(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
New video footage appears to lend credibility to President Donald Trump’s claim that the United States’ immigration system is being manipulated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In the video Hassan Abbasi, a high-ranking official with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is seen boasting about a “guerilla movement” of Iranian agents living and working in the United States.
Abbasi claims there are over two million Iranians in the United States, and over 7,000 PhD holders. He says, in Farsi while speaking at an unknown location, that Iran is leading a clandestine army of potential martyrs within the US.
Iran does not need nuclear weapons, he proclaims, because Iran plans to use subversive measures to destabilize the United States from within.
“[The US] possesses 6,000 nuclear warheads,” he said, “These 6,000 nuclear warheads are targets of our plans for our guerilla movement.”
“We have identified the United States’ Achilles’ heel,” said Abbasi. “We [know] all their ground, naval, air, technological and other vulnerabilities. We will provide specific addresses and coordinates to global guerilla armies.”
Abbasi goes on to say that only a handful of Saudis carried out the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks, noting that Iranians are even better organized and more committed to waging war against the West.
He also asserts that Iran works with other nations.
“It won’t be an Iranian-only guerilla movement, but from all Islamic countries,” said Abbasi. “You can deport them all, but we are working with Mexicans, and Argentinians too. We will organize anyone who has problems with the United States.”
While the footage is undated, the video was uploaded onto YouTube on Feb. 1, 2017. Abbasi appears to be speaking in a classroom setting. There are multiple recordings of his comments online that appear from different cameras.
Hassan Abbasi is a long-serving member of the Iranian regime. He was a senior advisor to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and now runs a security policy division of the IRGC.
The IRGC’s covert military branch, the Qods Force, is listed as terrorist entity in Canada and is banned under the Canadian criminal code.
Abbasi’s alarming remarks and direct threats give credibility to Trump’s hardline position against admitting visitors from terrorist states, including Iran.
And yet, Trump’s critics have repeatedly stated that there is no basis for his claim that the United States is facing a threat from legal visitors or migrants.
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