Farsi(cal) Tattoos

The transcript, courtesy of our friends at Think Progress, for every delicious word of sheer wingnuttery.

MYRICK: Well the thing that concerns me, and you mentioned this briefly, Iran is working with Venezuela. And they're transiting through Venezuela, taking Spanish for maybe six months. They're getting the false documents that they need, coming up through Mexico and if they're stopped, they just say well I'm Spanish. And it, oh I mean Mexican, and it only takes a smart border agent who knows the difference in the accents. He can tell, but if he doesn't have that, there's no way to know.

And the other thing that we're seeing, and we're seeing it in your state in particular in the prisons is Farsi tattoos. Farsi is basically a Persian language, which Iran is, and we know we've seen Arabic tattoos in our prisons for a long time, but we haven't seen Farsi tattoos in a long time. That's a pretty good indication that these people coming across our border are not just coming from Mexico and other countries that are looking for work. And that's what scares me. Being on Intelligence, we know there are people who are are here who do want to do us harm who are already in the country and it's not a matter of will they get in anymore, it's a matter of they're already here because of our lax border laws.

Sue Myrick, the former mayor of Charlotte and current Representative for the Ninth Congressional District of North Carolina, warns us about the latest devilish plot by those evil Iranians. And it's a good thing that she sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence so she can pick up the trends of terrorists. Who knew that Farsi tattoos were the tip-off needed to identify such purveyors of evil?

Fox News, on the other hand, is able to play the story straight:

Iran-tied terror group Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border, a Republican congresswoman warned, calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to establish a special task force to figure out how to "clamp down" on this "national security" threat.

The Lebanon-based group has long-standing and documented ties to South America and its drug gangs, but reports have recently surfaced that it may be expanding its influence to Mexico and the U.S. border.

In her letter to Napolitano, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., called on Homeland Security to find out and report more on the extent of the problem. She cited several troubling developments that would point to Hezbollah creeping closer to and inside the United States, with the help of Mexican drug gangs.

"It is vital we know what is happening on our border, especially as crime and violence continue to rise there and as terrorist plots and threats are increasing inside the U.S.," she wrote.

Myrick outlined a complex set of potential threats and evidence of their existence. She said "Iranian agents and members of Hezbollah" are thought to be learning Spanish in Hugo Chavez-run Venezuela before trying to obtain false documents to enter the United States as purported Mexicans. She said Hezbollah, known for its tunnel-digging skill, could be receiving drug money from cartel operations in exchange for help forging better tunnels across the U.S. border for trafficking.

She said gang members in prisons in the American southwest are starting to show up with tattoos in Farsi, implying a "Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah."

FoxNews.com has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for comment on the numerous claims.

Myrick cited the opinions and findings of former intelligence officials and others in her detailed letter. One of them was a "high-ranking Mexican Army officer" whom she said believes Hezbollah could be training Mexican drug cartels to make bombs.

"This might lead to Israel-like car bombings of Mexican/USA border personnel or National Guard units," she wrote.

At a minimum, Hezbollah has a foothold in South America, according to official reports.

Anthony Placido, assistant administrator for intelligence at the Drug Enforcement Administration, told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee in March that the "drug and terrorism nexus" is strongest in the region where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. He said drugs from this region, which are cheaper than in other hot spots, "can be resold in other countries for large profits desired by those seeking funds to further terrorist activity such as Hezbollah."

He said some drug traffickers in the region have ties to the Lebanese terror group and have since the late 1980s or early 1990s.

"There are numerous reports of cocaine proceeds entering the coffers of Islamic Radical Groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas," he said, calling it "easy revenue" that can be used for terror attacks.

An April Congressional Research Service report on drug trafficking in Latin America cited that testimony.

A 2006 House Homeland Security Committee report further noted that Hezbollah members have already been caught entering the United States via Mexico, suggesting expanded activity. The report cited as one example the case of Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, the brother of a Hezbollah chief, who in 2005 pleaded guilty to providing material support to Hezbollah after being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border and settling in Dearborn, Mich.

The report raised red flags about the "dangerous intersection between traditional transnational criminal activities ... and more ominous threats to national security."

