The Case Against Iran

Lately it seems that a war between Iran and Israel is nothing but inevitable, and by proxy of alliance it would mean the U.S. would extend its military hand in aid of Israel, if not declaring an all out war on Iran itself.

Iran, who has a notorious record of supporting the radical Shia organization Hezbollah (who is a known terrorist clique), has been at odds with the United States since the Iranian revolution of 1979 when the Shah of Iran was forced to flee the country, which subsequently transitioned Iran into the Islamic republic we know and love today. Since the revolution, Iran has been extremely quick to adopt Sharia Law, which comes with a whole barrage of hyper-religious doctrines so extreme it would make Michelle Bachman look like an atheist. Everything from the suppression of speech, press, and religious freedom, including a strict ban on homosexuality and the suffocation of women’s rights all become enshrined in laws that inflict some of the most barbaric punishments seen in this millennia….because only in the minds of the radical clerics is the use of penalties that pre-date the bronze age considered ‘progress’.

The most notable example of this is the 2010 case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two who was sentenced to being stoned to death for ‘committing adultery’.  Just in case you missed that, that is a mother of two children who was going to be killed by rocks crushing her skull for having intercourse. Anyone who values human rights should be appalled by this. Luckily, because of international outrage and pressure, Iran has decided to halt the stoning punishment, but Ashtiani’s fate remains uncertain, and she continues to be held in prison.

With Iran’s insatiable appetite for cruel punishment also comes its insistence on funding and supporting terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, along with its fueling of insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hezbollah, who has been involved with everything from murder and hijackings to suicide bombings, has been reported to have recently received as much as $400 million in funding from Iran. In Iraq, Hezbollah and Iran were believed to be aiding and abetting insurgents, with a similar outcome being played out in Afghanistan. With Iran supporting insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. and the west have plenty of reason to be alarmed.

At this point, it should be pretty clear why a murderous and tyrannical regime that prescribes end-of-times radical jihadism shouldn’t be allowed the capability to have its finger over the nuclear button.

And this wouldn’t be the first time in history that the U.S. would decide to not let the terms of international relations in a region be determined by a group of religious mafioso types.  For example, in 1801, then president Thomas Jefferson started the first Barbary war against the Barbary pirates, who had been involved in campaigns of kidnapping and extortion against U.S. merchant ships. The case against Iran is not a case of the U.S attempting to ‘manufacture consent’ to invade another country. The American left stand in opposition to regime change in Iran, and by doing so becomes complicit in its atrocities. Allowing Iran to develop a nuclear weapon would mean ending any chance whatsoever for the prospect of peace in the middle east. It would only strengthen Iran’s ability to extort and to continue its religious war on its own civilians and the west.