March 20, 2015

Curious Timing

In the midst of an unexpected break in Iranian nuclear talks, President Obama is calling for the return of Americans held in Iran (see below).

Well, BRAVO! Except these hostages – whom we've written about extensively on these pages (e.g., here, here, here, here and here) – have been held by Iran under terrible conditions for years.

In 2013, in the middle of 'negotiations' with Iran, we wrote:

"Really, Mr. Kerry? And what about Iran’s continued sponsorship of terrorism
throughout the world? Also, did you happen to mention during negotiations the
case of American pastor Saeed Abedini, currently being held and tortured in a
notorious Iranian jail, and denied medical treatment, all because he is an
'unclean Christian'?"

The hostages were never mentioned, not before or during the negotiations, until now. Did Obama suddenly realize after all these years that Americans were being held hostage by Iran?

Could it be that this is being set up as a distraction/justification for a bad deal with Iran? Or maybe an excuse to use against PM Netanyahu should negotiations fail?

While our prayers are for the (long overdue) release of these hostages, the timing here is curious...

New York Post  |  March 20, 2015

Obama Calls For Return Of Americans Held In Iran

By Associated Press

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FBI agent Robert Levinson (top left), Amir Hekmati (top right), Jason Rezaian (bottom left) and Saeed Abedini (bottom right). Photo: Getty Images; AP; AP; Facebook

WASHINGTON — In the midst of an unexpected break in Iranian nuclear talks, President Barack Obama is calling for the return of Americans held in Iran.

In a message commemorating the Persian New Year, Obama says it’s a time for families to be reunited.

He says Iran should immediately release U.S. prisoners Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho; Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan; and Jason Rezaian of Marin County, California. Obama also says Iran should help find Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing eight years ago from the Iranian resort of Kish Island.

Iran and six world powers broke off nuclear negotiations Friday to allow the Iranian delegation to attend the funeral of their president’s mother. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement extending condolences to President Hassan Rouhani.

Original article here.


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