But Carter's actions are not likely to free the hostages
Once again he let the thunder peal:
"We take this break in relations as a good omen. Iranians have forced an oppressive superpower to terminate its pillage here. The nation is justified in celebrating the advent of victory!"
So declared the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini last week in response to what almost any other nation would have considered a jolting setback. The President of the U.S. had just imposed historic diplomatic and economic sanctions on Iran, including the expulsion of 35 Iranian diplomats, and had asked...