Jewish Journal

Kuntar’s release reveals true evil of Iran’s regime

by Karmel Melamed

July 17, 2008 | 1:53 pm

(left to right; Released PLO Terrorist Samir Kuntar and Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah)

Israel is in mourning today after yesterday’s exchange of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev for notorious PLO terrorist Samir Kuntar, four other terrorists and the bodies of 199 Hezbollah fighters who had died during the 2006 war with Israel. The deal was brokered by a U.N. mediator between Israel and the Iranian-backed Shiite Islamic Terrorist group Hezbollah based in Southern Lebanon. Kuntar is one of four militants who in April of 1979 came to Israel’s northern shore and murdered an Israel man and his two-year old daughter—for this crime he was sentenced to prisoner for four life-terms and was the longest-serving Arab prisoner in Israel.

Kuntar’s unmerciful crimes and the decision to exchange him in this deal has no doubt been especially heart-wrenching for Israel because of the high price paid to for these soldiers bodies. Yet the larger crime in this exchange was perpetrated by Iran’s proxy Hezbollah and the demonic monsters running the current Iranian regime. Since the 2006 war, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah has been playing a sick and twisted game of psychological torture with the Israeli public by threatening to kill the Goldwasser and Regev (who we now know were dead) if his murderous thugs were we not released from Israeli prisons. Nasrallah knows very well that we as Jews value life and will go to great lengths to secure a prisoners release as well as give our dead a proper burial—and he played that card very well in this instance. Only a cruel and truly evil individual with a depraved heart would toy with people’s human emotions to advance a political agenda.

Iran’s government and Hezbollah follow a radical fundamentalist form of Shiite Islam that does not value life, encourages martyrdom and uses civilians as mere pawns to advance their vile objectives of trying to get the rest of the free world to follow their backward beliefs as well as repressive ways of life. They do not care how many lives are destroyed or the amount of chaos they unleash upon the world…just as long as it advances their power and religious goals. This radical form of Shiite Islam is very simple—“follow our way of life or die” and this message is clearly set forth in the Iranian government’s constitution whose objective it is to spread their wick religious beliefs worldwide by means of jihad and war. And for those who don’t believe Hezbollah and Iran are linked, think again! Since Hezbollah was founded by Iran’s clerical leaders and is fully funded by the Iranian government, the terrorist group is part and parcel of the government.

Now my question to Senator Barack Obama and other liked minded politicians is, how on earth can you even sit down and negotiate with these wicked monsters who have no sense of humanity? How do you expect such animals to keep their word? If these dangerous individuals do not understand the basic logic of humanity but only care about bringing the arrival of their “messiah” through a nuclear holocaust, what do you plan on gaining through talks with them? And lastly, what do you plan on negotiating about with these immoral creatures who only want to destroy America, Israel and the free world? What would such U.S. officials say;…”excuse me Ayatollah XYZ, could you guys stop enriching Uranium for nuclear weapons if we give you some economic incentives?” Or would they say; “uhmmm, Mr. Ayatollah ABC, would you please stop funding Shiite militias and terrorists who are killing American troops in Iraq?” HOW UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! Negotiations, reason and logic just don’t register with the demonic Iranian government leaders. If you don’t believe me, just ask any Iranian Jew or other Iranian religious minority that escaped the hands of these Iranian clerics and now live in the U.S. These Iranian minority ex-pats will truly shed light on the deep rooted evil of Iran’s regime and the heinous crimes against humanity they have committed against on their own population which is a Muslim majority. Right now Iran is among the largest importers of construction cranes in the world… the cranes are not used by the regime for construction but to hang in public those individuals who do not obey their ridiculous law and accept their brutal rule!

Iranian Muslim citizens in the city of Shiraz hung by cranes from not obeying the brutal rule of Iran’s regime

If this is how they treat their own people, god knows what they would have in mind for outsiders! Perhaps the best solution to dealing with the Iranian regime is to clamp down hard on them economically. The life line that is keeping Iran’s leaders in power is their income from oil that is exported and foreign investment in their countries. The international community must unite and impose back breaking sanctions on Iran to the point where their already weakened economy collapses. Since Iran does not refine it’s own oil, perhaps the gulf states who do handle it’s oil refining can stop doing so…all of these actions would no doubt bring the country to a standstill and lead average Iranians who are already opposed to the regime to overthrow it.

By the way, for those who do not know the story of Kuntar’s heinous crimes….he and three other PLO militants made their way in a rubber dinghy from Lebanon to Israel’s northern shore around midnight on April 22, 1979. In a hail of gunfire and exploding grenades, they charged into an apartment building in the coastal city of Nahariya, 5 miles from the Lebanese border, where the Haran family lived. Smadar Haran sought refuge with her 2-year-old daughter, Yael, and a neighbor in a crawl space. Her 28-year-old husband, Danny, grabbed their 4-year-old daughter Einat, hoping to dash outside to an underground bomb shelter, when the attackers burst into their apartment. Father and daughter were herded down to the beach, where their assailants hoped to pack them into the rubber boat and take them as hostages to Lebanon, according to a recently declassified transcript of Kantar’s testimony at his trial, published this week by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper. But the dinghy had been punctured by gunfire, so the attackers went on a bloody rampage instead. The Israeli court found that Kantar shot Danny Haran in front of his child, then killed her, too. “Kantar went over to Einat Haran and hit her head twice with the butt of his rifle crushing her skull, with the intent of killing her,” read a report from Kantar’s trial.

And now Senator Obama wants to go negotiate with these same depraved monsters heading Iran’s regime that celebrate the release of the baby killer Kuntar! Thank you Senator, now I can sleep better tonight knowing that this is how you intend on protecting America from these same ruthless animals in Iran’s regime who are seeking to destroy us.

Innocent Iranian Muslim woman hung by a crane according to the Iranian regime’s orders.
Iranian Muslim Student hung by a crane.
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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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