Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei also criticized the West last week for demeaning the value of women in their societies. He claimed that the Islamic regime of Iran has upheld the status of women, and that under Islam much attention is given to the role of women in society.

These two Iranian officials failed to mention that women in Iran are constantly attacked for not adhering to the Islamic hijab, or that thousands are in prison suffering torture, rape, and execution for seeking their rights. Just days ago, Iranian humanitarian and democracy activist Haleh Sahabi died after being severely beaten by Iranian security forces during her father’s funeral. Her body was immediately seized by Iranian authorities and her family forced to watch as they buried her that same night. No autopsy was allowed. Her father, also an activist, had been arrested several times in the past.

In spite of these atrocities, Iran was recently allowed to join the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Meanwhile, the West has done little to support women’s rights in Iran, or to support those bravely calling for freedom. How many more deaths like those of Haleh Sahabi and Neda Agha-Soltan (the student shot in cold blood on the streets of Tehran last year) will it take before the international community stands against the barbaric Islamic regime of Iran?

If Western leaders think there is still hope for negotiations with the radicals ruling Iran, they are gravely mistaken: if this is how they treat their own, imagine how they will treat those they consider infidels? The West should be reminded that the Islamists in Tehran believe in the rule of Allah and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate for the world, and hence they are pursuing  the bomb. And they take their directions from the Quran:

(8:12) I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.