Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hezbollah Joining Mexican Drug Cartels

Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-SC) has formally requested that the US Department of Homeland Security investigate the involvement of Hezbollah with Mexican drug cartels.

This is not news to anyone who's been following Hezbollah and Iranian activity in Latin America, or who is aware that Hezbollah has long made narcotics a key part of its financing. The Hezbollah stronghold in the Bek'aa Valley in Lebanon is one of the largest drug producing areas on earth.

It's also well known that Hezbollah is deeply entrenched in the 'triangle', the area where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet, operating drug trafficking rings with tentacles that stretch all through Latin America.

A suspected Hezbollah financier, a Lebanese national named Moussa Hamdan was just arrested in exactly this area, in a city with a significant Arab population called Ciudad del Este.A US warrant is outstanding for his arrest and Interpol is still in the process of deciding whether to honor the US request to extradite him

Myrick, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee said that according to her information Hezbollah's agents have bases in Venezuela with the support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, where they learn Spanish, train and obtain false papers identifying them as Mexican citizens. She also cited reports that members of drug cartels imprisoned in South America have been spotted tattooing Persian script on their bodies.

Aside from involvement in the Mexican drug cartels, many of which were originally armed and trained by the US,there's another consideration. There are existing Hezbollah cells and sympathizers here in America, as terrorism expert Steve Emerson has documented in his book, American Jihad.

It's not hard to imagine a scenario where Hezbollah fighters come in through our porous southern border armed with explosives and arms to link up with the cells and sympathizers already here.

Those of you who find this far-fetched might remember that two of the jihadis convicted of the attempted terrorist attack on Fort Dix were non-Hispanic Muslims who came into the US illegally in exactly that fashion.

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