 

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UCSD student and Hezbollah supporter supports genocide of Jews

In the I/P debate, all too often anti-Semitic racism rears its ugly head. Yesterday its biggest proponents were the Nazism, and the Communists soon followed. Today, its the Jihadists. This is clearly what is getting in the way of Middle East peace and an integral part of the jihadist ideology.

We thought we were safe from this in America, but we're not. Unfortunately, Jihadism is gaining ground as a credibile political idelogy, grounded sometimes in "anti-imperialism," despite calls for terrorist empire.

Now I'm not a fan of most of David Horowitz's views. however, as free speech is America's number one value, he does have a right to express his opinion, as did neo-Marxist pro-Islamists like Said and Khalidi.

During the question and answer period, he fielded a question from a young woman associated with UCSD's Muslim Student Association. Fairly or not, he asked the young lady whether she supported Hamas. She hedged. He then went on to say that he had recently asked another member of the MSA at a different campus whether that student supported Hezbollah. Horowitz claims that the student said that the answer to such a question was simply too complex. So Horowitz said the following:

‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way. I am a Jew. The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?

the young woman said that she is "for it."

While campus liberalism 50 years ago did help produce women's rights, civil rights gains and end the Vietnam war, sometimes it can get radical, and too radical which is not helping anything today. Today, its being on the far left just to be on the far left, Islamic terrorists and their supporters are falsely painted as "the oppressed," "colonized," blah blah blah. Israel is "Apartheid South Africa" and a "Nazi state." Colleges are supposed to be where people grow into maturity through knowledge, and now they are being hijacked. Its amazing how the college didn't do anything about her and how views are allowed to thrive like that.

Furthermore, we are seeing some student groups at college support murder against those who dare make fun of religions that aren't Christianity or Judaism.

For God's sake: WE SAW GENOCIDE CONDONED AND APPROVED BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S POTENTIAL "LEADERS!" What kind of college allows this?

Again, its amazing how the far left mirrors the far right in anti-semitism, anti-Americanism, and totalitarian tendencies. These contradict the true values of liberalism, of which I am a follower. Hezbollah, Hamas, etc. are not oppressed peoples, but are ideologues who oppress women, gays, minorities, etc. We must work to stop proliferation of pro-jihad views on campus, and fight bigotry and racism.

Hezbollah loses in Lebanon

Great news for everyone interested in the Middle East peace process! In Lebanon during today's elections, terrorist group Hezbollah has lost, and the pro-Western coalition has won.

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Hezbollah anti-aircraft guns justify Israel invasion/war?

For those on the lookout for dangerous-for-peace propaganda, here's a very effective example spotted today by aristeides over at WWL (bold and commentary added by aristeides):

Israel fears Hezbollah anti-aircraft missiles could spark war 
May 26, 2009

The defense establishment is concerned that Hezbollah will try to smuggle advanced anti-aircraft missiles into Lebanon in the near future - yet another reason for the rising tension on the Israel-Lebanon border. Israel has made it clear in past statements that it will consider such a development as crossing a red line, which might necessitate preventative measures.

It is believed that Hezbollah would like to deploy SA-8 batteries in Lebanon. Such weapons could pose a threat to Israel Air Force jets flying over the country. In recent years, the IAF has conducted regular flights over Lebanon, part of reconnaissance and intelligence missions linked to assessing Hezbollah's military capabilities. In threatening the IAF, the Shi'ite group is hoping to alter Lebanon's military balance of power vis-a-vis Israel.

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History and Hezbollah: A Podcast Interview With Augustus Richard Norton

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance and the Peace Tree.

Trying to make sense of tribal politics in the Middle East can't be done with simple bumper sticker slogans. The history, entangling relationships, religious dimension, shifting alliances, geography and multiple cultures are a Byzantine maze of complexity. Specifically, the Muslim world is often regarded by people in the west, especially Americans, as a large bowl of alphabet soup. As a result, policy makers who look for quick and easy fixes by force in the region overreach and miscalculate.


One tragic example of miscalculation and overreach is Lebanon. Once regarded as the "jewel" of the Middle East, Lebanon endured a brutal civil from 1975 to 1990. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Syria and Israel, this small country the size of Connecticut has flummoxed leaders in Jerusalem and Washington for two decades.

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