Osama bin Laden may be dead, but a former CIA spy says America still faces a threat that's even more dangerous: Iran.
Writing an op-ed piece for Fox News
, a former CIA spy who uses the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, says "the jihadists in Tehran, strengthened by their actions and reassured by their beliefs, know that they are Allah’s chosen ones to bring about the demise of America and the destruction of Israel. They are encouraged to aggressively continue on with their terrorist activities around the world."
Kahlili insists that the rulers in Iran are a much greater evil than bin Laden. Among other factors, he points out that Iran:
- was behind the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 killing over 240 US troops. Mohsen Rafiqdoost, then the Minister of the Revolutionary Guards, publicly stated that: “Both the TNT and the ideology, which in one blast sent to hell 400 officers, NCOs, and soldiers at the Marine’s headquarters, were provided by Iran.” In response, we removed our forces from Lebanon.
- formed Hezbollah, helped Islamic Jihad, armed and trained terrorists across the region and took hostages with fatal results.
- carried out terrorist attacks through their proxies such as the Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina.
- have for years armed and trained Shiite militias in Iraq with a strategy to bring down our forces, harm them, and drain the U.S. economically.
“The Revolutionary Guards currently hold more than a 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv, Riyadh, U.S. bases in Iraq, the Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain and capitals in Western Europe,” he writes. “At the same time, they are working with the North Koreans and the Chinese on intercontinental ballistic missiles and the nuclear weaponization of their warheads.
“Appeasement and vacillation do not work,” he concludes. “World peace, global stability and millions of lives are on the line. Our first priority should be to stop these radicals in their tracks and to help Iranians free themselves from this evil. A new regime in Iran could transform the world for the better securing global stability and an end to much of terrorism throughout the world.”
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