what is plain for all to see.Because of our reluctance to confront this terrorist state openly, we are losing ground on a vital front in our war against radicalIslam.
rough careful analysis of open sources, Joscelyn explainsboth the intelligence establishment’s misreading of history and thenumerous but unfounded assumptions by today’s elite concerningIran and its link to terrorist operations.One of the most damaging and unwarranted assumptionsmade is that sectarian di
erences within Islam should preventcooperation in operations against the West. A brief look at theevidence shows that Iran and others have had no trouble in put-ting aside di
erences in theology to harm their enemies, especially America. Speciﬁc links include the Iranian connection to al-Qae-da in the Sudan, a partnership brokered by Hassan al-Turabi, one-time leader of Sudan’s ruling party, the National Islamic Front.Next, there is Imad Mugniyah, Hezbollah’s master terrorist, whohelped Osama bin Laden upgrade al-Qaeda’s capabilities in theearly 1990s.
e 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, long suspectedto be the handiwork of Hezbollah under direction from Iran, may also have had a junior partner in al-Qaeda.
e 9/11 Commissionestablished that the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya andTanzania were the work of Hezbollah-trained al-Qaeda operatives.
ere are disturbing signs that may implicate Iran in, at the very least, facilitating travel for some of the 9/11 hijackers. Finally,there is extensive evidence that Iran aided al-Qaeda’s retreat from Afghanistan in late 2001 and has allowed al-Qaeda agents to op-erate from Iranian soil ever since.Recognizing this pattern is a prerequisite to restoring a soundpolicy towards Iran. We must be honest about Iran’s past actionsover the last three decades. We must also publicly investigate Iranand Hezbollah’s possible involvement in 9/11 and other al-Qaedaattacks. Evidence not harmful to current national security assetsor strategy should be declassiﬁed. We should demand that Iranturn over any al-Qaeda ﬁghters seeking refuge on Iranian soil.Finally, we should set about the business of devising a broad and