July 31, 2015
- Don’t Dismantle Sanctions Until Iran Renounces Terrorism – Robert M. Morgenthau
Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau told the Stop Iran Now rally in New York’s Times Square on July 22:
Over the years, survivors of Americans murdered in Iran’s terrorist acts have sued Iran, and often won large judgments. The problem is, Iran refused to pay. I fail to see the logic in returning those embargoed funds without first requiring Iran to make good on the debts it owes to those survivors.
Even the administration worries that some of those billions would go toward sponsoring terrorism – what the State Department euphemistically calls “destabilizing actions.” This is not only a strategic issue, but a moral one. We simply cannot give terrorists the means to destroy innocent lives. Until Iran renounces terrorism, we cannot release those funds.
With respect to Iran, an effective international sanctions regime is the only real alternative the world has to war. We must not dismantle those sanctions until we are assured that Iran’s hostile intentions have been thwarted. We should keep those sanctions in place so long as Iran threatens the survival of its neighbors, and sponsors terror around the world. (Wall Street Journal)