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For the love of Iran, keep the sanctions

Iranian President Rouhani stands next to a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on 13 June 2015. There are still "many differences over details" of a nuclear deal Iran and world powers are trying to conclude by 30 June 30, Rouhani said. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

With guidance and support from the White House, Tehran’s lobby in Washington shames those who speak against the impending nuclear agreement with Iran, often accusing them of warmongering or of being hateful of Iran. Meanwhile, the ayatollah’s lobby praises supporters of the deal, often promising them lucrative rewards once ratified.

Absent from this dichotomy are those who, because of their love of Iran and the Iranians, want the sanctions to stay in place.

Iran is a beautiful country with a long history of a great civilization. Unlike what most history books teach, Iran’s role in producing and shaping events, especially the rise and dominance of Islam, has been underestimated.

Also underestimated are regions that were once part of Perso-Islamic culture. Mary, the capital of Turkmenistan and part of the historic eastern Iranian province of Khorasan, once served as the capital of the Islamic Abbasid Empire at its zenith. Balkh, in northern Afghanistan, produced leaders like the Barmakids, who shaped Islamic history and presided over the famous boom in sciences and humanities that later made the European Renaissance possible. When Christopher Columbus sailed west, he expected to reach India based on an estimated circumference of the Earth measured by Arabic-speaking Perso-Muslim scientists.

To understand how interconnected the history and faith of the Arabs and Iranians have been, think that the famous 8th-century Abbasid Caliph Haroun al-Rashid was born in Tehran and buried in Mashhad.

But Iran is not about history alone. It is a vast and resourceful country. Its people are smart, funny, generous and loyal. Its tasty cuisine has won international acclaim.

The problem, however, is that instead of helping Iran restore its glory, the world looks at the country from a security prism only. And because a group of ayatollahs with crazy, messianic perspectives have dominated the country since 1979, and because they have been stirring up trouble around the world since then, containing Iran’s despots has become the world’s top priority. Iran’s nuclear program has further aggravated the world’s security fears.

But Iran’s antiquated nuclear program should not have become the world’s obsession. Crazy as they are, Iran’s ayatollahs know that nukes are not toys. They know that the first nuclear missile that leaves Iran will spell the nation’s end as the world responds with force that will leave the country devastated.

Iran’s problem is that — despite its long history and superb potential — it lingers near the bottom of every human rights and freedom index. And, unsurprisingly, Iran’s nepotistic and corrupt despots drove the economy into the ground, placing Iran near the bottom of all kinds of economic and human developments indexes.

For Iran to restore its past glory and live up to its potential, it is imperative that the country replace its current Islamic government with a more inclusive, secular, tolerant and transparent one.

There is no shortcut to change in Iran — it will be long and laborious. Change in Iran requires domestic will and international support, but this must include maintaining the sanctions currently leveraged against the regime.

The current sanctions on Iran are crippling for its despotic government. With some aid to dissidents inside and outside the country, a process of gradual change might give Iranians hope of a better and more representative government.

The Iraq War and the Arab Spring have given change a bad reputation. Yet that should not mean despair or succumbing to autocratic rulers. Democracy, freedom and human rights — not the number of centrifuges — remain ideals that the free world should support anywhere, anytime.

Those who want the sanctions on Iran to remain are not warmongers or Iran-haters. On the contrary, they are supporters of a free and democratic Iran; an Iran worthy of its great history and lovely people. Supporters of the sanctions on Iran want to see change happen the old-fashioned way, rather than change engineered in hotel lobbies in Geneva that gives Iran’s oppressive regime a new lease on life.

Those who oppose the removal of sanctions on Iran are enemies of the Iranian government, but friends of the Iranian people. When the deal with nuclear Iran is signed, opponents of the deal would rather have their names recorded as the ones who supported the right thing, rather than those who want what is pragmatic and realistic. History usually remembers those who say and do the right things, not those who cheat for immediate gains.

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is the Washington Bureau Chief of Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai. He tweets @hahussain

Tunisia to close 80 mosques for inciting violence, after hotel attack

By REUTERS//TUNIS – Tunisia plans within a week to close down 80 mosques that remain outside state control for inciting violence, as a countermeasure after the hotel attack that killed 39 people, Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Friday.

The announcement came after a gunman opened fire on a tourist resort hotel in Sousse city, south of the capital. Since its 2011 uprising to oust Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has struggled to manage ultraconservative Islamist movements.

Obama BFF Erdogan: Turkey will never allow Kurdish state in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

In a strong-worded warning late on Friday, Erdogan accused the Kurds of ethnically cleaning other communities from land they have taken after pushing back Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces from the Turkish border.

“I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.

He accused Kurdish forces of “changing the demographic structure” of several areas close to the Turkish border, which also have Arab and Turkmen populations.

Turkey has fought a 31-year insurgency in the south east of the country by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara claims is closely linked to the main Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

Erdogan’s comments came a day after ISIS militants mounted a bloody surprise attack on the Kurdish-held border town of Kobane, killing at least 164.

Kurdish forces have since driven the jihadists out of the highly symbolic Syrian town, which the Kurds wrested back from ISIS in January, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Erdogan again denied persistent claims of Turkish collusion with the jihadists, saying, “It is a big lie to accuse Turkey of having link with a terrorist organization.”

