80 lashings (That’s with a whip mind you) was the punishment given to four Iranian Christians for being caught with Communion wine in Iran. The men were caught in a raid on their home church (so called because it’s literally in someone’s house), then arrested, and found guilty of breaking Sharia law, and punished “appropriately.”
Question: How many times has Iran said that it is religiously tolerant? How many times do we hear that Iran is far better at treating its minorities than the West? HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HEAR THAT IRAN IS PEACEFUL, SUPERIOR, AND OPEN?!
A lot. I see comments every day that sing Iran’s praises, that claim that there is religious freedom, and equality.
Well we know that’s a load of bunk. Especially when you consider how Iran has been flaring sectarian violence not only in Syria-but Nigeria of all places as well. The concept of Iranian tolerance and moderation is an absolute joke, the same way their claims of bringing stability to a troubled region are.
The Mullahs time is coming, and should they continue to kill Sunni Arabs, imprison old Baha’i men, and whip Christians practicing in their homes, they’ll have a real problem on their hands.
While the Saudis are not necessarily the best example of human rights in the Middle East, they’ve certainly been better than Iran’s mullahs. While Saudi Arabia had over 300 executions between 2010 and 2013, Iran has already killed over 500 people publicly since January of this year. One would hope that we would see the U.S. strengthening ties with the Gulf States, as Iran’s former foil Iraq has in fact become Iran’s newest province.
Let’s hope for some better balancing in the Middle East, or we’ll see a Mullah renaissance that no one wants.
Secretary of State John Kerry says relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are strong despite reports the Saudis are looking to de-emphasize its alliance with Washington.
“I have great confidence that the United States and Saudi Arabia will continue to be the close and important friends and allies that we have been,” Kerry told reporters on Tuesday in London on the sidelines of a conference about the international response to the civil war in Syria.
Kerry was responding to questions based on a report from Reuters that quoted Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, telling European diplomats the kingdom would be making a “major shift” in relations with Washington over perceived inaction towards the carnage in Syria, and a possible rapprochement with Iran over its nuclear program.
The comments were noteworthy coming from Bandar, who served as the kingdom’s ambassador to Washington for…
This news out of Syria today. While no one points the blame on heinous actions such as this, we’re fairly confident that the root of this stems from Government forces backed by Iran. The description of the targets running from the Government held portions of Aleppo to the rebel side for food, medical supplies, and clothing is too similar to what the government snipers were doing during the initial aspects of the Syrian Revolution to think that this is the Rebels targeting Government supporters.
Let’s hope for a speedy end, and for the good guys to win out on this one. That is should our friendly Mullahs from Iran not send more troops, weapons, and cash to Assad.
Talking about a point that hasn’t been brought up yet, Professor Sheehan from the University of Baltimore with his take on what needs to be done at the P5+1 talks, namely who’s going to talk to the Iranian opposition?
Anne Applebaum from the Washington Post on why we cannot trust Iran…
“No, we oppose Iran’s nuclear ambitions for one reason:because we object to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a quasi-totalitarian state that since 1979 has been led by brutal, volatile men with no respect for the rule of law. Their regime is a “domestic” problem for many Iranians, and it’s a major problem for Iran’s neighbors and the rest of the world.”
Read the rest of the article here, and please do, Ms. Applebaum makes some excellent points about the status of the Iranian economy and why this may be a time for tougher action.
Can you blame them? Iran’s mullahs are pretending to be all lovey dubby to the world, yet they get away with helping Assad in Syria and murdering unarmed dissidents in Iraq. Push this if you’re sick of the Mullahs doing whatever they want.