The fight against the Iran nuclear deal is continuing, this time with a bill in Congress which would make the current Iranian regime – the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism – pay back the families of its American victims before any sanctions on it were lifted.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and is known as the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (or H.R 3457). It requires Iran to pay over $40 billion in court judgments, most of which comes from lawsuits brought in connection to the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon. The bombing, which killed 241 servicemen, was the deadliest day for the U.S. Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
American investigations found terrorists backed by Iran and Syria were likely responsible, and one terrorist leader was indicted in federal court. But instead of going to court, that terrorist leader went on to join Hezbollah – a group dedicated to the destruction of Israel and consistently backed by Iran. And Iran has never admitted responsibility or paid a dime to the victims of the horrific attack.
In passing this bill, House Republicans finally voted to change that. The bill declares that “the President may not waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit” sanctions” until he has “certified to the Congress that the Government of Iran has paid each judgment against Iran.”
President Obama, predictably, opposes this accountability for sponsors of terror.