In February Secretary of Defense James Mattis labeled Iran the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism.” His comments came a day after President Trump imposed new sanctions against Iran in response to a ballistic missile test. Mattis added, “We have seen their [Iran’s] misconduct, their misbehavior, from Lebanon and Syria to Bahrain and to Yemen and it’s got to be addressed at some point.”
We all remember the terrorist hijacking of US Navy patrol boats as Hussein Obama was preparing to make his final State of the Union speech last year, touting their negotiated release as “assistance” due to the Obama regime’s diplomatic prowess. But they are usually less obvious in their actions. Beyond carrying out direct attacks, Iran has regularly committed terrorism by proxy through Hezbollah, who committed the June 25th, 1996 attack that killed 19 Americans in the Khobar Towers, Hamas, the Taliban, militias in Iraq, and a variety of other terrorist groups.
President Trump responded to the attacks in a statement saying, “We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
Now the terrorism picture has gotten more muddled with one despicable group, the Sunni Islamic State, attacking the National Terrorist Shiites of Iran in what is the first ISIS attack on their own soil. Two terrorist attacks occurred nearly simultaneously, one outside the Iranian Parliament and another at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. One might argue that only means that they’ve dodged that bullet for a long time.
At least six Iranians are dead and 43 injured in an attack that Iran is now blaming on President Donald Trump and the Saudis. Since there is evidence that ISIS is currently engaged as a proxy fighting force against the Syrian government by the United States and that the Obama administration played a role in their creation, and in protecting them as they exploded in size and threat level, the explanation that is offered by the Iranians may prove quite interesting. As for now, they’re just ranting.
More chants of “Death to America,” and another ballistic missile test can’t be far off.
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