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August 6, 2015 3:42 pm

Former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar Says Western Confrontation With Iran Inevitable

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Iranian Khalij Fars missile on transporter.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian Khalij Fars missile on transporter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Western confrontation with Iran is inevitable with or without the nuclear agreement struck by world powers and negotiators from Tehran said former Spanish prime minister and chairman of the Friends of Israel Initiative Jose Maria Aznar in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Thursday.

However, Aznar, who was prime minister of Spain as head of the conservative People’s Party from 1996 to 2004 (about the time when Iran reportedly began making overtures to the West), cautioned that an “evil” Iranian regime confronted under the parameters of the nuclear deal would be “emboldened, better prepared, modernized and richer” and reaching to “attain the goals we’ve always tried to prevent.”

He reaffirmed the argument that a “bad deal is worse than no deal,” and although he recognized Russia and China — both parties to the negotiations — would likely have slackened sanctions on Iran anyway, he said Western countries should maintain economic pressure.

While Aznar commended the Obama administration for negotiating a diplomatic arrangement with the Iranians in good faith, he questioned the White House’s optimism that the deal — he called it a “terrible one” — would moderate Iran’s regional destabilization efforts and global scare-mongering, such as when it threatens to close the Straits of Hormuz or finances Hezbollah terrorist rings in Cyprus and Bulgaria.

That argument, he said, “is based in idle hope.”

“It runs against all we know about the Islamic Republic since its founding in 1979, as well as our experience with other tyrannical regimes, like North Korea’s. Dictators do not dissolve when they are showered in money,” wrote the former Spanish prime minister.

Aznar founded the Friends of Israel Initiative as an international effort to counter attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to peace in defensible borders; its members include former leaders of Italy, the Czech Republic and Peru, among others.

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  • marta mikey frid

    I believe that Jose Maria Aznar is an extraordinary man. A man of courage and a beacon of hope for a world that has forsaken its sense of morality. We should all name him Man of Peace of the Year.

    • Malou

      Yes, marta mikey frid, José Aznar is a true hero and would deserve a Nobel Peace Prize, instead of all the Arafats and Obamas of this world. G-d Bless him

  • Mike

    What desperation that you have the search the planet for supporters for Israel’s backward policies.

    If propaganda was an order, this is a stinking fish.

    • Asher Pat

      @Mike, wipe the foam off your lips, take your pills and try to avoid PCs, they are infested with Israeli technology.

    • Mandrake

      Mike: Are you with those who decapitate Christians, non believers or other Muslims and want to conquer the whole world? Or do you lack cojones to stand for what is right?

    • Jack

      Your post is moronic…you must be uneducated and bigoted.

  • Elisheva

    Two stupid questions:

    who set up the negotiations and chose the countries negotiating?

    why parallel to that, didn’t the other countries gather as a counter-point?

    please give me intelligent answers!

  • Robiekop

    it’s funny that all the wisdom of politicians always comes afterwards and that at the moment of making decisions they almost always make the wrong decision.

  • Peter Joffe

    As long as the Quran is the guiding theology of the Muslim world, there never will be peace. Islam is the religion/political party of hate and war. Why “God’ or ‘Allah’ should create people to hate and kill each other defies all logic.

  • SteveHC

    “Dictators do not dissolve when they are showered in money.” – I could not have said it better myself. The Spanish obviously have far more experience with dictatorships than do Americans; Obama should take heed.

  • Ephraim

    Obama’s actions are not based on idle hope, they are based on his life’s goal of the triumph of jihad. He gave Iran EXACTLY the deal he wanted to give to them. He did not cave, he gleefully jettisoned any advantage to anyone but Iran, and killed any legitimate inspections, which are the ONLY way in which an agreement with Iran MIGHT work.

    • Barry

      He has apparently changed the Oath of Allegiance for Muslims to make it compliant with Sharia Law.
      Oh well, so much for American Law and the Constitution.
      He is dividing the country into pieces for easier destruction later.

    • Ethan Coane

      Oh, Ephraim…The triumph of Jihad is President Obama’s “life goal”. REALLY?! Did you just emerge from a cave somewhere beneath the Trump Tower?