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Obama is Funding Islamic Terrorism

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Flag_of_Iran.svgI hope everyone has been keeping up with the news lately. And I don’t mean the news coverage of Cecil the Lion – an unfortunate and terrible event but not as serious as what’s currently going on between the Obama Administration and Iran.

Hopefully you know what ISIS has been up to lately like gaining support via social media, and hopefully you know we’re training Syrian rebels that could turn on us at any given moment.. but if not… sorry but I’m not going to sit here and give you the 101 on this Sharia Law based terrorist group. What I will tell you about though is the nuclear deal that our administration is currently trying to get Congress to pass. Which is one of the worst decisions Obama, as president, could ever make. And let me tell you, he has a terribly long list of bad decisions but this one really makes my hair turn gray.

Oct 17, 2013 - Aleppo, Syria - ISIS fighters holding the Al-Qaeda flag with 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' written on it. on the frontline. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant aka ISIS. The group An-Nusra Front announced its creation January 2012 during the Syrian Civil War. Since then it has been the most aggressive and most effective rebel force in Syria. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. April 2013, the leader of the ISIS released an audio statement announcing that Jabhat al-Nusra is its branch in Syria. (Credit Image: © Medyan Dairieh/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Let me give you a little background so you can better understand the terms and conditions of this deal.

Iran, is a natural resource-dependent country. Which means they’re only option in order to have a stable or even thriving economy is to sell what they have to other countries. Back in 2006, when they refused to put an end to their uranium production, The United Nations passed Resolution 1696 (Iran wouldn’t comply, so we added sanctions). This essentially ended the production of uranium but also their ability to invest in their natural resources, such as oil. This did have a detrimental effect on the economy in Iran, so as any other country would – Iran wants these sanctions removed so they can have money flowing back into their country. Understandable, right?

I’ll give you my response to that later, let me continue.

The United States of America. What we want is for them to stop making their nuclear weapons. Let’s end terrorism and let’s weaken them so they can’t attack us, Israel, or any other countries! Makes total sense. We don’t want to die or for any more countries to fall victim to Sharia Law. And we sure as heck don’t want them firing missiles at anyone! (Fun fact: parts of Northern Africa have been taken over by ISIS).

Sounds simple right? If they stop the production of their nuclear weapons they have the ability to improve their economy. No more terrorism, countries world-wide are safe. Done, deal, over. Iran will no longer be a threat and everyone will get what they want. Money and protection.

Oh man it sounds so wonderful – if only it were realistic. Let alone, true.

What this deal will do is slow down the production of nuclear weapons for the next 25 years, not stop it. So Obama is pretty much saying – let’s not worry about this now. Let’s wait 25 years. The United States (IAEA) can check up on Iran to make sure their following through with their part of the deal. But, there’s a catch. We have to ask prior permission before we just step in and do an inspection. There will be snap-back sanctions (if caught breaking part of the deal, sanctions will be put back). But there’s no guarantee the IAEA will ever find anything in order to do this. There are a number of small things here and there but I’ve painted you the bigger picture. Let me also add, that no where in that deal does it say that Iran must release their American prisoners (but who cares about them??). If I went into detail here, this post would be way too long and you would probably end up closing the page because it no longer interested you.

Anyway, Iran will get the money they want. But terrorism will remain alive and well, and their nuclear weapons will solely increase in number. And you’re probably sitting there (if you support this deal) wanting to punch me through your computer because you have no idea how I can draw this conclusion. It’s simple. Iran can’t be trusted. It’s been proven time and time again that they can’t follow through with foreign deals.

In July 2012, the Obama Administration took two actions to further isolate and penalize Iran for its refusal to live up to its international obligations regarding its nuclear program, and to hold accountable financial institutions that knowingly provide financial services to Iranian banks that are under U.S. sanctions for their connection to illicit activities. These steps are part of President Obama’s commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons by raising the cost of Iran’s defiance of the international community.

Here we are, just a couple years later, with the same damn problem.

