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An Appalling Betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini

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The ACLJ reports that on the night of November 23, 2013, the President of the United States left an American pastor, Saeed Abedini, behind.

The “deal” with Iran announced tonight by President Obama, which allegedly halts “part” of Iran’s nuclear program, allows Iran to enrich uranium and allows it to maintain a nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions and humanitarian relief.

It is outrageous that the Obama Administration commenced these negotiations and concluded them without the release of Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen.  In fact, the Administration has just confirmed that he was not even part of the negotiations, stating that “The P5+1 talks focused exclusively on nuclear issues.”

The Obama Administration did not volunteer this information; it was revealed only after a specific inquiry from Fox News.

For more than a year, Pastor Saeed has undergone torture at the hands of his Iranian captors, most recently being transferred to one of the most deadly prisons in the world.  Yet instead of demanding the release of this innocent U.S. citizen as a precondition to any negotiations with Iran, the Obama Administration is relaxing sanctions and providing humanitarian relief, while getting nothing but more meaningless promises in return.

Humanitarian relief?

Iran has been in a state of armed conflict against the U.S. since 1979. It has taken American hostages, killed Americans directly through terror attacks, and has been a principal supplier of arms to our jihadist enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In other words, Iran has American blood on its hands.

Iran has been our enemy since the jihadist takeover in 1979, and it remains our enemy. It holds an American pastor — torturing him in horrific prison conditions — merely because it hates his Christian faith.

Pastor Saeed entered Iran with the permission of the Iranian government to help construct an orphanage, a mission to help the most vulnerable in Iranian society.  Once there, he was arrested, tried without even being allowed to be present for his entire trial, convicted of nothing more than his Christian faith, and held in appalling conditions.

And we’re giving Iran humanitarian relief?

It is difficult to comprehend the level of betrayal.  We have made “deals” with tyrants before.  One of former President Bill Clinton’s gifts to the world was the 1994 “agreed framework” that provided U.S. aid in exchange for an alleged halt in North Korea’s nuclear program.  The result? North Korea is now not only a nuclear power but also a nuclear proliferator that has worked with Iran.

We have left Pastor Saeed behind in the vain hope that we can trust Iran.

It is a dark, cold night in America.

ACLJ


2 Comments

  1. Yes, yes it is a dark cold night here. They have no idea what they have done. This president cares nothing for the American people, and he cares nothing about the persecution of Christians, women, or children. I am praying for Pastor Abedini. Praying for the Holy Spirit to surround him with protection and love. I am praying for God’s protection for all His people. We have crossed a line, a line which there is no return. God have mercy on us.

    • Words can not express the disappointment…

      In the past year of covering the case of Pastor Saeed and others in Iran, we have witnessed Iran break one promise after another. In the making of this new agreement, Iran did have a prime opportunity to build confidence that they are making changes from the past.

      A few short months ago, our President spoke to Rhohani, the new president of Iran asking for the release of Saeed and other Americans. For our government to cut a deal with the Iranian regime and not demand the release of innocent Americans suffering in their horrible prisons, was a ‘historic blunder’ that will not be forgotten. It is not only a betrayal of these prisoners, but of the American people…shame on them.

      From an article this morning by the MSM: “The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers could pave the way for normalization of ties between Tehran and the West.” That prospect alarms Iran’s rivals, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, which argue that Tehran is only being emboldened in its quest for regional dominance.

      The optimism expressed for better relations would be more believable if our fellow Americans had been released. As the ‘Ram’ continues to do as it pleases, we’re still hoping this matter can be resolved in the near future. And trusting the One who still performs miracles. May He be glorified!

      Please stay continually in prayer!

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