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Condemning the Tehran Attacks

The State Department spokesman issued a very short condemnation [1] of the Tehran attacks:

The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today. We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.

The statement is fine as far as it goes, but the message in it is absolutely the bare minimum one would expect in response to attacks that claimed at least a dozen lives. It should not be difficult or controversial for top government officials to denounce these attacks in the strongest terms just as they would if they had been carried out against any other country. Unfortunately, because the country in question is Iran our government has had almost nothing to say about the attacks. This is all the more regrettable because the group that claimed responsibility for the attack also happens to be an enemy of the U.S. and many other countries in the region. Expressing sympathy with Iranian victims of ISIS should be no more difficult than expressing our sympathy with the group’s Iraqi, Syrian, and Western victims. It should be easy to show solidarity with civilian victims of terrorism regardless of where they live. Our leaders should make clear that we reject and abhor terrorist tactics no matter who uses them or which country comes under attack.

The Bloomberg editors made [2] this point well:

Trump wasted no time condemning the spate of recent terrorist attacks in the U.K., and the same reaction is called for now. The murder of innocents is wrong, always and everywhere.

Update: The White House finally released a statement, and it’s an embarrassment:

 

This is not only a crass and insulting message to send to Iranians, but it is also diplomatically tone deaf. Instead of making a show of support and solidarity, the White House essentially blames the victim of an attack for inviting it. I know this administration is full of obsessed Iran hawks, but this is pathetic even for them.

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#1 Comment By bronze surfer On June 7, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

Dear Tweeter in Chief- Please tell us about all Iranian or Iranian sponsored terror attacks against US or European nations. Should take less than 1/4 tweet.

The ONE country in the Middle East that actually fights ISIS

#2 Comment By no mulligans in this game On June 7, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

I think you’re overdoing it – after all, we did issue a statement the same day as the attack. But you’ve got a point. Especially because the enemy he has touted over all others claims “credit” for the attack: ISIS.

The one thing Trump voters expected him to do in the course of getting us out the Middle East was crush ISIS. And ISIS just attacked Iran. It’s an opportunity for the US to open the door to security cooperation with Iran, but Trump slammed it in his own face with his stupid orb-rubbing and mouth-running performance in Riyadh.

#3 Comment By Chris Chuba On June 7, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

“We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

If this isn’t a hack, we just scored some super sized, bad Karma points. We have been destroying infrastructure in Syria and supporting Al Qaeda aligned rebels in Syria. You can argue that we’ve been doing the same in Yemen. I felt a chill when I read that.

Iran has always condemned terrorist attacks wherever they have occurred without any equivocation with the possible exception of the rare knife attack in Israel which is unfortunate. Iran condemned the chemical WMD incident in Khan Shaykhun even though it was against their mortal enemies, in a stronghold of Al Qaeda.

This is juvenile, heartless, and statements like this, not lack of willingness to kill, disqualify us from being the leader of a ‘rules based world order’.

#4 Comment By John Mann On June 7, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

Thanks, Chris Chuba. You have put it very well. It is chilling.

It is a sad day when the US administration looks small-minded and nasty compared to the Iranian government.

I must confess that I don’t tend to think in terms of Karma points, but I feel similarly. The way I would put it is “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

#5 Comment By G Harvey On June 7, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

The Neocon war aims require close ties with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are more than happy to back all kinds of Sunni terrorist groups in hope that will somehow weaken Iran and therefore deliver Shia Moslems into Saudi hands.

#6 Comment By jk On June 7, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

That’s rich, because supporting the Mujaheddin before and “Moderate Rebels” now won’t blowback in any way.

#7 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 7, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

It is true that violence begets violence. It’s an even greater shame when those paying the price with their lives aren’t even those who are armed.

As a practical matter, though, a bipartisan neocon policy has been to push groups like ISIS away from areas where U.S. client states are threatened, and towards states that they desire to overthrow. The terrorist in one country, thus becomes a de facto “freedom fighter” in another – the enemy of my enemy there, is thus my friend there.

The truth of the matter is, that if President Trump pursued one of the now-dead policies he was elected for, that of ending the unending foreign wars, that by the day after there would be zero attacks here or on U.S. allies based on MidEast conflagrations.

#8 Comment By Simon94022 On June 7, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

The disgraceful White House statement makes me ashamed to be an American.

And deeply frustrated that Trump’s opponents will continue to obsess over non-issues like the purely symbolic Paris accord or the deranged fantasy that their Russians hacked the election.

So there is no space in our public discourse for criticism of Trump’s genuinely outrageous and disgusting behavior — supporting the Syrian rebels, helping the Saudis starve and murder children in Yemen because their parents aren’t Sunni Muslims, and constantly echoing the Big Lie that Iran is one of the world’s major sponsors of terrorism.

It all makes me sick.

#9 Comment By EngineerScotty On June 7, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

Keep in mind–a longstanding claimed justification for Islamist attacks against the West is Western interference in Middle Eastern affairs. Who knew Trump would channel his inner Susan Sontag?

#10 Comment By rayray On June 7, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

@chris chuba
“I felt a chill when I read that.”

Me too. Well put.

#11 Comment By William Dalton On June 8, 2017 @ 1:27 am

“We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

Trump does understand that the rest of the world reads these words and thinks “the United States”, right?

#12 Comment By MEexpert On June 8, 2017 @ 2:08 am

Every one is missing the critical point. The timing of the attack. Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and joining in condemnation of Iran. He joined hands with all the terrorist states against Iran. Then, he takes credit for the isolation of Qatar and now the attack on Iran just a day after that. I think the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel are complicit in this attack. With all this, you can’t expect a better statement from the US.

#13 Comment By Kirt Higdon On June 8, 2017 @ 7:02 am

It would not surprise me in the least if elements of Saudi intelligence and the CIA were involved in this attack. Use of Islamic terrorists against Russia began with Carter and continues to this day. Using them against the equally hated Iranians would be no stretch. What will the opening of secret archives reveal in a few decades or centuries when the US evil empire finally either collapses or has a much needed regime change?