Due to a recent string of comments to this post on Bryan L.’s blog where we started talking about Iran being a terrorist state, I decided to do a bit of digging (not too much actually, just a google search) and I came across the U.S. Department of State annual Country Report on Terrorism [or here for HTML]. Chapter 3 “State Sponsers of Terrorism” opens with these words:
Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism. Elements of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were directly involved in the planning and support of terrorist acts throughout the region and continued to support a variety of groups in their use of terrorism to advance their common regional goals. Iran provides aid to Palestinian terrorist groups, Lebanese Hizballah, Iraq-based militants, and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. (p. 172)
The latest report should be out by the end of next month. I’m curious to see if the Iranian status has at all changed. It seems to be much the same as it was in the 2006 report.
I also came across an interesting book through a review by Richard Shafer (in JMCQ 73/3 : 770-72) by Brigitte L. Nacos called Terrorism and the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the World Trade Center Bombing (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995). I encountered another book through a Google Books search by Dennis Piszkiewicz entitled Terrorism’s War with America: A History (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003). This isn’t really an area of interest for me but I did find the snippets I read from each book fascinating. I can’t say that I’ll go out and buy any books on the subject, but if I can find some stuff online to read I might look into this a little further. I do have a book by Grant R. Jeffrey called War on Terror: Unfolding Bible Prophecy (Toronto: Frontier Research, 2002) that I never read, so maybe I’ll check that out in a little bit. I’m not really interested in seeing Bible prophecy unfold in current events but you never know what other kind of information might be in there.