By: Vahid Jafarian
US House of Representative on Thursday passed a bill that would require Iran to pay an estimated $43 billion to victims of terrorism before the U.S. government would unfreeze Iranian government assets under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),
US courts have issued verdicts against Iran over the years, calling for Tehran to pay reparations to the victims of alleged terrorist attacks such as 1983 Beirut barracks bombing and Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
According to the reports issued by US Congress, Iran should pay $43 billion dollars to the victims of such terrorist attacks.
This bill, entitled as “Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act 2015”, was originally proposed by those Republicans who were defeated in Iran deal debate.
But notwithstanding the US claims over the last decades that Iran has been involved in various terrorist attacks against American forces and its allies in numerous regions of the world, Washington has never offered any valid documents to prove Iranian role in such attacks.
Islamic Republic of Iran, of course, did not pay any attention to such claims which apparently have political bias, rejecting all of them.
The most obvious evidence confirming the tendentiousness of such claims is that they are proposed by US Congress. US Administration, which was a pioneer in making such claims especially before nuclear deal with Iran, has recently remained silent to protect its interests. In contrast, US Congress, whose interests are at odds with Iran deal, has tried to find an aperture to kill any deal with Iran.
On the contrary, Iran, which is in fact a real victim of terrorism, should not be recognized as a ‘debtor’ but a ‘creditor’.
The 8-years war between Iran and Iraq, supported by the United States and its allies, had nothing but thousands of departed bodies and billions of damages for Iran.
According to United Nations estimates, US-backed Iraq should pay around $1000 billion dollars as reparations to Iran, while even one dollar has not paid back to Iran yet.
Iran was tolerant towards post-Saddam Iraq and has condoned for a while. But it does not mean that US, supporter of for Saddam in the war against Tehran, makes such false allegations against Iran and accuses the country of “state sponsor of terrorism.”
Of course, all damages caused during the war against Iran are not physical. Although the physical damages might be cured one day, the psychological damages that Iranians have suffered from US actions over 60 years ago, are not curable and measurable.
Some of these psychological damages include 1953 Iranian coup d’état, Iran Air Flight 655, and damages to the families of victims Iran-Iraq war.
Finally, it seems ironic that US, which has not made reparation to Iran for all its crimes yet, pushes Iran to compensate for the victims of alleged terrorist attacks. Such allegations are not internationally legitimate.