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Judgments Against Iran By: Joseph Klein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 10, 2007

The Iranian regime has come under withering attack within the last few days in the Middle East and the United States – but neither originated with Israel, the Bush Administration, Senator Lieberman or any of the other so-called war-mongers whom the Leftist appeasers of Islamic terrorism insist are pushing some sort of neo-conservative, Israeli-inspired war of aggression against Iran.

The first condemnation was a warning about the true intentions of Iran and its ally Syria. The author was Faisal Al-Sheikh Muhammad, a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood – no friend of the United States or Israel: [1]

"Soul-mates Ahmadinejad and Bashar are playing for time, and [taking] preventive steps to preserve the status quo in Iraq and Lebanon. Everything we hear about meetings between Iranian and U.S. representatives over the situation in Iraq is nothing but another diplomatic game [played] by Iran, contemptible but ever brilliant at fraud and deception….Ahmadinejad wants to buy time in order to obtain nuclear weapons and to force the world to face this as a fait accompli…They are deviously and malevolently aspiring to destroy this region, with which they feel neither affinity nor kinship."

Here we have a fellow Muslim lifting the veil that Iran and its apologists have used to cover up the truth. Iran has no interest in any genuine negotiations about Iraq, where they are supplying munitions to kill our troops, or about their nuclear aspirations. Syria is little more than Iran’s help-mate in facilitating the spread of terror, with its own ambitions to liquidate any democratic rumblings in Lebanon.

The second condemnation of Iran came from a Federal District Court decision this past Friday, which finally brought some sense of justice to the families of the 241 US service members killed in the 1983 suicide bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut. A previous court ruling in 2003 had held that Iran provided financial and logistical help to the terrorist group Hezbollah, which carried out this lethal attack resulting in the largest number of American deaths from a terrorist attack until 9/11.

In last Friday’s ruling, Judge Royce C. Lamberth re-affirmed this finding and ruled that Iran must pay the families $2.65 billion in compensation for the suffering that resulted from the “heinous” attack that Iran had helped wrought. He summed it up this way:

“The Court hopes that this extremely sizeable judgment will serve to aid in the healing process for these plaintiffs, and simultaneously sound an alarm to the defendants that their unlawful attacks on our citizens will not be tolerated.”

It is time to put to good use the Iranian funds blocked in US banks after the Islamic revolution took its nasty turn.

Iran’s response to the ruling was totally predictable. It denied any responsibility for the attack and claimed that the ruling was aimed at plundering Iranian assets. Tehran’s spokesman said that they would follow up the case through its representative at the United Nations. That’s an interesting twist since our Marines had been deployed in Lebanon in 1982 as part of an earlier UN-sponsored multinational peacekeeping force. But Iran is likely to find a sympathetic audience at the United Nations for its self-serving propaganda.

Indeed, leave it to the United Nations to provide as many platforms as possible for Iran’s leaders to spew their venom. Following up on Iran’s election as vice-chairman of the UN’s Disarmament Commission, the latest farce is Iran’s selection for a leading position on the committee, headed by Libya, which will plan the 2009 UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. Cuba and Pakistan are also joining this party. The planners will surely find a way to outdo the 2001 UN conference on racism held in Durban, South Africa, where anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric was the order of the day.

Iran's delegate, Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, said in his remarks to the planning committee in late August that attention must be given to "new forms of racism" after 9/11, "under the pretext of so-called war against terror." He was referring to the Islamists’ charge of racism and Islamophobia against the Western press for defaming Islam as prone to violence. He of course made no mention of the frequent violent acts of Islamic terrorists, which Iran continues to deny in the face of indisputable evidence of its own participation.

So whom does Iran blame for “the new forms of racism” that it claims are directed against Muslims and their ‘peaceful’ religion? It is all the doing of Israel and its Zionist partners in the West, of course.

Instead of being expelled or at least suspended for threatening a member state with extinction, Iran will be helping to plan another UN-sponsored hate-fest to justify its threats. Unless we put a stop to this madness, American taxpayers will end up subsidizing it via our contributions to the United Nations’ regular budget that will be used to fund the conference preparations.

Iran is using its platform at the United Nations to divert attention from its own violation of UN Security Council resolutions concerning its nuclear build-up and to forestall harsher sanctions. At the same time, it is giving the appearance of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency by agreeing to answer some of its questions, but in reality Iran is continuing to pursue its uranium enrichment program full steam ahead. This is more of Iran’s game of fraud and deception.

If the Security Council balks at adopting any meaningful sanctions this fall, our best counter-strategy is to ratchet up the economic pressure on any countries and companies doing business with Iran by following through on the Bush Administration’s plan to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorists.

As exiled Iranian Ali Reza Jafar Zadeh (who first exposed Iran's secret nuclear program in August 1992) told reporters last month, the Revolutionary Guards are like a mafia, running things under the rule of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's spiritual leaders. They are using cover companies to get around the current UN sanctions against the country's nuclear program, which are full of loopholes.

It is time for the United States and its allies to use our economic clout to put the Iranian mafia out of business - permanently. Real economic sanctions worked in Libya. They apparently have had a positive effect in moving North Korea toward negotiating dismantlement of its nuclear program and agreeing to full international inspections. They can also work against Iran’s regime. If we do not relent and we make sure that those continuing to do business with these thugs will suffer significant economic consequences of their own, Iran’s tyranny will crumble under the weight of popular revolt against the oppressive conditions its rulers have caused.

[1] The Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Dispatch-Syria/Iran September 7, 2007, No. 1707 (excerpt from Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Website)

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