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Biden should not sign a deal with Iran to protect the world from danger

In a powerful speech saturday in poland, President Joe Biden described the war in Ukraine as a unique struggle for democracy, freedom and the destiny of the free world.

This is precisely why he must not re-enter the nuclear deal with Iran which would be catastrophic in every respect for the cause of world peace and stability.

Biden said the fight against the Russians President Vladimir Putin and “the darkness that fuels autocracy” will not be easy, but must be “fought for the flame of liberty that lights up the souls of free men everywhere”.

His tone was spot on. This conflict is much greater than russia vs ukraine, this is a battle in the broader global war between democracy and autocracy.

Since the beginning of the war, the United States and Europe have inevitably imposed themselves tough sanctions against Russia and provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in aid and advanced weaponry. It is time to tighten the noose around the Kremlin. A Russian victory would set the West back in our mission to ensure the sustainability of democracy around the world.

But another nuclear deal would also sabotage Western interests and allow two rogue powers to join forces against America Russia uses Iran for lifting Western-imposed sanctions in exchange for Russia helping Iran do the same.

It just strains the credulity of the United States impose debilitating sanctions against Putin over Ukraine, while at the same time striking a deal with Russia and another undemocratic state – Iran – that includes holey sanctions, provides those two countries with billions of dollars and creates a framework that allows Iran to become a nuclear power to become, and thus further jeopardizes the free world.

In early March, Iran claimed responsibility for launching ballistic missiles near the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq.
In early March, Iran claimed responsibility for launching ballistic missiles near the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq.
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The original 2015 deal – which eased Iran sanctions exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program – was fatally flawed. It was a victory for Iran and its allies and a major setback for America and the West. And now, amid an unprecedented level of international instability, it is clear that a deal in 2022 would be even worse and have catastrophic consequences.

The original deal famously involved a large cash payment to Iran. Given the current closeness between Iran and Russia, the United States is in no way able to offer Iran any economic stimulus if its main partner faces sanctions for a brutal invasion.

The 2015 agreement was full of holes. It failed to address Iran’s ballistic missile program, which allowed Tehran to build and build freely test deadly weapons.

And it was all but impossible for the United States to know the full details of the Iranian nuclear program and whether Tehran adhered to the guidelines of the agreement. Instead of forcing Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons, the deal merely forced Tehran to become more covert.

Israeli mourners attend the funeral of Avishai Yehezkel, one of five people killed in yesterday's shooting attack in the religious town of Bnei Brak, on March 30, 2022.
Israel’s security will be jeopardized if Iran is able to return nuclear weapons.
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The sunset clauses of the deal were also problematic. Even if Iran does comply with the deal again, the terms are already expiring and will end entirely after 2030, after which Iranians can recover their nuclear program on a possibly even larger scale.

The problems don’t end here. The Restored Deal would fund terrorism in the Middle East and further destabilize the region. His sanctions relaxation would bring the rogue state tens of billions of dollars – some of which will go to Tehran Bashar al-Assad murderous Syrian regimes and terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

To that end, the deal also endangers Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, in a way that threatens Israel’s security the Jewish state and by Jews worldwide.

Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, remains in Iran’s nuclear crosshairs. A new deal would not only legitimize Iran’s nuclear ambitions – which would limit Israel’s ability to make important decisions regarding its own national security – but would also make terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas a nuclear shield under which they would be free to wage war against Israel.

Ultimately, the Biden administration’s desperate and misguided efforts to Deal hands over Russia, Iran and other rogue states are winning, directly endangering America and the West. It must change course.

If the United States stands for it Regime change in Russia — as Biden indicated in his speech on Saturday and a follow-up with reporters days later — we should certainly advocate similar policies for Iran, where the mullahs lack popular support, the economy is in free fall, and it is in Protests have been frequent in the past a few years.

Take a page from your speech in Poland, Mr President. Call Russia and Iran, don’t help, if you want to advance the cause of freedom and improve the chances of democracy emerging wherever possible.

Douglas Schoen is a founder and partner of Schoen Cooperman Research, a polling and consulting firm whose past clients include President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Andrew Stein is a past president of the New York City Council.

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