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Frank Salvato is the
Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on
NetTalkWorld Global Talk
Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around
the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on
The Roth Show with Dr.
Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The
Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is
occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public
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April 16, 2010
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 US security would be the possibility of a
terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is something that could
change the security landscape around the world for years to come."
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 Iran on their
nuclear ambitions? That the policy of extending the "unclenched fist” toward a
nation such as Syria is the most promising avenue to prevent them from advancing
nuclear materials to terrorist organizations? That sending financial aid to
corrupt terrorist entities like Hamas in the Gaza, is the only true way to
dissuade violent Palestinian extremists from attaining nuclear capability?
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.
Iran has never kept its word, either to the world community or to its own
people. It is a brutally totalitarian regime that is committed to expanding the
radically fundamentalist doctrine of Sharia Law globally. They oppress political
descent to the point of murdering people in the streets. They silence the press.
They torture and execute pro-democracy advocates, homosexuals, Christians,
women’s rights advocates and any other demographic that the mullahs consider a
threat to their reign.
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 Lebanon, a territory
greatly influenced by the heavy hand of the Syrian government.
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 Lebanon. Additionally,
Hezbollah has threatened to use these missiles against Israel. Even further,
Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly threatened to strike at
American interests around the world and in the United States itself.
If this weren’t enough, as the Obama Administration continues to marginalize
Israel’s relationship with the United States on the one hand, they are greeting
the leaders of Hamas – a State Department recognized terrorist organization –
with open arms. The Obama Administration, along with the United Nations,
continues to turn a blind eye to the truth that aid monies sent to the Gaza are
routinely diverted for use by the jihadis within the ranks of Hamas for
paramilitary and terrorist operations, and to enrich the elite amongst them (all
political correctness aside, if all of the aid money sent to Gaza was actually
used for the welfare of Gaza citizens they would be some of the wealthiest
people in the Middle East). It would appear – and stunningly so – that for the
Obama Administration, the only prerequisite for Hamas being deemed a "partner in
peace” where the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned, is that they try to
refrain from launching too many rockets into Israeli urban centers. Let’s not
mention that the Hamas charter calls for the elimination of the Jewish State.
The facts, as they present today, a sobering. We know that Iran has possession
of highly-enriched uranium. We know that Hezbollah takes orders from the Iranian
regime. We know that Syria and Iran have a very close relationship, with
government officials making multiple and reciprocated trips to each other’s
countries. We know that Iran is trying to facilitate an enjoined effort between
Hamas and Hezbollah to affect Israel’s demise. And we know that none of the
aforementioned can be trusted to adhere to international treaties, UN sanctions,
or to even keep its word, both to the world community or to its own people.
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
United States as an embarkation point for terrorists and their weapons of
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?