by Thaddeus McCotter
Iranian tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly recently. This despot wields power due to blood and fraud, for as every Iranian and honest observer knows the “election” was corrupt. In fact, on June 24, 2009, CNN recorded a telephone call from a terrified Iranian girl, who told of democracy demonstrators being hacked with axes, shot, and thrown from bridges. She pleaded: “You should stop this … you should help the people of Iran who demand freedom … you should help us … it’s time to act.” She was pleading to America; but her pleas fell on the Obama Administration’s deaf ears.
Then insult was added to her injury. In April 2010, the amoral UN selected Iran to serve on the UN Commission on the Status of Women (Commission). The most vehement rebuke mustered by an Obama Administration official was that of the senior State Department aide who said: “We’re not going to stand up and cheer.” Our Ambassador to the UN should have denounced the morally rancid UN for its decision to salt the wounds of the Iranian freedom movement’s regime-murdered martyrs by electing the Tehran butchers to the Commission.
Indeed, Iran continues to be the leading state sponsor of terror; practitioner of executing women by stoning; and hater of our ally, Israel. This month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported its inspectors are being denied access to Iran’s nuclear facilities (including one in Qum discovered last year inside a mountain, deep inside a military base operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard). The IAEA reported that the Iranian regime’s intransigence continues regarding its advanced technologies intended for advanced missiles capable of delivering nuclear payloads.
Clear minds know we heirs of liberty cannot barter with butchers. To prevent an Iran possessed of nuclear weapons, America must promote this inhumane regime’s peaceful implosion beneath its own citizens’ aspirations for the liberty peaceful freedom seekers such as Neda Soltan and Taraneh Mousavi are being imprisoned, tortured, and murdered by the mullahs. A naive Administration’s appeasement of this brutal regime must be replaced with the adoption of a constructive quarantine policy.
Only hours before the lunatic Ahmadinejad took the stage and accused the United States of perpetrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks upon itself, President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly from the same dais. With the eyes of the world upon him, Obama should have issued a new manifesto that declared: (1) Iran will not be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon; (2) Admadinejad and other members of his illegitimate regime will be barred from entering the United States; (3) the United States will not pay its UN dues unless and until the UN removes Iran from its Commission on the Status of Women; (4) funding for Radio Farda and other democracy building programs will be doubled; (5) sanctions to deter companies from investing in Iran’s energy sector will be vigorously enforced and Column 2 tariff rates will be placed on Iran’s remaining exports to the United States; and, (6) the Global Online Freedom Act will be enacted to prevent American companies from assisting the Iranian regime’s efforts to monitor and censor its people on the internet.
Forgetting the lessons of past appeasement, some Americans claim human rights abuses, while tragic, are not our responsibility or a matter of vital national interest. They are wrong. May they remember the lessons offered us by the victims of another evil regime’s brutal repression of their fellow human beings’ God-given right to liberty. Soviet dissident and gulag prisoner Natan Sharansky warned: “How a government treats its own people cannot be separated from how that government could be expected to treat other countries.” The Ahmadinejad regime’s treatment of Iranian citizens is what the world can expect if Iran wields a nuclear weapon; and America forgets that in bringing freedom to the oppressed, we ensure freedom for ourselves.
A life-long resident of southeast Michigan, U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter was first elected to Congress in 2002 to represent the citizens of Western Oakland and Western Wayne Counties.