And yet, the US government knew nothing about the construction of sophisticated tunnels along Mexico’s border with the US, such as the one that had tunnelled beneath the ground into San Diego. It allowed both Hezbollah operatives and the Mexican mafia to cross into US territory unseen, and to set up gangs within the US.
These tunnels were similar to those their Lebanese cousins used to transport rockets and other weapons from Syria during past conflicts with Israel, and also to supply insurgents in Gaza.
Additionally, the US, has seen apprehended drug dealers, who adorned with Hezbollah tattoos which hints at how comprehensive the terror group’s drug enterprise is, and how it’s been made easier by the fact that Americans of Lebanese descent are running various drug networks on the US side of the border.
As far back as 2010, the Tucson Police Department reported that the presence of radical groups in the prison system had increased, and that upsurge of inmates were becoming radicalized, and how Hezbollah tattoos were being discovered on incarcerated felons.
Iran has found ideological and political sympathy among the various administrations in Latin America, as many of the more radical Latin American leaders share its hatred for the US, leading to the recent strengthening of ties with the Iranian leadership.
Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri, one of the regime’s ambassadors to Mexico, who supported Ruhollah Khomeini’s ideology, and was a fervent anti-Semitic, spent his time in Mexico trawling deprived areas, actively seeking out and converting young Mexicans to embrace radical form of Shiite Islam, and persuading them to travel to Qom in Iran for religious study. Although this happened in Mexico, it could easily be replicated in any US inner city, where unemployment is high, and youths feel that society that has no room for them.
Ghadiri was troubling in that he urged his young recruits to access the servers of US defence installations, and stated his views of desiring the annihilation of Israel’s “Zionist” regime.
Hezbollah has been well entrenched in Mexico For decades, and US intelligence reports suggest they have a well-established sleeper cell network within the US itself. Many analysts believe that Hezbollah has not carried out a “spectacular” on US soil is that Iran needs to win influence in Latin America, and Hezbollah needs the cash made on the misery of the West’s desperate drug addicts.Terror attacks would cost them a vast amount of US dollars.
In an article for Al Arabiya, Tony Duheaume, author of four books about the the Iranian regim writes, “…the Iran deal, which the Iranian regime has adhered to insofar as it sees fit, by agreeing to curb certain aspects of its nuclear program, which gives it a chance to build up its armed forces, fuel foreign wars such as those in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and regain its prestige within the international community. So as long as this agreement remains in place, Iran will have billions of dollars pouring into its coffers from cash being returned after being impounded as a result of Western sanctions, imposed through the Iranian regime’s dogged pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
He adds, “So with the Iranian Qods (Jerusalem) Force – which is an elite armed division, acting on behalf of its sister organization the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and takes on extra-territorial operations such as covert action in foreign lands on its behalf – known to direct Hezbollah operations, it has kept tight reins on the terror group’s present day terrorist activities.”
Estimates point to more Lebanese living abroad, than live in Lebanon, so with such vast numbers living in Latin America and the US, there are certain to be criminal elements found, and many Lebanese émigrés have become hooked up in the coccaine trade, and Hezbollah is enmeshed with these criminal groups.
Duheaume writes, “It has been known for several years that dealing in drugs with the Mexican mafia is a lucrative source of income as far as Hezbollah is concerned, having come into contact with its leadership through its dealings with guerrilla groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) for decades.” FARC is still a designated terrorist group, said to have at one point produced 70 percent of the world’s cocaine, plus having been responsible for 90 percent of the drug on sale within the US.
Hezbollah makes the perfect partner for any group that is at odds with its government, according to Duheaume. “Not only is Hezbollah an insurgency group, whose talent in asymmetric and urban warfare is second to none, brought about through rigorous training at Qods Force training camps, it also has a talent in all other forms of insurgency expertise. Its list of techniques includes training snipers for assassinations, teaching the fundamentals of intelligence systems, methods of obtaining secure communications, and much more besides. So with expert bomb-makers within its ranks, with all of the knowledge you could ask for in both the design and the planting of explosive devices, it is no surprise that such techniques in bombings have taken a sudden upsurge on the streets of Mexico since Hezbollah arrived on the scene.”
With past Mexican governments unable to control the cartels, violence escalated rapidly, and with Hezbollah training gang members in fully equipped training camps, the situation is now way out control. Still, no wall will protect a country from sleeper cells that are already established on its soil.