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Even if Nuclear Ambitions Weren't Enough to Sanction Iran, Their Murderous IED Campaign Against Americans Is

It is almost impossible to go one week without meeting an American soldier who has lost an arm or leg because of an Iranian IED - America should respect those service members and continue putting pressure on Iran.

A deep buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is detonated by US soldiers from 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry after its location was shown to them by Iraqi Sunni fighters allied with the US against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in the restive Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, on March 10, 2008. Five US soldiers were killed and three wounded in a suicide attack in the centre of the Iraqi capital today, in the deadliest attack on American troops in two months, the US military said. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Senior officials from the United States and five other major powers are meeting in Geneva on a new bid to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, despite opposition from Israel and conservative members of Congress.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made it clear in a speech in Tehran that Iran will not compromise on its nuclear policies: “We will not step back one iota from our rights.”

During the last set of talks, liberal France was the spoiler in objecting that the proposed deal did not curb enough of Iran’s enriched uranium. Khamenei countered that Iran would not consider giving up the ability to make nuclear fuel, and that they would stand up to what they call, “an untouchable, rabid dog—Israel.” Khamenei has also said that Iran’s relations with the West could never be “normal.” He said, “We must continue to disappoint our enemies.”

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with high-ranking officials in Tehran August 31, 2011. REUTERS/www.khamenei.ir/Handout

Why in heaven’s name should the United States obsess with providing sanction relief for Iran? It is a Fascist state and Ground Zero for world terror. It funds and fuels the revolution in Syria, the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and Shi’a extremists worldwide.

[sharequote align="center"]Iran is a Fascist state and Ground Zero for world terror.[/sharequote]

When was the last time you heard of a murderer appealing to the Supreme Court for more comforts in his prison cell? Perhaps the pillow is too hard and the food is inedible; the air conditioning is not sufficient, and the television is broken. Iran does not deserve sanction relief.

While on a state invitation to Kurdistan in 2007, I was told by President Barzani that the vast majority of Americans killed in Iraq were blown up by Iranian improvised explosive devices. In The Hague during the Afghanistan summit arranged by Hillary Clinton, I was told the same thing by Afghanistan diplomats who were working with President Mohammad Karzai.

More than 11,861 soldiers had been killed by IEDs in Iraq, most of them from Iran. Seventy percent of all casualties in the Iraq war were caused by IEDs. The same can be said of wounded U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Just last month, four soldiers were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, by IEDs. Some 2,146 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan.

Members of the US Army Old Guard serving as the carry team for US Army Specialist Israel Candelaria Mejias from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, pause before carrying his flag covered transfer case that was returned on a C-17 to the US from Iraq April 7, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware. Specialist Candelaria Mejias, 28 yrs old, was killed April 5, 2009 near Baghdad as he attempted to disarm an IED. Photo Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

It is almost impossible to go one week without meeting an American soldier who has lost an arm or leg because of an Iranian IED. If all the reports of Iranian IEDs are exaggerated and only 10 percent of those U.S. soldiers who have suffered severe injuries were the result of Iranian IEDs, would it justify sanction relief for a murderous country that has killed and wounded American soldiers?

The answer is: Absolutely not!

It is insanity to even consider such a thing. Any relief given to a terrorist state is morally wrong, and will only embolden Iran.

The greatest gift we can give freedom-loving, innocent Iranian people is to do everything humanly possible to increase sanctions with only one objective: bankrupting the Islamic dictatorship in Iran. This is what happened when the Shah of Iran was overthrown; it was through an economic boycott. I know the story well as I’ve interviewed virtually every living member of the Shah’s Cabinet, including Farah Pahlavi, the former empress of Iran, and the Shah’s last ambassador to the United States, Ardeshir Zahedi.

Feature Photo: A deep buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is detonated by US soldiers from 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry after its location was shown to them by Iraqi Sunni fighters allied with the US against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in the restive Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, on March 10, 2008. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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