The Iranian regime, for all of their foolhardy whims, are no dummies. They known how to play the game of international political charades and they do so with aplomb. Over the course of the last week, the United States has been reminded of this very fact.
After an Iranian-backed militia attacked the US embassy in Baghdad on New Year’s Day, President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed one of Iran’s top military leaders, General Qasem Soleimani.
Never one to waste a perfectly good tragedy, Iran then fired 15 ballistic missiles in the general direction of American troops in Iraq in “retaliation”. Only the missile strike was telegraphed to the intended targets and also purposefully off-target, as Iran could risk taking any American lives in such a brazen, state sponsored act. Crossing that line would have spelled doom for them.
Instead, it appears as though Iran could be ready to take their revenge through covert channels, utilizing the terror methods honed and refined by the late Soleimani. The latest out of Florida makes this possibility all the more alarming.
A man arrested by Palm Beach Police this morning had $22,000, a machete and a pick ax, in addition to knives in his possession, according to an officer with the department.
The man, identified by his passport as Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, an Iranian national, also had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, Public Information Officer Michael Ogrodnick said.
The department is working with other federal partners in the investigation, Ogrodnick said.
Zoleh was arrested just over the Flagler Memorial Bridge at Bradley Park. Initial reports said he had several knives on him. Ogrodnick said the department received a call at about 9:30 a.m. regarding Zoleh. He would not give details on what the caller said.
Should Iran choose to sponsor terrorism, as opposed to facing the US military head-on, it would provide the government in Tehran plausible deniability as to their involvement in such attacks, which in turn could create a partial buffer against US retaliation.