The Tandd, By Armstrong Williams
Monday, 17 July 2017
The Middle East is a complex region with rich layers of history and traces of Biblical footprints that often cling to their ancient past while clashing with modern-day geopolitical power struggles rooted in political, religious and extremist ideologies.
And in the case of Iran, two terrorist attacks that recently rocked the Iranian capital of Tehran illustrated the truth behind the well-worn adage: “You reap what you sow.” Karma — meet the extremist mullahs of Tehran.
First and foremost, the Islamic State-claimed terrorist attacks are truly a human calamity, and there is never any justification for terrorism. As fellow global citizens linked through our humanity, we sympathize with the relatives and friends of the 17 people killed at Iran’s parliament in Tehran, and certainly with the victims.
It is also important to recognize the significant role that symbolism plays in both Iranian and Middle Eastern cultures, which is why the second terrorist attack targeting the tomb complex of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution, was a veritable attack at Iran’s core.
These twin terror attacks, striking the mullahs’ parliament and shrine to the Khomeini, represent a very painful bitter pill for the Iranian regime to swallow.
When you bear the dubious distinction as the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism, to be hit with the same kind of terrorist ideology you promulgate must be a pretty alarming wake-up call.
Tehran’s sponsorship of terrorism has far-reaching pervasive tentacles. Hezbollah in particular, the Iranian regime’s main terrorist arm, poses a serious threat and is responsible for killing more Americans than any other terrorist group after al-Qaeda. In addition to Hezbollah, Iran also supplies conventional weapons to its terrorist proxies including Hamas, Assad’s murderous Syrian regime and various groups in Iraq and Lebanon.
ISIS, the Taliban and al-Qaeda have also received support from the extremist Iranian mullahs, which is ironic since each of these terrorist groups’ ideologies are determined to eradicate Shi’ism, which just happens to be the religious backbone of the Iranian regime.
And the reason for this twisted terrorist support is sickening: Tehran sees benefit in forming tactical alliances with these terrorist entities because they too loath America and are motivated by a virulent anti-West agenda.
Meanwhile, back at home, the Iranian mullahs exert their leadership through despotism and the denial of dignity. Abhorrent human rights violations are many.
On the diplomatic front, Iran’s backhanded strategy and nuclear secrets further destabilize its neighbors in the Middle East and jeopardize international relationships – all while the mullahs’ “death to America” chants and hateful rhetoric remain front and center in large-scale marches.
President Donald Trump reacted to the terrorist attacks targeting meaningful Iranian symbols through these tweets -- “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.”
Iran cannot sponsor terrorism, celebrate a culture of violence and spread extremist ideological hatred, and then express outrage when it is burned by the same fire it has been stoking for decades.
President Trump got it right.
Yet the response that Trump received from Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, calling his tweets “repugnant” is ironic at best.
The Iranian mullahs cannot have it both ways. They cannot support terrorism on the one hand and then play the victim when they receive a taste of their own medicine.
Maybe it is high time for the Iranian regime to take a good long look in the mirror, because sometimes you just might reap what you sow.