July 15, 2010, - 3:12 pm
In June, I told you the story of Sharam Amiri a/k/a Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist, who worked as a CIA agent and is the reason we know the Iranian nuclear program is so far along. I showed you an interesting ABC News “Nightline” report on the competing videos made by Iran and the CIA regarding Amiri, whom the Iranians claimed was a prisoner here. Yesterday, news reports showed Amiri returning home to Iran as a “hero.”
But this is no victory for Iran. Instead, it’s the story of how Iran splits families, hurts people, and threatens their lives. Amiri willingly fled to the U.S. and defected here. Before that, he willingly spied for the U.S. and shared Iran nuke info with us. But when he left the Muslim hajj in Mecca to come to the U.S., his family wasn’t with him. He missed them, especially his young son and wife. And Iran threatened to do all kinds of things to them, while keeping them prisoners there. Watch the video, and you’ll see what’s really going on here.
This is why Amiri returned home. He wanted to stay and re-unite his family in freedom. And it’s a symbol of our freedom that we allowed this man to return to Iran, which was a big mistake on his part, since he doesn’t know what the Iranian government will do to him. It’s a symbol of the ayatollahs’ Iranian repression and human rights abuses that Amiri couldn’t reunite his family here because they remain prisoners in Iran and always will be.
Again, this is no Iranian victory. It’s simply the latest tale of Iranian Muslim totalitarianism that knows no bounds, no limits, no end.
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