Stratfor analyst says radical militia routinely airs threats to his organization,
as well as the government and "anybody who will listen."
Much of the material in this article has been gleaned from a
Stratfor weekly intelligence report by Scott Stewart.
Stratfor is an Austin-based private global intelligence
service which serves industrialists, investors,
agriculturists, traders and manufacturers and journalists
and has graciously granted permission for the use of its
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Hezbollah has brought the conflict between the People of the
Sword, the adherents of Islam, and the People of the Book,
Israel and its allies, to the Mexican border.
Hezbollah - It's an Arabic word that means - literally,
Party of God. A Shi'a organization, it was formed by two
Iranian Imperial Guards who traveled to Lebanon during the
Israeli occupation of that nation while it was experiencing
civil war in 1980.
The Party of God is an adherent of the doctrines of the
Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic fundamentalist strongman who
deposed the Shah from his decades-long exile in France.
A militant, well-armed militia, it is an entrenched social
service organization in Lebanon, provider of education,
food, employment and religious counseling.
The primary goals of Hezbollah are infiltration of borders,
smuggling of operatives bent on violent interdiction, of
illicit substances for the lucrative profits they avail, and
a primary provider of terror tactics against all those
regarded by fundamental Islamic law as infidels.
In fact, Hezbollah does not limit itself to making money
from illicit narcotics, but also to marketing such products
as pirated movies and musical tapes, clothing, electronic
It takes big money to reach their goal.
Their goal: to see to it that the infidels either convert,
accept the second class status of citizenship known as
dhimmitude, or be put to the sword.
As it turns out, the tactics of drug smuggling cartels in
northern Mexico resemble those of Hezbollah to a remarkable
There is an emphasis on signature forms of execution such as
beheadings. Soldiers travel in heavily armed convoys,
speeding to the site of an execution or ambush without
slowing down or stopping for anyone. Authority figures such
as chiefs of police or federal officers are targeted with
violence. All others are bribed heavily.
Probings of the American border with Mexico reveal a very
porous barrier, one that is ultimately vulnerable to the
terror tactics of organizations such as Hezbollah.
Many law enforcement and national security experts are
starting to build a valid case that Hezbollah is behind the
training of the Zetas, the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels. They
are sure that the immense profits that come from drug
smuggling are used to further the goals of terror directed
For instance, a mid-July attack on Juarez police who lured
police to the site of an IED car bombing on a busy downtown
street was a classic rendition of a tried and true Hezbollah
tactic used over and over again on the streets of Beirut,
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Cairo, Gaza and many other mideastern
And yet, intelligence analysts on both sides of the borders
and the oceans see Hezbollah's tactics as ultimately
rational - though totally radical.
Why would that be?
Consider Mr. Stewart's argument.
"So, while Hezbollah has the capability to attack U.S.
interests, it does not currently possess the intent to do
"Then why the recurring rumors of impending Hezbollah
terrorist attacks? For several years now, every time there
has been talk of a possible attack on Iran there has been a
corresponding threat by Iran that it will use its proxy
groups in response to such an attack. Iran has also been
busy pushing intelligence reports to anybody who will listen
(including Stratfor) that it will activate its militant
proxy groups if attacked and, to back up that threat, will
periodically send IRGC-QF, MOIS or Hezbollah operatives out
to conduct not-so-subtle surveillance of potential targets.
(They clearly want to be seen undertaking such activity.)"
Mr. Stewart compares Hezbollah's tactics to those of Henry
Kissinger in his doctrine of mutually assured destruction
which led to a nuclear detente between the U.S. and the
U.S.S.R. during the cold war.