The Obama Administration used this line to dismiss those – including EMET – who dared to disbelieve the sincerity of negotiations regarding the Iranian regime’s program to develop nuclear weapons, and seek to expand U.S. sanctions against that nation so as to keep the pressure on them to prove their sincerity.
The major problem with this charge is that Iran and the U.S. are already at war. And every few years, Iran or its proxies (most especially Hezbollah) conducts another hostile act, which results in the death or harming of Americans.
Here are just some of the acts of war Iran has conducted against the U.S.
In 1979, Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy, and took 52 (originally 66) of its personnel hostage for 444 days. Iranian Foreign Minister I. Yazdi, along with other Iranian officials, indicated official Iranian support for the seizure when he said, “The action of the students enjoys the endorsement and support of the government.” Reza Kahlili describes the seizure in his book A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran:
This was not a rout. It was not an act of passion. It seemed too managed for that. The people who rushed in seemed to know one another and to know what to do. Military members of the Guards arrived quickly. I wondered how they heard about the break-in so fast. Then the Komiteh, the religious police recently given official status by Khomeini, came and promised to keep order. But the only thing they kept orderly was the takeover itself. Busloads of people arrived and joined the demonstration, another sign that this gathering was not spontaneous. Within minutes, the protesters controlled the compound.
For its illegal actions, the Iranian regime was cited by the International Court of Justice and by the U.N. through two U.N. Resolutions for its violation of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 the international treaty that governs diplomatic immunity.
Iran set up, continues to support, and often directs, Hezbollah, a State Department-listed Lebanese terror group that has kidnapped, tortured, harmed, and/or killed Americans. In 1983, Hezbollah bombed the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut and killed 241 American servicemen who were sent to Lebanon for peacekeeping purposes. Hezbollah is believed to have kidnapped and tortured to death U.S. Army colonel William Higgins and the CIA Station Chief in Beirut, William Buckley. It kidnapped around 30 other Westerners between 1982 and 1992. Imad Mughniyah, a former senior Hezbollah leader, was, prior to 911, “responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any other terrorist.” He and two other members of Hezbollah, Hasan Izz-al-Din, and Ali Atwa, were on the FBI’s list of 22 Most Wanted Terrorists for the hijacking in 1985 of TWA Flight 847 during which a U.S. Navy diver was murdered. In 2007, Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq allegedly played a significant role in the killings of five U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In 2011, the U.S. government seized drug profits linked to Ayman Joumaa, a drug trafficker and money launderer, linked to Hezbollah, and in April 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department took action against Hezbollah for working as a drug cartel.
Iran was involved in the 911 terrorist attacks. A U.S. District Judge “ruled that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks and are legally responsible for damages to hundreds of family members of 9/11 victims who are plaintiffs in the case.” Also, post-911, the Iranian regime protected members of al-Qaeda, including the son of Bin Ladin, even as the latter planned and implemented other bombings that wounded or killed civilians. Because of these and many other actions, the U.S. State Department describes Iran as the “leading sponsor of anti-U.S. Islamic terrorism.”
This position is neither controversial nor partisan. Jeffery Goldberg noted in The Atlantic, Iran is “is waging war against the United States of America” in Iraq. Michael Ledeen writing in The Weekly Standard, reaches the same conclusion saying, “(T)here is abundant evidence for Iranian involvement in Iraq, most including their relentless efforts to kill American soldiers. The evidence consists of first-hand information, not intelligence reports. Scores of Iranian intelligence officers have been arrested, and some have confessed. Documentary evidence of intimate Iranian involvement with Iraqi terrorists has been found all over Iraq, notably in Fallujah and Hilla.”
These facts have been widely reported. During the U.S. occupation of Iraq (from 2003-2011), hundreds of American soldiers were killed or wounded by roadside bombs or other weapons that were constructed, and supplied, by Iran to Iraqi rebels. The Iranians gave these IEDs to both Shiites and Sunnis alike.
Iran has consistently grabbed American citizens and held them hostage. The latest three are:
• In 2007, former FBI agent Robert Levinson was seized. (Even if reports that Levinson is a spy are true, Iran’s response of making him disappear is unusual and particularly aggressive.)
• In 2011, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati was taken while visiting his grandmother.
• In 2012, Pastor Saeed Abedini was grabbed while visiting relatives in Iran.
In 2011, Iran plotted to bomb a Georgetown restaurant to kill a prominent Saudi diplomat. “The Justice Department unsealed charges against two Iranians — one of them a U.S. citizen — accusing them of orchestrating an elaborate murder-for-hire plot that targeted Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi envoy to Washington and a key adviser to King Abdullah. The Iranians planned to employ Mexican drug traffickers to kill Jubeir with a bomb as he ate at a restaurant, U.S. officials said.” Needless to say, this might have killed dozens, if not hundreds, of American civilians on our own soil. Luckily, this bombing was prevented.
At the same time, the Iranian regime continues to pour out harsh rhetoric towards the U.S. Every year since 1979, on November 4th, the day the Embassy was seized, the Iranian regime sponsors a “Death to America” day. The Iranian regime continually refers to the United States, as “The Great Satan”, and Israel as merely “The Minor Satan.” The Iranian regime promotes demonstrations where the American flag is spat on, burned, or tread upon. They have even turned the Embassy that they illegally seized into an anti-American museum.
Of course, none of these facts really matter to the President, and his Administration. As we have discovered, they live in a utopian dream world, where facts do not exist; red lines disappear; lies are true, and peace on earth only requires a little “smart diplomacy” by the Administration.
So, because President Obama believes that the U.S. and Iran are not at war, then we aren’t. And, according to the argument of the Obama Administration, their critics are guilty of trying to march us into a war that – according to international law and common sense – we have already been embroiled in for almost thirty-five years now.
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