News ID: 194544
Published: 1123 GMT June 11, 2017

Republican congressman praises Tehran terror attacks

Republican congressman praises Tehran terror attacks

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), who represents more Iranian-Americans than any other lawmaker in the House of Representatives, suggested on Thursday, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Hezbollah, that the recent ISIS (Daesh) terror attacks in Tehran were a positive development. Rohrabacher’s apparent praise for the attacks, which left 17 Iranians dead, came after President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the attacks but also suggesting that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote”.

However, Iran is a chief victim of terrorists who have been supported by the United States for several years and have their offices just a few steps away from the White House. Ironically, Mr. Rohrabacher is a staunch supporter of the same terrorist group, Mujaheedn Khalq Organizations (MKO) that used to be on the US State Department black list, but removed due to political considerations.

“We have recently seen an attack on Iran, and the Iranian government,” noted Rohrabacher before suggesting that the attack could be a “ratcheting up” of US commitments against Iran. He then asked the panel, “Isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us, isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe…this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another.”

Panelist Matthew Levitt firmly responded to this outrageous question: “Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State. It is never in our interest to support a terrorist group like the Islamic State. We should condemn the attacks on Iran as we would condemn any act of terrorism.”

Rohrabacher has a long history of bizarre and offensive statements on Iran, but his callousness toward the Iranian victims of terror might be his most callous thus far. Furthermore, he appears to suggest, without any evidence, that the Tehran attacks could have been part of a Trump master plan to target Iran.

The congressman is a close ally of President Trump and was previously under consideration for secretary of state. He also represents a swing district that voted for Obama in 2008 and Clinton in 2016. According to the most recent census data, over 8,000 Iranian-Americans reside in Rohrabacher’s district, making it one of the most populous districts for Iranian-Americans in the country.

Rohrabacher’s remarks are inhumane, irrational and illogical. His remarks are inhumane because any terror attack must be condemned regardless of who the victims are. The fact that innocent people are targeted by savage terrorists, who kill people in cold blood, requires that all human beings who have not lost their humanity condemn such an act, be it in France, Britain, the US, the Philippines, or Iran.

His remarks are irrational because no wise man on the globe would encourage terrorism. Perhaps Mr. Rohrabacher is a beneficiary of such terrorist acts in one way or another, else he should have never praised terrorism, not only as a member of the US Congress, but even as an ordinary American citizen. No rational American citizen would praise terrorism.

His remarks are illogical because he supports terrorism which is itself an illogical phenomenon. Terrorism is promoted by people who cannot make a logical statement of their demands. Failing this, they resort to an act of terror.

Hence, anyone who supports terrorism is also illogical.

Mr. Rohrabacher’s remarks are an affront to the millions of Americans who are against terrorism in all its forms and in all parts of the world.


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