Why is our president apologizing to the Iranian government that openly declares its hostility toward us and other Western countries, and has waged terror war against us for 30 years? Why is he trying to make it easier for Iran to achieve the capacity to deploy a nuclear weapon, a weapon that may be deployed against us and our allies?
As Charles Robb and Charles Wald argued recently, an Iran with nuclear weapons capability, overconfident behind its own new nuclear deterrent, would act even more aggressively, threatening our allies and vital interests. “To prevent a nuclear Iran, the U.S. needs to demonstrate its resolve to do whatever is necessary, including military action.”
Does our president think that pandering and apologizing advances our national interests or improves our ability to diffuse the single most immediate threat to our national security?
Apparently so, because Obama is trying to help Iran avoid payment to the families of American service men killed by Iran’s proxy Hezbollah in its 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut. Obama sides with Iran against the families of those 241 dead marines.3
In 2007, a U.S.federal district court judge found Iran liable for the Beirut bombing and ordered Tehran to pay $2.65 billion in damages. A survivor’s group says that Obama is pressuring congressional Democrats to not support a bill that would allow massive judgments against Tehran. According to this group, the White House is urging congresspersons to not vote for amendments that would hold Tehran responsible for the 1983 attack and would transfer the $2.65 billion awarded in 2007 from Iranian funds held in the USA to the plaintiffs. Obama has urged the court to block payments from Iranian assets that the families’ lawyers want seized, contending that it would jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and establish a potentially damaging precedent. In a little-noticed filing in federal court, the Justice Department is arguing that giving the money to the victims “can have significant, detrimental impact on our foreign relations, as well as the reciprocal treatment of the United States and its extensive overseas property holdings.’’ Over the last decade, the families of Iranian-sponsored attacks have won billions of dollars in suits against the Tehran regime. But the federal government, particularly the State Department, has blocked access to Iranian assets or funds in the United States.
So Obama, the Justice Department and the State Department are saying that we should allow Iran and Hezbollah to get away with the mass murder of Americans because if we take action to hold them responsible and pay the consequences, American property holdings overseas might be in danger, and the so-called negotiations that merely buy Iran more time to advance its WMD program might be compromised.
For fear of retaliation, our president panders to and appeases our mortal enemy, an extremist Islamic state whose radical leadership is sworn to our destruction. With that kind of leadership in the USA, Iran will soon have its bomb. Then what sort of danger will American property holders be in?
1. Summarized at http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/07/the-tide-of-war-is-not-receding/ ; and see also http://frontpagemag.com/2012/01/24/the-venezuelan-missile-crisis/ ; and http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/01/pandering-to-the-persians/; and http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204369404577206943198066220.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop .
2. See http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jan/04/opinion/oe-halevi4; and http://www.antiwar.com/ips/luban.php?articleid=14035; and http://www.mideasttruth.com/lat4.html; and see http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/target/etc/cron.html for a chronological list of terror attacks against US targets, most of which were perpetrated by Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy terror organization.
3. It is strange that except for a brief article in the Boston Globe, at http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/11/14/beirut_attack_victims_families_face_new_hurdle/, this incredible drama has been ignored by mainstream media. A detailed exposition can be found at http://www.iran911case.com/, and several alternative media sources summarize the case and Obama’s intervention: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/02/obama-sides-with-islamic-iran-on-their-1983-bombing-that-killed-241-us-marines.html; and http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2007/09/iran-guilty-att.html; and http://www.mideasttruth.com/iran.html; and http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/02/obama-sides-with-iran-against-families-of-dead-marines/; and http://www.worldnewstribune.com/2012/01/31/obama-taking-irans-side-on-damages-from-83-bombing-that-killed-241-marines/, inter alia.
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