Deadly Moderate Iran
Moderate Iran is killing Americans
Delusion and deception
The amount of delusion and deception at play here is truly staggering. As Shia militia and their Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) allies surge into Anbar Province kidnapping and executing perceived opponents and terrifying the Sunni Arabs of the region with threats of ethnic cleansing, we are told that an Iraqi unity government of some sort is winning the day. As Boeing prepares to sell Tehran upwards of 100 state of the art aircraft, the airframes of which are identical with those used in many capacities by the American military, we are told that the deal has no defense implications and will not affect the regional military balance in anyway. As $150 billion surges into Tehran’s coffers as a result of the Iran nuclear “deal,” and Hezbollah openly brags that as long as Iran has money it will have all the cash it needs to wage war across the Middle East, we are told that the Iranians intend to put their newfound wealth to use in peaceful pursuits.
Perhaps, though, nothing is so egregious as the extent to which this administration has quietly swept under the rug Iran’s direct involvement in the killing of American servicemen and our coalition allies.
In fact, Iranian-supplied weapons have led to untold American, British, Israeli, Afghan and Iraqi casualties. Estimates are that in Iraq alone over a thousand American servicemen have been killed by weapons supplied by Iran in the last fifteen years. These weapons include Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP’s), shaped charges designed specifically to defeat American armored vehicles. In addition to the thousand Americans killed, EFP’s have wounded many thousands more.
There is no doubt about the origin of the EFP’s in question. Those supplied to anti-American forces in Iraq are identical to those used by Hezbollah against Israeli forces in 2006. Training of Iraqi insurgents in the use of EFP’s is known to have been conducted at Hezbollah camps in Lebanon by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel. To keep up with demand for these weapons, at one point three separate factories in Iran mass-produced them. In 2009 General David Petraeus said that Iran was funding, training, equipping and directing groups that were conducting attacks against American personnel all over Iraq. He added that there were daily attacks on US personnel using weapons made only by Iran.
Think of that the next time you attend a veterans event in your hometown or watch one on television. Take a moment to think about how many of the young Americans whose lives and bodies were shattered are the victims of deliberate Iranian efforts to target, kill and maim our people.
Iranian support has not been limited to the supply of EFP’s, however. In 2007 American troops in Iraq seized a cache of Austrian sniper rifles. These rifles, which fired Iranian bullets, were capable of penetrating American body armor and armored HUMVEE troop carriers. The rifles were determined to have been purchased by the Iranians from the Austrian manufacturer under the pretext that they were to be used by Iranian police officers.
Death to America
Nothing in Iran’s behavior today suggests any change in their focus or activities. So-called “moderate” Iranian President Rouhani recently appointed Brigadier-General Hossein Dehghan to be Minister of Defense. Dehghan played a key role in the October 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in which 241 Marines and 58 French paratroopers were killed. Shortly after Dehghan’s appointment Ayatollah Khameinei announced the appointment of Major-General Mohammed Bagheri as Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces. Bagheri began his career in anti-American activities as one of the students who overran our embassy in Tehran in 1979 and then held our diplomats captive for 444 days.
No matter how the White House spins it, Iran remains the world’s terror master. Their army of terrorists controls Lebanon, fights in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and destabilizes Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
And when a mob in Tehran chants, “Death to America,” they mean it.