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The murder of the [Iranian] electrician on Hendrik Marsmanstraat, for all that it was a tragedy for his family and an infringement of Dutch sovereignty, may well prove to be merely a fleeting glimpse into the brutal world of realpolitik.—Guardian newspaper
In the Middle East, there’s no mercy for the weak. Only the strong survive. The constant cultivation of our strength is a necessary condition of our existence. It is also a necessary condition for achieving peace with our neighbors.—Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel
In the Iran of my childhood, “God” took the form of judicial amputations, floggings, scowling ayatollahs and secret police. As I entered pubescence, I was first puzzled, then repelled by the double lives led by people under an Islamist regime. My parents, our friends and relatives - they all had to profess one set of values in public (to keep their heads, naturally) while they lived very different lives behind closed doors. If God required this hypocrisy, then I wanted nothing to do with him.—Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post
The left’, or to be fair the voices that dominate the far left in politics and culture, became a regressive force after the Cold War. Its leaders allied with and excused regimes that were the enemies of socialism, feminism and liberalism: Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, Milosevic’s Serbia, Putin’s Russia, and Hamas and other clerical fascist versions of Islam.—Nick Cohen
While Prince Reza believes that receiving financial aid from foreign governments is not justifiable and against his interest, the opposition groups campaigning against the Islamic Republic may make their own decision on the case.—response to letter addressed to President Trump
If you are finding all this discomfiting, you are not alone. Somehow we have managed to produce a situation where democratically elected politicians are threatening substantial harm to their own countries as a bargaining tactic. The tactic is credible because accidents happen. At least we can comfort ourselves that long-range bombers are not involved.—Tim Hartford, FT
They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.—Rashida Tlaib
Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it, but get to the other side of that wall.—Donald Trump in 2004
Today, EU issued its first sanctions against the Iranian regime since the Iran deal, and the Netherlands disclosed that Iran directed the assassinations of two Dutch nationals in 2015 and 2017. This follows Denmark and France foiling two Iranian terrorist attacks in 2018.—Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State
"He calls us fake news all the time, but needs access to airwaves and cable pipes to deliver his false narrative."—A TV executive
During the first days of my detainment I was punched, kicked, beaten, and tortured nearly to death without a word of explanation and for no reason at all.—Ismail Bakhshi, Iran labor activist
“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally, they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer part of Russia because of Afghanistan.”—tRump
Reza Shah was first Iranian monarch in 1400 years to pay respect to the Jews by praying in the synagogue when visiting the Jewish community of Isfahan; an act that...made Reza Shah their second most respected Iranian leader after Cyrus the Great. —Miriam Memarsadeghi, co-founder/co-director Tavaana
Iran plans to fire off Space Launch Vehicles with virtually same technology as ICBMs. The launch will advance its missile program. US, France, UK & Germany have already stated this is in defiance of UNSCR 2231. We won't stand by while the regime threatens international security.—Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State
Iran is pulling people out of Syria, but they can frankly do whatever they want there.—President Trump
When did we say we want to annihilate Israel? Find one person that has said so. Nobody has said that.—Seyed Mohammad-Javad Zarif Khansari
Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it. —Woody Allen
Why doesn’t Trita Parsi say anything about his close ties to this so-called “Iranian Ambassador”? For some time now several EU MP’s have said this guy is a terrorist agent working for Iran. Trita please tell us about how Javad Zarif brought the 2 of you together in 2007?—Saman Arbabi
I commend PM Edi Rama’s expulsion of two Iranian agents who plotted terrorist attacks in Albania. European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year alone. The world must stand together to sanction Iran’s regime until it changes its destructive behavior.—Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State
All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the National Security Adviser to the President of the United States. That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably you sold your country out. I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for your criminal offense.—Judge Sullivan admonishing Michael Flynn

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