The Iranian regime has been investing in global terror networks for years, totally countering any claim you may make that the regime is not aggressive. What non-aggressive regime massacres tens of thousands of its own citizens and spends a great deal of capital propping up terrorist organisations?
The British Parliament
is currently convening to discuss the matter of the almost one thousand men, women and children hanged in Iran in the past three years for simple crimes like being a homosexual. ("The official 170 forms of punishment include limb amputation without anaesthetic and gouging out eyes with a spoon-like instrument.") Furthermore, 120,000 political prisoners have been hanged since the 1979 revolution according to their findings (that's about 10 times the amount of Palestinians killed by Israel in an armed conflict lasting over sixty years, to put it in perspective.).
Secret executions are very much widespread
in the IRI. "The [UN] report gives a detail of the executions carried out in 2010-11. It says that nearly 300 secret executions were carried out in the Vakilabad prison of Mashad in the year 2010. While the officially announced executions were 200 in the same year." This is not to mention the mass execution of political prisoners which took place in 1988. (The extensive report is available here
.) 30,000 were killed in one single sweep, according to the Telegraph
. ("Children as young as 13 were hanged from cranes, six at a time, in a barbaric two-month purge of Iran's prisons on the direct orders of Ayatollah Khomeini, according to a new book by his former deputy.")
Iran is also a major funder of international terrorism, and this funding is precisely what endangers the British people and our allies abroad - notably Israel, but also the ordinary citizens of the country of Lebanon which has been torn apart by violence stemming from the actions of Iranian-backed terror groups, not to mention the occupation of Lebanon by Syria which was also promoted by Iran. Iran funded the recognised terrorist organisation Hamas to the tune of $150 million in 2008 alone. Iran was described by the CIA as the foremost state sponsor of terrorism according to Matthew Levitt in his book Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad
. He writes, "Iranian involvement in the weapons smuggling incident of the Karine-A - a ship located with Iranian weapons that was intercepted by the Israeli navy en route to Gaza in 2002 - is also well documented. The White House described evidence of Iran's role in the Karine-A incident as 'compelling,' a conclusion echoed in the statements of CIA head George Tenet, senior State Department officials, and even European officials." He goes on: "Iran also runs terrorist training camps of its own in Lebanon, aside from the Iranian-funded camps Hezbollah operates there. In August 2002, Tehran was reported to have financed camps under General Ali Reza Tamzar, commander of the IRGC activity in Lebanon's Beka'a Valley. These camps were designed to train Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and PFLP-GC terrorists in the use of short-range Fajr-5 missle and the SA-7 antiaircraft rocket. The IRGC training program, which reportedly costs Iran $50 million annually, was said to include training for Lebanese and Palestinian terrorists to carry out 'underwater suicide operations.'" As affirmed
in the US Supreme Court case Susan Weinsten et al. v. The Islamic Republic of Iran et al.
, "the Islamic Republic of Iran gave the organization at least $25-50 million in 1995 and 1996, and also provided other groups with tens of millions of dollars to engage in terrorist activities. In total, Iran gave terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, between $100 and $200 million per year during this period." The country also gave the terrorist organisation Hezbollah $200 million
in 2009, not to mention much more on numerous occasions. Iranian support for Hezbollah is just as well-documented as their support for Hamas, if not more. Iran's total disrespect for the security of the people of the Lebanon and the surrounding area, if not the entire Middle East, is astounding and worrying.
And we're supposed to believe that this sober, rational, non-aggressive regime will become even more rational when they get the bomb?