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  • Iran, Mexican Zetas, and the Southern Terror Express

    A persistent threat scenario against the U.S. has been foreign terrorist organizations—acting independently or in cooperation with violent transnational criminal organizations, and perhaps backed by anti-American regimes in the region—launching a terrorist attack from across our southern border.

    It is a scenario the Obama Administration has recognized but generally minimized. For example, the U.S. State Department’s 2010 Country Reports on Terrorism reported:

    The threat of a transnational terrorist attack remained low for most countries in the Western Hemisphere. There were no known operational cells of either al-Qa’ida- or Hizballah-related groups in the hemisphere, although ideological sympathizers in South America and the Caribbean continued to provide financial and moral support to these and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia.

    The continued unfolding of the Iran plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the U.S. is also a reason to revisit the terror threat in the Americas. In the indictment and yesterday’s press conference, it became clear that co-defendant Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized Iranian living in Texas, traveled repeatedly to Mexico in search of hired assassins willing to work for Iranian payoffs.

    There Arbabsiar thought he was enlisting the services of Mexico’s deadliest, most ruthless criminal organization, the Zetas, to carry out the contract assassination in exchange for $1.5 million in Iranian cash. The Zetas, with their paramilitary tactics and ruthless disregard for human life, would make a perfect fit with terror-minded Iranians.

    Little wonder Tehran would seek to enlist them as hired executioners to conduct assassinations and wreak havoc in Washington, D.C.

    The uncovering of the Iran plot is a wake-up call here in the U.S. but also in the Western Hemisphere. It compels us take an even tougher stance against those who eagerly embrace Iran and act as an Iranian conduit into the Western Hemisphere. Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela—followed by nations like Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Cuba—certainly head the list and require ever-increasing scrutiny.

    The growing Hezbollah threat has been well-documented by Ambassador Roger F. Noriega and Jose R. Cardenas in “The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America” and by investigative journalist Douglas Farah. Hezbollah works closely with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Qods Force, whose operative, Gholam Shakuri, was indicted along with Arbabsiar in the plot.

    U.S. law enforcement is to be applauded for foiling yet another terrorist plot. The Obama Administration should now follow up the unraveling of the conspiracy with strong international actions against Iran. In the Western Hemisphere, Iran’s allies—who open their doors to Iranian intelligence and terror operatives—should also feel more U.S. and international heat.

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    5 Responses to Iran, Mexican Zetas, and the Southern Terror Express

    1. West Texan says:

      Although I'm suspicious of the details and timing of this story, it's best to be cautious and follow it. Lord help anyone if they fabricated this situation for personal and/or political gain.

      • carol,az says:

        RSVP:West TX,
        Why would you question this article? Living in W.TX, you must be aware of the attempt to blow the Falcon Dam months ago, on the TX/MX border, ignored by the USA, press. You can read the account of the aborted attempt, in the Houston chronicle.( it's called terrorism)
        Your Dept of Land Mang. just testified before, HLS, asking for. " increased boots on the ground" to protect your rancher and AG growers.Border town on the MX side, reported, razed and burned to the ground by the terrorists back cells for shipping points. Also reported, 250,000 MX have fled to the interior of MX, leaving behind everything fearing for their lives with the major concentration, along the TX border. Do you think this is a made up Intel?
        Please research what's going on in your own back yard.We love TX here.

    2. bruce says:

      I noticed Arbabsiar has been added to the people on Adopt a Terrorist For Prayer. That's an interesting response. Some Iranian leaders are listed there as well.

    3. liliana says:

      really?? sound like the movie saving private perez
      in ths film a group of drug cartel go to irak to save
      private perez lol

    4. carol,az says:

      Thank you Ray for your thoroughness on this article.
      You have my admiration for the detail that connects the conduit to MX, and to the terrorist backed assassins, in this case , Los Zeta, to carry out orders from Hezbollah,
      Under reported ; are thousands of members of Los Zeta, that are capable of the same thing and were once MX special forces, all operational on our border.
      Will anyone in the DOJ, or HLS, listen to the concise data on all issues border, before it's too late and realize that the terrorist cells are not speaking just spanish?
      Our biggest tthreat for America's national security is right here in North America.

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