November 4, 2007

WHEN YOUR SPORTS METAPHOR IS SOCCER...:

Iranians face Interpol notices for blast (BILL CORMIER, 11/04/07, Associated Press)

Prosecutors say they have enough evidence for Interpol's 186-member general assembly to approve "red notices" for the six suspects during a meeting that opens Monday in Marrakech, Morocco.

There have been no convictions 13 years after an explosives-laden van leveled the seven-story Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutors allege Iranian officials orchestrated the bombing and entrusted the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah to carry it out. [...]

Among the suspects wanted by Argentina are former Iranian intelligence chief Ali Fallahian, former leader of the elite Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezaei, and Hezbollah militant Imad Moughnieh, one of the world's most sought-after terror suspects.

Moughnieh is wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping of Westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s, and suicide attacks on the U.S. Embassy and a Marine base in Lebanon that killed more than 260 Americans. His whereabouts are unknown.


...it's no wonder when it takes 13 years for anything to happen.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2007 6:35 PM
Comments

Interestingly, Vince Flynn' latest novel, Protect and Defend has an interesting angle involving
Mougniyeh (under the name Mukhtar)

Posted by: narciso at November 4, 2007 7:33 PM

Hey, funny you should mention Flynn. I was just Googling around trying to find the guy's name and also trying to decide which book of his to read first. Any suggestions? I thought I'd give him a try after hearing on the radio his story about how he's one of GWB's favorite authors and how the president grilled him about his sources during a limo ride.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at November 4, 2007 8:04 PM

It's hard to say which of Flynn's Mitch Rapp's tales to begin with. His second to last Comdemned to Kill,
shows the real nature of the Wahhabi threat, with him being threatened by the parents of an operative
involved in the nuclear plot in Memorial Day. Executive Power, which shows how Saudis are tied into the Palestinian terror campaigns is pretty good as well.

Posted by: narciso at November 5, 2007 8:07 AM

Consent To Kill would also be a good start IMHO.

Posted by: Genecis at November 5, 2007 1:18 PM

Consent To Kill might be a good start IMHO.

Posted by: Genecis at November 5, 2007 1:24 PM

Thanks! Good info.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at November 5, 2007 2:01 PM

Were any Argentines "indicted"? Some here believe they were the masterminds.

There are also probably 40 murders or so in Europe that trace directly to the Guard (mostly of expatriate Iranians). I have seen numbers as high as 100, but that seems a bit much. I do not remember reading of any here in the USA, but there have been some in Canada.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 6, 2007 12:53 AM

It's unlikely Argentines were the masterminds, since it was effective. But Argentina concedes they were involved, that's why Argentines were tried.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 9:19 AM

What's weird about your own metaphor is that -- no matter how boring you find soccer as a sport -- the games themselves are always over in 1 hour, 45 minutes. (Minus a possible handful of stoppage-time minutes.)

Taking forever for things to come to a conclusion is a charge more accurately leveled at American sports such as baseball and football than at soccer.

Posted by: Tom at November 6, 2007 10:17 AM

Bingo! The highlight of a soccer game is it ending. The highlight of baseball is the game.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 12:02 PM

That's fine. But again, your "13 years" metaphor doesn't really work.

By the way, when did you get so into football?! Last I recall (I had to put the blogosphere aside for a while; life came calling), you not only weren't a fan, you actively disliked it.

Posted by: Tom at November 6, 2007 12:49 PM

Why? There's always good stuff happening in a baseball game. Only the final whistle saves soccer from being eventless.

HD TV. Makes it watchable, even if it's a fundamentally stupid game.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 4:00 PM
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