As Iran’s Threat Rises, Where Are the Europeans?

Iran skyline gulf persian oil marketsIn late 2019, Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about only one foreign policy issue: Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. Notably, Americans strongly prefer a non-military solution, but understand a military solution may be necessary. The real question is – where are the Europeans?

On December 29, after a series of Iranian-backed attacks on locations with US personnel in Iraq and Syria, the US advanced a twin strategy. The state imposed new sanctions, part of a “maximum pressure” campaign, and the military struck five Iranian Hezbollah sites in Iraq and Syria.

Big picture, Iran is testing the Western alliance. Throughout 2019, Iran and terror-dispensing surrogates shot down a US drone, mined and attacked international shipping in the Gulf, struck a Saudi refinery, and armed promotors of civil war in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. As such, Iran is an unrivaled sponsor of global terror.

Closer to home, Iran oppresses its own people mercilessly, punishing basic liberties, from free speech and worship to association and dissent. Over the past two months, Iran turned its terror machine inward, authorizing live fire to kill protestors in 100 cities. Corroborated reports indicate Iranian Islamic leaders killed up to 1500 citizens – for seeking basic freedoms.

Finally, on the nuclear weapons front, after the Trump administration withdrew from a deal authorizing nuclear weapons after a delay, Iran responded by accelerating weapons grade uranium enrichment, widening the nuclear weapons program, and ramping up international terror.

The unreported irony is in recent data. Iran’s leaders are struggling to maintain an accelerated nuclear weapons program, international terror projection and order at home – albeit brutally.

Iran is under pressure from Trump’s economic sanctions – a non-military way to compel Iran to abandon nuclear weapons and international terror, or flip the unpopular, oppressive regime.

The right next step would be for the European Union – if it wants a non-military way out of this darkness – to join the Trump administration and impose economic sanctions, rather than continuing to profit from robust trade with this dangerous, oppressive, terror-dealing state – possibly forcing a military solution.

Here is key data. According to a November 2019 Hill-Harris poll, 84 percent of American voters are “concerned about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons,” a bigger number than concerned about North Korea, China, Turkey or any other foreign policy issue.

The Hill-Harris breakdown is revealing, with 89 percent of Democrats, 85 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Independents evincing serious concern. At the same time, a Gallop poll shows 78 percent of voters favor a non-military solution to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with 42 percent consenting to military options if non-military options fail.

Ironically, while European leaders criticize America – and strenuously resist military force to blunt Iran’s nuclear weapons advance – they refuse to join the US in sanctions against Iran.

Thus, while the US has minimal trade with Iran, providing medicines and basic life-preserving aid, the EU feasts at the Iranian troth – supporting internal repression, enabling finance of international terrorism and accelerating Iran’s push for nuclear weapons.

Numbers tell the story. According to reported data, “the EU is Iran’s largest trading partner,” chased only by China and the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, the EU is supporting Iran’s bid to join the World Trade Organization, no preconditions. The moral hypocrisy is profound.

The EU has devised a special “instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges,” allowing EU trade with Iran to skirt US sanctions and even advancing the idea – to spite the US, support Iran or justify its own behavior – of “urging Chinese and Russian counterparts to do more to support economic ties with Iran.” The EU – same states as NATO – is dead set against the US.

The irony, of course, is profound. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, they are likely to be used swiftly, directly or as a blackmail across the Middle East and hitting ballistically reachable targets, before even turned on the US. Europe would be a big loser, and in short order.

If used in the Middle East against Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, Iraq or another nation, the refugee outflows to Europe would be enormous – unprecedented. The requirements of NATO states to respond would be enormous. If used against the EU, outcomes would be catastrophic.

The right answer right now – even before this time – is for EU countries, if not China and Russia, to join the US in applying “maximum pressure” through non-military sanctions to halt Iran’s push for nuclear weapons, sponsorship of terror globally, and human rights violations.

This logical answer, which would forestall or eliminate the need for tactical or strategic use of military responses by the US or NATO to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons, terror and brutality, is unified sanctions, the EU joining the US in holding Iran accountable.

Unfortunately, the EU is disunified, inconsistent and short-sighted. The EU appears more interested in opposing US leadership, indulging economic appetites, and justifying itself through alliance with oppressive China and Russia – than stabilizing the future with sanctions.

The most recent uptick in US sanctions, instability inside Iran, and need for tactical strikes to stop Iranian attacks on US personnel and allies mean just one thing: This is the time for EU egos and appetite to retreat, and EU nations to join the US in a non-military approach to stopping Iran’s malignant behaviors.

The real question is – where are the Europeans? If they want a non-military resolution to expanding Iranian disorder, threats and destabilizing behaviors, this is the time to join the United States. That said, do not count on it. EU egos, profits and resistance to US leadership run deep. Iran’s destabilizing pursuit of nuclear weapons and terrorism can be stopped – and most Americans, and probably most European voters, want it stopped – but EU leaders must step up.

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3 years ago

I really think the sooner we cease all aid for any countries and take better care of our own the better, bring our men and women home from war zones, and let them defend for themselves .no matter what we try to do we still get all this guff and hate so forget it, The ornery countries will do whatever they please in the armory department like N. Korea, Iran , Ect. so just drop all the tariffs, and orders to the countries, if we don’t make it ( like Cars,Shoes,Ect) or grow it (soy beans stay here, grow our corn and make petro, and fracking) to sustain us in the US, we should forget it, build up our own defense Quietly, not sharing our business with anyone, we tend to tell everything we know, news, internet, even pics of, this is not the way to preparedness. No one likes us…for various reasons or people…all they want is the resources that we have , and to own and to control us. End result will be the same. we have enough troubles within.
This just my own personal thoughts, maybe all wet, I know it’s easier said than done, but should a catastrophic situation occur…then what…it’s too late.

