Last week was a tough one for supporters of the Iran Deal, especially those involved with selling it to the American public. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu unveiled a massive trove of evidence about Iran’s attempts to build a nuclear bomb that most of these folks said didn’t exist, because Iran never was trying to build nuclear weapons.
Well that entire story was blown away by definitive proof that not only were the Iranians deeply involved in bomb-building, but they still had all the work packaged and ready for action. In the course of the negotiations for the JCPOA, Iran lied repeatedly saying they had never pursued nuclear weapons.
President Obama even quoted a supposed fatwa by Iran’s Supreme Leader
“Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. President Rouhani has indicated that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons”.
Whether the fatwa was ever issued, supposedly in the 1990s, is questionable. Regardless, the existence of mountains of proof that Iran was deep into nuclear bomb-building shows they certainly did not abide by it. And aside from the Iranians lying there were many American officials who lied and obfuscated and from Obama on down they are responsible for putting all of our security at risk.
But now we must do the right thing and move beyond this awful deal. President Trump has said he wants to negotiate an entirely new one. I wish him well in this endeavor and if he takes the same line he has with Kim Jong Un, something good may come of it. But that would require all the things the current deal lacks, like actual inspections, no ballistic missiles and certainly no sunset clauses that legalize their entire nuclear program after barely a decade.
What we must come to appreciate is the real problem is the dangerous Islamist theocracy the Mullahs have imposed on the people of Iran for almost 40 years now. The people of Iran have had enough, and they are in the midst of a months-long protest again. President Obama chose the Mullahs over the Iranian people during the Green Revolution in 2009. We should do the opposite and support the proud Iranians calling for freedom right now.
This does not mean a US invasion or possibly any military action at all. Just a simple recognition that Iran and the world would be better off with actual self-determination. No one should mourn the end of the corrupt and evil regime that has been the leading sponsor of terrorism in the world, the largest problem for peace in the Middle East and a horrible steward of the riches and potential of the country of Iran.
The Iran Deal is a symptom, the Mullahs are the disease.