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A Call for Justice in Vienna

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Iraian President Rouhani at a rally celebrating the 1979 Islamist revolution. Photo: Screenshot.

Iraian President Rouhani at a rally celebrating the 1979 Islamist revolution. Photo: Screenshot.

While urging the Israeli government to exercise “restraint” as its population is barraged by rockets, Secretary John Kerry is in Vienna making nice with the greatest terrorism empire in the world – the Islamic Republic of Iran, the very entity that supplies Hamas with munitions for use in these terror attacks. In breaking with previous U.S. policy, the Obama Administration legitimized and embraced the Islamic Republic of Iran, turning a blind eye to the regime’s vast and reprehensible terror network (not to mention its despicable human rights record, its preaching and facilitation of mass genocide, and its repeated intransigence and deception).

While the Obama Administration seems willing to turn a blind eye to Iran’s terror network – we must not.

We must not turn a blind eye to what a U.S. district court in Manhattan, after lengthy investigation, has described as Iran’s “material and direct” support of Al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attack. This was the largest Western terror attack in history and the most lethal attack ever on the American homeland.

We must not turn a blind eye to Iran’s role in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon that killed 254 American servicemen on a peacekeeping mission (and a sister attack on French peacekeeping forces). This was the single deadliest attack on Americans overseas since World War II. It is particularly troubling and telling that the orchestrator of this attack, former Hezbollah militant Hossein Dehghan, was recently promoted as Iran’s Defense Minister by the so-called moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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We must not turn a blind eye as top Iranian officials evade formal charges brought against them in connection with the 1994 bombing on the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina Building in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds more, and the March 17, 1992, bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and wounded 242.

The list goes on and on.

People of goodwill throughout the globe are united in their desire to defeat the evil of terrorism. They are united in their desire to see that justice served. It is about time our governments joined us.

We demand that the remainder of the conference in Vienna be used to hold the criminal regime in Tehran accountable for its role in some of the most horrific acts of aggression perpetrated against innocents in recent history.

The victims of those terrorist acts and their families deserve nothing less.

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