By Jim Kouri
Government officials in the Obama Administration and European Union appear to be more worried about an Israeli air strike on suspected Iranian nuclear sites and weapons storage areas than about the radical Islamist regime actually developing a nuclear weapon and a delivery system, according to some national security analysts.
Couple the use of proxies such as terrorist groups — Hezbollah being the most powerful — with eventual access to nuclear weapons, then it shouldn’t surprise President Barack Obama and his minions that the Israeli government and military will not just hope for the best and prepare for the worst, notes former military intelligence officer and counterterrorism expert Michael Snopes.
“On almost a daily basis, Hamas, Hezbollah and others fire rockets into Israel. Are those people — who comprise the only true democracy in the Middle East — supposed to someday sit and wonder if and when the next rocket fired at them will carry a small nuclear warhead?” asks Snopes.
For the past half year (May 2011-February 2012) Iran and Hezbollah have organized and carried out a terrorist campaign against Israeli targets abroad. So far six attacks have been attempted in five Asian countries, four in sequence (Turkey, Azerbaijan, twice in Thailand) and two simultaneously (India and Georgia), analysts from an Israeli intelligence think-tank point out.
According to an Israeli source who requested anonymity, several methods were employed, the most conspicuous of which, according to information made public so far, was the attaching of a magnetic explosive device to a vehicle (or vehicles) mainly used by representatives of the State of Israel.
Iran (through the Quds Force and other apparatuses linked to the regime) conducts a global terrorist campaign against countries and individuals it perceives as its enemies: the United States and the West, Israel and the Jewish people, Saudi Arabia and other pro-Western Arab countries, and Iranian and foreign figures who oppose the Iranian regime, according to analysts at Meir Amit Intelligence Center, an Israeli think-tank .
According to a recent Examiner news story, Hezbollah and foreign operations apparatus serve as the main Iranian proxy, handled by the Iranians for subversion and terrorism in the Middle East and around the globe. Both the Iranians and Hezbollah repeatedly and strongly deny involvement in terrorism and subversion around the globe.
During the past year the Iranian terrorist campaign has faced a succession of failures, caused by their low professional capabilities and perhaps also by haste and excessive motivation to carry out terrorist attacks regardless of the cost. One example was the prevention of the attempted assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, a plot that was covered by the Law Enforcement Examiner.
Others terrorist incidents were the series of prevented or failed attempts to attack Israeli and Jewish targets abroad in revenge for the deaths of Iranian nuclear scientists and of Imad Mughniyeh, attributed by the Iranians and Hezbollah to Israel.
However, it seems that despite their failures the Iranians (and Hezbollah) are determined to continue their terrorist campaign against Israel and other countries they perceive as their enemies, for both “revenge” and deterrence, and to send the entire world a message regarding Iran’s potential for terrorism around the globe, according to the Law Enforcement Examiner’s Israeli source.