Hezbollah's station Al-Manar has been used to transmit Hezbollah propaganda in America and the misuse of the democratic media can never be condoned or taken for granted as this landmark conviction illustrates. Javed Iqbal was truly the culprit in this matter and preyed on the naivete of a section of the American public in gaining Hezbollah recruits. The crime is devastating, as much so as perpetrating the Hezbollah crimes. They can strike terror beyond the Middle East and use the very democratic institutions in our mainstream as our worst enemy.
Assistant US Attorney Eric Snyder pinned the Hezbollah label on Brooklyn
businessman Javed Iqbal, who in December pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists
through his activity in America. He was sentenced to six years in prison last
Iqbal's crime was accepting payment to facilitate the satellite-TV
transmission of Hezbollah's station, Al-Manar. Hezbollah has been on the US
government's list of foreign terrorist organizations since 1997, and America
made it illegal to deal with Al-Manar three years ago
Iran created Hezbollah in the '80s as a proxy to aid in its goal of spreading Islamic revolution in the Middle East and beyond. With $100 million annually in Iranian support and arms supplies from the Syrians, Hezbollah has grown into a formidable military force in Lebanon.
In 1995, Hezbollah entered Lebanese politics, winning 14 seats in the 128-member parliament. In the fractured Lebanese political system, analysts say Hezbollah and its allies could win the most seats in the coming elections, on June 7.
Hezbollah's raison d'etre is to further Iran's radical Islamist agenda through violence. Hezbollah was responsible for murdering more Americans than any other group before 9/11 -- 258 in the 1983 bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut. At Iran's behest, Hezbollah devastated the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, proving that the terror group can strike with precision beyond the Middle East.