To Combat Illegal Immigration, Trump Should Target Latin America’s Hezbollah-Narco Nexus
By Emanuele Ottolenghi and John Hannah
Foreign Policy, December 23, 2016
Hezbollah’s involvement in Latin America’s drug trade is significant and expanding. The group — often referred to as the “A-Team” of international terrorism — has formed partnerships with several of the region’s most notorious crime syndicates, including Mexico’s Zetas, Columbia’s FARC, and Brazil’s Primeiro Comando de la Capital. Evidence indicates that Hezbollah has ties throughout the illicit narcotics supply chain. U.S. sanctions, as well as court cases in the United States and overseas, have targeted Hezbollah-linked operatives acting as logistics and financial service providers, traffickers, drug barons, distributors, and, most recently, suppliers of precursor chemicals used to refine cocaine. It seems only a matter of time before Hezbollah-run drug labs emerge, too — the kind that have long been at the center of the group’s operations in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Hezbollah’s connection to the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere has become a major source of income for the group. Some of the funds are used to buy off local law enforcement officials and politicians, contributing to rising corruption and criminality — breakdowns in the rule of law that help drive the immigration wave.
Given this bleak picture, the danger is high that Hezbollah-linked financiers will continue to buy their way to impunity, especially in parts of Latin America where local authorities are already engaged in their own brand of illicit traffic.
Which raises the question: What can America do? First, it should start targeting Hezbollah’s enablers. If countries like Paraguay cannot (or will not) clean up their politics and banking system, the U.S. should press international forums like the Financial Action Task Force to blacklist them. Next, the U.S. Treasury can designate financial institutions used by Hezbollah as entities of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the U.S. Patriot Act. This is the same measure President Barack Obama used to target the Lebanese-Canadian Bank in 2011. The combined juggernaut of the 311 designation and a U.S. criminal prosecution were ultimately responsible for forcing the bank to clean up its act. Indeed, the Trump administration could target entire foreign jurisdictions in Latin America as zones of concern, much the same way that Washington previously punished Iran’s banking system for its role in financing terrorism and proliferation.
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By Robert Arvay
American Thinker Blog, December 22, 2016
As the imported terrorists began racking up their macabre toll of murders, rapes, and other violent crimes, one would think this would have had some impact upon those who imported them, a decent sense of regret. No. Instead, the woman who almost became the U.S. president had vowed to import even more of them. More!
Angela Merkel of Germany did in fact import about a million into the nation she leads, and at long last, the German people are beginning to take some notice, despite the attempts of their government to conceal the rape statistics, which skyrocketed after the mass immigration. The German government response: German women should dress more modestly. My thought: Perhaps they should wear burkas, and never go out of the house without a male relative. After all, that’s what they do in Mecca, isn’t it?
The theory seems to have been that imported Arabs would adopt Western values, and assimilate into Western culture, as have immigrant Asians and Africans. Are Arabs at all different?
Of course they are. You and I know that. When we see news video of throngs of Arab men ranting in the streets of London, demanding that sharia law be imposed, it becomes obvious that assimilation is the last thing these people desire. Instead, they insist that we must submit ourselves to their way of life and, by extension, death.
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