Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ending Iran’s impunity

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Murderous Iran Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The U.N. cannot ignore crimes by the world’s leading terror sponsor

By Alex Carlile
Every parent understands this simple concept: Do not reward kids’ bad behavior. But one can only wonder whether, when it comes to international relations and dealing with rogue regimes, our policymakers understand this basic concept.
The case in point is the policy vis-a-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran.The Iranian regime has imprisoned a British charity worker and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment on bogus national security charges. The case of Nazanin Ratcliffe has shocked the British public as it has unfolded over the past six months, since she was arrested by regime officials when she attempted to fly back to England after taking her daughter, Gabriella, to visit her parents.However, this is only the latest in a long line of human rights abuses by Tehran. Earlier this year, a leaked audio file provided further proof of the complicity of top-level regime members in a 1988 massacre, which killed 30,000 political prisoners, including juveniles and pregnant women.In the audio file, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the heir-apparent to then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, can be heard criticizing the death committee for enforcing the massacre.

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