Don't Be So Quick to Do Business with Iran

(Wall Street Journal) Rep. Peter J. Roskam - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is currently on an international tour to convey a simple message to the West: The Islamic Republic is open for business. Employees, shareholders and executives at firms considering entering the Iranian market should not be tempted. If you wouldn't do business with Islamic State, you shouldn't do business with the Islamic Republic. Iran isn't simply an emerging market with untapped potential. It's also the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. It's the patron and partner of Bashar Assad in the slaughter of innocents in Syria. Iran is a dangerous geopolitical foe led by a cult of extremists hell-bent on Western civilization's annihilation. It should not be considered open for business. I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining additional means, financial or otherwise, to bolster its support for terrorism. My colleagues and I will use all the tools at our disposal to name and shame the individuals and businesses that pursue short-term profit at the expense of innocent lives. These companies will need to choose between doing business with the U.S. and doing business with Iran. The writer is chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2016-04-01 00:00:00

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