By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty
With the advent of cutting edge technology, payment methods have undergone drastic changes in the past years. Electronic mediums are gaining popularity with each passing day. Bitcoin, PayPal, mobile payment, and a slew of other payment systems – all of which are easy-to-use and user-friendly – are making people less dependent on carrying cash. Hardware stores, grocery stores, and even small mom-and-pop stores are offering the newest technologies to their customers.
Yet, in the domain of politics, one currency still hasn’t lost its popularity, even though its value has degraded considerably: human life. The price of politics, especially failed politics, is being paid with the lives of innocent people, and the customers are being quite generous with their purses – or better put, others’ purses.
Most notably, President Obama’s foreign policy regarding Iran and the Middle-East region seems to be totally funded with human lives. His actions in the Middle-East – or lack thereof – have had great repercussions on the people living in this region – and in many cases, “not living anymore”. His “leadership from behind” strategy, which manifests itself in an often sit-by-and-watch policy regarding the dictators of the region, is costing dozens, scores, and hundreds of people their lives every day.
His infatuation with Rouhani, the new and supposedly moderate president of the Iranian religious dictatorship, has caused him to turn a blind eye on the ever-rising violation of Human Rights in Iran. Obama did manage to sign a nuclear accord – which, according to many analysts, is very disputable and ambiguous at best. But in exchange, he has deliberately decided to ignore the 400 plus executions that have been carried out by the Iranian regime since the beginning of Rouhani’s presidency. And these are statistics given by government authorities – the truth is far worse.
Taking advantage of Obama’s vulnerability, the mullahs continue to spread their plague of terrorism with renewed fervor, futilely trying to save their crisis riddled regime from collapse and overthrow by instigating strife and mayhem in other countries in the region.
Assad, the dictator of Syria and acolyte of the mullahs in Tehran, has already claimed the lives of more than a hundred thousand Syrians, including thousands of innocent children, whose heartrending images shook the world. Bolstered by arms, supplies and reinforcements flowing from Iran, and encouraged by the dithering of the Obama-led international community, he continues to slaughter his own people at a horrifying rate without fearing the consequences.
In Iraq too, the mullahs’ proxies have killed several thousand civilians this year, making 2013 the most violent year of the past decade. And the violence continues to escalate. One of the main issues that Obama has failed to deal with in Iraq is the safety and security of the residents of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, where three thousand Iranian dissidents reside under the constant threat of attacks by the Iraqi government. The mullahs see them as the main threat to their shaky regime, and therefore their annihilation is of paramount importance to the mullahs. These people had been given promises of protection by the US government, but only in the past year, 65 residents have lost their lives to massacres staged by Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq and close ally of the Iranian regime. The last instance of such attacks a vicious barrage of rockets against Camp Liberty during the Christmas holidays, which left three dead and seventy wounded in its wake. Prior to that, on September 1, Iraqi security forces stormed Camp Ashraf, murdering 52 residents and abducting seven others including six women. In both cases, the US government has performed poorly to protect the lives of the rights of the people to whom it had given written pledges. For four months, the residents have been urging President Obama to take immediate action and secure the release of the seven hostages abducted from Camp Ashraf on September 1st. They’ve been calling on him to honor his commitments and to take concrete steps to protect them from further attacks. But the White House’s only response has been to counsel the Iraqi government – the perpetrator of all crimes against the camps’ residents – to remedy the situation. The result of Obama’s decisions has been consecutive disasters, all coming at the cost of innocent lives. And more lives are at stake as he refuses to change his policy.
Emboldened by the Obama administration’s weak responses to their atrocities, the Iranian regime continues to destroy the lives of innocent human beings to keep its own regime from falling apart. And as we proceed, human life seems to lose its value as more and more people are killed on a daily basis to pay for the failed decisions of President Obama. How many more is he willing to spend? That is for President Obama to answer.