Anorak | Hapless Iranian terrorists and Israeli victims expose Guardian bias

Hapless Iranian terrorists and Israeli victims expose Guardian bias

by | 16th, February 2012

IS Iran trying to murder Israelis abroad, so far in India , Thailand and Georgi?. In India, an Israeli embassy official was on the way to pick up her children from school when the bomb went off.

The Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, visiting Singapore, is pretty sure it’s those bellicose Iranians:

“The attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror.”

In Thailand the Iranians are darkly laughable. The Times writes:

The violence began when an explosion tore the roof off a rented house in the Ekamai district of Bangkok in the middle of the afternoon in what appears to have been an accidental detonation of a cache of explosives. After the blast one Iranian, later identified as Saeib Moradi, ran into the street.

“He tried to wave down a taxi, but he was covered in blood and the driver refused to take him,” said General Pansiri Prapawat, a police spokesman. Moradi threw a grenade at the taxi, slightly wounding the driver and three bystanders, before running away, pursued by police. He tried to throw a second grenade but dropped it, blowing off one leg and severely damaging the other.

Two other men fled the house but one, Mohammed Hazaei, 42, was arrested at Bangkok’s international airport while trying to board a flight to Malaysia. The third man was still at large…

Good news is that Iran is woking on getting the nuclear bombs. Sleep tight, Iranians. Know that nothing can go wrong. You will in no way be massacred by your own military glitches.

Itzhak Shoham, Israel’s Ambassador to Thailand, said the bombs are just like the ones used in India and Georgia:

“They are similar to the ones used in Delhi and in Tblisi,” Mr Shoham said. “From that we can assume that there is the same network of terror.”

In the GuardianOAS lecturer Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, reviews the evidence and finds Iran in the clear:

Let’s assume that sections of the military and security apparatus in Iran are responsible for the string of bombings in Georgia, Thailand and India. What would be the motive?


The argument that Iran is retaliating for the murder of five civilian nuclear scientists in Iran is not plausible. If Iran wanted to target Israeli interests, it has other means at its disposal.

Such as?

It is hard to imagine that the Iranian government would send Iranian operatives to friendly countries, completely equipped with Iranian money and passports – making the case against them as obvious as possible.

If the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are as professional, highly trained and politically savvy as we have been told repeatedly by Israeli politicians themselves, if they have successfully trained and equipped the cadres of Hezbollah and other movements with paramilitary wings in the region, then why would they launch such a clumsy and self-defeating operation?

Because things go wrong?

For Iran it doesn’t make sense to risk alienating India by launching an assassination attempt in the capital of the country. Similarly, Iran has good economic and political relations with Georgia and Thailand. Why would the leadership in Tehran risk a major crisis with these countries during this sensitive period when IAEA inspectors are moving in and out of Iran to investigate the country’s nuclear programme?

Hold on a moment. Might the “Iranian’ killers be… Israelis trying to destabilise good Iran?

The true answer is that at this stage no one knows for sure who is behind the attacks.

The captured men are from Iran. This is fact the Guardian’s expert fails to note.

There have been news reports that the security agencies in India are examining the similarities between the explosion in Delhi and the Jama Masjid shooting and blast in 2010 when similar methods were used. According to these reports, the culprits could be the so-called Indian Mujahideen, which is unrelated to Iran and which is opposed to India’s relations with Israel. There are several other such groups that support the Palestinian cause and that have targeted India before.

It’s all to do with those Palestinians, eh. But haven’t they got their own bombers? And – once more – the arrested men are Iranian.

It is politics that will prevail over the truth in this case; the Netanyahu administration will attempt to exploit the situation in order to make the case for increasing sanctions against Iran…For the Netanyahu administration, the culprit of these attacks has to be the Iranian government, irrespective of the truth, because it is politically expedient to represent the country as an existential threat in order to hype up the nuclear issue and to divert attention away from the Palestinian question.

The man – the men arrested, including the one who blew his limbs off – are from…IRAN. And didn’t Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmdaeinejad say fighting Israel is part of the “war of destiny” and “Israel must be wiped off the map”? Yes, it was.

The Guardian’s expert ends:

It is all the more imperative then that intellectual acumen and analytical sobriety prevail over the resurgent pro-war lobby.

On Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “The World Today” radio program

Geneive Abdo says:

 (Journalist) ELEANOR HALL: Iran’s leadership says it’s sheer lies that it’s behind the attacks and that the Israelis have planted the bombs themselves to discredit Iran?

GENEIVE ABDO: Well I think that’s entirely possible. I mean, if you consider what the Israelis did for many years in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, that theory is not so farfetched.

ELEANOR HALL: So how dangerous do you think the situation is right now?

GENEIVE ABDO: Well, I think it’s very dangerous. It’s far more dangerous than probably any escalation tension that we’ve seen in 30 years. So, you know, you have the Israelis not willing to live with a nuclear Iran. You have the Iranians going forward with their nuclear program. And you have an American president trying to be re-elected with a Jewish lobby in the United States that’s extremely powerful.

It’ always the ruddy Jews, eh.


“I can tell you that the target of the operation of this group is specifically aimed at Israeli diplomats,” Police Gen. Priewpan Damapong said late Wednesday in an interview with CNN affiliate Channel 3.

In other news:

Kuwait’s Al-Jarida newspaper reported Thursday that Ehud Barak, during his visit to Singapore this week. According to the report, the Mossad – collaborating with local authorities – was able to stop the assassins, who planned on targeting Barak during his visit to the Singapore Air Show.

Such are the facts…

Lead image: An Indian police officer, right, stands next to the wreckage of a car belonging to the Israel Embassy that was destroyed in a blast in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. The wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured in the explosion, the same day as an Israeli Embassy staffer in Georgia found a bomb underneath his car, which was dismantled before exploding, according to Indian and Israeli media reports. (AP Photo)

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