30 Years Of Appeasing Iran

By Scott Holleran | October 1, 2012 | 1:46pm EDT

Iran—an avowed enemy of the United States since 1979—is, by most accounts, close to acquiring an atomic bomb. The Islamic dictatorship has previously threatened the U.S. with a pre-emptive strike and annihilation.

Since Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and sanctioned an attack on the U.S. embassy—seizing American prisoners (dubbed “hostages”) in an act of war in 1979—the two countries have fought a proxy war. With assassinations, hijackings and bombings, including the single worst attack on U.S. Marines since World War 2, Iran has consistently been on the offensive, waging a systematic war on America. 

According to the 9/11 Commission, Iran co-sponsored the 2001 attack on America, prompting one former embassy “hostage” to ask: "What took them so long?" 

In fact, every leader since Khomeini has threatened America with jihad—including by nuclear means—and every U.S. administration has responded with coddling and cooperation. Appeasement began within months of Khomeini’s takeover and the embassy attack; despite the act of war, the U.S. did not launch a military counterstrike to the assault—ever.

1979 was the beginning of a repeat cycle; Iran would attack—the U.S. would appease—and Iran would attack harder and deeper. For example, President Carter redefined Iran's initial act of war as a “crisis” and, after he negotiated a “hostage” release, Iran attacked our Marines—causing Reagan to withdraw troops—which encouraged Iran to attack Americans everywhere. This included ordering the assassination of writer Salman Rushdie, and threatening to bomb his U.S. publisher and bookstores, prompting the first President Bush to abandon defense of Americans at home—in turn causing Iran to attack more Americans. 

By the time a Clinton administration official declared in 1997 that America “has nothing against an Islamic government in Iran”, Iran was on its way to bombing the U.S. Navy and co-sponsoring 9/11. After 9/11, the second President Bush’s secretary of state sought to negotiate with Iran for help in the war against the Taliban—help from an Islamicist dictatorship in a war against an Islamicist dictatorship—revealing America as a paper tiger. In each instance of U.S. appeasement, Iran escalated both the scale and severity of its attacks. Under President Obama, who campaigned pledging cooperation, Iran has continued its advance toward nuclear weapons.

History shows that appeasement leads to mass murder and that, from 1979 to 9/11, Iranian-sponsored attacks are often launched with secrecy and surprise. With the looming reality of an atomic Iran, we need an urgent end to appeasement.

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