Secret negotiations with Iran while Pastor Saeed remains in Jail
Earlier this month, after being imprisoned in Tehran for over a year accused of attempting to undermine the Iranian government and endangering national security, Iranian-born American citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini was transferred to the notorious Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj just after President Obama re-opened diplomatic relations with Iran, 34 years after the Islamist regime seized 52 American hostages.
Pastor Abedini’s crime? Establishing home churches.
Yesterday, we received the December issue of Decision, a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which reports the appreciation of Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini, for President Barack Obama’s reported September 26, 2013 phone call to his Iranian counterpart advocating for her husband’s release.
Sunday, the US and Iran announced their historic agreement to lift UN sanctions against and return $8B in assets (frozen since their act of war against the US in the 1979 seizure of the American Embassy in Teheran) to Iran in exchange for “six months of talks” meant to prevent the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism from developing nuclear weapons. Yet, despite the willingness of the Obama administration to pay Iran billions to talk, there was no mention of any action of behalf of Pastor Abedini.
By contrast, after the 52 American hostages that had been held by Iran for 443 days President Jimmy Carter’s Administration signed the Algerian Declaration on January 19, 1981 (significantly, the day before President-elect Ronald Reagan was to be inaugurated) with Iran agreeing to return an identical $8B amount in exchange for release of those hostages. Most observers believe that the Iranians would not have agreed to release the 52 hostages on Day 444 had it not coincided with the installation of a new Commander-in-Chief already famous for vowing to defeat, not merely continue to contain, the Soviet Union.
So for $8B, President Carter with an assist from the President-elect for merely being sworn in as the 40th President of the United States, Iran let our people go literally as President Reagan delivered his First Inaugural address.
Thirty-two years later, a re-elected President B. Hussein Obama pays $8B to Iran is exchange for “talks” as an American Christian is transferred to a prison notorious for inmate murders. Sadly for him, there is no “Gipper” to come to the rescue for the latest liberal Democrat appeaser to occupy the Oval Office, who can’t even set one American free for the same price Carter paid for the release of 52 Americans.