I’m still trying to wrap my head around why Iran would be so brazen as to launch an officially state-sanctioned assassination attempt on U.S. soil by way of a Mexican cartel. As is often the case, Professor Juan Cole offers an alternative explanation which is easier to swallow.
Arbabsiar’s patron, Shakuri, may have had a side business, besides the Revolutionary Guards day job, as an element in an opium- and heroin-running gang bringing the stuff from Afghanistan through Iran and to points west. About half of Afghanistan’s opium and heroin is exported via Iran.
Check it out at his blog, Informed Comment, for the rest. If you don’t follow him, you should. He’s long been my go-to source for expert Middle East analysis.