Introduction by Meteor Blades, a diary posted @BooMan on Aug 17th, 2005:
In addition, the role of CIA, Sciri and Mossad leading to the Iraq War of 2003 …
○ Accused Mossad agent Manucher Ghorbanifar and role in pretext for Iraq War by Gondi @BooMan / @EuroTrib on Nov. 2, 2005
My earlier diary on overthrow of Mossadeq and CENTO in containment policy of the West versus Soviet Union communism …
The new forged alliance of the United States with Israel – Saudi Arabia – Gulf States after the failures of the Iraq War, is the last chance to start a war with Iran. All signs indicate a path of fear and warmongering … Russiaphobia plays an important part to maintain US hegemony in the Middle East.
Then the plot thickens considerably when the Syrian air-defense, operating Russian-built missile systems, sprang into action and launched a barrage at the attacking F-16s. For the first time in several years, during which Israel routinely attacked Syrian targets with impunity, the Syrians hit their target and downed a war plane, which crashed inside Israel, severely wounding one pilot and lightly wounding the other.
This is outrageous from an Israeli perspective: an Arab state actually fighting back and drawing blood on Israeli pilots and a plane worth tens of millions? Something not to be countenanced. That’s why the military PR machine sprang into action and deployed Lerner to lay on the hasbara sh*t very thick. The very notion that a bunch of Arabs would violate Israeli air space and then down an Israeli plane is simply intolerable.
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So, despite the fact that Israel has been routinely assassinating Syrian, Hezbollah and Iranian commanders for years with similar attacks on Syrian soil; that it has routinely bombed weapons convoys inside Syria; that it has routinely shot down Syrian war planes which momentarily and accidentally crossed Israel-occupied Golan-all this amounts to nothing because, after all, it is Israel. Tiny, pure Israel whose actions are always justified, who is always the victim.
Who is doing the killings? A well-sourced and convincing investigation last year by NBC News in the US concluded that “deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service”. It cites two senior Obama administration officials as confirming that the MEK is responsible for the killings but denying any US involvement.
Richard Engel and Robert Windrem of NBC quote Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide to Iran’s spiritual leader Ali Khamenei, as asserting that Israel’s secret service, Mossad, trained MEK members. He claimed that in one case it built a replica of a nuclear scientist’s house so that the killers would be familiar with it. His information largely came from the interrogation of a would-be assassin detained in Iran in 2010. Larijani said that Mossad worked through the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) because “Israel does not have direct access to our society. [The MEK], being Iranian and being part of Iranian society, they have … a good number of places… to get into touch with people.”
The MEK categorically denies any involvement with Israel but Israeli commentators have confirmed the MEK-Israeli connection.
The new organization is called SAVAMA. It is run, according to U.S. sources and Iranian exile sources here and in Paris, by Gen. Hossein Fardoust, who was deputy chief of SAVAK under the former shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and a friend from boyhood of the deposed monarch.
If SAVAMA is indeed not trusted yet by Khomeini, one reason could be the presence of former SAVAK employes in the ranks and the very close ties that SAVAK, under the shah, maintained with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.
Similarly, while assessments by anti-Khomeini Iranian exiles about SAVAMA may be skewed for political reasons, U.S. assessments could also be intentionally low-key if Washington or other western countries have made inroads with the new organization.
The fact that intelligence ties to Israel, the United States and other western agencies are broken is another reason SAVAMA is viewed by U.S. sources and some Iranian exiles as just a shadow of its former self.
According to a former Iranian minister under the shah who now lives in Paris and is said to be well informed about affairs in Tehran, SAVAMA is an official organization under Defense Minister Mostafa Chamran.
Just days following the bombing, Foreign Policy, quoting U.S. intelligence memos, reported that Mossad agents posed as CIA officers in order to recruit members of a Pakistani terror group to carry out assassinations and attacks against the regime in Iran.
Foreign Policy’s Mark Perry reported that the Mossad operation was carried out in 2007-2008, behind the back of the U.S. government, and infuriated then U.S. President George W. Bush.
Later, a Sunday Times report claimed that agents associated with Israel’s secret services were behind Ahmadi Roshans’ assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.
U.S. officials speaking to NBC news claimed that Mossad agents were training members of the dissident terror group Peoples Mujahedin of Iran in order assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists, adding that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama was aware of the operation, but had no direct link to them.
Leading neoconservative Norman Podhoretz wants George W. Bush to bomb Iran. In a May 30 Wall Street Journal, he writes “I hope and pray that President Bush will do it.”
Podhoretz sees the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan as “theaters that have been opened up in the early stages of a protracted global struggle,” and sees Iran as another front in what he describes as “World War IV.” And to throw in the standard dose of fear factor to support his arguments, he compares today’s Iran to Nazi Germany in 1938.
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