ELDER PATRIOT – International terrorism first became a prominent tactic of radicals in 1968 when a Marxist-Leninist guerilla organization within the Palestinian Liberation Organization hijacked an El Al flight. From that humble beginning a multi-trillion dollar international industry has exploded making the growth of Microsoft, Apple and Facebook look trivial in comparison.
Almost fifty years later the State Department released its annual report confirming that there had been at least 11,774 acts of terrorism worldwide that resulted in no less than 28,300 deaths. That’s one hell of a growth rate for an industry that has had trillions of dollars ostensibly spent fighting against it.
Terrorist organizations are little more than politically motivated crime syndicates. The only thing standing in the way of their eradication is the political will to do it. A half-century of history suggests that Global policy-makers have no interest in stamping out terrorism. It’s likely that’s because the threat feeds the military-industrial complex and justifies the expansion of the surveillance state.
The report confirmed another fact concluding that Iran “remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.”
According to a Congressional Research Service report ordered by Sen. Mark Kirk, Iran is paying fighters in Syria “salaries… ranging from $500 to $1000 a month.”
The same report also estimates that Iran “spends between $100 million and $200 million per year on Hezbollah, $3.5 billion to $15 billion per year in support of Syria’s Asad Regime, $12 million to $26 million per year on Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq, $10 million to $20 million per year to support Houthi rebels in Yemen and tens of millions per year to support Hamas terrorists in Israel.”
There’s also this bit of data from the IRS: Americans are due almost $125 billion in tax refunds from 2015 that, at best, has been unconscionably slow in coming to those expecting and in need of even the smallest refunds.
It is against this backdrop that it’s fair to ask why President Obama agreed to turn $150 billion over to Iran while agreeing to stand aside and let the world’s foremost state funder of terrorism develop nuclear weapons. And, then Obama followed that up with another payment of $400 million for the return of four hostages who were being held at the time the nuclear deal was finalized. Why wasn’t their release negotiated into the original deal?
These payments will cover between 10 and 42 years of Iran’s future terror funding allowing them to allocate more money towards speeding the development of their nuclear weapons program.
Or, perhaps there is an agreement in place to exponentially ramp up acts of terrorism globally prior to the election.
Either way Iran’s continued determination to financially support terrorism has gotten a significant boost from the Obama administration and will almost certainly be used by Obama’s hand-picked successor, Hillary Clinton, to justify a further increase in defense spending to combat it, if she were to be elected. That should make the military-industrial complex happy about their investment in the Clinton campaign.
Whatever fashion Iran chooses to deploy this money there is no doubt that Obama has elevated the United States to the position of the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism. And, it’s all being funded by your tax dollars.