Trump’s Treasury is turning up the heat on Iran. On Tuesday it imposed terror sanctions on Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Iranian central bank, and another senior official, Ali Tarzali, who works in the central bank’s international division, according to the Associated Press.
The Treasury Department says Seif and Tarzali secretly funneled millions of dollars through an Iraqi bank to fund Hezbollah, long considered a terrorist group by Israel and the United States.
“The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs alumnus. “The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.”
This is rather ironic considering the huge amount of money the US government has borrowed to fund its terror operations, mostly from international investors and the Federal Reserve.
“The US government itself behaves in many ways like a terrorist organization,” writes retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski. “If the terrorists are on the US side, we not only negotiate with them, we support them. So I don’t buy that argument that it is part of US foreign policy that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. We fund terrorists, if those terrorists serve our purposes.”
It’s no secret the US has spent billions funding “rebels” in Syria. The CIA brags its operation in Afghanistan—which produced al-Qaeda and the Taliban and resulted in the longest war in US history—was the largest in its history.
As for Iran, it’s been known since at least 2007 the US funds militant ethnic separatist groups in the country, including MEK. “The latest attacks [in 2007] inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime,” admitted Fred Burton, a former US state department counter-terrorism agent.
Since the creation of the national security state, US intelligence has been linked to a number of terror incidents, including the Piazza Fontana bombing in Italy, the attempted assassination of Communist Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, the kidnapping and murder of Chilean general General René Schneider, numerous operations in Cuba aimed at Fidel Castro (including the failed Bay of Pigs Operation with the help of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles), the Kosovo Liberation Army, and the Contras in Nicaragua. There are dozens more that would be considered terrorist operations. See Mark Zepezauer’s “The CIAs Greatest Hits.”
The majority of Hezbollah’s “terror” operations might be considered military attacks against Israel and the US when it intervened in the Lebanese civil war. Responsibility for many of these incidents is not conclusive. Hezbollah was formed in 1982 during Israel’s brutal invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon. See here.
Hezbollah is considered a terror organization today—even though it currently holds a majority in the Lebanese parliament—because of its hardline against Israel and its association with Iran. Its terror hijinks pale in comparison by those unleashed by the CIA, military intelligence, British intelligence, and various proxies cutouts.
Israel, arguably the second largest state sponsor of terror after the United States, has assassinated a number of Hezbollah leaders. Imagine the response if Hezbollah began a campaign as assassinating Israeli and US leaders.