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OCTOBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
O
ne attraction of the Foreign Service is the chance
to observe and be part of history-making events.
Tat happened to me during the 1979 Iranian
Revolution, when militants seized Embassy Teh-
ran and held most of the Americans hostage for
444 days. I was a frst-tour ofcer who had the good fortune, along
with my wife, Cora, and four other American diplomats, to elude
Iranian security forces and eventually leave Iran in a covert opera-
tion known as the “Canadian Caper.”
“ARGO”
HOWHOLLYWOOD
DOES HISTORY
Even if it’s a great story, a “dramatization based on true events”
is not the same as history. But maybe that’s OK.
BY MARK L I J EK
President Jimmy Carter
met with the six diplomats in
the Oval Ofce on their safe
return to the United States.
From left to right: Kathleen
Staford, H. Lee Schatz,
Joseph Staford, Pres. Carter,
Cora Amburn-Lijek, Mark
Lijek and Robert Anders.
The White House