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Aug 2, 2015
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Dennis Prager

Is the nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran a good or bad deal? Would it be harder or easier for Iran to develop nuclear weapons? Would it make Iran and its terror proxies stronger or weaker? Should the U.S. Congress support or defeat the deal? Dennis Prager answers these questions and more.

The Iran Nuclear deal is our generation’s version of Neville Chamberlain appeasing Nazi Germany. 

  • In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain attempted to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Germany to annex Czechoslovakia. This whetted Hitler’s appetite and paved the way for World War II. In 2015, President Obama attempted to appease the Islamic Republic of Iran by allowing them to develop nuclear energy, providing access to over $150 billion in previously frozen assets, and removing many economic sanctions—earning Obama the title of “The Neville Chamberlain of our time.”View Source
  • The threat posed by the Iran deal is most clearly understood by Israel—Iran’s biggest target—and even Israel’s Arab neighbors. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu compared the Iran nuclear deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement, while the Israeli Defense Ministry warned that “agreements have value only if they are based on the existing reality, but they have no value if the facts on the ground are the complete opposite of those the deal is based upon.”View Source
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Iran is alarmingly similar to Nazi Germany. It’s an aggressive police state devoted to destroying the Jews, America and the West. 

  • Dennis Prager on the parallels of Iran and Nazi Germany: “The Nazi regime was a police state. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a police state. The Nazis' greatest aim was to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Iran's greatest aim is to exterminate the Jewish state. The West dismissed Hitler as the Jews' problem. The West dismisses Iran as Israel's problem. Nazi Germany hated the West and its freedoms. The Islamic Republic of Iran hates the West and its freedoms. Germany sought to dominate Europe. Iran seeks to dominate the Middle East and the Muslim world. And just as Britain and France appeased Nazi Germany, the same two countries along with the United States have chosen to appease Iran.”View Source
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One major difference between Iran and Nazi Germany is that Iran’s leaders don’t care about staying alive as much as Nazi Germany’s did. 

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has a lot in common with Nazi Germany: it is an aggressive police state intent on controlling a large part of the world and destroying Jews; it is also largely dismissed by the West, which refuses to accept the reality of the threat Iran poses. One thing that makes Iran more dangerous, though, is that its leaders have embraced a particularly extreme form of radical Islam, and one that values death over life.View Source
  • The U.S. has designated Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In fact, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
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The Iranian government is the largest terrorist group in the world.

  • The U.S. has designated Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In fact, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has a lot in common with Nazi Germany: it is an aggressive police state intent on controlling a large part of the world and destroying Jews; it is also largely dismissed by the West, which refuses to accept the reality of the threat Iran poses. One thing that makes Iran more dangerous, though, is that its leaders have embraced a particularly extreme form of radical Islam, and one that values death over life.View Source
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The only difference between Iran’s government and a terrorist group is that Iran’s government is recognized by the world as legitimate.

  • The U.S. has designated Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In fact, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has a lot in common with Nazi Germany: it is an aggressive police state intent on controlling a large part of the world and destroying Jews; it is also largely dismissed by the West, which refuses to accept the reality of the threat Iran poses. One thing that makes Iran more dangerous, though, is that its leaders have embraced a particularly extreme form of radical Islam, and one that values death over life.View Source
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Iran’s government has indicated that it would be willing to sacrifice Iran for the sake of destroying Israel.

  • The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have repeatedly vowed to bring about the annihilation of Israel, even if it has catastrophic consequences for Iran.View Source
  • The U.S. has designated Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In fact, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
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The Iran nuclear deal guarantees Iran will get stronger and richer, while it simply waits for nuclear restrictions to expire in 10-15 years.

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As long as Iran does not fear a U.S. or Western retaliation, it will violate the nuclear deal and continue its pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

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The Iran nuclear deal won’t prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. It will ensure it.

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By unfreezing Iran’s assets and lifting sanctions, the West is de facto helping fund Islamic terrorist groups.

  • The U.S. has designated Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism since 1984. In fact, Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
  • The U.S. State Department has admitted that Iran is likely using some of the $150 billion in unfrozen assets to continue its sponsorship of terrorism.View Source
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Iran is more dangerous today than the Soviet Union was. The reason: Iran’s leaders are much more willing to die than the Soviets.

