Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama Trades Iran Dollars for Hostages

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama Trades Iran Dollars for Hostages

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Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers.

Less satisfying is the return of Iran's $400 million trust fund, used to buy military equipment, which was frozen in 1979, along with its diplomatic relations with the U.S. (plus what President Barack Obama ludicrously called "appropriate interest" of $1.3 billion), all returned to what the U.S. State Department branded the world's "preeminent sponsor of terrorism." Expecting Iran to use this windfall for purposes other than terrorism would be like expecting a kidnapper to donate the ransom money to a children's hospital.

While President Obama praised himself and his "diplomatic team" for concluding the Iranian nuclear deal, which he claims will ensure that Iran "is never allowed to build a nuclear weapon," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's world view hasn't changed one iota. "In (implementing) the deal," Rouhani said, "all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S. The rest are happy."

This is a regime that allowed the beating of Christian missionary Saeed Abedini in an attempt to force him to renounce his faith and convert to Islam. We are repeatedly told by clueless Western political leaders that Islam is a "religion of peace" and that the Koran prohibits "coercion" in matters of faith (Surah 2:256). By your fruits you shall know them.

In a brazen display of chutzpah, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that when it comes to the nuke deal, it's the U.S. that needs monitoring because it simply cannot be trusted. Iran isn't beyond claiming that the U.S. is in violation of the nuclear agreement or using such allegations as an excuse to resume its nuclear program. …

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