The jihad in Mexico

Posted by: Phineas on May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Writing at the Gatestone Institute site, Raymond Ibrahim details the continuing efforts of Hizbullah and its Iranian paymasters, as well as al Qaeda, to strike at the United States through our porous border using a combination of missionary work and alliance with the drug cartels:

According to a 2010 report, “Close to home: Hezbollah terrorists are plotting right on the U.S. border,” which appeared in the NY Daily News:

“Mexican authorities have rolled up a Hezbollah network being built in Tijuana, right across the border from Texas and closer to American homes than the terrorist hideouts in the Bekaa Valley are to Israel. Its goal, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper that reported on the investigation: to strike targets in Israel and the West. Over the years, Hezbollah—rich with Iranian oil money and narcocash—has generated revenue by cozying up with Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs and people into the U.S. In this, it has shadowed the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Tehran, which has been forging close ties with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who in turn supports the narcoterrorist organization FARC, which wreaks all kinds of havoc throughout the region.”

Another 2010 article appearing in the Washington Times asserts that, “with fresh evidence of Hezbollah activity just south of the border [in Mexico], and numerous reports of Muslims from various countries posing as Mexicans and crossing into the United States from Mexico, our porous southern border is a national security nightmare waiting to happen.” This is in keeping with a recent study done by Georgetown University, which revealed that the number of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria living in Mexico exceeds 200,000. Syria, along with Iran, is one of Hezbollah’s strongest financial and political supporters, and Lebanon is the immigrants’ country of origin.

A jihadist cell in Mexico was recently found to have a weapons cache of 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives and antitank munitions. The weapons, it turned out, had been smuggled by Muslims from Iraq. According to this report, “obvious concerns have arisen concerning Hezbollah’s presence in Mexico and possible ties to Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s) operating along the U.S.—Mexico border.”

And it’s not just arms-smuggling and infiltration of Arab jihadis that we need to worry about; jihadist organizations are working hard to covert disaffected Mexicans to Salafist Islam:

Long a bastion of Catholicism, southern Mexico is quickly turning into a battleground for soul-savers. Islam, too, is gaining a foothold and the indigenous Mayans are converting by the hundreds. The Mexican government is worried about a culture clash in their own backyard… Muslim women in headscarves have become a common sight….

The Maya regions, particularly Yucatan, have long been a problem for Mexico City. An uprising there lasted from 1847-1901. A century later, will they face an intifada of their own?

Securing the border, as far as is practical, is essential. That doesn’t mean seal it, which would be impossible, but we need far better control over who crosses and why. And intelligence cooperation with the Mexicans, already underway against the cartels, needs to be expanded against the jihadists who seek to exploit our southern neighbor’s problems to get at us.

As Fausta puts it, “border security is national security“.

Because they’re still trying to kill us.

RELATED: An earlier post I wrote on Hizbullah in Tijuana, and Hamas getting in on the act.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “The jihad in Mexico”

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  1. foxmuldar says:

    And obama claims he’s doing more now then ever to secure our borders. Next time you see a pack of would be mexicans crossing the border, they just might not be mexicans at all. And remember that imam that was ranting on about a small amount of small amount of antrax being smuggled across the border and added to our drinking water? Is anyone paying attention? Not in Washington. All Obama cares about is getting more illegals to vote for him.

  2. CycleCynic says:

    Uh, when did Tijuana move? Or did I misunderstand?

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Another dimension to the lack of border security is the dishonest and agenda-driven LSM who report on the situation by trying to pass off Obhammud administration talking points as journalism. It is alarming that government effort is not being spent to protect US citizens but quite the opposite; Fast & Furious as a back-door attempt to cook the Second Amendment and use of drones to monitor us instead of those who threaten us.

  4. Nothing to see here… all these beheadings lately mean nothing!

  5. JimNewman75 says:

    Whenever someone mentions “border security” the knee jerk reaction is to consider the problem with illegal immigrants; however, jihadists sneaking through the miles of unmanned U.S. border is and should be the gravest of concerns. This fact needs to be a high priority!!

  6. Carlos says:

    This is just another part of Obama’s “Destroy America” plan that is working to perfection. Enemies without, enemies within, it’s all going so swimmingly for him.

    The jerk.

    And traitor.

    And so many of our younguns have been indoctrinated to ignore the wonder of our country, they still think of him as a savior, saving us from the evil Bush and all his nefarious henchmen/capitalists! The very definition of “stupid.”

  7. Bagley says:

    “…built in Tijuana, right across the border from Texas..”

    While I am very concerned about the failed nation, Mexico, I am reluctant to lend credibility to an article that is so “geographically challenged.”

    TJ is south of San Diego: a long way from the Texas-Mexico border.

  8. Phineas says:

    While I am very concerned about the failed nation, Mexico, I am reluctant to lend credibility to an article that is so “geographically challenged.”

    Yep, it’s a silly mistake. But the fact of a Hizbullah network broken up in TJ is true:

    Mexico foiled an attempt by Hezbollah to establish a network in South America, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    Hezbollah operatives employed Mexicans nationals with family ties to Lebanon to set up the network, designed to target Israel and the West, the Al-Seyassah daily said.

    According to the report, Mexican police mounted a surveillance operation on the group’s leader, Jameel Nasr, who traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hezbollah commanders there.

    Police say Nasr also made frequent trips to other countries in Latin America, including a two-month stay in Venezuela in the summer of 2008.

    Nasr was living in Tijuana, Mexico at the time of his arrest, the report said.

    Note also the Venezuelan connection.

    I should have noted the error in my post; sloppy of me not to. But let’s not let gotcha-level errors prevent us from seeing the very real danger of jihadist operations on our southern flank.