”]The following is an excerpt from my short piece for Guernica on the continued fabrication of Islamo-Bolivarian threats to U.S. national security. The piece begins:
I have been kept up at night by the Iranian presence in Latin America ever since Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned in 2009: “We know that there are flights from Caracas via Damascus to Tehran.”
The warning, which was intended as evidence of Iranian infiltration of the American continent, occurred in the context of Ayalon’s excursion to Honduras to attend the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. Of no concern, apparently, was the fact that it is also possible to travel by air with minimal difficulty from Caracas to places like New York and Tel Aviv (and that Israel does not technically qualify as an American State).
The Caracas-Tehran one-stop has since been adopted as a pet issue by neoconservative pundits like the American Enterprise Institute’s Roger Noriega—author of such gems as “Chávez’s Secret Nuclear Program”—who categorized the flight as a component of “Chávez’s Scary Anti-American Campaign.” Noriega reiterated the malevolent travel itinerary as part of his July 2011 testimony before a U.S.Congressional Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing entitled “Hezbollah in Latin America— Implications for U.S. Homeland Security.”
The International Assessment and Strategy Center’s Douglas Farah raised additional causes for alarm. According to Farah, the Iranian embassy in Bolivia had “reportedly asked for more than two dozen spaces in the international school for children of their newly-arrived diplomats there” and Venezuela’s “geographic proximity to West Africa” made it an “ideal launching pad” for drug trafficking. Previous Iranian diplomatic hazards such as the mega-embassy falsely rumored to be under construction in Managua were not brought up.
The arsenal of material available for use against the alleged Islamo-Bolivarian menace was meanwhile augmented in early December with the release of a documentary entitled La amenaza iraní—“The Iranian Threat”—courtesy of Univision, one of the largest Spanish-language broadcast networks in theU.S.
In the extracts from the documentary published on the Univision website, Mexican citizen and former computing instructor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Juan Carlos Muñoz Ledo alleges the existence of a plot by the embassies of Iran and Venezuela in Mexico to organize a cybernetic attack on the U.S., followed by a physical one.
Click here to read the rest of the piece at Guernica.