Just as the danger of homegrown political Islam is on display in the United States with the attempted Times Square bombing--the third attempted attack in six months--Germany seems to be recoiling to its pre-9/11 indifference toward growing radical Iranian Islam in its backyard. In late May, the pro-Ahmadinejad Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg hosted an event with advocates of revolutionary Iranian Islam.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appointed the director of the Islamic Center Hamburg, which is part of the Imam Ali Mosque. The mosque's imam, Ayatollah Reza Ramezani, used his platform to call for participation at the 2009 al Quds Day, an anti-West and anti-Israeli hate festival, whose goal is the "liberation of Jerusalem from the Zionist system," a standard Iranian battle cry for wiping Israel off the map.
The radical German "Islamic Way" association, which understands its mission as a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), helped organize the so-called "Peace Congress" in Hamburg. While the European Union (with the exception of a proposed Holland Parliament resolution to ban the IRGC) refuses to place the IRGC on its EU terror list, the Bush administration classified the IRGC as a global terrorist organization as early as 2007. The IRGC was the key instrument in suppressing the the pro-Democracy movement last June, as well as advancing Iran's drive to go nuclear.