Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, have an extensive network in the United States. The Iranian regime’s capabilities to carry out acts of terrorism on American soil have long been greater than that of Al-Qaeda. The fact that the Iranians tried to work through the Zetas drug cartel shows that the regime wants to wage war while wearing a mask.
It is Iran’s modus operandi to cloak its role in terrorist operations. The aforementioned 2007 plot against JFK International Airport serves as an additional example. In Iraq, the Iranians often carried out attacks patterned after those of Al-Qaeda in Iraq so that the Sunni terrorists would get the blame. In 2008, the Iranians used Hezbollah to reach out to Azeri terrorists in a plot to bomb the Israeli embassy in Baku. This created two layers of cover for the regime. Its Syrian allies used the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Fatah al-Islam for the same purpose and tried to make it appear as if Sunni extremists were behind the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The intended use of the Zetas to carry out this latest terrorist plot on American soil is in keeping with Iran’s strategy.
The foiled plot bolsters the lawsuit against Iran and Hezbollah for alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Three eyewitnesses have been brought forth. The first has direct knowledge of Iranian training of Sunni terrorists. He also says that Iran had designed a plan to crash airliners into New York City and Washington D.C. The second provides testimony that the operations chief of Hezbollah trained the 9/11 hijackers. The third claims to have been present at meetings in 2001 between officials from the regime, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda to prepare for the attacks. In light of the pattern described above and this latest plot, the lawsuit’s allegations don’t seem so far-fetched.
The plot underscores why Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. The Iranian military has practiced carrying out a detonation of an Electro-Magnetic Pulse, an attack which could cripple the U.S. while potentially leaving no evidence of Iranian involvement. Even if Iran does not use a nuclear bomb, it is scary to think of what the regime will do when it has a nuclear deterrent. It must be emphasized that Iran put together this plot on American soil before it even had the protection of a nuclear arsenal. Once it gets a weapon, Iran will be emboldened and become much more aggressive.
Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, and this terrorist plot should not be surprising. What should be surprising is that there are those who think a nuclear Iran can be tolerated.
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