U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley…. tore into Iran’s alleged use of child soldiers on Thursday and accused the regime of “crony terrorism.” “The use of child soldiers is a moral outrage that every civilized nation rejects while Iran celebrates it”
The training of and use of children is routine among jihadists, and it should lead to international outrage, especially from human rights groups, but it is largely ignored. This is because of the two-tier international system that judges Muslims in a different way from how everybody else is judged. The world is submitting to the Sharia provision that Islam must not be criticized, no matter how abusive Sharia is to its victims.
Kudos to Nikki Haley for raising this issue on the international stage. She does so on the heels of another report from MEMRI:
On “Sacred Defense Week,” commemorating the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian TV featured a children’s show in which young children were taken to a military base and shown various military vehicles and weapons. The video includes a song in which the children praise their fathers’ willingness to wage Jihad and die as martyrs, singing: “My dad’s hope is to be a role model and sacrifice himself in the path of God.” The show aired on Iran’s Channel 2 on September 26, 2018.
“Haley rips into Iran’s ‘crony terrorism,’ use of child soldiers in fiery return to Security Council,” by Adam Shaw, Fox News, October 18, 2018:
UNITED NATIONS – U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, returning to the Security Council for the first time since she announced her intention to step down earlier this month, tore into Iran’s alleged use of child soldiers on Thursday and accused the regime of “crony terrorism.”
“The use of child soldiers is a moral outrage that every civilized nation rejects while Iran celebrates it,” she said in remarks to the chamber.
Her remarks came two days after the Treasury announced sanctions against a network of businesses and financial institutions linked to the Basij Resistance Force — a wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard which the U.S. says uses child soldiers.
Haley accused Iran of using Basij to recruit children to fight in Syria, including Afghan immigrants as young as 14-years-old. She said the group’s funding comes from “multibillion dollar business interests operating in Iran’s automotive, mining, metals and banking industries.”
“Iran’s economy is increasingly devoted to funding Iranian repression at home and aggression abroad. In this case, Iranian big business and finance are funding the war crime of using child soldiers,” she said. “This is crony terrorism.”
The U.S. pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, and has re-imposed a number of economic sanctions on the regime — a move that has encountered resistance from a number of European leaders in particular who believe in the agreement. In November, the U.S. intends to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports.
In her remarks, Haley described the sanctions against Iran as “broad and deep — and for good reason” and promised that the U.S. would do all it could to reverse the flow of international money into Iran.
“Any company or individual that does business with this Iranian network is complicit in sending children to die on the battlefields of Syria and elsewhere,” she said……