3 years ago

Bottom line, Western leftists are still convince Neville Chamberlin was right.

Steven Lee Ebersole
3 years ago

Why do we continue to financially support EU and EU nations that do not honor and support U.S. sanctions on Iran??

3 years ago

Europe has always been too leaky a vessel to put any faith in. Too involved with modern, new ideas for the new world order to realize that it’s just rehashed forms of totalitarian rule that have failed in the past.

Jim S
3 years ago

Didn’t Hillary broker a deal with Iran, for them to get some of our Uranium? if so, doesn’t that help Iran become a bigger threat? This should be part of any discussion.

3 years ago

I only want to here facts about other countries.When we in the USA go to War again and we will it better be 100%
commitment and not another Vietnam.I KNOW AS A COUNTRY WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT.

Robert Philippi
3 years ago

I firmly believe that the EU is in Iran’s pocket. We should “withhold” US funding those countries that do business with Iran.

3 years ago

Kerry is behind it. There is a reason. Best not say right now.

3 years ago

Their hiding under their beds with a bottle of French wine waiting for America to come save their buns again

3 years ago

All of Europe and even some of Great Britain will let us go it alone and piss and moan aginst us, but then will cry like babies to come with our young men and equipment to gain their freedom back.

3 years ago

Go Trump Go! 2020

3 years ago

Keep doing what we are doing, and keep sufficient forces and assets close enough to hammer them if they get any more aggressive.Their local issues are causing them serious consternation, and ultimately may result in their angering the EU through sending more asylum seekers their way. The EU will join the US eventually. I don’t think Iran will risk a larger conflagration with the US which will result in a larger disaster that will destroy their homeland.

Donald R Watkins
3 years ago

It’s not the first time European nations tried appeasement and most still remember how that turned out. Let’s face it, the communist revolution has been won in Europe and we are but an election away from going the same way. I thank God for President Trump and pray he is re-elected.

3 years ago

Is there anyone who does NOT see the EU, globalists and leftist democrats/media aren’t the heavies in all this? Not Iran. The leftists are resources for their Iranian patsies. Look at the suddenness and timing of these events. Their abject incompetence and outright blatant stupidity, not to mention gross corruption …. every single thing they touch is complete and total failure and ruin, yet still they see themselves as the “illumined.” Now they’re willing to take us, our (not their) sons and daughters, into a new war just to depose President Trump by injuring our foreign policy. Mr. Charles, you’re tap dancing around the issue and you’re wasting FAR too much credibility on the EU “leaders.” The left is the REAL enemy.

Ed J
3 years ago

Freedom is NEVER free. It is always bought and paid for with blood in every generation. Our nation has already bailed out the asses of Europe twice during the 1900s — during World War I and World War II at great cost of American lives and solely for the sake of freedom. If Iran obtains nuclear weapons, they will almost assuredly use them against us or our allies (or both) in due time. It will then be up to America to bail out the asses of Europe again from the Iranian terror. Barring some change in Iran’s government and their current theocratic driven mindset, expect this Armageddon to occur before 2030, or 2040 at the latest.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ed J

Appreciate Ed J, but I believe the time element is far less than believed……more like sometime inside the next decade. U S needs to depend, once more, on standing alone if we are going to cripple Iranian’s Mullahs, and allow freedom for the people of Iran…..

3 years ago

They trade with evil for profit , get their gas from the commies , cry like babies to pay a measly 5 percent on their protection , tell their citizens we will exit Brexit five years ago now , that Europe ?? Looks like they are not far from the Dark ages again .

Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

Enough chit chat. End it. Fighting back time!

3 years ago

If it wasn’t for the US, most of these European countries would be speaking German. However, most of the Europeans who fought in WWII are now dead, and the younger ones never learned the lessons. As one commenter said, appeasement is the action of the day. But you won’t find any Dems bucking that system – Obama’s apology tour proved that. Americans need to wake up and realize we are on our own when it comes to defending our country. You can’t negotiate with terrorists, and that’s all the Iranian government is, and will ever be. Why worry about climate change – the fallout from a nuclear blast will take care of that!!

Donald R Watkins
3 years ago
Reply to  VikkiC

Amen Sister!

Lynn Miller
3 years ago
Reply to  VikkiC

Obama’s apology tour that brought about the Arab Spring, and funded Iranian terrorist plans by handing over confiscated Iranian assets in the USA… Obama’s plane load of cash. In all fairness, the USA should also return the confiscated assets of the Mexican and Latin American Cartels and the cartel drug pushers and gangs… since Obama gave Iran back its assets.

Pete from St Pete
3 years ago

Most of the major politicians that run the European Union hate the United States and President Trump out of one human emotion: jealousy. Our economy is booming and our immigration problems temporized (at least until the next Democratic president). The European economy slogs along in a socialist fog and they lost control of their borders in the name of feckless social justice. Their bigwigs sit in their cushy well paying jobs and instead of freeing up their over regulated economies ala Trump, they continue along their same old path of self destruction. They trade their soul by dealing with obvious enemies like Iran rather than stand on any ethical principles. They are on the way to World War III and our only hope is a strong leader to make their decisions for them.

3 years ago

Most of the male EU leaders wear a Kotex and the EU female leadership, a jock strap, no spine, no forethought, only think of themselves today only. They will always want to lean on the US to bail them out, but support the A team? Oh no, that would not be politically expeditious for them. Bunch of Neville Chamberlain appeasers they are.

Alfonso Bedoya
3 years ago
Reply to  Roz

Interesting: Ask the first person you meet on the street who Neville Chamberlain was, and you will be met with a blank stare……especially from a Millennial or other similar young group.

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