Iran recruiting terrorists in Britian Posted by: mcq
on Thursday, April 20, 2006
A couple of days ago I highlighted a story about attempts by terrorists to recruit "white muslims". The story was about Bosnian muslims and the drive to recruit them because they'd be less likely to be suspected of being a terrorist than would someone of arabic descent.
It appears the same sort of recruiting drive is occurring in Britian, this time by an Iranian based group.
Relations between the west and the hardline Iranian regime are set to worsen after a Tehran-based group claimed yesterday it was trying to recruit Iranians and other Muslims in Britain to carry out suicide bombings against Israel.
The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign, which claims to be independent but has the backing of the regime, said it is targeting potential recruits in Britain because of the relative ease with which UK passport-holders can enter Israel.
Mohammad Samadi, a spokesman for the group, told the Guardian that striking at Israel was the priority of his recruitment drive. "The first target is Israel. For us, that is the battlefield," he said. "All the Jews are targets, whether military or civilian. It's our land and they are in the wrong place. It's their duty to pay attention to safety of their own families and move them away from the battlefield," he said.
Mr Samadi's group was participating in a recruitment fair for "martyrdom seekers" being held in the grounds of the former US embassy in Tehran. Several hundred volunteers have signed up for missions in the past few days.
Seems to me that what's being put into play here is the "foreign policy" pronouncements of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, i.e. that Israel would be blown away in a 'storm'. Obviously the first thought one might have, given Iran's drive toward nuclear weapons, is that Ahmadinejad was talking about nukes. And that may be part of his long-term plan. But it seems Iran is wasting no time putting its violence where its mouth is. It appears it will satisfy its hate against Israel with a wave of terrorist bombings if it can manage it.
Anyone who doesn't recognize Iran as a true rogue state simply isn't paying attention. The Iranian agenda is hard-line, radical, threatening and uncompromising. Overtures from the rest of the world have fallen on deaf Iranian ears. At some point Iran's threats will become reality, and the world had better be prepared to face up to it now or be prepared for the future consequences of a nuclear armed Iran.
I heard Donald Rumsfeld interviewed yesterday and when asked if he was comfortable with the 5-10 year timeframe given for Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons, he hesitated and then said "no". He said he was not at all comfortable with that timeframe and felt that they were a lot closer than that given the intel coming out of there.
I agree. I don't think we have 5-10 years to make up our mind and come up with a plan, or to make sanctions work (if we could ever get them). I think we have 3 years at best and we'd better start working toward regime change in Iran with a renewed vigor. My suggestion is an all out effort to support groups opposed to the present government to include supplying them with arms and training if necessary. Border infiltration works two ways. If Iran is tacitly backing recruitment of terrorists to attack Israel, then I have no qualms at all about returning the favor.
In the meantime the rest of the world must be convinced of the seriousness of the situation. And while they may feel their best interests (hello, China? Russia?) might be served in Iran, that doesn't have to include a relationship with the present regime.