This was the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the site of a massive truck-bombing that killed 241 U.S. servicemen in 1983.
The attack was orchestrated by Hezbollah, the fanatical Islamic terrorist group funded, trained and inspired by Iran's deadly regime.
Hezbollah is a particularly vicious, well-organized, and well-funded organization whose tentacles are extending ever closer to the U.S. homeland. And, thanks to the feckless policies of George W. Bush and -- especially -- Barack Obama, America's porous borders offer ample opportunity for professional terrorist groups to wreak havoc.
And havoc they will wreak, just as surely as night follows day.
In October, a Texas-car salesman was arrested in connection with an Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. Prosecutors say officials in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps believed they were dealing with a "large and sophisticated" Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit. A $100,000 down payment on the hit shows the Iranians were comfortable dealing with the cartel representative, who in fact was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant.
Earlier this month, prosecutors in Virginia unsealed an indictment charging a Lebanese man, Ayman Joumaa, with smuggling more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine with the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. Hizballah, an Iranian proxy in Lebanon, "derived financial support from the criminal activities of Joumaa's network," the U.S. Treasury Department claimed earlier this year.
...The law enforcement actions come amid a recent report citing Israeli intelligence saying Hizballah's funding from traditional state sponsors such as Iran and Syria has declined sharply. That financial crunch may be leading the Shiite group to build alliances with Mexican drug syndicates and increasingly fund its terrorist operations through profits from the lucrative South American cocaine trade.
...The growing nexus between Hizballah and Mexican drug cartels allows the Iran-backed extremist group to make use of drug cartel transit routes to gain entry into the United States through its porous border with Mexico. Hizballah, in turn, offers Mexican syndicates expertise on smuggling and explosives as well as access to its drug trafficking networks in the Middle East and South Asia.
Braun also alleged that members of Iran's Quds Force are "commanding and controlling" Hizballah's criminal operations in Latin America...
Thanks to the policies of President Obama and A.G. Eric Holder -- who are suing states for enforcing federal immigration law -- Hezbollah's entry routes into the U.S. will remain wide open.
The Obama administration appears to be actively encouraging illegal immigration in a cynical attempt to regain Hispanic voters. In fact, its tolerance of illegal immigration is so brazen that ICE agents have publicly warned Americans to "brace themselves for what's coming."
Indeed. Unless we toss this lawless group out of of office in 2012, the combination of open borders, Hezbollah, and a narcotics-fueled civil war will prove quite deadly for American citizens. Of that, there is no doubt.
• ICE agents warn Americans "to brace themselves for what's coming" as catch-and-release of illegals -- caught committing other crimes -- begins
• Hezbollah's inroads in Latin America