Authoritarian governments almost always use a culture of terror and violence to intimidate or eliminate their opponents. The Islamic Republic of Iran is no different. The country might have a new president today, but sponsorship of terrorism will remain as one of the key tools of the state.
In the midst of the holiday season, on December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the "Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012." This Act seeks to initiate a whole-of-government approach to what looks to be an increasing threat to the United States, and by extension to Canada as well. Canada is no stranger to the Islamic terrorist threat. The millennium bomber -- Ahmed Ressam, the Toronto 18, and Omar Khadr, among other high profile cases, have brought radical Islam to the forefront of Canadian national security. Closing the embassy of the Islamic Republic in Ottawa last year shows that Minister Harper is serious on his promise.
Friday is the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) -- the sole purpose of which is to confront and provoke the Israelis, with the hope of eliciting a violent reaction and creating a public relations bonanza. Let there be no doubt -- even Iran's terrorist tentacles are all over this march, down to the very last detail.
A new law will allow victims of terrorism and their families to file civil lawsuits against local and state sponsors of the terrorist groups responsible for their losses.
This Iranian assassination plot is a major escalation in Tehran's war on America. Because Iran has never faced serious consequences for its hostility, it is now willing to run a lethal operation on American soil. The operation was likely authorized at the highest levels of the Iranian government.