Reuters this evening published photos taken earlier today showing “Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif… lay[ing] a wreath at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander” Imad Mughniyeh, a terrorist who was killed in 2008 after having spent literally decades killing Americans and others on behalf of his paymasters in Tehran.
Celebrating a mass-murdering terrorist is a bad choice for any Foreign Minister, but the decision by Tehran’s top diplomat to so brazenly honor a terrorist like Mughniyeh, who killed hundreds of Americans, within hours of inking an agreement with the US and members of the P5+1 sends a very negative, and unmistakeable signal about Iran’s true intentions.
Mughniyeh, the leader of Iran’s global terror network, in fact began his career as the mastermind of the deadly 1983 attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, killing more Americans than any terrorist except Osama Bin Laden. He subsequently engineered the hijacking of TWA Flight 847, as well as the kidnapping, torture and murder of Americans in Lebanon throughout the 1980s, including the CIA’s Beirut station chief William Buckley, who was eventually slaughtered after 15 months of being horrifically tortured on film by Mughniyeh and Iran’s terrorist army, Hezbollah.
|Iran pays homage to a mass murderer. Credit: Tower.org |
Photo: Iran.Military / Facebook
The degree to which this revelation may have repercussions in connection with Iran-US relations in general or the continued negotiations on Iran's nuclear program are unclear.
Just last week, The Algemeiner reported U.S. State Department Says Won’t Respond to PA Incitement Publicly. Will the US respond any more strongly to Iranian incitement of hatred against the US than it does to incitement by the Abbas regime of hatred against Israel?
There was a time that one might have assumed the answer was yes, but considering his penchant for apologizing on behalf of the US, it is not clear whether Obama will just take this in stride.
On the other hand, Iran's honoring a terrorist may not go over as well in Congress, and could in fact strengthen their resolve to tighten sanctions on Iran.
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