Condemning Iran Good Defunding It Priceless

This week the House of Representatives approved a resolution condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. That’s great, and that’s important. But if Congressmen REALLY want to hurt Iran, they should support and approve the bill numbered H.R. 4070 and sponsored by Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY). That’s the ONLY bill that actually takes Iran’s money to compensate the families of our brave servicemen killed and wounded in Iran’s terrorist attacks in the 1983 Beirut Marine and 1996 Khobar Towers bombings. The bill helps those families to satisfy federal court judgments against Iran with $1.8 billion of Iranian central bank funds in an account in a NYC bank, attached by the families’ attorneys. Absent this legislation, Iran might break the attachment and reclaim its funds, then use them to finance more terrorism and nuclear proliferation. The bill is starting to pick up co-sponsors at a steady clip, but needs more to show Iran that House members won’t hesitate to support Americans killed or maimed by Iranian terrorism. The language in this bill is NOT in the Iran sanctions bill passed by the House in December, but it is similar to the Senate version of the Iran sanctions bill, approved unanimously on February 2 by the Senate Banking Committee. Read more about the bill and the Beirut Marine long families’ quest for justice on their press release. I’m proud to work alongside the Beirut Marine families and look forward to the day when Iran’s money is in their hands and not in Ahmadinejad’s.