Latin America: Iran’s New Front Against the U.S.

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Appearing before The Orthodox Union Presidential Forum in a Boca Raton, FL synagogue on Monday, January 30, 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) stated that, “When President Ahmadinejad recently toured the capitals of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador, it was not a form of cultural diplomacy; it was primarily to increase the tempo of preparations for the war against America.”  He then added, “It is long past time for us to respond, but instead our president declares imminent victory.”

While Ahmadinejad is the visible figurehead representing the Iranian regime, it is Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist sub-contractor, which is creating cells throughout Latin America and, inside the U.S. as well.  Shortly after the Second Lebanon war between Israel and Hezbollah, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee held hearings on the Global Reach of Hezbollah’s cells. The Committee heard testimony regarding the capabilities of Hezbollah to attack the U.S. and other western targets. The protocol from the hearing clearly established Hezbollah’s “wide reaches” under the military leadership of Imad Mugniyah, who was assassinated in February 2008 in Damascus, Syria.

U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of the International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, had this to say during the hearings: “Hezbollah isn’t just a menace to Israel, Lebanon and the region. According to the State Department terrorism report, Hezbollah has ‘established cells in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Asia.’ “One witness,” Rep. Royce continued, “will tell us that Hezbollah’s organizational and logistic network exists in over 40 countries; this includes a significant presence in our own hemisphere, in the tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. The network operates in West Africa, where Hezbollah has been active trading ‘blood diamonds,’ an issue the Africa Subcommittee explored when I chaired it.

Rep. Royce added, “Many Americans may be surprised to learn that Hezbollah’s global reach includes significant activities on U.S. soil.”  Royce characterized Hezbollah as posing a “grave threat” and, he repeated a statement made by a former Deputy Secretary of State in 2002 that, “Hezbollah may be the A-team of terrorists and maybe al-Qaeda is actually the B-team.” He added, “Hezbollah’s lethality is magnified by the support it receives from state sponsors of terrorism, primarily Iran.”

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on Terrorism Frank Urbanchik testified at the same hearings that the U.S. is particularly concerned over the close ties between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iran’s terrorist tool – the Hezbollah.

Addressing retirees at The Villages in FL on January 29, 2012, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich referred to President Obama saying, “He lives in a fantasy world where there are no enemies” and, he characterized the president’s perception of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as “just misguided people with whom he has not yet had coffee.”  Gingrich went on to say, “We watched him go see Hugo Chavez and we watched him smile and be friendly while Chavez deliberately, cynically and insultingly gave him an anti-American book and Obama didn’t have a clue he’d been insulted. You know, Ahmadinejad, the dictator of Iran, says that he wants to wipe out Israel and drive America out of the Middle East. Now, as a historian, I have a pretty good sense of what that means. It means he wants to wipe out Israel, and drive America out of the Middle East. But if I were a left-wing Harvard Law graduate surrounded by really clever left-wing academics, I would know that this is actually a sign that Ahmadinejad probably had a bad childhood…”

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 that “Iran’s president lauded his country’s newly launched Spanish-language satellite TV channel, saying it would deal a blow to “dominance seekers” — remarks that were an apparent jab at the U.S. and the West.”

The launch is Tehran’s latest effort to reach out to Iran-friendly governments in Latin America and comes on the heels of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s four-nation tour of the region earlier in January, which included stops in Cuba and visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

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  • StephenD

    I can't be the only one that sees the simplicity of solutions here. Chavez, Castro, Imadinnerjacket, et al. should be fed a bullet. Forget about the outcry and charges of uncivilized behavior. I'd rather be in the position of defending our actions than cleaning up in the aftermath of one of their actions against us…which are inevitable should they be allowed to continue breathing.

  • MethanP

    And the emperor fiddles.

  • LindaRivera

    The hour is late. America's enemies are multiple. We are in desperate, urgent need of a PATRIOTIC president.

    America has never been in such great danger as she is now. From everything that is taking place, I believe that America will be attacked one day by multiple nations-Islamic and communist, along with Muslim terrorist organizations. It is tragic and shocking that Homeland Security has defined the people to watch out for are NOT Muslim terrorists, but patriotic Americans – Tea Party attendees, pro-lifers and veterans returning from the wars.

    The U.S. government ALLOWS many Muslim terrorist training camps to operate in our country. Muslim Brotherhood groups such as CAIR, are welcomed by our government into the halls of power.

    God help America!

  • Anamah

    Has not been declared Iran as a terrorist State? These are two countries allied, interacting and plotting against USA. They are exchanging warlike elements while expressing clearly concrete threats against America and America allies. What are we waiting to cut the snake head?

  • Brujo Blanco

    There are too many Americans who believe we are invincible. We are now facing an internal security problem. We may end up fighting Islamists, cartels, and others inside our country.

  • Luke Weyland

    Chavez and Ahmadinejad have a couple of things in common – Hydrocarbons( which should make them competitors – not allies) and being threatened by the Pentagon . It is the latter that brings them together.
    If the US stop attempting to overthrow governments it doesn't approve of and instead respected the right of every land to administer its own laws, and appoint its own administration, the US would find that it only have friends. (Iran and Venezuela included)

    • kongMing

      Unfortunately your naive wishes encourage those who believe only fools and cowards follow laws and morals.

      The Ayatollah came to power by burning people alive in a movie theater and blaming it on his opposition. Chavez turned traitor within the Venezuelan army, made his money by smuggling cocaine at the worst heights of the crack epidemic, assassinated journalists, and turned Caracas into one of the most violent cities ever as he outsourced political murder to drug gangs.

      It's insulting to existing governments to call the Ayatollah, Chavez, Castro, and Ortega cartel a government. At best they are a front for the international drug, gun, human slave and terrorist black market who are truly evil in all sense of the word.

      But I doubt they are even that. Every indication has shown they are cowards, no different then your local pack of junkies with the resources to buy surplus weapons from Putin.

  • Steven

    This should come as no suprise, really…..
    Iran has been running several training facilities in South and Central America for over 20 years… add that to the fact that the US/Mexico border is wide open and I can assure you that there are literally THOUSANDS of Iranians here in the US just waiting for the phone to ring….
    As far as the US Government response to all of this…. I'm afraid it's too little, too late.
    The whining LibTards are all upset about actually CLOSING the border (It's unfair, don't you know)… but I don't think they have given a whole lot of thought to who/what has actually crossed into the US…. and by the time that they actually DO figure it out…. too late… it will basically be 'Game Over' at that point.
    Sad, really…. we had the chance and blew it..!!!!!

  • luke weyland

    Interesting how being a liberal is deemed a threat to many. Liberalism means liberty. Isnt there a statue of liberty, a liberty bell etc. It seems that many believe in their god given right to ridicule, execute, imprison and bomb those one does not agree with.