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February 16, 2008
Legacy of a Terrorist
The death of Hezb'allah master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh has had significant reprecussions throughout the world. More details are emerging about a possible spectacular series of attacks that Mughniyeh was planning prior to his death which may reveal a motive for his killing and increase the number of suspects who could have carried out the assassination.
First of all, as David Kenner writing from Lebanon points out, the myth of Hezb'allah as just a political party or social services organization has been shattered:
Martin Kramer points out that Hezbollah's posthumous embrace of Mugniyah is an embarassment to scholars who bought Hezbollah's company line, during the past two decades, that they had no idea who Mugniyah was. Then there is the possible attacks the terrorist was planning. Caroline Glick has details:
"One of [Hezbollah's] paramount interests is concealing from scrutiny that apparatus of terror that Mughniyah spent his life building. Hiding the clandestine branch protects it from Hezbollah's enemies, and makes it easier to sell the movement to useful idiots in the West, who insist that the movement hasn't done any terror in years, and maybe never did any at all," writes Kramer.
It is quite possible that terror master Imad Mughniyah was not killed Tuesday night in Damascus for his past crimes, but to prevent him from carrying out additional attacks in the future. The Vatican? Kidnapping government officials? Such an escalation against the west has been predicted for months as Hezb'allah begins its final drive to force a showdown with the Lebanese government which would end up having the terrorists in de facto control of the country. Glick adds this observation:
On January 30, French security services raided a Paris apartment and arrested six Arab men. Three of the men — two Lebanese and one Syrian — were travelling on diplomatic passports.
According to the Italian Libero newspaper, the six were members of a Hizbullah cell. Seized documents included tourist maps of Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin and Rome marked up with red highlighter to indicate routes, addresses, parking lots and “truck stopping points.”The maps pointed to several routes to Vatican back entrances.
Libero’s report explained that the “truck stopping points” aligned with information the French had received the week before from Beirut. There, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah convened a conference of his senior terror leaders where he ordered them to activate Hizbullah cells throughout Europe to kidnap senior European leaders.
His work revealed the inconvenient truth so fervently denied by policymakers and politicians throughout the Western world. He showed that for the jihadists there is no distinction between terrorists who attack in Israel or Jewish targets abroad and those who attack non-Israeli and non-Jewish targets. Moreover, his work as an Iranian agent demonstrates Iran’s central role in sponsoring jihad throughout the world. John McCain has spoken of this "nexus of terror" showing that he has a basic understanding of the challenges facing us. Neither Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama have been nearly as forthcoming in demonstrating their understanding of this basic fact in the War on Terror, although Hillary Clinton has been more specific regarding the global nature of the threat.
Mughniyeh’s legacy is not simply a laundry list of massacre and torture. It is the nexus of global terror. While it is a great thing that he is dead, it must be understood that his death is insufficient. Hundreds of thousands converged in Beirut to celebrate his life’s work. The West must understand the significance of that work and unite to destroy it — layer after layer.
This points up the necessity in electing someone president who approaches the problem of terrorism as a war and not simply the responsibility of police. Our adversaries operate under no such illusion that this is a law enforcement problem. They see themselves as fighting a world war. There's no reason we shouldn't do the same.