Trump Has Designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist Group. It’s About Time.

The Daily Signal | 4/10/2019 | Staff
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President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization. It’s about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn’t.

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In a statement, the president said, “The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflict across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies.”

This is not exactly breaking news, but Trump has applied the right label to behavior that defines terrorism. It is the first time, says the White House, that the United States has designated part of another government a foreign terrorist organization.

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The administration’s goal is to “increase the financial pressure and isolation of Iran and deprive the regime of resources it uses for its terrorist activities.”

One wishes the U.S. could recover the $400 million sent to Iran by the Obama administration in what appeared to be ransom for four Americans held hostage by the regime. It was money that likely is being used to subsidize Iran’s worldwide terrorist activities.

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The Trump administration also charges Iran with operating what appear to be legitimate businesses, but are actually fronts for accomplishing Iran’s terrorist goals. Something they might have picked up from the mafia.

Memories can fade quickly, so a recounting of just some of Iran’s terrorist activities over the years might help focus the mind and add justification for the administration’s action.

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When the shah of Iran was forced out in 1979 with the assistance of the Carter administration, the religious leadership that replaced him established the Revolutionary Guard, ostensibly to promote government social policy. It quickly became...
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