Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hezbollah Surfaces in Mexico

Mike Evans
For years, in both books and editorials, I have warned that Iran was sponsoring Hezbollah operatives in Mexico and Central America. Skeptics murmured that it was simply Islamophobia. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Unfortunately,the truth is not always accepted by those who wish to either laugh in derision or bury their heads in the proverbial sand when it comes to radical Muslim fanatics.

For more than two decades I have seen this battle coming and have been crying out with books such as The Jerusalem Scroll in ‘99. In it I wrote about Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Islamic Jihad’s attempts to blow up Los Angeles and New York. The ridicule stopped on September 11th.

Vindication finally came this week in the form of the arrest of three Hezbollah members in Mérida, Mexico over a period of several days. Two of the detainees carried passports issued by the country of Belize. Reforma, a newspaper in that city, listed one of those detained as US national, Rafic Mohammad LabbounAllaboun, who also traveled under Belizean documents.

Allaboun had been under investigation by US intelligence authorities who identified him as a member of the Iran’s proxy organization. All three men were being held in Houston, Texas. It is entirely believable now that Iran has paid the Mexican Mafia a fortune to imbed Hezbollah terrorists.

Several weeks ago, I had breakfast with the governor of Texas at which time I presented him with a copy of my novel, Seven Days. It is based on an attack on Iran’s nuclear reactors over a seven-day period. It has a second seven-day period which tells of the Iranian plan to send Hezbollah terrorists into the US through the Mexican mafia.

Head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has been asked by congressional members to examine the reported presence of Hezbollah terrorists on the border with Mexico. According to North Carolina Representative Sue Myrick, “We have typically seen tattoos [on those arrested] in Arabic, but Farsi implies a Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah.”

In July 2010 Jameel Nasr, a Hezbollah member with ties to Lebanon, was arrested in Tijuana. He had reportedly been entrusted with the task of setting up a network in both Mexico and South America. Another Hezbollah operative was arrested the same year in New York City. He allegedly had control of an accumulation of weapons in Mexico. His hoard was said to have been secreted in Mexico and contained M-16 assault rifles, AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 plastic explosives, and antitank weapons. According to Yousef, the weapons, which were being stored in Mexico, had been stolen from Iraq with the help of his cousin who was a member of Hezbollah.

While the US does well to be concerned about terrorism in other parts of the world, perhaps it is time to look closer home. It is calculated that more than 4,000 illegal aliens cross the border from Mexico to Arizona daily. This does not include tallies of those who cross into Texas, California, or New Mexico. It is mindboggling to think that among those who sneak into this country undocumented are terrorists bent on murdering US citizens.

It is time that Washington takes the matter seriously. It is one thing to be politically-correct; it is another to risk another 9/11 because of the fear of offending someone.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Israel’s Northern & Southern Borders under Closer Watch

Imagine what it would be like in the United States if, to the north, Canada was engaged in a bloody civil war while at the same time, to the south, Mexicans illegally entering the US were terrorists instead of ordinary people looking for a better life.  Then add to the Mexican scenario that Cuba had sent tanks into the northern provinces of Mexico to help maintain order.
That might be what the tiny nation of Israel feels like with the Syrian Civil War to the north and the Egyptian army in the desert to the south.  These kinds of things can get worrisome over a period of time.  While all the action is happening primarily on the other side of the borders, the longer it goes on, the greater the chances are that some kind of conflict will occur right at, or flow across, the border.
Last month, Islamic terrorists attempted, but failed, in an attack in which eight Egyptian soldiers were killed.   They managed to breach the border and headed toward a kibbutz where an attack would have taken place had the IDF not intervened with the cooperation of the Egyptian army.  Subsequent to the attack Israel complained that Egypt had not been living up to its agreement to maintain order in the Sinai.  Almost without hesitation, the Egyptian army sent tanks and troops into the Sinai, where they have remained there since.
The southern situation is somewhat problematic.  It is based on a peace treaty with a country that is now under a Muslim Brotherhood regime – a regime whose goal is to make Jerusalem its capital.  While the border needs to be policed, it’s also a bit like the hens themselves calling the fox over to guard that side of the hen house.  But Israel doesn’t have “stupid” written across its flag.  Having asked Egypt to “step it up a notch,” they can’t now say “go home,” although they did ask Egypt to withdraw some of their tanks.
Israel’s solution?  Put a new IDF base on the Egyptian border to protect the hens inside the very same house that the fox is protecting on the outside.  Overall, it’s a brilliant move.  The base is officially a staging area for troops monitoring the Israeli side of the border.  It’s also a plus for those drawing duty near the border, as the base is a modern oasis in what is a relatively inhospitable region weather-wise and could become even more inhospitable in other ways with the alleged influx of al-Qaeda terrorists on the Egyptian side.
To the north, Israel’s problem is only slightly different, but the Syrian civil war is becoming more and more problematic as the government, with the aid of Russia, China, and Iran keeps hanging on to power but is unable to stop the terrorists.  More than 23,000 have now been killed in a year and a half of fighting.  It was reported today that Turkish officers have now taken command of multiple units of the rag-tag rebels.  Yesterday Turkey declared Syria “a terrorist state.”  That declaration was not mere rhetoric.  It established a legitimate, legal reason for Turkey to use military intervention in Syria.  US, Turkish, and Israeli intelligence have been monitoring suspicious and unusual military movements in the south of Syria and in Hezbollah-dominated regions of Lebanon.  The IDF has now placed its units on the Syrian and Lebanese borders on alert following concerns that the war will be taken into Israel from the north.
With Iran a threat from the east, Hamas and (potentially) Egypt to the south, and Syria and Hezbollah to the north, Israel can be thankful that it is protected by Almighty God from above.  But Israel needs our prayers for their protection and peace.  So our prayers will ascend to Heaven where God will hear and answer.  Join with us, will you, as we pray for Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem.
To read the original article in the ISRAEL HAYOM website, click here:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

PM Netanyahu Says “World’s Commitment is Hollow”

Dear JPT Member,
Greetings from the Holy City.
Some 120 nations from around the world sent representatives to a major conference in Tehran this week, legitimizing the murderous Islamic regime by their presence. Among their number was the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the newly elected president of Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi, and the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
My old friend Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly pointed out the hypocrisy in an interview this week. He said, “Six million of my people were exterminated in an act of genocide. The world pledged ‘never again’; it passed treaties against genocide; it formed the United Nations; it made a commitment that this thing will never be repeated. Today, over 120 countries are in Tehran, saluting a regime that not only denies the Holocaust, but pledges to annihilate the Jewish state.”
The world may be able to pretend that Iran is just another nation with normal ambitions, but Israel cannot afford to make that mistake. I am here in the Jewish state as your ambassador, meeting with leaders and working to do everything we can to encourage and uplift and help a nation on the brink of war. They urgently need us right now—and we cannot afford to ignore the pleas for help of God’s Chosen People.
Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah.
Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who girds Israel with might.
Your ambassador to Jerusalem,
Dr. Mike Evans