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Iran in our backyard: Trouble on the horizon in Latin America


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/iran_in_our_backyard_trouble_on_the_horizon_in_latin_america_20091202

Thirty years ago with his rise to power and inception of a new radical Shiite Islamic government in oil-rich Iran, the country’s new leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, proclaimed aspirations of exporting his Islamic revolution, and expanding Iran’s power to the four corners of the world. A few weeks ago, a major step was taken in the realization of Khomeini’s dream, when the regime’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received the red-carpet treatment in an official visit to Brazil. Ahmadinejad’s arrival in South America’s largest country is the latest development in Tehran’s growing push into Latin America that began nearly 20 years ago. While recent U.S. administrations have been focused on the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran to the stability of the Middle East, officials seem to have overlooked the even more pressing threat from Iran to our national security brewing in our own backyard.

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