July 7, 2010 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNew.org – Demonstrating the necessity of sealing the United States’ Southern border is news reported by the Kuwait based al-Sayassah newspaper, detailing a successful move by Mexican security officials to break up a sophisticated Hezbollah support network operating out of the troubled country. The plot was led by Jameel Nasr, a frequent visitor to Lebanon, who was arrested at his residence in Tijuana. [source, Jack Khoury, Mexico thwarts Hezbollah bid to set up South American network, Haaretz, July 7, 1010, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mexico-thwarts-hezbollah-bid-to-set-up-south-american-network-1.300360].
U.S. based national security researchers have long noted the increasing presence of Iran’s proxy army Hezbollah in Latin and South America, especially in Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela. In one of many articles appearing about this matter on these pages, in April we noted: “According to a just released DOD report made available to Congress, the al-Quds force, the elite core of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, has markedly strengthened its position in the Venezuelan stronghold of dictator Hugo Chavez. Al-Quds has been deeply involved in Islamic terrorism for decades including the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut and the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which was home to many American defense workers in the region. [source, Pentagon Study Sounds Alarm - Iranian Al-Quds Force Presence in Venezuela Increasing, PipeLineNews.org, April 21, 2010].
Earlier this year Representative Sue Myrick [R, NC] warned of the increasing relationship between Hugo Chavez and Iran.
“US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) today released a video about the need for the State Department to designate Venezuela as a Special Interest Country, and the importance of securing our borders. Rep. Myrick has also signed on as a co-sponsor of House Resolution 872, which calls for Venezuela to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism for its support of Iran, Hezbollah, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC).” [source, Myrick Releases Video On Designating Venezuela As A Special Interest Country, http://myrick.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=22§iontree=21,22&itemid=401].
The danger represented the establishment of a Hezbollah beachhead South of the border, further complicates team Obama’s representation that the border is more secure than ever and the corollary claim that illegal immigration is all about poverty stricken Mexicans fleeing to the U.S. in search of work that Americans won’t do. It seems that in its haste to compartmentalize this thoroughly politicized issue, the administration is ignoring the significant national security threat posed by a border which is porous to Islamist operatives funded by one of the world’s chief exporters of terrorism, Iran.
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