A hypothetical question: Suppose the Islamic State wanted to buy some American airplanes, and promised not to use them to support terrorists. Would you be OK with that? I’m guessing not.
Now suppose that the Islamic Republic of Iran wanted to buy some American airplanes, and promised not to use them to support terrorists. This question is not hypothetical. This is something Tehran very much wants and President Obama is eager to provide. Are you OK with that?
Mr. Obama might argue that the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic are very different. I’d say, yes and no. For example, the Islamic State is a terrorist entity. The Islamic Republic, as the U.S. government acknowledges, is the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism.
The Islamic State slaughters Christians and Yazidis. The Islamic Republic persecutes Baha’i but tolerates Christians -- so long as they accept second-class status. Both the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic execute members of what they don’t call the LGBT community.
Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, has the intention, if not yet the capability, to bring “death” to America and Israel. The same is true of Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Supporters of the Islamic State have murdered dozens of Americans in America (while also slitting the throats of several in Syria). Iranian-backed Shia militias have murdered hundreds of Americans in Iraq and Lebanon (though an Iranian attempt to blow up a Washington, D.C. restaurant in 2011 failed).