The Obama administration estimates Iran has between $100 billion and $140 billion of its oil revenue frozen in offshore accounts as a result of sanctions. U.S. officials said they expect Tehran to gain access to these funds in phases as part of a final deal. Iran could receive somewhere between $30 billion and $50 billion upon signing the agreement, said congressional officials briefed by the administration.

This extra bonus funding is simply a “gift” or a “reward” to Iran for agreeing to the deal to begin with.

Why is Obama rewarding them? Since when have they done something genuinely good?

“One component [of this deal] I understand is a $50 billion signing bonus of frozen assets that would flow into Iran. That money, we know to an absolute certainty would be used to fund Hezbollah, Hamas, and radical Islamic terrorists throughout the Middle East, throughout Latin America and the world,” Cruz stated. “That money would be used to murder Americans, Europeans, Israelis. This deal, if it is consummated, would transform the United States government into being one of the leading financiers funding terrorism against Americans.”

There is no way we can deny this statement and say that Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is wrong. If Iran can’t build their nuclear weapons as quickly as they would like, you should believe that they will continue funding terrorism. 

These are words from Barack Obama himself:

As I said yesterday, even with this deal, we will continue to have profound differences with Iran — its support for terrorism and its use of proxies to destabilize parts of the Middle East. 

As controversial as this deal is I’ll give you my stance point blank – We cannot pass this deal. If so, The United States and Nation’s world wide will be put at a much higher risk for terrorism than ever before. Specifically, Isreal and The United States combined, will be the number 1 target for attack. There’s a reason for the “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” chanting at rally’s in Iran. We get nothing out of this deal. We don’t have a guaranteed opportunity to monitor what they do from the ground. No guaranteed protection from terrorism. We don’t get more money. We, in fact, will be adding more money to our national debt. We get “temporary” protection from nuclear weapons. I don’t think that matches up to what Iran will be getting.

So the comforting statement’s that Obama has been making on live television, that we’re “safe” and that Iran will suddenly stop making their nuclear weapons… I’m sorry to tell you but he’s flat out lying to you and everyone else. He made a speech back in April in which this following statement was made:

When you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question: do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented backed by the world’s powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?

Sorry to burst your bubble President Obama, but another war in the Middle East is not the only option we have in order to stop Iran dead in it’s tracks. It should be an option, but at the way bottom of the list and something we should turn to if there are no other plans.

But, we’re suppose to trust this country because Obama says so. There’s absolutely no logic behind that what so ever. That’s like continuing to trust your boyfriend/girlfriend who’s cheated on you 5+ times. You trust them once, they break that trust, so you just look dumb going back and giving them another chance. You and I know he or she will cheat on you again. So what’s the point of handing out free passes? It makes no sense. And to be quite blunt here – it’s so insanely dumb. 

Iran is aware that Obama will take no military action against them, which means their out of harms way. For some reason Obama genuinely does not want to use our military to stop these evil monsters once and for all. Our military exists for a reason, why would you not use them when needed? We had men and women who decided to join the military because they want to fight for our country. They want to protect it from countries like Iran. Why would you not allow them to do their job?

He doesn’t want to stop groups who murder gay people, oppress their women, and follow the one and only religious law that allows you to murder/physically injure other people. Iran was absolutely terrified of Ronald Reagan so they released 52 hostages literally the moment he became President.  Obama is the complete opposite. He genuinely respects these people. I’m not going to generalize here and say all Muslim individuals are bad people –  that’s not true at all so don’t twist my words here.  But I think I’m allowed to be bitter and angry after some of their people ruined gym class for me back September 11 of 2001, and that they have groups of people (children included) who continue to terrorize countries. They’re liars. They can’t be trusted. They’re murderers. They want us and Israel blown off the damn map and will do anything to do it.

Iran really hates us. But what they hate more is us and Israel combined. 

“We must spare no effort in liberating holy Jerusalem and cutting off the hands of the infidels from this holy site.”

Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani
Assembly of Experts Chairman

Whether it’s now, or 25 years from now, something more will have to be done. We can’t continue to trust this country as much as we do. It won’t end well. And if it doesn’t, best believe you’ll find me over in Belize taking advantage of their free market.

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– Revised & Edited by T.

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Author: Alissa López

Junior at Gettysburg College studying Political Science.

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