What, Me Worry?

An agreement has finally been struck where Iran gets to realize its long lived dream of going nuclear, while President Obama lands a history in the making deal to feather his presidential record cap with. Truly a win, win for both of them.  For the rest of the world, it remains to be seen.

The pact involves the U.S. and other participating countries giving lots and lots of money (upwards of 100 billion dollars) to Iran, while immediately lifting all economic sanctions.  It also, according to Mark Thiesson’s Washington Post column, “does not require Iran to dismantle or destroy any of its nuclear facilities, allow snap inspections, stop enrichment, stop research and development on advanced centrifuges or stop the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

Hmmm, so what does Iran have to do in return? Merely promise not to expand their nuclear program in to weaponry. Oh, and they get to keep all the money we are giving them today, even if they cheat down the road and what little enforcement measures that are in place to prevent them from getting a bomb expire in 10 years.

It seems then we are left with trusting that this state sponsor of terrorism with a long and deep hatred for the United States and who repeatedly calls for the annihilation of Israel, is acting in good faith by saying they have no intentions of developing nuclear weapons.  The streets of Tehran I’m sure are boisterous with celebration this evening.

Trust is a small word with big meaning and one of the best ways of measuring it is by observing how a person acts on a daily basis. Let’s take a look then at how the people we just struck a momentous deal with govern their own country. Currently in Iran:

Women are treated atrociously and not afforded basic civil rights. They are routinely forced in to abusive marriages as young as 8 and must submit to their husband’s decisions in even the most miniscule areas of their life.  Women can also be hung for defending themselves from a rapist or they face accusations of “adultery” punishable by stoning if they try to get the rapist arrested.

Being gay is a crime and it’s estimated that between 4000-6000 Iranian gays and lesbians have been killed for the charge of having sex with someone of the same gender.  Forced sex change operations are also rampant in Iran as the regime solves it’s “gay problem” by either killing them or forcing gender change.

There is no freedom of religion. The punishment for converting from Islam to any other religion is death.  People are also routinely executed  for things like “waging war against God”, petty drug crimes and protesting the government.

There is no freedom of press either.  An American journalist for the Washington Post has sat in an Iranian jail cell for almost 9 months and is set to go on  secret trial for trumped up espionage and spying charges. Iran also holds the stature of being the world’s number one jailer of female journalists who suffer unspeakable crimes while in custody.

Oh and let’s not forget Iran has an official holiday of hate called Quds Day, which happened just last week during the height of the nuclear talks.  This is when the entire country unites in festivities while chanting Death to America and Israel and burning our flag.  Iran’s so called moderate President Rouhani participated along with other regime leaders we’ve been negotiating with.

The deal is now done, the ink barely dry and nothing less than the security of the entire planet lies in its outcome. President Obama says to trust him, that he won’t allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon.  There’s that little word again, trust; loaded with even bigger meaning now that I’m thinking about my own President and whether or not I do.  I decidedly don’t which to me is the saddest part of all.

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20 Responses to What, Me Worry?

  1. Julie says:

    The blindness our country has been displaying is of Biblical proportions, causes me to cling all the tighter to the trustworthiness of God.

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Unfortunately, the same curbs on religious freedom and women’s rights, for which you cite Iran, as well as the punishments in place for resisting them, are shared by the long-time ally of both the US and Israel – Saudi Arabia.

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    • Tricia says:

      Very true Arch and if it were up to me I’d limit our engagement with these countries more, especially China. This is different though as the whole point of these negotiations was supposed to be to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons; whether or not we allowed them to develop nuclear power was a bargaining chip for us which we’ve completely wasted. It’s my fear that our Narcissist in Chief has crafted a really bad and dangerous deal for the sole purpose of creating something historic to feed his ego. Much like that other history in the making act called ObamaCare, many untruths will be revealed and the opposite of what we were promised will in fact happen. The consequences here will much, much worse though.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        if it were up to me I’d limit our engagement with these countries more, especially China.

        That’s another sticky problem – during the Nixon Era, we suckered China in, hoping that once they got a taste of the wonderfulness of Capitalism, they would turn from their evil Communist ways. It backfired – in true Kung-Fu-movies fashion, the pupil became the master and used their Walmart money to buy US debt. We now owe them so much money, we literally can’t afford to cut our ties.

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        • Tricia says:

          Very true Arch, you’d think we would have learned! Actually I do agree somewhat with opening up trade with China as it has helped the oppressed enormously both in china and here but, there needs to be limits for sure.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Further, we turn a blind eye to the atrocities in Saudi that we condemn in Iran, because we depend on the Saudi régime to keep the price of oil stable, as well as to act as a buffer zone between Israel and those Islamic countries hostile to it. A missile that misses Israel either falls harmlessly into the Mediterranean, or it hits Saudia Arabia, and the Saudis wouldn’t like that very much.

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        • Tricia says:

          The Saudis don’t have nukes…..yet.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            No, but when we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we were in the early stages of nuclear development – we had only two bombs, code-named, “Fat Man” and “Little Boy.” If a missile aimed for Israel ever hit Saudi Arabia, the Saudis would retaliate immediately with conventional bombing, and we would be right behind them, with our extensive arsenal.

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  3. WHY does our government keep giving bucketloads of money to other countries, when we’re drowning in debt ourselves???

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  4. Quixie says:

    See, this is why I don’t read/watch the news and instead read WordPress blogs for my info. This all sounds like a really BAD idea…yikes!

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  5. Dennis says:

    Why in the world would any sane person think that the Iranians will keep their word about anything? They lie cheat and fabricate in ALL dealings with non Muslims. It’s their religion. I have had dealings with Muslims in the past and have had to take a loss each and every time. After awhile you cut your losses and get out and NEVER deal with them again.
    Obama has willingly given up everything to get this deal and now he is lying about the specs of the deal to try and cover everything up. The next President will have to deal with Iran and probably have to go to war because of this deal. All the while Obama and his minions in the Congress and the press will blame the Republicans. They will rewrite history just as they have been doing about slavery, Viet Nam, Iraq and the Reagan economy.
    Of course we have spineless Republicans that will o k this deal and those members should be drummed out of office asap. Obama and Kerry should be impeached and imprisoned at once. That will never happen of course. There are very few government officials with the guts to stand up and say what should be done and then do it.
    It’s a sad day for America but there is still hope so don’t give up the good fight!

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      The next President will have to deal with Iran and probably have to go to war because of this deal.

      I can only assume you mean like Obama had to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of the actions of his predecessor —

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    • Tricia says:

      Aside from the imprisonment for Obama and Kerry, I agree strongly with everything you wrote. This nuke deal is plain horrible and we’ve probably not even heard the half of it. I know people don’t like to talk “politics” but there are some things worth annoying others for. It’s a true dereliction of duty letting this thing come to fruition and we all need to make noise about it. So many people are in the dark though, I fear it’s pointless.

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      • Tricia says:

        Quick edit…I don’t believe it’s fair at all to stereotype all Muslims as liars and cheaters. The mullahs negotiating with Kerry and Obama certainly are has been proven several times over the years. There are lots of good Muslims living in Iran though who want nothing more than to be free of the lunatics that rule them. Maybe some day….

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