by Frank Salvato
There has been quite a bit of talk about nuclear terrorism as of late, thanks to the pseudo-summit hosted by President Obama regarding nuclear non-proliferation and the policing of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons elements. I say pseudo-summit because although there was an "agreement" reached by each of the 47 countries in attendance, it was not binding and should not be misconstrued as any type of treaty. Still, shining the spotlight on unsecured nuclear material currently accessible by the black market is an important thing to do and in that respect I tip my hat to President Obama for his effort. During the summit, President Obama stated:
"The single biggest threat to
Indeed, the thought of a terrorist produced nuclear event in an American city — or any major world city, for that matter — is nothing short of bone-chilling. Truth be told, a nuclear event in Manhattan would present a trophy for al Qaeda, Hezbollah or any number of militant radical Islamist terror groups , that would last generations. It is for this reason that Mr. Obama initiated the summit in the first place; to assure that terrorist organizations never attain nuclear capability.
This being the case, isn't it odd that the Obama Administration continues to insist that "dialogue" is the only effective way to confront
While participating in summits on how to best thwart nuclear proliferation may produce great sound-bytes for the media and good press for political campaigns, and while it may even produce well-intentioned, yet non-binding, agreements that commit each participant to championing non-proliferation, without honestly identifying offending nation states and non-state actors, this "commitment," this non-binding agreement reached at the end of the summit means nothing.
And as the Obama Administration continues to insist that dialogue and sanctions will prove to be the demise for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullah's quest for nuclear capability, and thus recognition as a nuclear power, we should not forget that the terrorist group Hezbollah is born of the Iranian Islamic Revolution; born of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. This is important because Hezbollah, the radical Islamist group responsible for more American deaths by terrorism before September 11th, 2001, than any other terrorist organization, has gained a powerful hold in southern
The Syrian government, complicit, if not wholly responsible for the assassination of Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri, has been found to have advanced Scud missiles to Hezbollah in the south of
If this weren't enough, as the Obama Administration continues to marginalize
The facts, as they present today, a sobering. We know that
Every law enforcement and intelligence director at the federal level in the United States has declared that it is not a matter of if a high-profile terrorist attack will again take place on American soil, but when and of what variety. Some have gone so far as to implicate the southern border of the
Given that it has been established that Hezbollah, Hamas and al Qaeda have engaged South American drug cartels for product dissemination and money laundering purposes, it doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to figure out that there is a good probability the next terrorist event on US soil will involve a dirty bomb, a radical Islamist operative who has entered across the southern border of the United States and a major American city...or two...or three...or eight.
In light of this logic — as raw, honest and politically incorrect as it is — it would be intelligent — and perhaps even more importantly, honest — for the Obama Administration to jettison the ideological blinders about radical Islamist terrorism and the Nation States that support and abet them, and finally accept the truth that should Iran become a nuclear capable nation, so, too, would terrorist organizations become nuclear capable. And no pseudo-summit, non-binding agreement can change that.
It's three minutes to midnight...do you know where your protection against terrorist inflicted nuclear Armageddon is?
Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative.
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