We must all be prepared for a real war and go to the war fronts and fight against America and its lackeys."--Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, July 5, 1988The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, called for "a real war" against the United States in revenge for the downing of an Iranian airliner by an American warship. Few at the time could have understood the meaning of Khomeini's words.
The US Air Force Military Airlift issued a warning to its civilian contractors: "We believe that Iran will strike back in a tit-for-tat fashion -- mass casualties for mass casualties. We believe Europe is a likely target for a retaliatory attack. This is due primarily to the large concentration of Americans and the established infrastructures in place throughout Europe." Read full story