NYPD worried that Iran may target New York

posted at 1:19 pm on February 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

The perfect story for the 14th anniversary of the first Trade Center bombing. Although, is there anything really newsworthy here? If we hit them, they’re going to try to hit us; if they try to hit us, odds are the country’s financial center will be on the list.

Increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran have revived New York Police Department concerns that Iranian agents may already have targeted the city for terror attacks. Such attacks could be aimed at bridges and tunnels, Jewish organizations and Wall Street, NYPD briefers told security execs last fall, according to a person with access to the briefing materials who asked for anonymity because of the sensitive subject matter.

Meanwhile, according to the Times of London, they’re building up Hezbollah for round two with Israel. Surprisingly, the UN forces seem to be making things difficult, or difficult enough, for them in southern Lebanon. So they’re regrouping a bit further north:

The military build-up, only six months after the last Lebanon-Israel conflict, is being conducted in valleys and hillsides guarded by uniformed Hezbollah fighters in the rugged mountains north of the Litani river — the limit of the 12,000 strong UN Interim Force In Lebanon (Unifil).

Christian and Druze-owned land is being bought for cash by a Shia businessman. Hezbollah’s opponents believe the goal is to create a Shia-populated belt spanning the northern bank of the Litani, allowing the Lebanese group to operate away from prying eyes…

[The businessman's] interest in the remote mountainous corner of Lebanon has puzzled residents and raised the suspicions of [Druze leader Walid] Jumblatt, whose Druze fiefdom cuts into the area. He suspects that Iranian funds are being used to buy the land, which will be turned into a Hezbollah military zone.

How’s Hezbollah going to hit Israel if they’re pushed way back to the center of the country? Simple: with increasingly advanced Iranian missiles. They fired Fajr-5′s, which have a range of 75km, and Raad rockets, which stretch to 120km, for the first time at Israel this summer. The IAF claims to have destroyed an even longer-range weapon, the 200-km Iranian Zelzal-2, in a raid in July. Iran’s had the Zelzal-3, with double that range, since 1993, so if Hezbollah doesn’t have it yet, they will soon.

No big conclusion here. Just pointing out that Iran may be getting its ducks in a row, here and in the Middle East, in case Bush or Olmert decides it’s go time re: their reactors.


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maybe a carpet bombing campaign would help

Defector01 on February 26, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Iran doesn’t necessarily have to overextend itself to strike back. It could do serious short-term damage to the U.S. economically by attacking oil and shipping interests in the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa region.

SWLiP on February 26, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Somebody must stop the neocons from pre-emptively pre-empting Iran’s pre-emptive attack on NYC!

Bush knew.

Enrique on February 26, 2007 at 1:31 PM

I think the most likely targets for Iran are (in order due to feasibility)

1. Straits of Hormuz & Gulf Oil shipping – persuade the West not to screw around with it’s oil supplies.

2. US assets and interests in Iraq (convenient Great Satan next door)

3. Israel (I have no idea how well hezbollah has rearmed, the publicity machine says that the hezzies are now well stocked and ready to rock, but I’d imagine reality might be a bit different)

4. US interests in the ME. (I have no idea what, Saudi, Kuwaiti and Iraqi oil platforms? Our forces in Afghanistan? Stated and unstated allies)

5. US Homeland targets. (Aside from the deranged muslim flipping out here, I don’t see too many high-profile attacks happening stateside. Short of a Tom Clancy-esque horror on our shores, I would imagine the worst we’d see is an OKC bombing with a more likely candidate being snipers, jihadis attacking malls with shotguns, or cab drivers running down groups of students.)

Kai on February 26, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Iran doesn’t necessarily have to overextend itself to strike back. It could do serious short-term damage to the U.S. economically by attacking oil and shipping interests in the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa region.

There’s nothing of interest in HOA. There’s a closer concentration of US servicemen in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar (Doha, I think?) and afghanistan.

Besides, short of a long range airstrike on the HOA area, I can’t see how they’d get there. Granted, if there wasn’t an active Western presence, I think they MIGHT be able to reach it, but there are too many US and Brit Naval assets in the area to successfully carry that out. (hopefully)

I’m totally with you on the Straits of Hormuz tho.

