Hezballah's Mexican connection
There is also the Venezuelan connection through Chavez and his embrace of Islamic radicals to push his anti US agenda. We should not forget that this organization killed more Americans than anyone before al Qaeda's 9-11 attack. Their bombing of the Marines in Lebanon should not be forgotten.
An indictment was unsealed recently in New York federal court detailing facts that confirm the potent and rarely discussed threat that is building at our doorstep. An alleged Hezbollah member with a cache of weapons stored in Mexico was offering to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco-terrorist organization. The weapons were stolen from Iraq. The cache, for sale in 2008, included military rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, C-4 plastic explosives and surface-to-air missiles.
The troubling aspect of United States v. Jamal Yousef is the collaboration between potent adversaries historically viewed as independent of one another. Buried in this indictment are daunting and very real implications:
• • Hezbollah maintains sensitive operations in Mexico and is an active participant in Mexican weapons trafficking there;
• • Hezbollah is willing to join forces with narco-terrorist organizations to destabilize host countries in the Americas, and;
• • The weapons could easily be smuggled into the United States.
Hezbollah is a terrorist organization supported by the Iranian government and is no stranger to open hostilities. One need only recall the thousands of missiles and rockets the organization fired upon Israel in the summer of 2006, the many operations carried out in Lebanon and the bombing of Jewish sites in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994.
Historically there have been references to Hezbollah operations in Mexico, but rarely are details released. For example, in 2005 congressional testimony, Rep. Edward Royce, R-Calif., mentioned the dismantling of a Hezbollah smuggling cell in Mexico and the organization's sophisticated weaponry, including rockets and missiles. Congressional testimony in years past has touched upon the ominous specter of Islamic extremists collaborating with narco-terrorists, but members of the intelligence community did not divulge specifics at the time.
This is another reason why we should help Mexico defeat its criminal insurgency.