Manssor Arbabsiar, one of the two men charged in the “international murder-for-hire scheme,” was a man who lived in Texas for decades. He sold used cars and was part of a community. Further investigations will have to look closely at Iran’s tentacles working in the U.S. Currently, there are hundreds of known former IRGC generals and officers living in this country with green cards and citizenship status, in addition to thousands of their close relatives, many of whom send their children to attend this country’s best universities. They are the eyes and ears of the Iranian government and in this case the enabler of a convoluted terror plot. The question then arises: Why and how does the U.S. allow these individuals to enter and live in this country when it is well known that the average person currently has trouble getting even a tourist’s visa to come visit family here in the States?
A more recent entanglement that was brought to light is Iran’s presence in South and Central America and more frighteningly, its involvement with some of the world’s most dangerous drug cartels. An anonymous source has explained that there is a huge network of Iranian intelligence and IRGC forces in Mexico close to the border with the U.S. The job of these networks is to gather intelligence, smuggle agents into the U.S., launder money for the cartels, and even bribe Mexican politicians to affect elections in Mexico. Aside from the terror cells that we now know exist, we must take into consideration the military implications of having the IRGC present on the U.S./Mexico border.
We are in a situation in which this attempted terror attack can be seen as an act of war. We have tried the path of negotiation with Iran’s government, but that has been rejected numerous times. Over time and by remaining inactive, we have become soft and irrelevant in the eyes of the Iranian regime, which is carrying on with its nuclear program and cracking down on protesters who dare voice their hunger for freedom. We waited and let them corner us, and we allowed them to take the first shot. Remaining idle at this point would set us back farther and will allow Iran to boldly continue with its nuclear and terrorist ambitions. What the U.S. does right now in retaliation will be crucial in defining the ties between Iran and the U.S.
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