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| 9/14/2009 12:00:00 AM

Venezuela & Iran: Counter this axis

Sept 14--Iran and Venezuela increasingly are not two virulently anti-American threats but one. And their coupling portends great peril far beyond just the Middle East and Latin America.

n a Brookings Institution speech adapted for a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Robert M. Morgenthau, the legendary Manhattan district attorney, warns that Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez continue to bolster their nations' financial, political and military ties.

They use Venezuela's banking system to circumvent sanctions designed to hobble Iran's financing of terrorists it supports openly and of its own nefarious development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

Mr. Chavez, who supported Mr. Ahmadinejad's bogus re-election, might even be letting Iran produce illicit weapons in remote Venezuelan factories. And Iran's Hezbollah friends likely are trafficking cocaine -- the financial lifeblood of Colombia's FARC terrorists, upon whom Chavez looks with favor.
 
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