Jingoism as history

Print edition : March 08, 2013

(From left) Actor-director Ben Affleck and producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney with the award for best motion picture drama for 'Argo' at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 13. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP

A still from 'Argo' shows Ben Affleck (centre). Photo: Claire Folger/AP

November 7, 1979: Overhead view of the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran shows Iranian students occupying the place. Photo: the Hindu Archives

February 1, 1980: The six Americans who escaped from Iran deplane at Washington's Andrews Air Force Base. The film 'Argo' tells the story of the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran by radical students in 1979 and the escape of these six from Iran. Photo: the Hindu Archives

February 7, 1979: Ayatollah Khomeini announces the appointment of Medhi Bazargan (right) as Prime Minister of the provisional government of Iran. Photo: the Hindu Archives

The Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had not wanted to dismiss Mossadegh as Prime Minister but U.S. agents spent many months convincing him that he must. Photo: AFP

Mohammed Mossadegh. Photo: gfghf ghdfgb

Argo, despite pretending to be historically accurate, is only an action film in drag in which the Iranians are, for the most part, dangerous and anti-American.
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