CAN WE LIVE WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN?

Iran's Record

Why Containment is an Unreliable Policy:
The Record of the Iranian Regime

The Islamic Republic of Iran was established through a revolutionary ousting of the sitting government in 1979. Iran's leaders believe that the Mahdi, or Messiah, will return in human form and conquer the world in an apocalyptic battle.[1]
(See point 1a on the front page.)

The following timeline highlights key events in the Iranian regime's history which show how far it is willing to go to achieve its goals.

1979 - Present: Commits countless, severe human rights violations.
1979 - Present: Executes 4,000 members of the LGBT community.[2]
1979 - 1982: Executes approximately 4,000 political opponents.[3]
1980s: Takes 139 people hostage, including 69 American, 15 French, 14 British, 7 Swiss, and 7 West German citizens.[4]
1980 - 1988: Uses child soldiers to clear minefields by stepping on mines during the Iran-Iraq war. [5] Iranian officials claim there were 36,000 "child martyrs" during the war. [6]
1983: April: Commits suicide attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut: 63 killed, 17 Americans.[7]

October: Commits suicide attack on U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut: 241 Americans killed [8] (highest number of U.S. Marine casualties in one day since World War II).[9]

October: Commits suicide attack on French peacekeepers in Beirut: 58 killed. [10]
1984: April: Attacks a restaurant near a U.S. Air Force base in Spain: 18 U.S. soldiers killed, 83 injured. [11]

September: Attacks the U.S. embassy annex in Beirut: 24 killed. [12]
1988: Executes 5,000 people, many of them political prisoners, after "show trials."[13]
1992: March: Attacks the Israeli embassy in Argentina: 29 killed.[14]

September: Assassinates Iranian Kurdish leaders in Germany: 4 killed. [15]
1994: July: Attacks a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires: 86 killed. [16]
1996: June: Attacks the U.S. military facility of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia: 19 killed, 372 injured.[17]
2000 - Present: Helps Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist organizations carry out hundreds of terrorist attacks and fire thousands of rockets against civilians in Israel. [18]
2003 - Present: Provides financial and material support to insurgents who killed thousands of NATO troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. [19]
2005: Creates the "Lovers of Martyrdom" organization to train men and women to carry out attacks against the "enemies of Islam." An estimated 52,000 people reportedly join the group. [20]
2011: Plots to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. The plot is thwarted. [21]
2012: January: Commits attempted attack on Israelis in Azerbaijan: Thwarted. [22]

February: Attacks Israeli diplomats in New Delhi: 4 injured. [23]

February: Commits attempted attack on the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia: Thwarted. [24]

February: Commits attempted attack on Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, Thailand: Fails.[25]

March: Plots to attack Western and Israeli embassies and companies in Azerbaijan: Thwarted. [26]

Babak Sarfaraz, "The Hidden Imam and His Cult," PBS, July 25, 2010

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2010/07/mahdi-slideshow.html
BBC News, "Gay Iranian Deportation Review," March 13, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7294908.stm
Amnesty International, "Iran executions send a chilling message," March 30, 2010

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/iran-executions-send-chilling-message-2010-03-30
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
Matthias Kuntzel, "Ahmadinejad's Demons," New Republic, April 24, 2006

http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/ahmadinejads-demons
Dave Siavashi, "Brainwashing Children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools," Iran News Now, November 12, 2009

http://www.irannewsnow.com/2009/11/brainwashing-children-basij-militia-to-be-established-in-6000-elementary-schools
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
Department of Defense, "Beirut Barracks Bombing 26th Anniversary," n.d.

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2008/1008_beirut
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
Amnesty International, "Iran executions send a chilling message," March 30, 2010

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/iran-executions-send-chilling-message-2010-03-30
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
JRoya Hakakian, "The End of the Dispensable Iranian," Spiegel, April 10, 2007

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,476369,00.html;

Yossi Melman, "Israel fails to prevent Germany freeing Iranian," Haaretz, October 11, 2007

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-fails-to-prevent-germany-freeing-iranian-1.230848
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
FBI, "Terrorism charges have been brought against 13 members of the pro-Iran Saudi Hizballah," June 20, 2001

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/terrorism-charges-have-been-brought-against-13-members-of-the-pro-iran-saudi-hizballah
The Israel Project: "Iran: Leading State Sponsor of Terror Across the Globe," n.d.

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/c.hsJPK0PIJpH/b.2060919/k.753D/Iran_Leading_State_Sponsor_of_Terror.htm
Ed O'Keefe and Joby Warrick, "Weapons prove Iranian role in Iraq, U.S. says," Washington Post, July 5, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/war-zones/weapons-prove-iranian-role-in-iraq-us-says/2011/07/05/gHQAUnkmzH_story.html

AFP, "Iran arms Afghan insurgents: NATO," AsiaOne, February 28, 2011

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/World/Story/A1Story20110228-265792.html
The Israel Project, "Fact Sheet: Iran-Leading State Sponsor of Terror," n.d.

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=883997&ct=2925619#6
Department of Justice: "Two Men Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States," October 11, 2011

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/October/11-ag-1339.html
AP, "Did Iran plot to kill Israelis in Azerbaijan?" CBS News, February 21, 2012

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57382023/did-iran-plot-to-kill-israelis-in-azerbaijan/
YNet News, "Delhi Police: Iran agents behind blast that wounded Israeli," March 13, 2012

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4202224,00.html
Herb Keinon, Gil Hoffman, and Jpost Staff, "Netanyahu: Iran is behind attacks on Israeli embassies," Jerusalem Post, February 13, 2012

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=257633
Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana, "Iranian Bombing Suspects 'Targeted' Israelis, Thai Police Say," Bloomberg, February 15, 2012

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-15/iranian-bombing-suspects-targeted-israelis-thai-police-say.html
Lada Yevgrashina, "Azerbaijan arrests 22 suspected of spying for Iran," Reuters, March 14, 2012

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/14/azerbaijan-iran-arrests-idUSL5E8EE43820120314