The Western world agrees on the need to defeat and destroy the Islamic State (ISIS). No countries in the West would consider negotiating with this sadistic terrorist organization, as doing so would offer it a legitimacy that no terror group deserves.
And yet, Western nations have been holding talks with an Iranian regime whose ideological aspirations for world domination and genocide match those of ISIS.
Here is a partial list of terror attacks which have been directly linked to the government of Iran:
- The 1983 bombing of barracks in Beirut which housed U.S. Marines killed 299 American and French servicemen. Iran was implicated in the attack.
- The 1984 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, which left 24 dead, was carried out by Hezbollah with the financial backing and directives of Iran.
- The hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985 was carried out by Hezbollah with the financial support and directive of Iran.
- The bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, where 29 people were killed, was again the work of Hezbollah backed by Iran.
- The 1994 bombing of Argentina’s Jewish Center in which 95 people were killed – Hezbollah and Iran were once again responsible.
- The Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, where U.S. Air Force personnel were housed, was blown up in 1996, killing 19 U.S. servicemen. A few years later, U.S. Federal Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that Iran was directly responsible for the attack: “The Khobar Towers bombing was planned, funded, and sponsored by senior leadership in the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The entire list of Iranian involvement in attacks against Jewish and American targets is beyond the scope of this article. Nonetheless, these examples show that Tehran’s hatred for Israel and the West – and its involvement in violent terror activities against these entities – should place the Iranian regime in the same category as ISIS.
As the Iranian nuclear talks continue, I am absolutely baffled. It’s as if the West has drawn a line where one side is reserved for ”bad” terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, while on the other-side are ”good” terror regimes like Iran.
So far the nuclear talks have yielded tremendous gains for Iran and none for the West. As if Iran, which holds one of the world’s largest oil reserves, is lacking energy. All the effective sanctions which took years of hard diplomatic maneuvering to achieve have been erased.
Iran has been granted the right to deny U.N. inspectors from setting foot into some of the sites which intelligence agencies have warned are being used to develop nuclear detonators and delivery systems, all while being allowed to continue spinning their centrifuges to produce more nuclear material.
If we allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state, which is the path being paved by the U.S.-led talks, we are going to enter one of the darkest periods in human history. Terror groups like Hezbollah will be protected under Iran’s nuclear umbrella. A nuclear arms race will begin in a Middle East whose conflicts already complicate and endanger the rest of the world.
Initiating nuclear talks with Iran was a mistake to begin with. Instead, the West should have suffocated the Iranian economy with crippling sanctions, while posing a threat of attacks on its nuclear facilities. Unfortunately, the West did the exact opposite, and Iran is closer today – after more than a year of negotiations – to a bomb than it was before.