By Jason Poblete, DC Dispatches
For decades there have been thought leaders in the U.S. government, both in the Congress and the Executive branch, Democrats and Republicans, that have opposed the U.S. listing Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.
These are usually the same folks who also resist making any linkages whatsoever to Iran’s Latin American adventurism.
Glad to see that there has been a change of tune, albeit a minor one. This one appears prompted by reports from a foreign government in the Americas:
Following a report by a leading Argentinian prosecutor, the State Department has decided to reexamine its own assessment of Iran’s growing infrastructure to support terrorist activities in Latin America.
“For the first time in the Argentine and world judicial history, it has been gathered and substantiated in a judicial file, evidence that proved the steps taken by a terrorist regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to infiltrate, for decades, large regions of Latin America, through the establishment of clandestine intelligence stations and operative agents which are used to execute terrorist attacks when the Iranian regime decides so, both directly or through its proxy, the terrorist organization Hezbollah,” wrote Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor from Argentina in his 500-page May report on Iran’s Latin America strategy.
Growing infrastructure? The article should have said Iran’s long-term presence in Latin America. Iran and its proxies have been active in the region to way before the 09.11.01 terrorist attacks on the United States.
As a side note, Chris Simmons, the former high-ranking DIA official who helped capture DIA Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes, posted at his blog this week that Iran’s new leader met recently with Cuban intelligence officials.
I would not be surprised if the decision to take a second look at the Iran question is somewhat tied the recent shutdown of U.S. embassies.