When most people think about terrorism, they think about Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and the Middle East. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to terrorism than these things. It would be nice if Al Qaeda was the only terrorist organization out there, but as you can see that is only scratching the surface. I really don’t care what the “official” reason(s) we went to war in Iraq was, but I am sure glad we are there now, because it is important we have a strong presence in the region where so many of these terrorist organizations are developed.
But, having said that, the Middle East is not the only region we need to be focused on. This is an incredibly interesting and informative (and long) report that discusses the relatively new and emerging Hezbollah Latin America.
The report ties in some of the recent activities of Hugo Chavez, to this developing terrorist threat. We should all think twice before buying our gas from Citgo gas stations, which is owned by the Venezuelan government. Our money could easily be used to fund terrorism and we don’t even know it. The report also brings a sobering reality to some of Chavez’ actions. He is more than an irritating dope that came here and insulted our President and our country. He is a genuine threat and we need to be aware of it. He openly supports Iran and their quest for nuclear weapons, and he stands by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he calls for Israel’s destruction. Our politicians need to be aware of it and take him seriously, and the media also needs to start focusing on him as one of the enemies, and focus a little less on depicting America as the bad guys.
So when you get a chance, I encourage you to read that long report I linked to, and think about how it relates to other issues like our dependence on foreign oil, the war in Iraq, our relations with Iran, and even a fence along the Mexican border. These referenced terror organizations are still being developed, and now is the time for us to take care of the situation, before it gets out of hand.