While Congress and the White House go back and forth over what to do about Iran’s nuclear program, one specific topic is being ignored. There is a U.S. Marine who has been in an Iranian prison for 1325 days. His name is Amir Hekmati.
Amir held dual citizenship in the United States and Iran. However, since his father is Iranian, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize him as an American… only as an Iranian.
When Amir was visiting family in Iran in 2011, he was arrested and charged with spying for the United States. Since Iran doesn’t recognize his American citizenship, he was accused of betraying his country and sentenced to death.
However, his death sentence was ultimately commuted to ten years. All across the country, fellow Marines are joining the fight to get Amir Hekmati home.
"Marines don't leave anyone behind," explains Nick Kaywork, a Marine veteran who has joined the fight to get him released. "And Amir has been left for more than three years in Iranian captivity. We can't stand by and let another day pass quietly while he sits in prison."
This marine’s plight is starting to gain traction here in the United States. Americans are beginning to realize that Obama is more interested in helping to free our enemies than working to free our soldiers. Even better, some Congressmen are realizing that we can’t afford to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran without freeing this American hero!
Rep Dan Kildee (D-MI) stood up in Congress and demanded that if Iran wants to rejoin the international community "they cannot hold Americans such as Amir Hekmati as political prisoners." He's absolutely right.
There’s a reason that so many Marines are joining the fight to help get Amir Hekmati freed. Bryan Lane, a fellow Marine, explains it perfectly: “Throughout their entire careers, Marines are united in their suffering doing things most people aren't willing to do," he said. "Three years of captivity is too long for any American traveling abroad, let alone a Marine Corps veteran. I hope to inspire our elected officials to act as the leaders they are."
This is what makes this country so great. The Marines may be few, but they represent what is best in this country. They represent brotherhood and determination, sacrifice and grit.
But these aren’t just the qualities of a Marine. These characteristics are alive in every single one of us.
We are Americans and Americans don’t quit. Americans don’t turn their backs on a neighbor in need.
But that seems to be just what Congress and this President are doing! They are negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran – the chief sponsor of terrorism – while an American Marine languishes in prison.
Obama is more than happy to help get terrorists freed from Guantanamo Bay. He also just negotiated with Communist Cuba to let remove the island country from the list of state-sponsors of terrorism.
The only people that the President doesn’t seem to care about are American soldiers who are in prison!
Whether it was Andrew Tahmooressi, Lt. Clint Lorance, or now Amir Hekmati, these imprisoned soldiers were abandoned by both political parties – Democrats and Republicans alike!
Amir Hekmati is one of the few Americans who answered the call to serve his country. When the nation needed him, he was there. Now, his father’s health is failing. We don’t have time. His family needs him home now!
What Amir he needs is YOU! He needs you to tell your friends about his plight but more importantly, he needs you to raise hell and force Congress to include his freedom as a term in any nuclear deal with Iran.
We forced Congress to intervene in this nuclear deal and that is exactly what they’re doing. You don’t need to take up a hunger strike like Amir has been doing… all you need to do to help this young Marine is raise your voice to the point where Congress can’t ignore him any longer!
Seriously, Amir Hekmati has been in prison for over 1300 days. How many golf vacations has Obama gone on while this hero has been suffering? More than anyone can count.
I’m not saying that Presidents don’t deserve vacation time. All I’m saying is that it just takes Obama and a few Congressmen to pick up the phone to get the ball rolling. Right now, Congress is demanding that any nuclear deal go through them for approval. That’s not good enough! We need to make Amir Hekmati’s release a centerpiece of any deal that goes through!
Last night, Fox News aired a special on this imprisoned Marine. We really are running out of time. We need to get Amir Hekmati home.
And to make that happen, you need to demand it!