According to WIISIsrael, the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism focus is almost exclusively on Al-Qaeda and very little attention is being given to Hezbollah. It is important to note that for years the U.S. has classified Hezbollah, and not Al-Qaeda, as the biggest threat to national security. But, in the National Strategy for Counterterrorism (June 2011) report, only 2 out of 23 pages is dedicated to the fight against Hezbollah. In the report, Hezbollah is described as striving to “undermine the security and stability of allied and partner governments, foment regional conflicts, traffic in narcotics, or otherwise pursue agendas that are inimical to U.S. interests.”
It has been noted that Hezbollah’s agenda is the same as that of al-Qaeda. Both embrace the goal of destroying the United States. Both are also intent on reducing Western resistance to the spread of radical Islam.
It is estimated that Hezbollah is made up of 10,000 armed members, world-wide. Hezbollah’s network includes cells throughout Latin America and Central America. And, not only are they also active right across the open border in Mexico, but they also have cells within the U.S. Under any circumstances, sustaining an attack by Hezbollah could be catastrophic. It should, then, go without saying that with reduced U.S. military strength, the potential exists for far more devastation.
There have been reports of terrorists crossing the U.S./Mexican border, one of which occurred in November of 2010. Ahmed Muhammad was indicted for allegedly aiding and abetting hundreds of people’s entry into the U.S. via Brazil to Mexico and then on to the U.S. Even in view of these events and of 9/11, there are those who continue to call for a reduced military and who vehemently support an open border.
Included in the indictment were Al-Shabaab-tied Somalis who have been cited as bearing responsibility for suicide bombings and terrorist attacks around the globe. If al-Shabaab is doing, we must assume Hezbollah is also.