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The Boys Who Cried “Iran”: Doubtful that Iran is Behind Iraqi “Insurgent” Technology

Posted in Iran, iraq, Iraq War, News, News and politics, Politics, USA by Curtis on 2/12/07

The United States Defense Department has said that it is in possession of “proof” that the highest levels of the Iranian government have supplied key technology to Shi’ite “insurgents” in Iraq, technology which the U.S. claims has led to the death of hundreds of its troops. U.S. Defense analysts claim that components of roadside bombs could only have been made in Iran, and must have been supplied by members of the Revolutionary Guard, which is said to answer directly to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini.

However, considering the dubious record of such dicta lately (Iraqi WMDs? Hussein–al Qaeda links?) and the US-Israeli neoconservative establishment’s obviously escalating desire to provoke “regime change” in the Islamic Republic, many analysts are cautioning a closer look at the facts and circumstances surrounding Iran’s position and actions with regards to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. In other words, carefully examine the known before speculating about the unknown.

Writes Reclaiming Space:

Its times like these you see the machinery of war and state apparatuses, including the bastions of the mainstrean media (MSM) sadly degenerate as if on cue into overt mouthpieces for the Bush-Cheney junta, spewing out demonstrably false misinformation in an effort to desperately furnish a pretext to invade Iran. This has been long in the planning of these bellicose criminals as we have seen.

The war pimping on Iran has started in earnest folly in the US. The New York Times went with ‘Deadliest Bomb in Iraq Is Made In Iran, Says US’, while the Washington Post has run with an article entitled ‘Iran arms Iraqi insurgents’. While the latter cited some Congressional skepticism and concern that this war drum beating was to be used to legitimate going to war, the bulk of the article was devoted to the claims of just-released “U.S. military intelligence report”…

…The attempt to blame these US deaths on Iran is in my view a black psy-ops operation. The claim is framed as though this was a matter of direct Iranian government transfer to the deadliest guerrillas. In fact, the most fractious Shiites are the ones who hate Iran the most. If 25 percent of US troops are being killed and wounded by explosively formed projectiles, then someone should look into who is giving those EFPs to Sunni Arab guerrillas. It isn’t Iran.

Finally, it is obvious that if Iran did not exist, US troops would still be being blown up in large numbers. Sunni guerrillas in al-Anbar and West Baghdad are responsible for most of the deaths. The Bush administration’s talent for blaming everyone but itself for its own screw-ups is on clear display here.

The mysterious evidence in question, it has been written, cannot be confirmed by independent sources.

Some Democrats in Congress are imploring U.S. citizens to take these intelligence claims with a large block of salt. The BBC reports:

US claims the bombs were smuggled from Iran cannot be independently verified.

Democratic Senator Chris Dodd said the Bush administration had tried to falsify evidence before.

“I’m looking at this report with a degree of scepticism,” he said.

“I don’t doubt that Iran has been involved to some degree and clearly that’s a problem that needs to be addressed, but I’m getting uneasy that they’re trying to create a premise, set a premise, for some future, broader military action in Iran…

The Bush administration denies it is planning to invade Iran but has indicated it is willing to use military force to deal with any Iranian interference inside Iraq, says the BBC’s James Westhead in Washington.

Tehran has denied any involvement.

While it is within the realm of the possible that the EPR bombs in question do contain components originating within the borders of Iran, it is much less likely—and almost certainly indeterminable, in any case—that these components would have been handed across the border through official action of the Iranian government. Any existing supply chain would probably be much more complex than the magic wand-waving implied by the U.S. press conference, in which three officials spoke only on condition of anonymity.


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 2/12/07 at 6:46 am

    Good to see in your post that the BBC has exercised at least a smidgen more caution and skepticism, though I’ve not yet looked into the UK media. Blair’s voice is hardly taken seriously any more, so there are limits to the improbabilities he can propagate with this one.

    To their credit, up until recently, the LA Times and even the Washington Post have been doing their jobs and practising bona fide journalism – investigating claims before simply publishing them, especially claims that could constitute a casus belli.

    I’m hoping that more of the informed public at large are far more wary about accepting this substantially, if not wholly, cooked intelligence (and badly cooked at that) this time around. Thanks for this.

  2. Curtis said, on 2/12/07 at 6:49 am

    You’re welcome, but thank you for a thorough survey of the comments at hand. Don’t breathe too soon with the BBC—the rest of the article is pretty standard.

    I hope along with you, and I believe that appropriate skepticism is increasing. Unfortunately, at least in this country, even the very mention of Iran seems to provoke increasing belligerence. We’ve the MSM to thank for that.

  3. raincoaster said, on 2/13/07 at 5:04 am

    Watch Blair carefully: he never makes remarks about terrorism, Iraq or Iran when George W. Bush or Dick Cheney have their mouths full.

    Is the American public approaching skepticism fatigue? When you just roll over and say, “oh, what’s the point” even though you know you’re being lied to? I hope that when they debate re-instituting the draft, which they will have to do to fight any of these wars, the public rises up and smacks them back to the stone age.

  4. Curtis said, on 2/14/07 at 5:18 am

    Sometimes I wonder about that, rc. I do very much get the hint from time to time that what many Americans feel on these kinds of issues is nothing short of a total disconnect—which is really quite dangerous. The philosopher/mathematician Hypatia said almost two thousand years ago that it’s better to think wrongly than not to think at all.

  5. naj said, on 2/14/07 at 8:42 am

    Wow Curtis, you went green :)

    Check this out!

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