Iranian Terror: Nothing New

The Iranian-backed terror plot targeting the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, along with multiple targets throughout South and Central America, should come as no surprise. Iran has always sought measures to jeopardize U.S., Israeli, and Saudi interests. U.S. authorities should be praised for their interdiction of this activity. This was not the first, nor will it be the last, attempt that the Iranians undertake to kill Americans and our allies through terrorism.

Below are just a handful of the more significant atrocities perpetrated by Iran against the U.S. and our allies:

1979—U.S. diplomats were taken hostage in Tehran held for more than one year.

1983–Iranian supported Hezbollah detonated a VBIED killing over 241 U.S. service members in Lebanon.

1984—William Buckley was taken hostage by Iranian terrorists and was later killed by the Revolutionary Guard Corp.

1985—U.S. Navy Underwater Diver Robert Stethem was brutally murdered on TWA flight 727.

1992—Israeli embassy in Argentina was attacked by Iranian operatives leaving more than 250 injured and 20 killed.

1995—The Amia Jewish Center was targeted with an explosive killing 85 leaving over 230 injured—Al Quds force commander Vahidi was behind the execution of the attack.

1996—Iranian supported Hezbollah in Hijaz detonated a VBIED at Khobar Towers killing 19 service members.

2003—Reports that Al Qaeda was operating in Iran through protection of Al Quds forces to engage in operations throughout Iraq and Afghanistan against U.S. service members.

20010—Substantial signs of Iranian infiltration into the United States were identified on the U.S. southern border—Congresswoman Sue Myrick cried for investigations with no resolve.

2011—Iran threatens U.S. coastal waters through articulating its desires to send its naval vessels on patrol around North America.

Evidence proves Iran’s hatred towards the United States, Israel, and its Sunni rival Saudi Arabia. U.S. politicians have known for several years that Iran has engaged in a very unique proxy war in Iraq. Such activities fuels Iraqi Shiite insurgents threatening U.S. forces with advanced shape charged IED’s yet very little has been done against the Shiite nation state.

Sanctions have been enforced on Iran due to its nuclear program yet they continue to laugh in our face. Today, the threat has become a reality on our own U.S. soil. Arrests have been made but that does not mean the threat has vanished.  Iran’s behavior has a pattern—a pattern that can only change with austere corrective measures.

Kerry Patton is the Co-Founder of the National Security Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization pending 501c (3) status. He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban. He is the author of “Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of Intelligence Studies” and the children’s book “American Patriotism.” You can follow him on Facebook.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    There is but one simple solution ;attack Iran now and install a democratic
    minded governement. As soon as Iran got its nuclear bombs mounted
    on her rockets it will start trowing president Barack Hussein Obama
    lift your bum from your office seat ,you have been sleeping long inough, and
    start doing something or even better,retreat before it is to late.

    • Chiggles

      Yes, because it worked so well in Iraq and Afghanistan>:P.

    • Flipside

      I love the Israeli concept of installing a democracy like Mexicans installing stainless steel kitchen appliances.

  • alexander

    U.S. "solution" fuBAR Ack "will talk" with Iran.
    Whatta wuss… :(

    • Chiggles

      Fubarack! LOL! Wish I'd thought of that.

  • Steve Chavez

    Why this particular Saudi ambassador? Why here and not in Saudi Arabia where they fit in and get lost in the crowd? Why not in Saudi Arabia where they could have killed many more of the royal family? Why not in other Gulf countries where they could have easily transported the weapons?

    Didn't they know that this would be seen as an act of war? Why go after Israel since that's like attacking a hornets nest?

    PUTIN AND CHINA don't care about our toothless sanctions! Yes, all of them are laughing at the U.S. and Obama is the comedian!

  • StephenD

    Nothing to see here folks…let's move along.
    We can rest, assured that our State Department is in hyper-drive on the diplomatic front "extending a hand" to those that raise a clenched fist.
    You have to wonder if they ever heard the term "putting pearls in front of swine." Everyone knows the swine will just trample the pearls into the mud. This is the same as trying to reason with fanatic Islamists like those in power in Iran.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    The genocidal terror masters of Islamofacist Iran warned the Saudis that their military intervention in Bahrain ("with the underhanded support of America*") to suppress a massive Shiite led Arab Spring rebellion to topple the Sunni monarchy would have consequences and "boomerang." And this foiled plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US in a Washington mass causality attack at a packed DC restaurant is what Iran likely had in mind.

    Click my name to read the rest..

  • BS77

    Time to end the idiotic sanctions and appeasement, the passivity and submission….time to turn Iran's nuclear weapons facilities into smoking rubble. End of story.

  • Robert A. Hall

    Guess they didn’t get the “Islam is a religion of peace” memo. I recently read a bone-chilling new novel by a former CIA agent about an Iran-sponsored terror attack on the US, “The Woolsorter’s Plaque.” We may yet see it overtaken by events. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
    For a free PDF of the book, write tartanmarine(at)

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Funny picture for this article, all of the Mullahs seem to have felt a chill, maybe
    it is the angel of death passing overhead, we could hope…………..William

  • maturin20

    Don't forget Flight 655.