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Terror attacks in Iran show that, sometimes, you reap what you sow

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Two terrorist attacks that recently rocked the 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’s 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 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s tomb complex, the leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution, was a veritable attack at Iran’s core.

{mosads}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 waking up call. 

The Iranian regime remains committed to the use of violent terrorism, brutal human rights violations, oppressive measures against its own people, and dark methods of subterfuge, all in the name of emboldening its nuclear ambitions. 

Tehran’s sponsorship of terrorism has far-reaching 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 target innocent Iranian civilians on a regular basis. Women are attacked with acid and arrested for dancing without wearing veils. A woman was recently hanged for killing her rapist in self defense. Gays have also been strung up on the gallows in the public square. Those perceived to be religious or ethnic minorities, members of political dissident groups, and some journalists have been jailed, persecuted and even executed.

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.

On Twitter, President Trump hit the nail on the head with a reaction to the attacks. “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, 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.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, called Trump’s tweets “repugnant,” which is ironic at best. Telling the truth and having the moral clarity to reject terrorism are not repugnant.

What is truly repugnant is funding terrorism, oppressing your own citizens, lying to the international community, holding “death to America” rallies, and pursuing nuclear terrorism. 

The Iranian mullahs cannot have it both ways. They cannot support terrorism on one hand, and then play the victim when they receive a taste of their own medicine. 

Terrorism targeting innocent men, women and children is never justifiable – period. 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. 

Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) served as an adviser and spokesman for Dr. Ben Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign. He is manager and sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. He’s on Sirius XM126 Urban View nightly from 6:00-8:00pm EST.

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