What Goes Around Comes Around
Few recall anymore the information that has surfaced from time to time, ever since 9/11, regarding Iranian assistance to Al-Qaeda. Now, that assistance is coming back to haunt Iranian diplomacy.
A reminder: more than two years ago the US Administration made it official by reportedly accusing Tehran of “forging an alliance with Al-Qaeda in a pact that allows the terrorist group to use Iranian soil as a transit point for moving money, arms and fighters to its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
According to reports at the time, the Administration – which designated six Al-Qaeda operatives in this context – blamed Tehran for running “extensive fund-raising operation that uses Iran-based operatives and draws from donors in oil-rich Persian Gulf countries such as Kuwait and Qatar.”
The bombs that blasted through the Iranian embassy in Beirut two weeks ago strongly indicate that the Al-Qaeda pupil has learned its Iranian lessons well: that terrorism can turn any target, including an embassy, into a battlefield.
Beirut is only the beginning
Following the attack in Beirut, Iran’s embassy in Somalia was attacked by Harakat al-Shabaab al Mujahideen, another Al-Qaeda related faction. No one seems to have been injured in the attack which was played down by Iran.
Both Hezbollah and the IRGC believe that Beirut was only the opening shot. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s thinks that the Iranian embassy and its diplomats would continue to remain Al Qaeda targets in the future while the IRGC issued similar warnings believing that the bombings “are the beginning of the scenario through which terrorist groups under Western supervision intend to bully Iranian officials by creating insecurity at Iranian embassies”.
We can disregard the finger pointing at the West, but not the essence of the warning: Somalia will not be the last incident in this battle.
Tehran Should Blame Itself
Over the past decades, the regime in Tehran has constantly changed the rules by placing diplomats and civilians at the battlefront, or as Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon accused, turning embassies into terrorist outposts.
While host countries try to deal with these rogue tactics in a legal manner, Al Qaeda operatives will make up the rules as they go along. This should resonate at least a bit ironic to the folks back in Tehran, which now finds itself a target of the same modus operandi it implemented for decades.
- Iran’s Lebanon Embassy Hit By Own Tactics (shadow diplomacy)
- Double Suicide Bombing Strikes Near Iranian Embassy in Beirut (theblaze.com)
- Hezbollah says Saudi behind blasts at Iran’s Beirut embassy (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Are Al Qaeda terrorists headed towards Lebanon? (elderofziyon.blogspot.com)