
“The Iranian ambassador received instructions from the foreign minister to have various groups target U.S. personnel in Lebanon, but in particular to carry out a ‘spectacular action’ against the Marines,” said Lyons.
Where’s an asteroid when it’s really needed?
With that said, I would not be surprised to know that many of the protesters in Iran are not Mousavi backers so much as chafing against the remarkable constraints which the government has placed on its people.