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U.S. calls Islamic terrorists ‘resistance’

Hezbollah 2nd only to al-Qaida in number of Americans killed


Posted: December 07, 2010
9:37 am Eastern


By Aaron Klein
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

GHAJAR, ISRAELI-LEBANESE BORDER - NOVEMBER 17: A general view is seen November 17, 2010 at the village of Ghajar, on Israeli-Lebanese border. Israel's cabinet approved today a plan to withdraw from the northern half of the village of Ghajar, which was recaptured during the 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Pieces of U.S. State Department diplomatic correspondence have been referring to the Hezbollah terrorist organization as a “resistance” group, according to cables released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND.

Outside of al-Qaida, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has the distinction of having killed the most Americans in terror attacks. It is also responsible for scores of terrorist actions targeting Israelis, including rocket launchings against civilian population centers. Hezbollah’s attacks against the Israeli north in 2006 killed 43 Israeli civilians and wounded more than 4,000.

And the State Department officially designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Still, a State Department cable from the U.S. embassy in Damascus referred to Hezbollah’s “armed resistance” against the Jewish state.

Read the cable: “U.S.-Syrian discussions on Hezbollah have tended to ‘agree to disagree’ after hitting the wall of conflicting views on the legitimacy of armed resistance and Israeli occupation.”

The cable and others from around the same time period went on to detail a series of complaints the State Department filed with the Syrian government over its continued arming of Hezbollah to the point the Iranian-backed group is thought to have more than 40,000 rockets and missiles pointed at Israel.

One cable related Hezbollah’s estimated capability to sustain rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and Israel’s north, which would represent a “quantum leap” over the damage Hezbollah caused to Israel during the 2006 war.

Another cable reported the U.S. was working with Arab countries to help stem the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas.

And still another cable related Syria’s foreign minister, Faysel Meqdad, was so upset with U.S. complaints of his country arming Hezbollah that he accused the American government of doing Israel’s bidding.

The State Department correspondence is not the first time government officials referred to Hezbollah as a “resistance” organization.

WND has reported multiple times how Condoleezza Rice, when she was secretary of state, publicly called both Hamas and Hezbollah “resistance” movements.

WND also reported in a May 2008 interview with the New York Times, Obama stated both Hamas and Hezbollah have “legitimate claims” that are being “weakened” by the violence the terror groups carry out.

Further, WND reported when Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, wrote the U.S. should encourage greater assimilation of Hezbollah into the Lebanese government.
In a July 2008 article in The Annals, a publication of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Brennan argued it “would not be foolhardy, however, for the United States to tolerate, and even to encourage, greater assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebanon’s political system, a process that is subject to Iranian influence.”

Also, at a press conference in August at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Brennan declared, “Hezbollah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hezbollah organization.”

Maintenance of a civilian unit of doctors and lawyers by terrorist groups is not uncommon in the Middle East. Hamas has long brandished a civilian wing that provides medical care and education to the Palestinian population. According to Israeli security officials, Hezbollah and Hamas emphasize this outreach to endear their terror groups to the local population.

Brennan went on to state, “Quite frankly, I’m pleased to see that a lot of Hezbollah individuals are in fact renouncing that type of terrorism and violence and are trying to participate in the political process [in Lebanon] in a very legitimate fashion.”

Brennan, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, did not cite specific examples of Hezbollah members renouncing violence. Hezbollah routinely affirms its so-called armed wing operates to target Israelis.

Hezbollah in 1983 carried out a massive attack on the American Marines barracks inside Lebanon in which suicide bombers detonated truck bombs, killing 241 American servicemen, representing the highest single-day death toll for the Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II.

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Muslim terrorists in South America join forces with drug cartels

February 22, 5:31 PM · Jim Kouri – Law Enforcement Examiner

During the Bush Administration, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Peter Pace warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that members of radical Islamic groups were active in South America recruiting and training terrorists. Yet, the Democrat-controlled Senate ignored Gen. Pace’s warning and only a few Republicans squawked.

