Human beings have a massive capacity to ignore bad news, as if dispensing with
information that is either inconvenient or detrimental to one’s life will simply
make the problem go away. In that regard alone, the mainstream media could
perhaps be forgiven for having reported that the newly elected Iranian
president, Hassan Rouhani, is a “moderate,” despite the overwhelming evidence
that directly undermines this assertion.
However, those actively working
to advance the vital national security interests of the United States and of its
one true ally in the Middle East, Israel, know better than to mask, mitigate or
underestimate the truly evil inclinations of the clerical Islamic regime in
Tehran. We have, quite literally, seen this movie before: it is called
In 1953 the CIA helped secure the throne of the Shah of Iran, who
became for the next quarter-century the much-vaunted centerpiece of American
foreign policy in the Middle East. On December 31, 1977, President Jimmy Carter
infamously described Iran’s leadership as “an island of stability in a sea of
The CIA repeatedly confirmed the president’s faulty assessment.
Just a few weeks later riots broke out in the streets of Tehran.
as the riots spread, some of the CIA’s top analysts issued a draft National
Intelligence Estimate that predicted the Shah might survive for another decade.
On January, 16, 1979, armed thugs and loyalists of Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi
Khomeini, a 77- year-old religious fanatic who returned from exile to Tehran,
overran the Shah and his minions.
Less than a year later, the Carter
administration ignored advice given to it by the CIA (which had finally begun to
grasp the realities) and let the Shah enter the United States to seek medical
Two weeks later, a group of Iranian “student protesters”
violently seized the American embassy, where they held 42 Americans hostage for
444 days. Ayatollah Khomeini recognized the value of embracing a military
confrontation with the United States as a major means of consolidating his power
and endorsed the hostage-taking.
Six State Department officials were
lucky enough to find refuge at the Canadian embassy across town, where they
stayed for 79 days. In January 1980, the CIA conducted a successful covert
operation and extracted the American officials. They did so by posing as a fake
film production company that had traveled to Iran to film location shots for
their feigned upcoming movie, Argo.
The remaining hostages had no such
luck. A special operations mission – Operation Eagle Claw – failed spectacularly
when an American helicopter crashed into a transport plane in the Iranian
desert. Eight special operations commandos were killed in the crash, and as a
result life became increasingly unpleasant for the hostages.
eventually freed by their captors on the day that Carter left the White House –
and just minutes after the new American president, Ronald Reagan, was sworn into
office. The entire ordeal was a humiliating blow to America’s perceived military
Now, as then, the US government is seemingly unable, or at least
unwilling, to protect its own interests and allies in the Middle East from
True, Congress has passed harsh economic sanctions
targeting Iran’s banking, energy and export sectors, which together have
conflated the country’s economy.
President Barack Obama has also
allegedly authorized covert action to be conducted against Iran, including the
implementation of the Stuxnet virus and the mysterious disappearance of some
However, these efforts have neither brought down the
current regime nor stopped Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran’s new president,
Hassan Rouhani, has been involved in the Islamic revolution since its murderous
inception. In 1978 Rouhani helped Khomeini found the regime and has since
allegedly assisted in plotting the country’s vast terror operations.
notably, Rouhani was chairman of the Supreme National Security Council from 1989
until 2005, during which time the Council is reported to have helped mastermind
the 1994 bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires and of the Khobar
Towers in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, like his presidential predecessors,
Rouhani has demonstrated clear anti- American and anti-Semitic views. In 2002,
for example, Rouhani conducted an interview with ABC News, in which he blamed
the Jews for America’s foreign policy: “After September 11,” he said, “the
hardliners, especially the Zionist lobby, became more active and, unfortunately,
influenced Mr. Bush.”
Rouhani also defended Hezbollah as “a legitimate
political group” and called Israel “a terrorist nation.”
in an interview with al-Sharq al-Awsat, Rouhani denounced what he called
Israel’s “inhumane policies and practices in Palestine and the Middle
Finally, Rouhani is intimately involved in advancing Iran’s
development of nuclear weapons. He served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator
under President Mohammad Khatami from August 2003 until October 2005. In 2004
Rouhani gave a speech to the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, in which he
explained how he was playing for time during the nuclear talks he was conducting
with Britain, France and Germany (“EU-3”): “While we were talking with the
Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the [nuclear
conversion] facility in Isfahan. By creating a calm environment, we were able to
complete the work there.”
Rouhani’s deputy at the Supreme National
Security Council, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, even described in a book his boss’
approach as the “widen the transatlantic gap” strategy.
quixotically, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough responded eagerly to
Hassan Rouhani’s election victory, announcing that the Obama administration is
prepared – once again – to enter direct negotiations.
“There’s a great
opportunity for Iran,” said McDonough, “and the people of that storied country,
to have the kind of future that they would, I think, justifiably
It remains to be seen how Rouhani will conduct his term in office.
But if the past is precedent, then the United States can ill-afford to sugarcoat
the truly evil propensities of the ayatollahs and of Rouhani. Doing so harms,
rather than advances America’s national security interests in the Middle East –
and consequently, endangers Israel.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird
has it right. In a recent interview with The Times of Israel, Baird said,
“There’s always a reason to [delay action] another two or three months.” If the
Iranian clerics want to demonstrate that they are operating in good faith “they
can make meaningful progress [with the West],” he said. “These people don’t
deserve the benefit of the doubt.”
Baird’s analysis is spot
Hassan Rouhani is a cunning terrorist mastermind. History shows us it
would be foolish for the West to regard him as otherwise.The author
served in the Israel Defense Forces and is a research analyst for Secure America
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