Cal Thomas: President Biden’s dangerous game with Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran, as it calls itself, is not a republic, but it is Islamic.

Here are two definitions to take stock before moving on to a larger point.

A Republic is defined by Dictionary.com as “a State in which supreme power belongs to the body of citizens having the right to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them”. Iranian elections give supreme power to religious leaders, not the people. In previous elections, when there were public demonstrations against the government, “the people” were imprisoned or murdered by the regime.

Radical Islam is a belief system based on interpretations of the Quran made by political leaders who seek to impose these beliefs on their citizens and the rest of the world, by force if necessary. At least that is my definition, based on sermons from die-hard mullahs in Iran and elsewhere, as well as personal observations of how these beliefs are put into practice.

Obviously, not all Muslims agree on everything, especially when it comes to politics. Neither do Christians and Jews, for that matter, but Christians and Jews are not known to want to eliminate nations they don’t like or to forcefully impose their will on others.

The recent election in Iran, so to speak since the results are announced in advance, places the presidency of the country in the hands of a certain Ebrahim Raisi, a man even more radical than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani. In the case of Iran, it doesn’t matter who the president is since the real power lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, but the election should send a message to the Biden administration that his attempt to reinstate the nuclear deal hence former President Trump withdrew the United States is a wild ride. Ultimately, such a deal will not benefit the United States, Israel, and the world.

Statements by Iranian leaders belied American diplomats who believe their soft tones and goodwill towards Tehran will change the goals or behavior of its leaders.

According to The Times of Israel, Supreme Leader Khamenei has drawn up a nine-point plan for the destruction of Israel, calling it a “barbaric” Jewish state that “has no other remedy than to be annihilated.” What is not clear about this statement?

There are many similar statements, but why should I repeat myself? How many similar or repeated statements are needed before believing they mean what they say? Khamenei and other Iranian leaders also made it clear that the familiar chant “Death to America” ​​is not a bumper sticker slogan. Only the blind would claim that they are not sincere.

I have asked this question to other administrations. Why would anyone, seen by Iranian leaders as a secular infidel, think they can negotiate with religious fanatics who want their dead and their country destroyed? How can we negotiate with those who want to rule and dominate the world?

Do Westerners sincerely believe that they can influence those who claim to receive direct orders from their god? These religious fanatics believe their god wants them to pursue a death program for the Jews and eliminate Israel, Western Europe, and the United States. Recall that it was the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, who suggested that Islam conquer Europe through immigration and without a shot.

Financial advisers and brokerage firms are required by law to tell clients that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

In the case of Iran, past (and current) performance is a guarantee of future results.

Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist and author. Readers can email him at: [email protected]


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