Diary

Iran and the Terror Universe

Later this month, the illegitimately re-elected Iranian president Ahmadinejad will be at the UN.  While in New York, the meeting that President Obama has long begged for will likely occur.  To prepare ourselves for this event, it would behoove us to review some facts about the Iran – U.S. relationship.   Back in April, Michael Ledeen had an interesting way to describe Iran:

 …most every time you turn around inside the terror universe, you trip over the Iranians

In his article, found here:

 http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OTQzMGNmM2RiZDUzNmM3YTYyZjAzZjY0NzBlMWMwMDg= 

Ledeen covers a few of the areas of Iranian involvement which few people with any influence seem to be concerned about.  Things like Iranian sponsorship of Hezbollah and Hamas.  More importantly to our immediate interests, however, he reminds us about the Quds Force involvement in the attack, capture, and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in 2007.  The Quds Force, remember, is the elite arm of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.  The focus of Ledeen’s article was not on the panoply of terror events associated with the Iranians, though.  If it had been, it would have touched on the Iranian fingerprints on the Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, the Khobar Towers bombing, the USS Cole attack, and the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  Of immediate note to those of us deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a type of IED called the EFP (explosively formed penetrator).  There is much speculation that many of this type of IED has its origins in Iran; if not materially, then at least by technology transfer from Iranian trainers.

Iran has been at war with us since 1979 and the take-over of the embassy in Tehran.  Their agents have assassinated Iran’s political enemies on our soil, as well as all over the world. (see  http://iranhrdc.org/httpdocs/English/pdfs/Reports/No-Safe-Haven_May08.pdf)   The Iranian regime in place since the return of Ayatollah Khomeini has not rested in its quest to undermine and eventually overcome what they perceive as our hegemony over the world as “The Great Satan”.  This is a war the Iranians are very dedicated to, but one only a few of us seem to recognize.

With this in mind, what are the dangers inherent in the interface between a leftist U.S. president and his administration with the president of Iran?  A man who was present at the takeover of our embassy, and has vowed the destruction of Israel and the neutralization of U.S. power.  Few have a very clear understanding of Iran’s level of sophistication with regard to their master plan to dominate globally.  All we have to do is pay attention to what they say; they are not shy about voicing their opinions, plans, and world-view.  Amir Taheri’s article today is an eye-opener: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/why_iran_might_talk_with_bam_wquLcVNNBNKND6poL7JSFN

Not since we faced the former Soviet Union during the Cold War have we faced an enemy so dedicated to oppose and defeat us, with a global reach and global associations with like-minded allies to enable just such an endeavor.  Iran is currently forging economic ties in our hemisphere with Venezuela (to overcome its shortages in gasoline), military ties can’t be far behind.  As opposed to the USSR’s political ideology, Iran’s is religious – a category of hostile ideology we are unprepared to fight.  We need to become more familiar with Charles Martel, John Sobieski, and yes, even Vlad Tepes.

Iran has increased the number of centrifuges working towards sufficient material for a nuclear weapon.  This from a ‘bipartisan’ article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574402583170409334.html

The centrifuges at Natanz continue spinning. At its current pace, Iran’s nuclear program will be able to manufacture enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in 2010. A nuclear-armed Iran would not only pose a security threat to the U.S. and its allies. It would embolden Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups, destabilize the region, upset global energy markets, and spark a wave of proliferation across the Middle East. Moreover, if we do not act quickly and credibly to address this threat, we run the very real risk of Israel taking matters into its own hands.

 

 One of the topics to be brought up by our president as he makes history as the first U.S. president to preside over a session of the UN Security Council on 23 September is nuclear disarmament.  As apologetic as he has been in his global visits this year, I expect him to offer unilateral disarmament as a good will gesture.  Mind you, he is changing the original agenda at this session; and Ahmadinejad is savvy enough to take advantage of this opportunity for his own purposes.  http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDI0Y2ZkMWU3NDdjMWI0NzFjMzNkZDlmNTk2YTI5ZDI=

 

Do you think it wise that our president enter into discussions with the president of Iran and address the UN regarding nuclear weapons?  Do you trust him to protect our interests and keep us protected against our self-identified enemies?  Do you think the average citizen is paying attention?