Iran Linked to International Terror; Media Snoozes

Ever since the failure to find WMDs in Iraq, the American public and the media have demanded a nearly unreachable standard of proof before indicting a foreign government. When someone calls Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, proof that they are "linked" to al-Qaeda is demanded. Once al-Qaeda's refuge in Iran is offered as a counterpoint, proof that the regime knows of their presence and that the group isn't merely working with "rogue elements" of the government, but the government as a whole, is required. Then, inevitably, the topic is diverted to Afghanistan and Pakistan, arguing that whatever base of support the group has in Iran pales in comparison to those theaters, and besides, the Shiite Iranian government would never want to risk Western retaliation by being so dumb as to support its Sunni arch-nemesis al-Qaeda!

In the world of intelligence, it is extremely rare to come by the "smoking gun" now commonly requested. Luckily, several such smoking guns have emerged, but now we encounter a new problem -- the fact that the media won't report on them.

How many of you have heard of the case of Mohammad al-Oufi, the former commander of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who turned himself in to the Saudi authorities?

Upon his exit from his terrorist clique, he told his debriefers a little secret: that, in no uncertain terms, Iranian intelligence had been covertly assisting al-Qaeda operations, including plots to target Saudi oil. In his book Sleeping with the Devil, former top CIA case officer Bob Baer says that a terrorist attack on the vulnerable points of the Saudi oil system would place the United States in an economic condition probably worse than the Great Depression, with a well-planned strike knocking out the system for about two years. This isn't your typical terrorist plot to bomb a market or an embassy, or assassinate a high-level official -- it's a plot to bring about economic Armageddon and cause chaos in Saudi Arabia, throwing the Middle East into instability we've never experienced and few can imagine.