Today, Terrorist-sponsoring nation Iran is increasing its presence in Latin America, and Hezbollah, a terrorist organization it sponsors, is making inroads in drug trafficking in Colombia, according to American Forces Press Service’s spokesperson Donna Miles in a press statement to Chief of Police Magazine, a publication of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis told the House Armed Services Committee that he shares the concerns of Defense Secretary Robert Gates about Iranian activity in Central and South America.

Iran has opened six embassies in the region during the past five years and is promoting Islamic activities in the region, according to Miles.

“That is of concern, principally because of the connection between the government of Iran, which is a state sponsor of terrorism, and Hezbollah,” Stavridis told Congressman.

“We see a great deal of Hezbollah activity throughout South America, in particular,” he said.

Much of that activity takes place in the tri-border area of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, and in the Caribbean, an area previously pinpointed by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace (USMC-Ret) in a similar congressional hearing.

Stavridis noted in his written statement that the Pentagon supported a Drug Enforcement Administration operation in the tri-border area last August that targeted a Hezbollah-connected drug trafficking organization.

Two months later, officials from the US Southern Command supported another interagency operation in which several dozen people were arrested in Colombia for ties to a Hezbollah-connected drug trafficking and money laundering ring.

Despite big successes in professionalizing the Colombian military and helping it deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Southcom has witnessed a direct connection there between Hezbollah and drug trafficking in Colombia, Stavridis stated.

He asserted that a direct link exists between the illicit drug trade and the terrorist groups it bankrolls, noting the threat posed by Islamic radical terrorism.

“Identifying, monitoring and dismantling the financial, logistical and communication linkages between illicit trafficking groups and terrorist sponsors are critical to not only ensuring early indications and warnings of potential terrorist attacks directed at the United States and our partners, but also in generating a global appreciation and acceptance of this tremendous threat to security,” he said while testifying.

Stavridis called Colombia — the major global source of cocaine and home of the FARC — pivotal in the fight to stop illicit traffickers at the source and advocated continued support to Colombia to help it in this endeavor will pay big dividends for the region and for the United States, he said.

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We ignore terrorists in our own hemisphere at our own peril, claim counterterrorism experts.

Photo credit: Police Times

Hizbullah’s Mexican-US Drug Connection

Nisan 5, 5769, 30 March 09 08:15

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) The Hizbullah terrorist organization is making money by using long-standing drug smuggling routes from Mexico to the United States, the Washington Times reported.

Hizbullah relies on “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” recently retired senior drug enforcement official Michael Braun told the newspaper.

The terrorist network has a long history of financing its activities through drug smuggling, initially in Syria and Lebanon and more recently in South America, where Braun noted Iranian Revolutionary Guards members have begun appearing. As it adds Mexico to its expanded operation, Hizbullah smuggles people as well as drugs into the U.S., endangering national security, according to the report.

Hizbullah’s Mexican drug smuggling link coincides with concerns that the war against drugs as well as clashes between drug rings is causing the U.S. neighbor instability.

The terrorist network’s drug operations have grown since it began terrorist operations in the 1980s, giving it a base to grow into a political party that has become part of the Lebanese government while acting as “state within a state” among large parts of the Shi’ite Muslim community.

Although there have been no confirmed cases of Hizbullah moving terrorists across the Mexican border to carry out attacks in the United States, Hizbullah members and supporters have entered the country this way.

“The Mexican cartels have no loyalty to anyone,” one of the officials told The Washington Times. “They will willingly or unknowingly aid other nefarious groups into the U.S. through the routes they control. It has already happened. That’s why the border is such a serious national security issue.”

Admiral James Stavridis, commander of U.S. forces in Latin America, recently told a Senate committee that Hizbullah is involved in drug trafficking in Colombia. His testimony followed a previous statement by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Hizbullah and Iranian government operatives are “proselytizing and working with Islamic activities throughout the region.”

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