  • Soviet leaders valued their own lives. The leaders of Iran have no such values. Soviet leaders never called for the total extermination of another country. Iranian Islamists do.View Source
  • Iran has been designated as a state-sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. since 1984. In fact, it is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism.View Source
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Iranian nuclear inspections are so lenient that they make it impossible to effectively monitor if they are actually complying. 

  • The overly lenient inspection terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal make it nearly impossible to effectively monitor if they are actually curbing their nuclear programs as the deal requires. The deal gives Iran a 24-day notice before any inspections of its nuclear facility, the United States cannot send any U.S. inspectors, and no military sites can ever be inspected.View Source
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The Iran nuclear deal gives Iran a 24-day prior notice before any inspections of nuclear facilities. This defeats the entire purpose. 

  • The overly lenient inspection terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal make it nearly impossible to effectively monitor if they are actually curbing their nuclear programs as the deal requires. The deal gives Iran a 24-day notice before any inspections of its nuclear facility, the United States cannot send any U.S. inspectors, and no military sites can ever be inspected.View Source
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We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright. So painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence.

Why? Because once people acknowledge evil's existence, they know that they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil.

That is what led to World War II and the death of 55 million people. Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped, and then appeased it as it became stronger.

We are reliving 1938, the year that democratic Western nations assured a police state, the Nazi regime, that they would do nothing to prevent its expansion. That year, the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, went to Munich to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. He left believing Hitler's promises of peace in exchange for Germany being allowed to annex large parts of Czechoslovakia. Upon returning to England, Chamberlain announced "Peace for our time."

The 2015 agreement between America, Europe, Russia, China and Iran mirrors 1938.

The Nazi regime was a police state. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a police state. The Nazis' greatest aim was to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Iran's greatest aim is to exterminate the Jewish state. The West dismissed Hitler as the Jews' problem. The West dismisses Iran as Israel's problem. Nazi Germany hated the West and its freedoms. The Islamic Republic of Iran hates the West and its freedoms. Germany sought to dominate Europe. Iran seeks to dominate the Middle East and the Muslim world.

And just as Britain and France appeased Nazi Germany, the same two countries along with the United States have chosen to appease Iran.

In fact, there is considerably less defense for the Iran agreement -- which awards Iran 150 billion dollars in currently frozen assets and the right to keep its nuclear program -- than there was for the Munich agreement. Prior to 1938, Hitler had not publicly proclaimed his aim to annihilate Europe's Jews. Yet, Iran has been proclaiming its intention to annihilate the Jewish state for decades. There were no massive "Death to America" demonstrations in Germany as there regularly are in Iran. In 1938, Germany had not been responsible for terror around the world as Iran is now. Nor was Germany responsible for the death of more than a thousand Americans as Iran has been -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.

The Neville Chamberlains of 2015 defend the agreement with Iran on two grounds -- that the only alternative is war and that this agreement has the capacity to bring Iran into the "community of nations."

The war argument is a falsehood. For three reasons.

First, the alternative to this agreement was continuing and tightening the sanctions that were weakening the Iranian regime and greatly diminishing its ability to fund terror groups around the world. Second, because the agreement so strengthens Iran, it makes war far more likely. When evil, expansionist regimes get richer, they don't spend their wealth on building new hospitals. They expand. Third, Iran has been at war with America for decades.

And whoever believes that the agreement will bring Iran into the "community of nations" betrays a breath-taking ignorance of the Iranian regime.

The Iranian regime is composed of religious fanatics who are morally indistinguishable from ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and all the other mass murdering Islamist movements. 

The Iranian regime has executed more people than any country except China and killed more than 6,000 Iranians just for being homosexual. A woman in Iran is not allowed to leave the country without the permission of her husband.

The Iranian regime repeatedly calls for the extermination of Israel. No other country in the world is committed to annihilating another country. 

Iran is already the world's greatest funder of terror organizations. Imagine what it will do with another 150 billion dollars. Imagine what it will do with the removal of the current weapons and missile embargo. Imagine what it will do with its intact nuclear infrastructure. This deal allows all three.

Very few people have a chance to do something about the greatest evil of their time. When it votes on this agreement the American Congress has that chance.

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