Iran Waging 'Lawfare' Against U.S. With Complaint To Interpol Charging ‘Assassination Threats'

December 13, 2011 - 5:55 PM

The latest gambit from Iran is a reminder of an unacknowledged, but nonetheless very real fact of life:  We are at war with Iran — and have been since they attacked our embassy in Tehran in 1979.

The Iranian government has lodged a complaint with Interpol regarding comments made during U.S. congressional hearings last October, including calls to assassinate top figures in Tehran’s terror-sponsoring security apparatus.

Iran’s national prosecutor general, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, in a letter to Interpol on Monday called for “legal action” against two Americans, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The two Americans in Iran’s sights are former U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane and Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA operative.

Iranian media reports on the Interpol request also referred to a letter to Pres. Obama last month in which House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Peter King and two subcommittee chairs urged steps against Tehran including “significant covert action against the Iranian regime, including against facilities and personnel responsible for killing our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Rep. King, Gen. Keane and Mr. Gerecht are simply being targeted by lawfare as the latest of the techniques the Iranians have employed to attack, subvert and otherwise undermine the United States.

This insight is all the more important because it comes at a time when the threat posed by Iran on other fronts, including the nuclear one, is becoming all the more palpable.

Clarity about the nature of the danger posed by the mullahs is the first step to contending with it effectively — something we have deferred doing for too long, and at our growing peril.

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