Then the following day, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad al Thani denied that a secret meeting between Iranian and American officials had taken place in his country. He was reacting to reports by Al Arabiya news agency that a secret meeting indeed had occurred in Qatar.
Mr. Obama must not put his political career ahead of the global economy and world peace. No political gains will justify emboldening a regime that not only rapes, tortures and kills its own citizens, but is also at the helm of worldwide terrorism.
With international sanctions putting the Iranian economy into a free fall and riots breaking out, a better strategy would be to tighten the screws with even harsher sanctions and to side with the Iranian people when they rise up against their government. A majority of Iranians detest the brutal mullah-driven regime and yearn for freedom. We must not let them down. World peace depends on it.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010).
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