Radical Islamic terrorism is an extreme threat to the entire planet. Although most people rally against ISIS for the acts they’ve committed, many liberals have remained silent about the support terrorist organizations like the so-called “Islamic State” receive from countries like Iran. Fortunately, Trump and his administration have spoken out against the Iranian government, and intend to hold the theocracy accountable for their actions.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the world that Iran was becoming an increasing threat. If they were allowed to get nuclear weapons, he argued that they would become dangerous and even more dictatorial, like North Korea. Since they’re becoming a threat to our national security, he plans on reviewing and likely revising the Iran nuclear deal.
According to reports, Tillerson is determined to conduct a “comprehensive review” of U.S. policy with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism. His primary focus is expected to be the 2016 nuclear deal. He claims that the current agreement pauses, but does not eliminate, their ability to manufacture atomic weapons. “This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face in North Korea,” he said, adding, “the Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear Iran’s provocative actions threaten the U.S., the region, and the world.”
During a recent interview, Tillerson condemned the dangerous country. He accused them of harassing U.S. naval vessels, conducting cyber attacks, arbitrarily detaining foreigners, including U.S. citizens, and violating U.N. resolutions by carrying out a series of missile tests. He also criticized them for sponsoring terrorism in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Israel.
Iran has been a known sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In 2015, the Obama administration concluded that they were the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism.” As a consequence, harsh sanctions were imposed on the country. According to the State Department, the Islamic Republic of Iran helps terrorists by giving them “financial [assistance], training, and equipment.” This help is provided by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, otherwise known as the Quds Force (IRGC-QF), and Hezbollah, a known terrorist organization.
Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis also criticized Iran this week. While in Saudi Arabia to address problems in Yemen, which has been devastated by terrorists funded by Iran, he said, “the militia they maintain, Lebanese Hezbollah that they support in Lebanon, that militia is contributing thousands of fighters, and of course Iran’s got its own military inside Syria continuing to hold [President Bashar] Assad in power.” He added, “everywhere you look, if there is trouble inside the region you find Iran.” French, Australian, and U.S. navy officials all claim to have foiled attempts by the Iranian regime to provide bad actors with weapons.
Iran is responsible for much of the carnage in the Middle East. In Syria, they’ve helped Assad eliminate those who resist his authoritarian rule. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, they’ve provided money, weapons, and training to Shi’ite Muslim extremists. Although the people they’re arming are tasked with fighting ISIS, they’ve also targeted Sunni Muslims because they follow a different version of Islam.
The Iran nuclear deal was first passed in January 2016. It was an agreement between Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran. According to the deal, if Iran limited its nuclear capabilities, then they’d be able to gain access to billions of dollars from bank accounts that are currently frozen. The U.S. also agreed to lift sanctions they had imposed on the country. However, because of Iran’s continued support for terrorism, they weren’t lifted.
Many Republicans ardently opposed the nuclear deal and were outraged when it passed. The former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, argued, “History is full of examples of when you enable people or regimes who don’t embrace democratic values you get a bad result…it’s called appeasement.” He’s concerned that Iran will take advantage of the deal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also spoke out against the agreement, saying, “my initial impression is that this deal is far worse than I ever dreamed it could be and will be a nightmare for the region, our national security and eventually the world at large,” adding, “[it’s] possible death sentence for Israel.”
President Donald Trump has made it extremely clear that he will not tolerate Muslim extremism because of the threat they pose to our country’s national security. During his address to Congress, he stated, “we will work with our allies – including our friends and allies in the Muslim world – to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.” He added, “if ISIS is left in power, the threat it poses only grows. We know it has attempted to develop chemical weapons capabilities. It maintains a goal of recruiting home-grown terrorists and its attacks against our allies and partners continue to mount.”
By aiding these dangerous radicals, Iran is partly responsible for the harm committed on behalf of Islam. Earlier this year, an explosion in Russia carried out by a suicide bomber, killed roughly 14 and injured many others. And in Sweden, a terrorist stole a truck and smashed it into a building, killing 3. Also, in February, an extremist with a knife was shot by soldiers guarding the Louvre after attacking nearby police.
He allegedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he attempted to strike at officials for being denied entrance into the building for wearing two backpacks. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the incident was “clearly of terrorist nature.” Fortunately, no explosives were found at the scene. Although there may not be any direct ties to Iran and these attacks, their continued support for terrorism only adds to the problem.
A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Tillerson has made it clear that Iran is a growing threat. Their determined campaign to acquire nuclear weapons should concern everyone. If we don’t actively work to stop this from happening, they could be more dangerous than North Korea. The leaders of Iran are unafraid of death. They believe that they’ll be rewarded heavily in the afterlife. This type of thinking could compel them to act suicidally. President Trump and his administration need to work with world leaders to stop Iran from getting to a point where they can cause widespread harm.