Filed under: Foreign Policy, History, Iran, Islam, Military, National Security, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: 700 Executed in Six Months, Iran's Religious Authorities, Iranian Heavy Metal Band
I’m not sure that many Americans understand the nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Certainly President Obama does not. He has stated that the people of Iran are just like us, love their families, want to live in peace. Uh huh.
The Islamic Republic has arrested two leaders of an Iranian heavy metal band named “Confess” on charges of “blasphemy,” writing “satanic” lyrics, and meeting with forbidden foreign radio stations. They were seized in November by the intelligence wing of the IRG (Iranian Revolutionary Guard) and have been held in the infamous Evin prison in solitary confinement until they were released on February 5. Nikan Siyanor Khosravi 23 and Khosravi Arash Ilkhani 21 are currently free on a $30,000 bond, a fortune in Iran. They face the prospect of execution if convicted of the most serious offense, which is probably “blasphemy.”
This is part of a major crack down on orders of Iran’s religious authorities. At least 170 people were arrested in November. Arrests were made without warrants, and those arrested never saw a judge. In January Iran executed Hashem Shaabani, a poet, for “waging war on God.” The execution was with the approval of President Hassan Rouhani, who our administration described as “a moderate” and “a reformer.” The religious authorities are not fooling around. Last year 700 Iranians were executed by authorities in just a 6 month period on charges such as “insulting the Prophet” and “spreading corruption on earth.”
Iran is working hard to advance their ballistic missile program in complete defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
Iran is also in the process of signing deals with both China and Russia for the purchase of advanced aircraft and tanks in violation U.N. Resolution 2231. That resolution specifically forbids Iran from purchasing, “battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, [and] warships…” without prior approval from the U.N.
Moreover, recent satellite imagery reveals that while Iran was negotiating with the West to lift sanctions, they were more than likely conducting secret nuclear experiments with military dimensions at their top secret Parchin military facility. New research and support centers were constructed, tunnels were dug and reinforced and wide swaths were paved over with concrete in an effort to hide illicit activity. The Obama administration inexplicably continues to remain silent in the face of Iran’s maleficence.
No criticism from the White House or State Department. Obama’s great accomplishment is the Iran Deal.
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