Billy Grahams letter to the new president of Iran asking for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini

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“Dear President Rouhani,

I have been watching with great concern about the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who is currently a prisoner in your country. He was in Iran working to build an orphanage when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison. His situation has been receiving an increasingly high level of attention in the United States. Unfortunately this publicity has been entirely negative for Iran, with the belief that the primary reason for Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment was because of his Christian faith.

As you may know, as a religious leader I have often spoken (both publicly and also privately with your national leadership) about the need for greater understanding and peace among the nations of the world. As you come to the United States this week for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it is my sincere hope that ways may be found to reduce the current tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The announcement on Monday that your country has freed 80 political prisoners is very encouraging. I fear, however, that the current publicity surrounding the continued imprisonment of Pastor Abedini, and American citizen, may further harm the already fragile relationship that presently exists between our two nations.

On Sept. 26, the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment, thousands will attend prayer vigils in more than 70 U.S. cities, calling on your country to release this husband, father and servant of God. I join them by respectfully asking you to release Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions.

Respectfully yours,

Billy Graham”

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The Other September 11 Anniversary: Remembering Benghazi

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. (Photo: Newscom)

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. (Photo: Newscom)

While official commemorations of September 11, 2001, are going on and Americans continue to grieve and honor the lives lost 12 years ago, those who lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago today must not be forgotten. This day also marks the anniversary of the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods.

The U.S. went to war against al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban government that sponsored them just one month after the attacks on New York and Washington. Yet, one full year after Benghazi, a multitude of questions remain about the circumstances of the deaths of these four brave Americans, and to date no retaliation has taken place, no one brought to justice. No one at the State Department, which failed to offer them sufficient protection for their mission, has been held to account.

“Our moral obligation is to defend and protect Americans,” said former Congressman Allen West (R–FL), speaking at The Heritage Foundation’s event “Benghazi: Another Tragic September 11 Anniversary.” “If we don’t, we will be a lesser nation.” Despite the efforts of five congressional committees to unearth the facts of Benghazi, numerous questions remain, and a subsequent investigation of embassy security indicates that the deficiencies that led to Benghazi have still not been fixed.

We still do not know what Stevens was doing in Benghazi on September 11—with minimal security on a day when the risk of attacks on Americans was especially high. We have not heard from most of the State Department employees, the security staff, or the CIA personnel posted to Benghazi about their firsthand accounts of the attack. As Steve Bucci, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, noted yesterday, we still do not know why the strong military ethos of not leaving any American behind was overruled and military action aborted.

Nor, as Johns Hopkins professor Mary Habeck noted, do we even fully understand who the enemy is or what motivates him. Contrary to the law-and-order approach to terrorism adopted by the Obama Administration, Habeck argued, al-Qaeda aspires to a global insurgency and is not simply dedicated to toppling individual governments in the Middle East and North Africa. Therefore, the U.S. and its diplomatic posts and military facilities continue to be targets.

As we mourn those who fell 12 years ago and those who died in Benghazi one year ago today, this country should renew its moral resolve. President Obama now argues the moral case for intervening against the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons. One year ago, the moral case to come to the defense of Americans under attack was not a top priority—but it should have been.

 

Article: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/11/the-other-september-11-anniversary-remembering-benghazi/

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Bob Dornan comments after September 11th 2001

“On a clear, beautiful September morning in 2001 our American family was savagely attacked by Islamic assassins murdering thousands of us…parents embracing their children on airlines, young stewardesses cut down while blocking cockpit doors, pilots slashed while strapped helpless in their seats, thousands of citizens just like us at work sipping their first coffee burned alive then crushed or vaporized with 415 incredibly brave rescuers slaughtered trying to reach the unreachable victims.

Those heroes sacrificed their lives while “in uniform” just like our military heroes in the Middle East today and for months to come. All of us, or at least most of us, felt on September 11, 2001 that our lives had changed forever. A resolute President Bush forcefully proclaimed that we were fully engaged in a “War on Terror”. How soon some have forgotten all that “worse then Pearl Harbor” horror. I was hosting my live national program that painful morning reporting every terror strike as they happened. ” ….

“For over thousand years marauding Islamic warriors tried to conquer the known world. Then in 1683 A.D. after a two month siege of Vienna with the conquest of all Europe in the balance, Polish Calvary led by a 72 year old prince destroyed the Muslim forces on “September 11th”. Osama picked that very date to strike America 318 years later. For three centuries the Muslim’s assaults were bloody but confined to piracy, the Balkans and genocide of 1,500,000 Armenians while Europe typically turned its back. Now starting in the 1980’s with increasing ferocity the dark side of Islamic expansionism has returned with a jealous vengeance and gone inter-continental.” -Bob Dornan

Bob Dornan comments after September 11th 2001

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