Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to Jewish community leaders at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach during a campaign event, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ted Cruz and Michael McCaul: Stop Ignoring Iran’s ties to Terror

Texans don’t pull any punches, and that’s especially true for their representatives in Congress. Senator Ted Cruz and House Rep Michael McCaul worked together to publish a scathing op-ed about Iran’s ties to radical extremism. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Iran is at least officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. But Iran somehow manages to get favorable treatment from the US despite the “state sponsor of terrorism” label, especially under the Obama Administration. Luckily Trump is beginning to reverse that trend, but Cruz and McCaul are pressuring the President to turn up the heat on Iran.

Obama stood idly by while Iran harassed US ships in the Persian Gulf, and as a result of the Iran deal, those confrontations have more than doubled.  Obama touted his nuclear deal while Iran detained US sailors, and he did nothing while US citizens were imprisoned in Tehran. But these issues pale in comparison to the blind eye we’ve turned toward their support of terrorism. Luckily, these two congressmen are calling it to our attention.

“Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror, and we are alarmed by their increasing assistance to a ‘who’s who’ list of Islamist militant groups.”

Best of all, they aren’t just identifying problems, but they are proposing steps to make change.

“Earlier this year, we introduced a bill to direct the State Department to determine whether the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of the regime’s military, meets the criteria to be designated as a foreign terrorist organization.”

Iran has a long history of supporting radical anti-America and anti-Israel groups. There’s even evidence to suggest that they have ties to al-Qaeda, including the 9/11 hijackers. Cruz and McCaul lay out quite an incriminating case against Iran.

“The mullahs in Tehran are well-known as the chief patrons of Hezbollah, which has killed scores of Americans from Beirut to Baghdad, and for their financial and military support of Hamas, which has launched thousands of rockets into Israel. Both have been designated as terrorist organizations by the State Department.

Yet Iran’s long-standing support for al-Qaeda is what always seems to fly under the radar — and it’s a relationship that should cause particular concern in the West. Consider the 9/11 Commission Report, which described ‘strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al-Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11,’ including future 9/11 hijackers.”

In the post 9/11 world, the United States has had a number of perplexing relationships with countries in and around the Middle East. We give billions in military aid to a government in Egypt that is using the military to imprison citizens without cause, we give millions to a Pakistani government that may or may not have known about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, and we’ve been growing increasingly soft toward a regime in Iran that is responding by becoming more and more hostile. It’s incredibly refreshing to see Senator Cruz and Congressman McCaul leading the charge against this crazy foreign policy.

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Sam Thomas

Sam is a youth minister, writer, political activist, and an avid fly fisherman. He coaches debate at Clark Atlanta University where he was named the 2016-17 Georgia Parliamentary Debate Coach of the Year.

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