Monday, April 17, 2017
It’s time to name and sanction Iran’s terrorists
US Tomahawk missiles struck Syria’s Shayrat air base in retaliation for the Assad regime’s barbaric chemical-weapons attack on rebel-held territory, Pentagon officials stressed their efforts to avoid hitting Russian military personnel located nearby.
What the briefers didn’t say was that units from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were also present at Shayrat, having been buttressing Bashar al-Assad long before significant Russian involvement.
This is more than a little ironic given the IRGC’s long campaign of terrorism against the United States and its allies. Indeed, Washington is currently debating whether to designate the Guard as a “foreign terrorist organization.” President Ronald Reagan listed Iran itself as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984. In 2007, George W. Bush named the Quds Force, the tip of the IRGC spear internationally, terrorists as well.