Kai on February 26, 2007 at 1:38 PM

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen stories like the Iranian agents. Wasn’t there something not long ago where some Iranians from their embassy were filming NYC landmarks?

I was still working in NYC at the time of the first attack, and it was a day eerily similar to this one weatherwise, except that was a Friday, IIRC, and the hapless General Dinkins returned to town and put on a fireman’s hat to show he was was in charge.

The man who was POTUS at the time never bothered to show his face after that attack. Since then, and moreso since 9/11, Al Qaeda has deftly used Weapons of Mass Influence, and sadly, it seems to be working on a lot of politicans and media in this country.

JammieWearingFool on February 26, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Surprisingly, the UN forces seem to be making things difficult, or difficult enough, for them in southern Lebanon. So they’re regrouping a bit further north:

I don’t think it is the UN forces preventing them from operating. The answer is later in your post. Longer range missles allow Hezbollah to operate further from the border.

Bill C on February 26, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Also, if the Iranians were smart they would strike our soft economic targets from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It would be a good way to send our economy into recession since economic growth is so dependent on consumer spending.

Bill C on February 26, 2007 at 1:41 PM

PS. My comment was not intended to belittle the OKC attack as insignificant. It was a horrific attack at the time and a glaring reminder of how vigilant we must be against enemies both foriegn and domestic.

To me an attack on par with OKC would be militarily insignificant and unless it happened at a very important economic center/building/factory/power plant, the long term effects may be negligible.

Kai on February 26, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Time is on Irans side. Everyday that passes there is less and less political will to strike them. The closer to the election, the more GWs hands will be tied. Too bad for us.
Way too bad for Israel.

Even if Iran launched some kind of in theater attack on a naval group, airfield, whatever, the U.S. would get blamed for it. The press is already hedging their bet in that direction so if it does happen they can say ‘I told you so’.
But I don’t believe they will. They know that they can wait us out. Iran will let the Lebanese and Iraqi’s be the front men while our media and our governments stand around and look stupid.

While we don’t have the gumballs to turn Tehran into glass the Israeli’s do. If her back is up against the wall she will act. Let’s hope we wake the hell up before Israel is forced into that position.

Limerick on February 26, 2007 at 2:03 PM

During the battle of Fallujah, Israel let the U.S. Marine Corps borrow some of their armored bulldozers. I think we should return the favor and let the I.A.F. borrow some U.S.A.F. B-1 bombers. Perfect for striking hezbo positions.

Iran, attack NYC (or D.C.)? No, they will attack Boise and Omaha!

Tony737 on February 26, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Olmert the gutless coward will not be attacking anyone soon. Dream on.

Hilts on February 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

It would make sense, New York is an icon not only for the U.S. but also for the Jews. It would be a twofer.
Iran also knows it would be their last days on earth.

I am sure Hillary would vote for it, before she voted against it, but then it would be to late.

right2bright on February 26, 2007 at 3:07 PM

Does anybody remember the movie Donovan’s Reef? There’s a bar fight scene where one of the Aussie (or maybe he was a Kiwi?) sailors is told to turn his hat backwards and fight on John Wayne’s side to make the fight even.

This comment from Tony737, “I think we should return the favor and let the I.A.F. borrow some U.S.A.F. B-1 bombers,” made me think….

Central Command Commander to B1 bomber squadron commander: “Colonel, we’re returning a favor. You’ll begin prep for a bombing run on Iran. Start painting stars of David on your wings, and issue yamalkas to your aircrews to wear under their brain buckets. Order them to ditch the crucifixes. Circumcision is optional….”

georgej on February 26, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Time is on Irans side. Everyday that passes there is less and less political will to strike them. The closer to the election, the more GWs hands will be tied. Too bad for us.

However, on the converse side of this, there is a limit to the advantage this gives Iran… time runs out on election day, it gives the next president-elect either a huge gift, or a method of showing just how inept they are when it comes to dealing with military matters.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on February 26, 2007 at 3:41 PM

I happened to notice this over at Fox News’ website:

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced a new round of sharp criticism at home Monday after he said Iran’s nuclear program is an unstoppable train without brakes.

