Despite a lousy economy and busted budget, Iran’s “parliament” still finds a way to allocate $20 million to foreign Islamic militants. Hezbollah and Hamas are the likeliest beneficiaries. From the Associated Press:
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament passed a law on Sunday earmarking $20 million to support militant groups opposing the West and investigate alleged U.S. and British plots against the Islamic Republic.
The legislation is widely seen as a response to Western criticism of Iran’s violent crackdown against protesters following the disputed June presidential election. Lawmakers started debating the outline of the bill in August when Iran’s hardline leaders were fending off allegations that security forces had tortured opposition activists detained during the demonstrations.
The text of the legislation says the money is to “support progressive currents that resist illegal activities by the governments of the U.S. and Britain.” Iranian officials often use such terms to describe militant groups.
It was not immediately clear which groups would receive funding from Iran, but Tehran already backs the Islamic militants Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The bill also taps funds to “confront plots and unjust restrictions” by the Washington and London against Tehran and to disclose “human rights abuses by the two countries.”
There’s your Islamic Republic for you. Don’t help your suffering people or small businesses. Just spend all your money on proxy wars in Yemen, uranium enrichment, sharia bank investments, and now renewed stipends for Hamas and Hezbollah. And the ayatollahs talk about compassion and mercy.