Sunday, June 14, 2015

About Time

From jsonline(Milwaukee-journal Sentinel): It has been nearly 35 years since the Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran came home, and they have tried in vain since then to win compensation for their suffering.
"Iran has never been held to account in any way whatsoever for having violated every tenet of international law for all of those 444 days," says Kevin Hermening, the Wisconsinite and former Marine embassy guard who at the age of 20 was the youngest hostage taken in 1979.
But a long legal and legislative saga may now be nearing an end. A Senate committee last week endorsed a remedy that could pay each of the surviving hostages $6,750 for every day they were held, or roughly $3 million apiece.
The money would not come from the Iranian government, which has proved an impossible legal target.
Instead it could come from fines and penalties paid by companies that did business illegally with Iran in violation of sanctions against that country.
Too bad the Obama administration cannot make payments to the Embassy hostages as part of the Iran nuke deal, but they refused to do that.
But it is good that the hostages, after all these years will get their money that they are owed.

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