What made me chuckle was the description Ahmadinejad uses of the train without brakes … which is also a good description of what something is right before the train wreck. So in is President Dinner Jacket really saying that his nuclear program is out of control?

crosspatch on February 26, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Target NYC with what? Missiles from Australia or White Sands?
:)

Rick Donaldson on February 26, 2007 at 3:56 PM

If I had to wager I’d bet Iran specifically wants us to believe they are planning on and willing to launch Hezbollah-style terror strikes in the US as a response to US military strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites. Which may or may not be true, but which is moot, as I highly doubt any such strikes are going to take place.

I doubt very highly that Iran would commence such attacks on a whim, Al-Qaeda-style. If that was ever their intent, there’s no reason they couldn’t and wouldn’t have started long ago.

Blacklake on February 26, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Blix is starting his crap again I see.
Iran has vowed to wipe a lot of things off the map when they get nukes going. Blix makes no mention of this in todays statements that we [the U.S.] should stop humiliating IRAN. Hey Hans, who pays you to say such things? You see where SADDAM ended up don’t you? IRAN is playing the same game he did.

johnnyU on February 26, 2007 at 5:09 PM

Iran is starting to get worried. There is a big conference of Islamic countries in Pakistan today, I believe, that Iran wasn’t invited to attend. Cheney is also heading there to talk to the Afghans and the Pakis. There are reported rumors that various countries have given the “OK” for Israel to overfly their territory for strikes on Iran. Antigovernment agitation is starting to flare up inside Iran, various Iranian political factions are criticizing the Iranian president … it looks like Dinner Jacket is running out of time and political capital on all fronts.

crosspatch on February 26, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Hans Blix is probably collecting cash from Tehran. I would ignore anything he says.

crosspatch on February 26, 2007 at 5:14 PM

I would imagine the worst we’d see is an OKC bombing with a more likely candidate being snipers, jihadis attacking malls with shotguns, or cab drivers running down groups of students.

That is precisely what I expect to happen. Expect a gradual ramping up of these ‘isolated incidents’ involving perpetrators whose religious background is played down by the authorities and media. If, instead of taking down several buildings and killing 3000 people on one day, the terrorists shoot a few people here and there, sabotage a school bus, a natural gas pipeline, a power substation, a water treatment plant, a subway station…. none of those acts will individually ‘rise to the level’ to justify a response in the minds of the lefties.

You know the old story about boiling a frog.

The Monster on February 26, 2007 at 8:54 PM

Iranian agents may already have targeted the city for terror attacks.

Really?

Am I the only one who has forgotten that they are at war with us, and our allies?

The war exists, it is real, and it is deadly.

The Democrats and Hollywood may want you not to think about it, but the Iranians and their allies think about it everyday.

They wake up, sitting on a pile of money and oil, and think how to “Kill Americans”, how to “Better to Kill Americans, “What is the best way to kill Americans?”, “How can we kill many Americans?” everyday. Every minute. That’s all they are doing!

Don’t you get it yet?

There is no diplomatic answer, you can not reason with them, and live in peace as a neighbor with our values……. if you don’t fight back, you, and your family, are dead!

They are actively killing US and Coalition forces in the theater of Iraq, and proof of this is down played.

These people are not going away, Ladies and Gentlemen, they are on the march, all over the world, and Jack Murtha and Nancy Pelosi want to “Re-deploy”…….

PinkyBigglesworth on February 26, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Saturday, Jan 20th, Fox ran a special called “Smokescreen, Hezbollah Inside America (aka “Hizballah,”party of God).

While Americans are still largely focused on Al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden — who’s presumably rotting away in some cave — the terrorist group Hezbollah has been setting up shop right here in America’s heartland. And most Americans don’t know a thing about it. But we should know more about Hezbollah — a lot more.

As tensions with Iran are increasing, it’s important to keep in mind that Hezbollah is largely funded by Iran and has operated as its tool in terror operations around the world.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI

For those who forget what Hizballah is all about:

This should remove all doubt. And here.

heroyalwhyness on February 26, 2007 at 10:07 PM

heroyalwhyness on February 26, 2007 at 10:07 PM

Well done….. but what is on the news, Al Gore….

PinkyBigglesworth on February 27, 2007 at 2:50 AM

Allahpundit, where is Hot Air’s press to the media to remind them that we are in an actual war?

PinkyBigglesworth on February 27, 2007 at 2:52 AM