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Lawmakers Slam German President for Lauding Iran’s Islamic Revolution

Lawmakers Slam German President for Lauding Iran’s Islamic Revolution

President Steinmeier: “Germany will do everything in its power” to save the Iran Deal.

German lawmakers have criticized the country’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for sending a congratulatory message to the Iranian regime on the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
“In the name of my fellow countrymen, I send you my heartiest greetings on the national holiday of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” President Steinmeier wrote in a telegram uncovered by the German newspaper Bild on Thursday. On February 11, 1979, Shi’a Islamist followers of Ayatollah Khomeini toppled the Iranian monarchy in a bloody coup, turning the country into a Sharia-run theocracy.

“Furthermore, Germany will do everything in its power to guarantee the maintenance and continued implementation of the JCPOA [nuclear deal],” German President promised his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. “The bilateral relations between countries are traditionally close,” he added, calling for an “intensive nurturing” of “dialogue between Iran and Germany, as well as European partners.”

Nikolas Löbel, a member of parliament from Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), called President’s move “totally inappropriate” and condemning him for sending the “message of congratulation to Israel’s mortal enemy.”

“I was surprised by the congratulatory

, specially when one takes note of the fact how the country has devolved since this revolution,” said Alexander Radwan, member of parliament for the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU). “Shall we now assume that countries like Saudi Arabia and North Korea will also receive such greetings in our name?”

Frank Müller-Rosentritt, a foreign policy expert for the center-right Free Democrats (FDP), criticized President’s congratulatory note to a regime, adding that: “For our friends in Israel, who are subject to Iran’s permanent threats of annihilation, this must feel like a slap in the face.”

The Bild disclosed the content of the telegram sent by the German president on Thursday:

On the 40th anniversary of that day, friendly greetings from Berlin arrived in Tehran by telegram: the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (63), sends “Congratulations” on the occasion of the national holiday, “also in the name of my compatriots”.

Germany will continue to do “everything in its power to guarantee the maintenance and continued implementation of the JCPOA,” the German President promised Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani (70).

Not a word of criticism concerning Tehran’s murderous attacks in Europe or its billions for financing terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Instead, the telegram praises the bilateral relations and promises to “intensely maintain” the dialogue. Only together, is it possible to “overcome the crises and conflicts”, wrote the President.

To conclude, he encouraged the regime “to also listen to the critical voices in your country”. A suggestion that seems absurd given the thousands of political detainees in torture prisons, including human rights lawyers, journalists, and environmental activists.

“It’s a bad state of affairs if the President of a democratic country like Germany congratulates a regime that disenfranchises women and has killed so many people,” exiled Iranian dissident Mina Ahadi told. the Bild. “This ‘dialogue’ that Steinmeier talks about has existed for 40 years, but what has it achieved? What does Steinmeier want to tell the relatives of the young homosexual man who was executed in January? Or the people who are being persecuted because of their protest against the regime?” she added.

“President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has congratulated the Iranian regime in the name of “his people” on 40 years of prosecution of dissidents, oppression of women and minorities, hatred against the Jews and Israel? Not in our name!” the youth wing of the German-Israeli Society (DIG) wrote on Twitter.

German President’s message to Tehran is very much in line with the diplomatic stance taken by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. German Chancellor is spearheading a European campaign to defy US sanctions on Iran. With active support from France and Germany, the European Union has unveiled a non-dollar trading mechanism, also known as the Special Purpose Vehicle, to protect European companies and financial institutions engaged in sanctions-busting with Tehran.

Unswayed by diplomatic pressure from Berlin and Brussels, Washington stands by its policy to isolate and weaken the regime in Tehran. “I think Iran is a threat. I think I did a great thing when I terminated the ridiculous Iran nuclear deal. It was a horrible one-sided deal,” President Donald Trump reiterated recently.

German president’s congratulatory telegram comes to light at a time when the country’s military and intelligence services are uncovering an elaborate network of Iranian spy. Last month, the German army caught a spy working in its ranks working for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. “The Federal Prosecutor is presently investigating several espionage cases involving Iranian spy service, the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt disclosed recently, citing official German sources. According to Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, around 950 members of the Iran-sponsored Hezbollah Islamist militia are operating in the country.

Despite unconditional diplomatic support from Germany and the EU in wake of the nuclear deal, Tehran made no efforts to hide its hostile intents towards Europe and the West in general. According to the Dutch intelligence services, the Iranian regime has carried at least four terror plots on European soil since signing the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Ignoring the pleas of the freedom-loving people of Iran, the German government is busy shielding the regime from U.S. sanction and appeasing the Mullahs in Tehran.


[Cover image: Screenshot from the Bild Zeitung] [Excerpt from the German president’s telegram and local newspapers reports translated by the author]

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Comments

Hmmm..Germany and Iran (Persian Empire) are allies. Where have we seen this in history?

    Edward in reply to Merlin01. | February 25, 2019 at 9:34 am

    It would appear that “Germany” is not being represented by the German President, no matter his claim to represent the sentiments of all Germans.

    Of course it really isn’t fair to castigate Herr Steinmeier, he’s only doing what his Mutti tells him to do.

Somewhat rough translations:

Wenn Jüdinnen und Juden in Europa wieder Angst haben, ist das beschämend für uns alle. Jeder einzelne Angriff auf sie ist auch eine Attacke auf unsere liberale Demokratie. Jüdisches Leben müssen wir als unverdientes Geschenk betrachten und alles tun, um es bei uns zu schützen.

If Jews in Europe are afraid again, that is shameful for us all. Every single attack on them is also an attack on our liberal democracy. We have to regard Jewish life as an undeserved gift and do everything we can to protect it.

Wir alles müssen gegen den Antisemitismus in Europa kämpfen.

We all must fight Antisemitism in Europe.

JusticeDelivered | February 25, 2019 at 9:41 am

How long before German citizens are subjected to a Muslim revolution, and then we will not be able to tell the difference between life in Iran and Germany?

Time to get out of NATO and let them defend themselves. If Germany was more worried about Russian tanks they would have no time for this kind of foolishness.

4th armored div | February 25, 2019 at 9:57 am

NATO is supposed to protect Europe against what threat ?
certainly not the caliphate.

US out of UN and NATO – if they won’t even pay for their own protection.

if the USA has to fight for the 3rd time in Europe then after we win, we must treat them as a conquered people

    View our remaining in multi-national organizations (particularly the UN), albeit with a much reduced contribution level, as an intelligent form of self-defense. There’s no limit to the mischief the nations involved would get up to, to our detriment, should their “minder”* be removed.

    * The US obviously. I contemplated “babysitter” as more appropriate but some are at an adolescent level of behavior

I think for the German president, it is de javu all over again. He sees Germany 79 years ago in Iran and hopes for a different outcome. Sorry Heinz, the results will be the same. When you oppress your citizens and rule with an iron fist, the results are always the same.

JusticeDelivered | February 25, 2019 at 11:11 am

rather than allowing Muslims into America, we should be taking in the cream of Europe.

    4th armored div in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 25, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    cream ?

    the elites are getting their payoffs –
    the smart are aware of the islamization and are already leaving – the ones that remain are content to be 2nd class citizens.
    after the various muslem killings one would have to be
    dumb, deaf and blind not to react.

    Germany, in particular should be sensitive to open borders.

This shows that Germany is preparing for the near future when Muslims rule.

a regime that disenfranchises women

Wait, when did they start doing that?

Tom Kratman’s SF novel edges ever closer to reality.

Germany has a president?

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