Austin Bay

The bomber, who used the nom de guerre Jacque Felipe Martin, had a Michigan driver's license, which the report concluded Hezbollah fabricated in Lebanon. The coordinators carried Canadian and Australian passports and also had forged Michigan licenses. All three men flew from Beirut to Warsaw, Poland, then went by train to Bulgaria. The two coordinators escaped to Romania, then returned to Lebanon. The Bulgarians concluded the surviving operatives do have Canadian and Australian citizenship.

A sophisticated operation? Yes, and the report shines a harsh light on Iran's insidiously sophisticated global terror war. For years, the EU has resisted U.S. efforts to have Hezbollah declared a terrorist organization. That needs to change.

On Feb. 11, the world got another look at Iran's dirty war machine when one of the Quds force's most senior officers, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shateri, was slain by Syrian rebels inside Syria. He was in a vehicle heading for southern Lebanon, otherwise known as Hezbollah land.

Shateri directed Iranian covert operations in Lebanon and possibly Syria, as well. According to Middle Eastern analyst Amir Taheri, Shateri had entered Syria to advise Assad dictatorship security personnel. He was Iran's chief Hezbollah go-between for weapons and money. Taheri reported that Shateri channeled $200 million a year (in weapons and aid) to Hezbollah after the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War.

Shateri's presence in Syria adds weight to the numerous reports that Iran provides the Assad dictatorship with personnel as well as money, weapons and military supplies.

The Iranian government's hardcore clerics imprison and torture their domestic critics. They wage proxy war on Israel and subjugate Lebanon. We now have indisputable evidence they conduct terror attacks in Europe and keep the Assad dictatorship in power. It is high time for responsible U.S., Canadian and European leaders will hold Tehran's ayatollahs accountable for their premeditated crimes against humanity.


Austin Bay

Austin Bay is the author of three novels. His third novel, The Wrong Side of Brightness, was published by Putnam/Jove in June 2003. He has also co-authored four non-fiction books, to include A Quick and Dirty Guide to War: Third Edition (with James Dunnigan, Morrow, 1996).
 
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