America: Terrorists on the Doorstep
There are many dimensions to the crisis unraveling along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Of the multiple angles to this story—the politics of immigration, the economic impact of illegal immigration, how to combat the drug cartels and curb the extreme violence—one angle goes dangerously under-reported. Namely, the implantation on America’s southern doorstep of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a terrorist-sponsoring, Holocaust-inducing, nuclear-aspiring country on a quest to annihilate the “Great Satan.”
Not everyone remains silent on this threat. In June, Rep. Sue Myrick sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding it investigate the extent of Hezbollah’s presence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Evidence is mounting proving that “Hezbollah and the drug cartels may be operating as partners on our border,” she wrote.
“Across states in the Southwest,” Myrick wrote, “well-trained officials are beginning to notice the tattoos of gang members in prisons are being written in Farsi. We have typically seen tattoos in Arabic, but Farsi implies a Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah. … These combinations have been increasing in number and point to the fact that these criminals are tied to both Hezbollah and gangs and drug cartels” (emphasis mine throughout).
Myrick noted that “Iranian agents and members of Hezbollah” are believed to be learning Spanish and acquiring false documentation in Venezuela before attempting to cross the border as Mexican immigrants. Citing discussions with U.S. intelligence officials, Myrick warned that drug cartels, “in an effort to dig larger and more effective tunnels,” have started “employing the expertise of Hezbollah.” In recent years, more than a dozen tunnels, some equipped with lights, air-conditioning and railroad tracks, have been discovered beneath the earth between Tijuana and San Diego.
In her June 23 letter Myrick also passed on a warning from a high-ranking officer in the Mexican Army who believes Hezbollah is training Mexican drug cartels in the art of bomb-making. “This might lead to Israel-like car bombings of Mexican/usa border personnel,” warned Myrick.
On July 15, this fear was realized when a car bomb killed two policemen and two medics on the border at Ciudad Juarez. The bomb was planted by a prominent drug cartel, and experts believe it was triggered by a cell phone—a modus operandi much like that employed by Hezbollah in the Middle East. A month later, when two more car bombs exploded in the city of Ciudad Victoria, Reuters reported that the series of attacks marked the introduction of a “new weapon in Mexico’s drug war.”
Remarking on the cartels’ new weapon, Myrick opined in the Washington Times last week that the car bombs are proof of a deadly evolution in the tactics used by the drug cartels and “bear a strong resemblance to those employed by Hezbollah.”
Michael Braun, a former chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, firmly believes that collusion is occurring between Hezbollah and the drug cartels. “Hezbollah relies on the same criminal weapons smugglers, documents traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” Braun has warned. “They work together; they rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected.”
Despite the growing pile of evidence indicating that Hezbollah (and Iran) has a deadly presence in Mexico, U.S. intelligence has yet to determine the full extent of the incursion. Hence Myrick’s request that the Department of Homeland Security investigate this issue immediately.
What is absolutely certain, however, is that Iran—including its radical Islamic proxies like Hezbollah—is deeply embedded in Latin America.
In January 2009, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran was engaging in “subversive” activity in several places throughout Latin America. Speaking before the same committee two months later, Adm. James Stavridis, the head of U.S. Central Command at the time, expressed similar concerns. He warned that there had been “an increase in a wide level of activity by the Iranian government,” including the opening of six new embassies, throughout Latin America. Iran is actively “proselytizing and working with Islamic activities throughout the region,” he stated.
Iran’s involvement in the region extends beyond merely shoring up political and economic relations with anti-American states like Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela. Over the years, the Islamic Republic has established an intricate network of terrorist operations throughout Latin and South America. For example, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Qods Force, a special unit of the Iranian military tasked with exporting Iran’s Islamic revolution, operates an outlet in Venezuela, where it trains Venezuelan troops as well as members of the notorious Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (farc).
Hezbollah also has deep roots throughout the region, and especially in the tri-border region of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. “The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia has taken root in South America,” reportedmsnbc in 2007, citing conversations with militia members, U.S. officials and police agencies from Latin America. From its base in the tri-border region, Hezbollah leaders groom a “well-financed force of Islamic radicals boiling with hatred for the United States and ready to die to prove it.”
Edward Luttwak, a counterterrorism expert with the Pentagon’s National Security Study Group, says the tri-border is “the most important base for Hezbollah outside Lebanon itself.”
Both Iran and Hezbollah have for years, even decades, operated throughout Latin America. During this time they have cultivated relationships, even conducting joint operations, with every major anti-American organization on the continent, be they Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the farc terrorist group, or major drug cartels.
As these drug cartels take over and establish a formidable presence on the U.S.-Mexico border, isn’t it logical that Hezbollah—and it’s patron Tehran—might also be gaining a foothold on America’s southern doorstep? If that’s true, then the question arises: How long before a radical Islamic terrorist crosses into the United States and detonates a bomb in Dallas, or Chicago or New York?
This is a bone-chilling scenario—and it’s taking shape along America’s southern border even now!
Yet most of America’s leaders and mainstream media outlets fail to even see—let alone sound the alarm about—the prospect of an Iranian incursion, with support from the drug cartels, onto American soil!
This is precisely how Bible prophecy describes the state of American leadership in the end time. In Isaiah 56, for example, the ancient prophet forecasts the time when the United States will be encompassed, then “devoured,” by its enemies (verse 9). Verses 10 and 11 describe the response of America’s leaders to this threat. The “watchmen,” or leaders, “are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.”
As you read verse 11, think about the state of America’s leadership: “Yea, they are greedy … which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” America’s politicians are so engrossed in their own pursuits, in achieving their own personal ambitions, they have grown “blind” and “ignorant” to the dangers encircling the nation they are supposed to be leading.
Even now, America’s enemies are encroaching from all directions, including the southern border. Tragically, America’s leaders are as silent as slumbering watchdogs!