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Ken Taylor Died Today. I hope Our Flags Will Be Ordered to Half-Staff

By on October 15, 2015 4:57:11 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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I didn’t remember his name right off the bat…but I remember what he did. We all do, actually.

Ken Taylor, a former Canadian diplomat who sheltered fugitive American Embassy staffers at his Tehran home at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, has died. He was 81.

"As Canada’s ambassador to Iran, Taylor played a key role in the rescue mission carried out by the Canadian government and the CIA. Known as the "Canadian Caper," the mission inspired the 2012 Ben Affleck movie “Argo".

In interviews, Taylor said that he was disappointed by the film because it made Canada look like a bystander in a heroic CIA operation. In reality, it was Taylor and other Canadians like John Sheardown who sheltered the Americans at great personal risk." -CTV News

Don’t look for him in “Argo”…we slighted our good neighbor for “time concerns”. Right. Who has time for the truth, anyway…

"Taylor also helped arrange airline tickets and fake passports for the six Americans who fled the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after it was attacked by radical supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini. 

Former Canadian prime minister Joe Clark, who was in office during the Iranian hostage crisis, called Taylor a “Canadian hero” and “an example of what we can be at our best.

In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was saddened by Taylor’s death.

“As Canada’s Ambassador to Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Taylor valiantly risked his own life by shielding a group of American diplomats from capture,” Harper said.
 
“Ken Taylor represented the very best that Canada’s foreign service has to offer.”- ibid

So…if the White House forgets to dip the flag…you still can…and maybe your neighbors will ask why…

 

Source:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/former-canadian-diplomat-ken-taylor-dies-at-81-1.2611679

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October 15, 2015 5:42:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks for posting.

He was a good man. Hopefully he will be remembered for what he did.

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October 15, 2015 5:56:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

May he RIP.

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October 15, 2015 6:19:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I feel like a dork. I didn't know who Ken Taylor was until now. RIP sir.

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October 15, 2015 9:23:04 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks for posting doc!  Yes, hopefully his actions won't be forgotten but rather emulated by others around the world.  It seems every day there is more strife in the world.  All it takes is one of us to *start making* a difference each day.

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October 15, 2015 9:48:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting the_Monk,

All it takes is one of us to *start making* a difference each day.

thats awesome well said!

 R.I.P.

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October 16, 2015 9:18:55 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I remember ken taylor.  May his journey be fulfilled.  May those that love him find comfort.  May his memory be a blessing. 

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October 16, 2015 10:16:56 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

R.I.P. 

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