Keep this Islamic Terrorist Out of U.S.
A dozen years ago, the loved ones of men and women murdered on 9/11 set out to seek whatever measure of justice could be achieved in U.S. courts. Their chances of
success seemed exceedingly remote.
Yet Fiona Havlish, who lost her husband, Lynn Derbyshire, who lost a brother, Grace M. Parkinson-Godshalk, who lost a son, and a handful of others persevered.
Eventually, their lawyers amassed evidence that documented Iran’s complicity in the attack — and that swayed Manhattan Federal Judge Katherine Forrest to give permission to claim a trophy Fifth Ave. office tower held by a foundation that is a front for the Iranian government.
The intrepid plaintiffs appear on the verge of taking title to that property and several others with a cumulative value of well more than a half-billion dollars. Even so, it is small justice.
They scored this signal victory just as the Iranian government, led by the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani, has applied for credentials to install as his United Nations ambassador a man who participated in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Hamid Aboutalebi protests that he was a translator when the Iranian regime sanctioned the hostage-taking of 52 Americans — as if serving only as a translator would make a difference.
Aboutalebi was there. He was part of the death-to-America crowd. He has no place in the United States, let alone as a dignitary. As former hostage Barry Rosen put it:
“It may be a precedent, but if the President and the Congress don’t condemn this act by the Islamic Republic, then our captivity and suffering for 444 days at the hands of Iran was for nothing. He can never set foot on American soil.”
President Obama must recognize Rouhani’s choice of Aboutalebi for the deliberate show of contempt that it is.
Rouhani sent the hostage-taker Obama’s way as the U.S. is attempting to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapon capability. Rather than ratchet up economic sanctions that were starting to bite, Obama agreed to discuss terms with an opening bid that surrendered ground.
Clearly, Rouhani believes he has the stronger hand — strong enough to stick a thumb in Obama’s eye. Will the President dare to shut out Aboutalebi? He must.
Iran has consistently used terror and murder to accomplish its ends, patronizing Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, sending allies to prop up the bloodthirsty Syrian regime and even finding common cause with Al Qaeda.
In 1998, when the U.S. first indicted Osama Bin Laden, the charges stated that he joined “with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies.”
After the mass murder at the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Commission found that eight hijackers passed through Iran and were joined on their flight there from Saudi Arabia by a senior Hezbollah operative. The commission drew no conclusions about Iran’s involvement, but advised that the subject warranted further review.
That review has come. In 2011, the Treasury Department reported Iran had entered a secret deal to “serve as the core pipeline through which Al Qaeda moves money, facilitators and operatives from across the Middle East to South Asia.”
That same year, Washington Federal Judge John Bates found that Iran had “aided, abetted and conspired with Hezbollah, Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda” in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
And in the case filed by the survivors of 9/11 victims, Manhattan Federal Judge George Daniels relied in part on then-sealed testimony from high-level defectors to find Iran legally responsible for providing “material support” for the terror attack.
Now, plain old Americans have stood up to Iran. Their President must, too.
Editorials – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Kirk, Rubio, and 27 Senators Send Letter to President Obama to Deny a US Visa to Iranian Hostage Taker
Hamid Abutalebi is Iran’s Announced Choice to be Ambassador to the United Nations; Abutalebi Was Part of the Hostage Takers Who Held Americans for 444 Days in 1979
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), along with 27 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to President Obama today requesting the denial of a pending U.S. visa application submitted by Hamid Abutalebi, Iran’s announced choice to be its Ambassador to the United Nations. By his own admission, Abutalebi was part of the group that took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
“The United States should not be granting entry to an individual who publicly admitted to participating in an act of terror against the United States and its citizens,” the Senators wrote. “We respectfully request that Hamid Abutalebi promptly be denied a US visa and that you instruct Ambassador Power to work closely with the UN Secretary General to ensure that he is never accepted as a representative to the United Nations.”
The full text of the letter is below:
April 3, 2014
Dear Mr. President:
We write to ask that your administration deny a pending United States visa application for Hamid Abutalebi, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s announced choice to be their Ambassador to the United Nations (UN).
According to media reports, Hamid Abutalebi was part of the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, the group that took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Mr. Abutalebi himself admitted serving as an interpreter during the hostage crisis.
As you know, some of the American hostages have publicly expressed outrage that one of their captors might be allowed into the United States. Mr. Barry Rosen, who served as a press attaché at the US Embassy in Tehran, said it would be “an outrage” and “a disgrace” if the US granted a visa to Abutalebi.
We could not agree more. The United States should not be granting entry to an individual who publicly admitted to participating in an act of terror against the United States and its citizens. Coming just weeks after Ayatollah Khamenei once again questioned the “certainty” of the Holocaust, the regime’s appointment of Abutalebi is just another sign that Iran has yet to change its dangerous policies.
Therefore, we respectfully request that Hamid Abutalebi promptly be denied a US visa and that you instruct Ambassador Power to work closely with the UN Secretary General to ensure that he is never accepted as a representative to the United Nations.
Source: Senator Mark Kirk Website
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
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