It has been thirty years...
Thirty years since the American Embassy in Iran was overrun.
66 hostages ended up in Iranian hands, 52 of them held through the entire incident of 444 days.
If you don't know much about this, this author *strongly* recommends Mark Bowden's Guests of the Ayatollah, the definitive reportage-after-the-fact on the entire incident.
But, if the facts of how this came to be and how it still is part of the War are too dire a tale for your mood, let me offer another part of the tale for your interest: The way six Americans evaded capture and the incredible heroics of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his team. (Oh, some guys from Langley helped a little, too.)
May there be an American flag at that Embassy, open for consular affairs, in a Free Iran next year.
Last year on this, here at CompHyp.