Mousavi said to have role in bloody 1980s attacks

Just in case anybody thought that Mousavi was a nice guy.

In the hubbub surrounding the pro-democracy protests in Iran, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Mir Hossein Mousavi, the semi-official voice of the anti-government protestors, has long been a part of Iran’s theocratic government, and was linked to anti-American violence in the 1980s, a background article in Monday’s CQ Politics points out.

As Iranian prime minister during the 1980s, Mousavi was linked by intelligence services to the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 U.S. servicemen and prompted the Reagan administration to remove U.S. troops from Lebanon.

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