If you believe that President Obama’s Iran policy is correct, then you must assume Iran is a normal state like other states, that its leaders want their country to prosper and that it wants to function as a nation-state in the “international community.” For it is only such a state that would willingly give up its illegal nuclear program in order to reintegrate back into the “international community.” Only a run-of-the-mill regime would put the welfare of its own people over the retention of an unusual weapon system, the sole purpose of which is to terrorize and blackmail neighbors.
That is why it is ever so inconvenient when Iran reveals that it is not a normal nation state, but a fundamentalist Islamic one that does not share our values or concern itself with the average man on the street. When it, for example, steps up the rate of executions, you have to wonder: Maybe this is a terrorist state bent on intimidation?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), to his credit, introduced legislation, S. 2195, to prevent known terrorists from obtaining visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations. You think this would be unnecessary since countries sending representatives want to work within legitimate diplomatic norms to advance their interests. But once again, Iran is no ordinary country. As Cruz pointed out, Iran doesn’t operate according to the same rules as everyone else. The country’s “moderate” president has named Hamid Aboutalebi as its U.N. ambassador and filed a visa application. Here is Cruz’s explanation of the legislation:
Aboutalebi was a member of The Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days from 1979-81. . . . The organization to this day is still active and his photo is currently featured on its official website that celebrates the hostage crisis…It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard of the status of diplomats when they were stationed in his country. This person is an acknowledged terrorist…This action should serve as a wake-up call that the regime in Tehran is directed by the same policies that resulted in the hostage crisis in the first place.
He derided the notion of Rouhani’s moderation, explaining that the regime’s behavior should tell us exactly what the country is doing.
There are two ways to look at the current negotiations. The administration would have us believe that constructive talks are ongoing and that Iran has assessed its status in the world and is now serious about trading its nuclear weapons program for the benefits that go with more normal relations with the West. The other is that this is a farce, that Iran remains a terrorist state and will manipulate international institutions to its advantage with no intention of changing the underlying nature of the regime. The latter is so obviously true, one wonders why any responsible lawmaker would indulge the administration in its folly.