The deal between the Biden administration and Qatar to freeze the notorious $6 billion that was given to Iran in exchange for prisoners has been called into question. After defending its choice for days, the White House said that the money was not transferable and could not be used to fund terrorists.
It looks like the flood of complaints won in the end, as this quick change of heart shows. CBS News and The Washington Post both said the story was true.
Many people have pointed out that Iran has a long history of backing terrorists and that they could spend their own money on that goal even if they only got some money indirectly. This is good news for those people. There are a lot of reasons to think that Hamas did not have the money to invade Israel on its own. Iran has said it supports the killings that happened, but it has denied having any direct participation.
Now we get to the main question this news raises. If the government didn’t have direct evidence that Iran helped plan and pay for the Hamas killings, would it have changed its mind? Given how well they’ve protected the release of the $6 billion up until now, I’m not sure. Something must have changed behind the scenes. It’s possible, maybe even likely.
Having Qatar take part is even more telling. Even though Qatar is supposed to be a partner or at least a nice country, it has been supporting Hamas and working with Iran to hurt U.S. interests for decades. There must be more going on than just a quick change of heart if the Qataris decided to help freeze the funds in question.
No matter what, every dollar that isn’t given to Iran and its “supreme leader” isn’t used to fund attacks against Israel and the other nations of the world. The government should get some credit for that, even though they shouldn’t have given out the money in the first place. We’ll have to wait until the next White House press meeting to see how this is played down.
Author: Steven Sinclaire