Evil comes with different faces.
It comes with the face of Taliban militants who last month killed ten members of a medical team returning from remote, Northern Afghanistan after providing eye care to rural villagers. The killers—extremist Muslims—were taught Islam had something to fear from non-Muslims providing free healthcare to Muslims otherwise unable to obtain it.
It comes with the face of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A member of the Quds special forces during the 1981-1988 Iraq war, he enlisted children to clear enemy minefields by walking through them. Religious fanaticism blinded him to the sin of so sacrificing his nation’s greatest treasure—its children.
Evil comes too with the face of drug gangs in Mexico who can now add to their list of brutalities the massacre last month of 72 Central and South American migrant workers for simply refusing to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
For Muslim extremists slaughtering innocent victims, their religion is Islam and there is no god but Prophet Muhammad’s Allah. For the Mexican drug cartels slaughtering innocent victims, their religion is trafficking and there is no god but “profit.” Either force of evil alone creates immense dangers; but when the motivations of “Prophet” and “profit” combine, those dangers grow exponentially. And we are seeing evidence the two are teaming up.
For Mexican drug cartels—with access into the U.S. through their smuggling routes—and Muslim extremists—with money to pay dearly for such access—this teaming may be a match made in Heaven. But for us it is one made in Hell.
Hezbollah is a group whose terrorist seed was first nurtured in Lebanon in 1982 by Iran. It has long employed violence as its signature tool in the Middle East, doing Tehran’s bidding there. Endearing himself to Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez opened the door to the Americas for these Muslim extremists in 2006.
Hezbollah’s mission here is twofold: (1) To prepare terrorists to take the war Iran is fighting against the U.S. (one about which America remains in denial) in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to U.S. soil; and 2) To establish a mutually beneficial working relationship with the Mexican drug cartels by which Hezbollah provides training to them for access into the U.S. to profit from drug activities.
Hezbollah’s terrorist attacks, initially targeting Lebanon, were expanded to Israel and, more recently, Europe and South America. Iran provides about $100 million annually to Hezbollah, allowing it to expand its terrorist reach, having funded hundreds of attacks worldwide.
Hezbollah has long lusted for infidel blood—even of children. Included among its “wall of heroes” is Samir Kuntar who participated in a 1979 nighttime raid into Israel. Seeking kidnap victims, he broke into an apartment where a young mother and baby hid as her husband and four-year-old daughter were led out to the beach. With the daughter watching in horror, Kuntar shot the father in the head execution style. Then, using the butt of his rifle, he smashed her head against a rock. Imprisoned for three decades, Kuntar was released in a 2008 prisoner swap—returning home to a Hezbollah hero’s welcome.
Meanwhile, just as one would think the drug cartels’ violence could not get any worse, it does.
The death toll since 2006 in the war between drug gangs and the Mexican government is 28,000. Cartels flourish not only on eradicating opposition to their profit god, but also on instilling fear. Their evil has included—after the funeral of a Mexican marine hailed as a hero when killed in action against a gang—murdering that hero’s grieving family.
Opposition gang members have been tortured, their bodies mutilated and placed in acid. And, in an act earlier this year totally devoid of human decency, a rival gang member’s body was cut into pieces after his face had been skinned and stitched onto a soccer ball. The recent massacre of 72 innocent victims followed two earlier massacres. Monthly, at least 1,600 migrants are kidnapped in Mexico and held for ransom—some beaten to death with baseball bats.
Rep. Sue Myrick (R.-N.C.) has raised concerns with the Obama Administration about indications Muslim extremists and Mexican drug gangs have teamed up.
Signs of this relationship include: Increased bomb-making sophistication based on the first time use in Mexico of a cell phone-detonated car bomb; increasing numbers of Mexican gang members arrested bearing tattoos in Farsi—the language of Iran; use along our borders of new tunnel-digging techniques mastered in the Middle East; and a recent federal court indictment revealing a drugs-for-weapons conspiracy involving Hezbollah and a cartel.
Former DEA operations chief Michael Braun makes it clear: “Hezbollah relies on the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels… They work together… One way or another, they are all connected.”
The Mexican government’s war against the cartels is driving drug activity north where some areas on U.S. soil are now deemed unsafe. An Arizona sheriff shockingly reports cartels control some parts of his state. Yet, despite this, when Arizona passes a tough new immigration law seeking to protect our country, President Obama files a lawsuit against the state to stop its enforcement—and reports Arizona to the UN for human rights violations.
As goes the quote from a Shakespearean play alluding to a fish rotting from the head down, “Something is rotten in Denmark.”