Why is Merkel Protecting Iran's Terror Bank?
1:21 PM, Sep 8, 2010 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The FDP is the party of small businessmen and its voting base relies on many of the German engineering firms active in Iran (and ostensibly connected with the EIH). All of this means that when Westerwelle gave the green light for fellow FDP-member and MP Rainer Stinner to take a trip to Iran in August to strengthen bilateral ties with the rogue nation, at a time when the international community was seeking to isolate Iran's clerical rulers, the writing is plainly on the wall. Germany is engaging in high intensity appeasement with a regime that is moving at an astonishingly fast pace to obtain nuclear weapons.
How can the U.S. influence a change in the Merkel administration's overtly cordial behavior toward Iran? The U.S State Department and Congress have an amazing opportunity to investigate, and when necessary, sanction German firms active in Iran. Take the example of the German engineering and steel giant ThyssenKrupp, in which 4.5 percent of the company's stocks are in the hands of the Iranian government. ThyssenKrupp's activity in Iran's energy sector is likely to be a violation of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.
There are no shortage of German engineering firms—including the global company Linde—contributing to sustaining Iran's energy sector and military apparatus.
Plainly, Merkel's efforts to stop Iran's nuclear proliferation and the mullahs' brutal repression of the Iranian pro-democracy movement has to be as important as her defense of Kurt Westergaard's right to draw and satirize radical Islam .
Benjamin Weinthal is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies