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Iran and Hezbollah: The Dynamic Duo of International Terrorism

ProPublica and Foreign Policy just published a joint investigative report: “Before Deadly Bulgaria Bombing, Tracks of a Resurgent Iran-Hezbollah Threat.” This kind of candor is surely painful to the eyes and ears of EU bureaucrats, who continue to maintain that there is no “tangible evidence” that Hezbollah engages in terrorist activity.

Alas for the Eurocrats and their delicate sense organs, the facts tell a different story. ProPublica/FP interviewed “law enforcement, intelligence and diplomatic officials and experts from the United States, Europe, Israel and India,” and this is what they found:

After a decade in which al Qaeda dominated the world stage, the global terror threat from Iran has escalated sharply, generating a swarm of recent plots from Delhi to Mombasa to Washington and signaling an aggressive new strategy, counterterror officials say. . . .

[. . .]

In February, Iran allegedly tried to unleash a terror spectacular in the style of old, targeting three countries at once. A motorcycle bomber managed to wound an Israeli diplomat in India. But authorities foiled attacks in Georgia and Thailand — where a bomber blew off his own legs — even though a Quds Force commander had traveled undercover to Bangkok to lay the groundwork, according to Western counterterror officials.

Last year, Quds Force officers allegedly directed an Iranian-American used-car salesman to hire drug traffickers to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Not to worry. We’re sure this is all just one big misunderstanding. The mullahs and their terrorist proxy—especially Hezbollah’s renowned “political wing”—are really just trying to make friends and being tragically misperceived as attempting to murder Western civilians, politicians and diplomats across the globe.

There’s really nothing to be concerned about here.

Nothing at all.

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  • Mick The Reactionary


    “This kind of candor is surely painful to the eyes and ears of EU bureaucrats, who continue to maintain that there is no “tangible evidence” that Hezbollah engages in terrorist activity.”

    This is in tremendous contrast to Obama regime and Clinton State Department newly found friendly cooperation with Muslim Brotherhood.

    Perhaps Prof Mead could educate us on the difference between Hizba political arm and Muslim Brothers?

    I looked and looked and see no difference. No difference whatsoever.

  • Walter Sobchak


  • Walter Sobchak

    Mick, Hezbollah, is a Shiite organization run by Iran. The Brotherhood is a Sunni organization based in Egypt. For many years it was an underground political party, but their nominee Morsi, was just elected President of Egypt. he also was awarded the Edward John Smith medal. Hamas is the Gaza wing of the Brotherhood.

  • Walter Sobchak

    Both Hezbollah and Hamas are based on anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. When they are not plotting to kill Jews and Americans, they kill each other.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @ Walter Sobchak:

    “Mick, Hezbollah, is a Shiite organization run by Iran….”

    Walter, I can read wikipedia as well as the next guy.

    Do I need to put smiley in there or /?

    The point, which was totally missed, is that Hizba political arm and Moslem Bros are political wings of Islamic jihadi groups.
    Their aims are virtually identical:
    establishing caliphate, Islam supremacy, destruction of Israel, destruction or conversion the West, etc.

    Of course administration of B Hussein 0bama is OK with one group and not (?) OK with another. At least Euros are more honest, they are OK with all jihadi groups.

  • Kris

    “Iran and Hezbollah: The Dynamic Duo”

    I hesitated what famous duo I should compare them to, and finally settled on Batman and Robin, simply because the image of Nasrallah as the Boy Wonder is so giggle-inducing.

    Mick, Walter: There are great differences between an SUV and a bus. It can be very useful to study and understand them. But if either of them has run you over, who cares about all that?

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @ Kris:

    “There are great differences between an SUV and a bus. It can be very useful to study and understand them. But if either of them has run you over, who cares about all that?”

    Very succinct and well said.
    It is also rather obvious.
    Why the bi-partisan Ruling Class fails to see the point? And fails for 11 years now.

  • Ritchie The Riveter

    Why, Mick?

    Because they are more afraid of being tarred with the sobriquet of “crusaders”, than they are of mis-identifying threats to life and liberty.

    Though simply blaming it all on “Islam” as some do is not much better in this regard.

    What really needs to be articulated — then ACTED UPON — by free people is that these rogue states and their gang “muscle” do not respect life and liberty, therefore they do not deserve sovereign respect.

    Problem is, too many in that Ruling Class lack the confidence in those self-evident truths this nation was founded to protect, to the degree needed to stand up and declare that these nations do not respect those truths and therefore are a threat … then act like they ARE a threat.

    They have chosen instead to treat dictator and democrat as though they are morally equivalent and equally worthy of sovereign respect.

    As long as people do not threaten life and liberty, I will respect theirs … no matter what they believe, even if they are hermaphroditic Martians who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    If they do not, they shouldn’t expect even the opportunity to surrender, once we engage.

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