Although the old-school leaders of al Qaeda still rage against the US and jihadists welcome any chance to harm us, look at who the terrorists actually kill. We’re not the main target of Sunni extremists these days. Iran, along with its allies, tops the list.
Of course, we cannot let down our guard and should hunt down Islamist terrorists where we can, but the focus of the “field soldiers” serving al Qaeda’s most-active franchise in Syria and Iraq is on Iran’s ambitions and Shia Muslims, not on us.
Yesterday’s suicide-bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, amplified the breadth of this distinctly uncivil war within Islam. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Lebanese al Qaeda franchise, claimed responsibility, citing Iran’s use of Hezbollah Shia militiamen to support the Assad regime in neighboring Syria. Wounding at least 140 victims, the attack killed 23 outright and appears, to this analyst, to have targeted the Iranian “cultural attaché,” who was killed while walking with a Lebanese security chief. In Iranian diplomacy, “cultural attaché” translates as “spymaster.”
In this multi-sided conflict, atop the maelstrom of the “Arab Spring,” people are killed not only for worshiping the wrong god, but for worshiping the right god in the wrong way. The unleashed hatreds are so intense that we’ve been pushed to the sidelines, still a desirable target, but far away. History’s law is that, while humans may relish hating a distant enemy, they generally prefer to kill their neighbors.
Al Qaeda? Iran says Al Kazin is more likely:
Iran’s IRNA news agency quoted an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman as saying the bombs were “an inhuman and vicious act perpetrated by Israel and its terror agents.”
Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi said that “whoever carries out such an attack in these sensitive circumstances, from whichever faction, knows directly or indirectly that he is serving the interests of the Zionist entity.”
Iran has been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for a long time now. I hate the loss of innocent life, but they need to look in the mullah—mirror, I mean. They were overdue to get their comeuppance.
Loath as I am to write this, if it occurred on his watch, I have to credit the namesake of ObamaCare. Thank you, Mr. President, for returning us to the days of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). How Reagan-esque of you.
PS: If you have any of that nerve gas left over from Syria… no never mind. Bad idea. Forget I mentioned it.