While most Americans enjoy the illusion of safety, jihadists work each day to further their totalitarian agenda in the west. Most of us don’t like to think about terrorists in the United States. It’s understandable given the fact that the most recent attacks have occurred in European nations and the Middle East. Here’s the truth: Radical Islamist groups send operatives to slip into Europe and the United States and gather intelligence on non-Muslims. According to the Gatestone Institute: “Islamist organizations are dispatching their agents beyond their borders, to the West, particularly the US, in order to monitor, threaten, and terrorize non-Muslims.”
Last year, the Daily Mail reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that they are sending their soldiers to infiltrate Europe and the United States. Their objective is to disrupt “plots against the Islamic revolution.” The Gatestone Institute indicates that these operatives are monitoring Christians who have fled from the Middle East to escape persecution. While a significant number of extremists make their way into western nations through refugee camps, many gain entry through seemingly legitimate means – often by pretending to seek education, work, or research opportunities. They usually contact hospitals, research centers, or universities to get travel visas. On the surface, these people appear to be ordinary immigrants merely conducting regular business; but in reality, they serve their home country.
While the authorities work hard to prevent enemies from entering the country, sometimes potential hostiles slip through the cracks. Earlier this year, a cancer researcher named Mohsen Dehnavi attempted to gain entry into the United States after obtaining a travel visa. He was deported after U.S. border officials took a second look and discovered that he had served as the leader of the student branch of Basij – a paramilitary division of the IRGC.
Basij monitors non-Muslims in Iran. Dehnazi was also loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, and had even received gifts from the Supreme Leader. If the authorities had not examined Dehnavi’s background a second time, it could have had dangerous consequences for the United States. The fact that there could be others in the country who are secretly working for Islamic terror organizations should be alarming to the west. But how was this man almost able to enter the country?
According to the Gatestone Institute, “pro-Iranian regime agents in the US resorted to various methods, including turning to mainstream liberal media outlets, in an attempt to ensure his entrance into America.” The Institute suggests that infiltrators appeal to the establishment media to “manipulate the hearts of Americans.” The idea was to portray the actions against Dehnavi as a grave injustice rooted in religious bigotry – the same tactic the left uses to argue against the travel ban.
The IRGC’s objective is to promote Islamic and revolutionary values in Iran and abroad. As the military arm of Iran, they intend to spread Islamist ideology to the west. They are active in the Syrian civil war and are intent on infiltrating the west. Along with Basij, the IRGC also established the Quds force — a special operations organization. Quds operatives sneak into Western nations to promote radical Islamic teachings and to eliminate potential threats to Iran. The American Thinker states: “The Quds Force is suspected in almost a dozen murders and has been designated a terrorist organization by the Treasury Department for funding terrorism.”
There should be no doubt as to the intentions of the IRGC. Last year they openly stated that their goal is to infiltrate the western world. The Washington Free Beacon quoted the Deputy Coordinator of Iran’s Khatam-a-Anbiya Garrison Salar Abnoush: “The whole world should know that the IRGC will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon.”
Islamic extremists remains a dire threat to the west. The danger lies in the fact that our enemies don’t just rely on suicide bombings or other commonly recognized attacks; they’re using espionage and other more subtle means to achieve their goals. We must continue the extreme vetting efforts of the Trump administration lest we face the same issues as Europe.