Pictured Above: North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un
Over the weekend, the United Nations Security Council, including Russia and China, voted unanimously to impose major economic sanctions on North Korea. Our ambassador Nikki Haley, who headed up the effort to draft the resolution, stated that it was the single largest economic package ever leveled against North Korea. But it’s only a vote in the UN. Today our enemies are many and diverse, composed of Asian dictators and stateless Muslim terrorists. And they are unified in their long-sought goal of conquering the West. Has this suddenly changed?
The Quran, Surah 9, Verses 14-15, still reads: “Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people and remove the fury in the believers’ hearts.”
A recent study headed up by German Chancellor, Christian Pfeiffer, conducted in-depth interviews with 45,000 Muslim respondents, investigating how reading the Quran influenced people. The interviews unmistakably revealed that Islam is the only religion that makes people more prone to violence the more pious they become.
Last week, the national daily German newspaper Die Welt reported a list of 173 ISIS assassins poised to strike in Europe was discovered in the terror group’s now-liberated stronghold in Mosul, Iraq. The document includes names, photos and country of origin of the jihadists.
In April, then-Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, said the FBI was facing its “highest terror threat in years,” causing the FBI to launch investigations in all 50 states. “The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished,” he said in a speech at George Washington University. “In fact, the threat has metastasized and decentralized.” He went on to say that there have been 36 cases of homegrown terrorists in 18 states over the past year and characterized the radicalization of Americans “notoriously difficult to predict and control.”
But what does all this have to do with the UN sanctions against North Korea? To quote the term used by Kelly, now Trump’s Chief of Staff, the war with resurgent militant Islam is not being won; it has metastasized, spread to many other places and formed alliances with larger powers. Although ISIS has been largely eradicated in Iraq, militant Islam, both Shiite and Sunni versions, have now become pillars of the “new Axis of Evil.”
What Is the New Axis of Evil?
In my new book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, Vol II, I explain that the New Axis of Evil is composed of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. All four are rabidly anti-US, anti-Western dictatorships, with many interlocking alliances, and all support one or both branches of militant Islam, Sunni and Shiite. For example, Iranian and North Korean scientists work closely together in their joint development and proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. When North Korea tests a new weapon, such as its new intercontinental ballistic missile now deemed capable of reaching the United States, teams of Iranian scientists are present to witness and study the launch.
China supports North Korea with massive favorable trade agreements and thereby props up the nuclearized rogue regime in its play to rid the Eastern Pacific of US presence and alliances. This it does with a goal to gain hegemony over the region.
Russia sells advanced weaponry to Iran including anti-aircraft technologies designed to take out Israeli and American fighter planes, should they launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Shiite Iran and Russia are also supplying weapons, money, and troop support to Assad’s pro Shiite regime, in their bid to push the US and the West out of the Middle East, and in their quest gain dominance over that region. Russia funds and otherwise supports the Sunni Taliban and elements of ISIS and al Qaeda in their proxy war to topple the US- backed, legitimate government of Afghanistan.
In my first book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, Vol I, I report on an Iranian defector, Hamid Reza Zakeri, on July 26, 2001, walked into our embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan and told the receptionist he wanted to speak to the CIA because he had some information related to the security of the United States.
(Excerpt) Zakeri had been a high-level security official at Iran’s Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS) headquarters where he observed “Arabs” training pilots and briefing on their appointed targets. He even described seeing models “in the meeting room of the World Trade Center, the White House and the Pentagon. He told the Station Chief, “Joan,” that the Arab pilots had already left for America and that the date for the attacks was 9/11/01.” Joan called for backup. Several days later, a senior CIA officer, “George,” arrived from Headquarters to debrief the “Baku walk in.” He immediately decided that Zakeri was peddling lies, paid him $200, and told him to get out.
Much of the massive intel obtained in the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, remains classified. But among the small pieces of information that have leaked out are conclusive evidence that the Shiite theocrats running Iran have long supported, harbored, and plotted with the Sunni terrorists of Al Qaida and the Taliban. They are known to be the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic terrorism due to hard evidence.
North Korea Today, Iran Tomorrow
Last week North Korea successfully launched its first ballistic missile potentially capable of hitting America’s East Coast. It was perhaps the official repudiation of twenty-five years of American appeasement aimed at North Korea. It proved that a small but dedicated rogue nation can pocket diplomatic bribes and weather periods of half-hearted economic sanctions and eventually emerge as a real threat to the world’s super power.
For Trump’s national security team, especially those who still support the 2015 Iran deal, this should be a dose of reality. Iran’s close and long cooperation with North Korea, its support from Russia and China and billions of now unfrozen assets associated the Iran deal make the Iranian threat as nearly imminent as North Korea’s. Despite the vote at the United Nations, it seems highly doubtful that the goals and aspirations embraced by the Axis of Evil have changed.