Negotiating With Terrorists

mbobamaOf late, the United States’ policy with Iran has gone against everything we have ever practiced in the past.  Since the Shah of Iran passed, we have struggled with Iran.

Our problem is not with the majority of her people, but with her radical religious leaders, and the fanatics they create.

Jimmy Carter was president when radical students took over the American Embassy, taking the staff hostage. They held the entire consulate staff for 444 days until Ronald Reagan took the presidency. The hostages were promptly let go, knowing that Reagan would never tolerate the situation.  Since Reagan, the presidential policy has been to enforce strong financial and other sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists–or do we?

Our president and John Kerry have negotiated with Iran to release some of the financial sanctions that we have held against them.  This agreement will release 7 billion dollars over a period of time if they cooperate with the criteria set down by the U.S., et al.  And what exactly has Iran agreed to do?  According to Iran, they have really agreed to do nothing. They have agreed to dismantle nothing. In fact, they are touting this a major win over the United States and her allies. They feel that we have given in to their demands, not vice versa.

With Iran being the leading exporter of terror and terrorists, what will that $7 billion buy? That kind of money can seriously finance many more terror cells and terrorists. Not to mention buy more nuclear materials and scientists to enrich them to weapons grade.

And of course, Iran continually threatens Israel.  Ahmadinejad swears the Holocaust never happened and he vows to destroy and wipe the Nation of Israel from the face of the earth. The new Iranian Prime Minister is more tactful, but equally invested in the hatred of the U.S. and Israel.

Isn’t it time to listen to what the leaders in Iran are saying? They plan to wipe out both the U.S. and Israel. They say so repeatedly. This influx of money puts our servicemen in more danger every day. If this is the case, why do we negotiate with a nation that is so violent and radical?  If we must negotiate or someone feels that we must negotiate, why do we not demand the release of one of our own citizens as the first and foremost condition of even talking with Iran?  We have an American Christian pastor being held in one of the worst jails in Iran with murderers and other violent criminals.  His crime is being Christian and spreading the Word of God.  An international organization is trying very hard to have this American citizen removed from Iran. (See Be Heard Project. Com)

Why are we leaving a man behind when we are in a position to extract him at this time?  Despite having always been a nation that doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, here we are at the negotiating table. Instead of giving people who hate us everything they have asked us for, why not get our Christian citizen back home to the U.S. with his family? This man is sick and injured. He is in danger every day, yet an international organization is the only one trying to help him.  This is a travesty. Is it because the administration does not care to rescue one of our own? If Americans and her allies are against negotiating with Iran, why is it happening?  Why is no one listening in Washington?

If this train wreck of an agenda continues to thrive, we will all regret it.  Something has to change and it is up to the American people to change it.  The next one left behind might be you or one of your family members. It might be all of us if allowed to run its course.  Get involved. Make your voice heard.

Candace Hardin Littlejohn

Georgia PolitiChick Candace Hardin Littlejohn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Western North Carolina. She has been greatly influenced in her writing by the culture in the Appalachians. Candace attributes her love of words to her Mother, who taught her to read at four years old. She is the creator and publisher of the literary magazine, Bohemian Renaissance, a magazine designed to launch emerging writers to publication, while providing good literature and art free to the community. Candace is 100% fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin. She loves dogs and spending time with friends and family. Visit Candace's website:

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