We had Islamic terrorists establishing a base in Cuba in early drafts of Mojito! - probably 2005. We needed the plot line for suspense, but it also made sense. The Islamists need a base closer to the USA to continue their terrorist activity and Cuba needs the money. Turns out we were prescient...
Here's the news story:
HAVANA - The Italian daily Corriere della Sera is reporting that Hezbollah is setting up a base of operations in Cuba in order to extend its ability to reach Israeli targets in Latin America, ostensibly to avenge the death of terrorist mastermind Imad Mugniyah. Mugniyah, a Lebanese-born Hezbollah terrorist leader, was killed in February 2008 by a car bomb. Though it has not been proven who was responsible, it has been reported that several Arab states aided the Israeli Mossad in carrying out the killing.
Mugniyah was believed to have been involved in planning the 1983 Beirut bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks, as well as two attacks on a Jewish synagogue and a community center in Argentina in 1992 and 1994. The U.S. State Department said upon his death: "The world is a better place without this man in it. He was a coldblooded killer, a mass murderer and a terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost. One way or another he was brought to justice." Hezbollah has sought new alliances in Latin America since attention was brought to the terrorist group’s redoubt in the Tri-border area at the intersection of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, as well as numerous reports of training camps in Venezuela. According to the Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Ahronoth, three members of Hezbollah have already arrived in Cuba to set up the cell, which will allegedly “include 23 operatives, hand-picked by Talal Hamia, a senior member tasked with heading the covert operation.
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.