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Dios es grande! Bolivia Going Islamic?? Well, not just yet…

posted at 8:19 pm on June 16, 2009 by

Bolivia is becoming a hotbed of Islamic Extremism…

Bolivia?

So says the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as reported by its Open Source Center.

Right now, there are about  1,000 Muslims in Bolivia.  Not a lot, when you look at the numbers…Bolivia having a population of  about ten million people, but that connection between some of the community’s religious leaders and Iran — as well as with fundamentalist factions in the Palestinian territories — has U.S. officials and terror experts keeping a watchful eye on them, according to the article, not to mention Iran’s close ties with Bolivian leader, President Juan Evo Morales, a close second to Chavez as one of the flakiest leaders South America has ever seen.

The OSC/ODNI report revealed a number of Muslim organizations in Bolivia whose leaders have publicly denounced U.S. foreign policy and have direct associations with extremists in the Middle East.

From the article, “There’s a theory that they may believe — Latin America, particularly with its Leftist leanings in recent years, may be more receptive to the anti-American-type rhetoric that we’ve been accustomed to hearing from Iran,” said a U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

How close are the ties?

Read the article…then ask yourself, what good can possibly come from this?

A Mosque, more properly, a masjid, has been established in La Paz…and there is one in Santa Cruz as well.  The Saudis have contributed to the Bolivian Islamic community, so we can expect more of the same Wahabi sort of rhetoric being presented among the peace loving peasants of this landlocked South American nation.

Also from the article, “Clearly, jihadists, or potential jihadists, would look very intensely at ways of diversifying their sources of revenue, potential candidates for missions — intelligence missions, infiltration — people whose profile, whose point of origin leads people to be less suspicious,” said Ray Walser, a senior policy analyst specializing in Latin America at the Heritage Foundation. “I think there is a potential in these types of organizations — that may exist in Bolivia or elsewhere — of becoming the kind of points of diversification of radical groups in the Middle East.”

Add that to Bolivia having a coca farmer as a President, with a few proclivities of his own, and a friend of Chavez, and Bolivia isn’t just about cocaine anymore.

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