The Israel Project sponsored a bloggers’ call with Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Institute and author “Under A Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and The Bomb.”
Speaking about Iran’s increased presence in Latin America, such at the tri-border area, Dr. Ottolenghi explained,
“Iran has revisionist ambitions. It aims to replace the Soviet Union as the reference point… for the world order. Iran lies at the combination of the subversive and the divine.”
“This is beyond the issue of nuclear proliferation, this is an ideological issue… which explains why Iranians aim to convert natives in the [South American] jungle… We have to understand what this regime is about, we have to understand what the danger a rational regime in Tehran presents.”
“We have to understand the ideology.”
I’ll link to a transcript of the call once it’s available.
Via Blandly Urbane, All Along the Watchtower
The War on Terror has arrived in Latin America, and is headed our way. Here’s a clip:
TERRORISTS OF THE CARIBBEAN
In the Caribbean Sea, the trade winds now bring drugs and weapons — and Islamist terrorists. The seaborne and airborne smuggling from South America to Central America and the Caribbean islands is out of control. The governments of Central America are undermined by drug cartels with easy access to corrupt officials, and subverted by the electoral wins of radical Chávez allies such as Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and the FMLN just this week in El Salvador — another ally gone. The region’s tiny, impoverished governments can hardly refuse Hugo Chávez’s offers of life-sustaining petroleum, and squirm at the “favors” he asks in return.
On top of this problem, the region’s large Muslim-immigrant communities — as well as local converts to Islam — have proven tragically susceptible to extremist proselytizing and recruitment. In 1990, an Islamist group in Trinidad and Tobago, Jammat al Muslimeen, staged an abortive coup against the U.S.-friendly government there, killing 24 people. In 2007, responding to complaints of apparent terrorist training activities, authorities raided the group’s five-acre compound, seizing weapons and grenades.
In June 2007, a plot to bomb the fuel-depot system of JFK International Airport was foiled, preventing another mass-casualty attack in New York City. Of the four terror suspects arrested, one was from Trinidad and the others from nearby Guyana. “Although Caribbean societies remain mostly a harmonious mosaic of ethnicities and faiths,” writes Amanda Farfel of the American Jewish Committee, “the JFK plotters, late converts to Islam, demonstrate the susceptibility of some local Muslims to the messages of international radical Islamic organizations.” One of the JFK-plot suspects was arrested in Trinidad on a plane bound for Caracas. His wife told authorities that his intended final destination was Iran.
Go read the rest.