Lifting of Western sanctions against Iran — giving the world’s leading sponsor of terror $100 billion in previously frozen assets and allowing it to immediately sell oil — will prove to be a mistake.
Iran got the big windfall yesterday after the U.N. atomic agency certified that Iran had met its commitments under last summer’s nuclear pact.
But is Iran going to stick to the deal? Not likely.
Iran already violated a U.N. Security Council resolution last fall by launching a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. That’s just one clear example of how Iran is capable of thumbing its nose at U.N. “rules” and doing whatever it wants.
Let’s remember they launched the missile before they got their $100 billion jackpot. What will they do after they deposit the check?
Take more hostages and use them as a negotiating chip to force the U.S. or our allies to “look the other way” when they resume violating the terms of the flawed agreement?
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan warned yesterday that the deal’s implementation marks “a new and dangerous time in which Iran is free of most economic sanctions without having to stop its nuclear plan and without having to give explanations about its military activity as it had to in the past.”
How right he is.
Iran humiliated President Obama right before his big State of the Union address by taking two Navy ships and forcing 10 U.S. sailors to their knees in an execution position. If that’s any indication, we’re in trouble.
Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted yesterday: “U.S. + EU will begin lifting nuclear-related sanctions, expanding the horizon of opportunity for the Iranian people.”
Who believes for a New York minute that Iran will use the $100 billion to help the Iranian people? That’s wishful thinking of the highest order.
There’s no doubt the world’s central banker of terror will use a good deal of that money to strengthen its military and finance terror proxies all over the world who hate America and Israel.
The Obama administration should have demanded that the $100 billion be doled out incrementally — in small portions — over time based on good behavior and compliance. But now that Iran has gotten that massive windfall, there’s little to stop them from getting up to their old tricks.
It’s only a matter of time.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive,” heard 6-9 a.m. weekdays on Boston Herald Radio.
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