Ken Livingstone’s tacit support for Islamist terrorism
But this is not simply about a common anti-American, pro-Islamic, left-wing ideology on transport and tourism. Mayor Johnson is right that many Londoners were ‘uncomfortable’ with the deal, but he never really explained why.
It seems that Ken Livingstone is not the only one to enjoy ‘close ties’ with Venezuela; they are also enjoyed by the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim terrorist organisation Hezbullah, which is reported to be building terror strongholds in the country. The LA Times says that experts on international terrorism fear that Venezuela will soon become a base for terrorist attack initiatives in light of the tightening of ties between the South American dictatorship and both Iran and Hezbullah.
Agents of Hezbullah and the Revolutionary Guard of Iran ‘have allegedly set up a special force to attempt to kidnap Jewish businesspeople in Latin America and spirit them away to Lebanon, according to the Western anti-terrorism official. Iranian and Hezbollah operatives traveling in and out of Venezuela have recruited Venezuelan informants working at the Caracas airport to gather intelligence on Jewish travelers as potential targets for abduction.’
The Bush administration, Israel and other governments worry with some justification that ‘Venezuela is emerging as a base for anti-US militant groups and spy services, including Hezbollah and its Iranian allies’.
‘Several joint Venezuelan-Iranian business operations have been set up in Venezuela, including tractor, cement and auto factories. In addition, the two countries have formed a $2-billion program to fund social projects in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America. Those deepening ties worry U.S. officials because Iranian spies around the world have been known to work with Hezbollah operatives, sometimes using Iranian embassies as cover, Western intelligence experts say.’
It is widely known that Iran has been involved in terrorist attacks in the region, not least on US and Israeli embassies, and that attempts are being made to undermine democracy. The terrorists raise money through cocaine-smuggling and are reported to send profits to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
But none of this is actually new, and it makes one wonder why Mr Livingstone is ‘proud and honoured’ to be associated with such a regime. President Chávez is known to make frequent visits to Syria and Iran, and one can tell much about a man from the company he keeps. Quite why he is content to facilitate the advent of Shari’a law into South America is unknown, unless they are simply united by the common enemies of the US, Israel and those who are allied with them. Perhaps Mr Livingstone considers an Islamic theocracy a small price to pay for the opportunity to undermine or eradicate everything he despises. And if he could not achieve his Marxist utopia in London, why not Caracas?
No true democrat and no politician with integrity could associate himself with those regimes which disseminate or lend support to the terrorist message that brings only chaos, death and untold misery to millions. Yet in associating with those who preach the Islamist message of hate, Ken Livingstone is simply being true to form. And since the people of London deserved better, and will undoubtedly feel more than ‘uncomfortable’ by these revelations, the hand of God might just have been on Mayor Johnson’s victory.