Despite ongoing peace talks with the PKK, the creation of any Kurdish zone in the north of Syria deeply worries Turkey, particularly as it borders the already autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

Turkey is one of the fiercest opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus and has taken in more than 1.8 million refugees since the war in Syria began.

But in an interview with the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Saleh Muslim, the head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) — the political wing of the YPG militia — denied they were trying to create an independent state. “We do not have such a project,” he said.

However, Turkish media speculated Saturday that Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had asked its military to intervene in Syria earlier in the week.

The press claimed that the military high command demanded a written order from the government, with a new one yet to formed after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its overall majority for the first time in 13 years in a parliamentary election on June 7.

Hurriyet also claimed that at least 12,000 Turkish troops were ready to enter Syria to create a “security zone” to protect the border from the threat posed by ISIS

Islamic Savages al Shabaab bomb base in Somalia, at least 9 dead

Islamic militants from the Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab group have attacked a remote African Union base in Somalia, AP reports, causing many casualties.

In a tweet, the African Union mission confirmed there had been an early morning attack on their outpost in Lego, but did not provide any further details.

Mohammed Haji, an official in the Lower Shabelle region told The Associated Press by telephone that militants attacked the base entrance with a suicide car bomb before gunmen began their assault.

“They managed to infiltrate the entrance after the blast — it was a complex attack,” said. He estimated that up to 25 combatants may have been killed, but there was no way to verify his claim. Other reports spoke of nine dead.

Al-Shabab group, which vowed it would step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Wednesday, nine people were killed after a suicide bomber tried to ram his explosives-laden car into a convoy of vehicles transporting Emirati diplomats in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack which targeted a convoy of foreign officials, in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

The militants, who have ties with al-Qaida, have been pushed out of much of the territory they once controlled across the Horn of Africa nation, including Mogadishu. But they remain a lethal threat, carrying out guerrilla attacks on government and civilian targets.

American Poll: 51% of U.S. Muslims Want Sharia; 25% Okay with Violence Against Americans

The Center for Security Policy released a poll Tuesday that should give all Americans pause. The results show that a startling number of American Muslims, our fellow citizens, agree that violence is a legitimate response to those who insult Islam. A full majority of 51% “agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.”

According to the just-released survey of Muslims, a majority (51%) agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.”  When that question was put to the broader U.S. population, the overwhelming majority held that shariah should not displace the U.S. Constitution (86% to 2%). …

Even more troubling, is the fact that nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”

A full 25% of those polled agreed that “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.”

For those who don’t know, Sharia Law is nothing less than the Nazi-ification of a religion. Sharia authorizes murder against non-believers who won’t convert, horrific oppression of women, the execution of gays, the extermination of Jews, and the beheading of anyone who draws Muhammad.

Currently anywhere from 3 million to 7 million Muslims live in America.

According to a new nationwide online survey (Below) of 600 Muslims living in the United States, significant minorities embrace supremacist notions that could pose a threat to America’s security and its constitutional form of government.

The numbers of potential jihadists among the majority of Muslims who appear not to be sympathetic to such notions raise a number of public policy choices that warrant careful consideration and urgent debate, including: the necessity for enhanced surveillance of Muslim communities; refugee resettlement, asylum and other immigration programs that are swelling their numbers and density; and the viability of so-called “countering violent extremism” initiatives that are supposed to stymie radicalization within those communities.

Overall, the survey, which was conducted by The Polling Company for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), suggests that a substantial number of Muslims living in the United States see the country very differently than does the population overall.  The sentiments of the latter were sampled in late May in another CSP-commissioned Polling Company nationwide survey.

According to the just-released survey of Muslims, a majority (51%) agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.”  When that question was put to the broader U.S. population, the overwhelming majority held that shariah should not displace the U.S. Constitution (86% to 2%).

More than half (51%) of U.S. Muslims polled also believe either that they should have the choice of American or shariah courts, or that they should have their own tribunals to apply shariah. Only 39% of those polled said that Muslims in the U.S. should be subject to American courts.

These notions were powerfully rejected by the broader population according to the Center’s earlier national survey.  It found by a margin of 92%-2% that Muslims should be subject to the same courts as other citizens, rather than have their own courts and tribunals here in the U.S.

Even more troubling, is the fact that nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”

By contrast, the broader survey found that a 63% majority of those sampled said that “the freedom to engage in expression that offends Muslims or anybody else is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and cannot be restricted.”

Nearly one-fifth of Muslim respondents said that the use of violence in the United States is justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in this country.

Center for Security Policy President, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., observed:

The findings of the Center for Security Policy’s survey of Muslims in America suggests that we have a serious problem.  The Pew Research Center estimates that the number of Muslims in the United States was 2.75 million in 2011, and growing at a rate of 80-90 thousand a year.  If those estimates are accurate, the United States would have approximately 3 million Muslims today.  That would translate into roughly 300,000 Muslims living in the United States who believe that shariah is “The Muslim God Allah’s law that Muslims must follow and impose worldwide by Jihad.”
 
It is incumbent on the many American Muslims who want neither to live under the brutal repression of shariah nor to impose it on anybody else to work with the rest of us who revere and uphold the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution in protecting our nation against the Islamic supremacists and their jihad.

150612 CSP Polling Company Nationwide Online Survey of Muslims – Topline Poll Data

150612 CSP Polling Company Nationwide Online Survey of Muslims – Crosstabs(1)

Center for Security Policy – Nationwide Survey – Topline Results – 5.21.2015

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