Iran’s New President Just Another Islamic Terrorist
Great! Iran has a new President and Ahmadinejad is out. Relations with Iran can only improve, right? Not so fast, Bret Stephens warns: (following block quote credit Bret Stephens “A ‘Pragmatic’ Mullah” Wall Street Journal (6/18/13))
‘There’s a sucker born every minute” is one of those great American phrases, fondly and frequently repeated by Americans, who tend to forget that it was said mainly about Americans. In the election of Hassan Rohani as Iran’s president, we are watching the point being demonstrated again by someone who has demonstrated it before.
Who is Mr. Rohani? If all you did over the weekend was read headlines, you would have gleaned that he is a “moderate” (Financial Times), a “pragmatic victor” (New York Times) and a “reformist” (Bloomberg). Reading a little further, you would also learn that his election is being welcomed by the White House as a “potentially hopeful sign” that Iran is ready to strike a nuclear bargain.
Mr. Rohani is also the man who chaired Iran’s National Security Council between 1989 and 2005, meaning he was at the top table when Iran masterminded the 1994 bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people, and of the Khobar Towers in 1996, killing 19 U.S. airmen.
In 2003 Mr. Rohani took charge as Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator, a period now warmly remembered in the West for Tehran’s short-lived agreement with Britain, France and Germany to suspend its nuclear-enrichment work.
We now know that Iran merely used the negotiations to buy time to enhance the Islamic regime’s nuclear infrastructure.
Now the West is supposed to be grateful that Mr. Ahmadinejad’s scowling face will be replaced by Mr. Rohani’s smiling one—a bad-cop, good-cop routine that Iran has played before.
As the West cheers the moderate and pragmatic and centrist Mr. Rohani, it will come to discover just how high a price it will pay.
We wanted change in Iran and we got it. We got a guy who helped plan at least two Iran-backed Jihadi attacks that killed a total of 104 people. How many people can President Rohani kill with Iran’s forthcoming nuclear weapons? Another great American saying, truly applicable here, is “be careful what you wish for.” By “Grizzly Joe”