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Ken Taylor, R.I.P.

Ken Taylor, the former Canadian Ambassador to Iran, has passed away at age of 81. No cause of death has been released at this time.

Taylor would emerge as a heroic figure after the U.S. Embassy was seized in Tehran in November 1979 when six Americans who managed to escape the embassy found shelter at the Canadian embassy. Taylor would produce Canadian passports and, along with the CIA, would ensure safe passage for the six Americans out of Iran in early 1980. This would become known as “The Canadian Caper”. In gratitude, many Americans posted signs which simply said, “Thank You Canada”. For his efforts, Taylor was bestowed with a Congressional Gold Medal by President Reagan in 1981.

This escape was dramatized in the Oscar winning film Argo. However, Taylor felt slighted that his role and that of his staff was minimized by Ben Affleck who would subsequently add a post-script to the film, written by Taylor himself, giving Canada a proper acknowledgement in rescuing the six Americans.

If only the four Americans now being held hostage in Iran today had a Ken Taylor to whom they could turn for help.

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