Well, everybody in the regime in Iran is celebrating. You don’t see too many celebrations in Iran, do you? Yet, they are celebrating; even as everybody in France and the United Kingdom and the rest of the free world is angry. Here in the U.S., we don’t have much bipartisan concern. And a consensus has emerged that this hollow agreement was a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States. Republicans are saying that; Democrats are saying that.
Are we going to learn anything from history or are we destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again?
One thing that shouldn’t happen is to link a willingness to negotiate with the Iranian regime with abandoning our promises to the people of Camp Liberty. These two things are not connected. But I fear that the State Department thinks these two things are connected. They believe that fighting too hard to protect the people of Liberty will undermine these negotiations. Indeed, on Dec. 26, another deadly missile attack on Camp Liberty which left three residents dead and more than 50 wounded, drew praise from the State Department for Iraq’s help to treat the wounded, instead of holding Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accountable for complicity in the assault or failing to protect the residents.
We must not abandon these innocent people being slaughtered in Iraq by a government that is under the yoke of Tehran.
We must keep the promise that we made almost 10 years ago to protect these people and to get them out of Camp Liberty and into countries where they will be safe and can work to free their homeland.
Rudy Giuliani was New York City mayor from 1994 to 2001.