My Great-uncle Curtis Yarnell Kimball, US Army, was American liaison to the British in Operation Market Garden.
The operation was a disaster. Curtis was the one who organized the evacuation of the wounded.
He spoke German well enough to pass as a native, which helped when he approached the Waffen SS.
Montgomery personally awarded him the Order of the British Empire.
In 1950, Curtis and Marian went to Iran. Curtis's job was--officially--to train the Imperial Iranian Gendarmerie.
I found his field notes.
He was doing a lot more than training gendarmes.
Marian loved Iran and the Iranians.
Oh, I should tag in @HeshmatAlavi
Start this thread at the top, Heshmat.
So one day Curtis and Marian got caught in an anti-American protest. This was in 1952.
"Take it easy, lady," he said in perfect English. "We're all getting paid to do this."
Then he winked at Marian and went back to shouting anti-American slogans.
Marian thought it was extremely funny.
She never lost her love of Iran or the Iranians.
She died in 2006. I wrote this in 2013.
Like Marian, I have nothing against the Iranian people.
@ThomasWic I appreciate your sharing this with me. I have learned , over the past week or so that Iran's government may be skillful propagandists, but ultimately, the people are strong, courageous and will have their say.
We certainly are. It is absolutely amazing how the regime in Tehran is falling into a series of traps, literally being destroyed from the inside.
As you've said it correctly, this time, this regime change, will be done right.
Keep the next two months in close notice:
-JCPOA being buried for good
-And gaps between protest spikes decreasing dangerously for Iran's rulers.
Good days are ahead of us!
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.