Israel Didn’t Attack Iran
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The Absurd Israeli Report
Someone wanted this news item widely circulated. Considering that the facts reported were: “something happened, but nobody knows exactly what,” this was a strange pronouncement for the Western media, which likes to portray itself as balanced, thorough, reliable and – I almost forgot – democratic. The odd report originated in the Times of London of November 23, 2011, which claimed a mysterious blast had rocked Isfahan in Iran the day before, damaging a key nuclear facility near the city. Apparently, this plant serves the uranium conversion part of the process since 2004; it takes uranium from mines and produces uranium fluoride gas, which then feeds the centrifuges that enrich the uranium in Natanz.
Three different explanations appeared to this violent event:
Iran: Speaking to an Iranian news website, the government of Isfahan said that the explosion occurred as a result of a military drill, denying reports that the blast was somehow related to the nearby nuclear facility. According to initial reports, frightened residents of Isfahan called the fire department after the blast. Speaking with Fars news agency, Isfahan’s deputy mayor confirmed the reports and said the authorities were investigating the matter. After the incident was reported in Israel, the report was taken off the Fars website.
Israel: Israeli media is frantic with the event. According to Israeli sources, there is no doubt that the blast had damaged Isfahan’s nuclear facility, and that the explosion was not an accident. Satellite pictures were brought showing before and after pictures of the plant (see images below). Heavy damage was allegedly caused to several areas of the plant, hinting thus – in that typical Hebrew subtext – that the event was the result of an intentional sabotage. This subliminal message was strengthened by quoting on the same article recent words of Meir Dagan – former Mossad Director – in the television program “Uvda” (“Fact” in Hebrew): “that if Israel attacks Iran, it will be dragged into a regional war.” There was no logical reason for inserting this comment on that article except for an attempt by the Israeli media to hint the plant had been targeted by Mossad.
USA: U.S. State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said Monday: "We don't have any information at this time other than what we've seen in the press as well. But certainly we're looking into it." Later, he added: “As you know, we're somewhat limited in our ability to glean information on the ground there, but we're certainly looking into it.” I thought America had spying satellite capable of providing accurate pictures from space. Moreover, this item is important enough to have justified at least one of the many American satellites taking one tiny picture of the site in the week that passed since then. Silly me! Why doesn’t America support the apparently solid Israeli claim?
What Truly Happened?
The main hint something is wrong in the ongoing reports by Western media is the sharp discrepancy between the American and Israeli reports. The fact the American government is not acknowledging the before and after pictures of the Isfahan site – otherwise the formal reaction of the American government had been different, hints the picture – despite being attributed to respectable companies – are fake. A long time ago – in Photographed with Hitler and Videotaped with Madonna - I commented on how easily picture and video can be edited nowadays. The low resolution pictures of Isfahan released by the media this week could have been tampered in a matter of hours but any average graphic designer. Israel can afford the cost of that. USA's suspicious silence supports this assessment.
We are left with the original report. Denizens of Isfahan called the firefighters after they heard a strong noise. Period. After Iranian press identified Israel’s foul play, it took out all references. What is the suspicion of the Iranians?
In several recent articles – among them “After me, the deluge!” and Peres Calls for Attack on Iran - I have touched the Israeli obsession with an unjustified attack on Iran, on why and how it is being staged. The information being spread now by the Israeli administrations seems as part of a psychological warfare attack on Iran. Israeli media is spending considerable efforts and resources in propagandistic items brainwashing the Hebrew-reading public (following picture was taken out from an elaborate flash-technology display developed by YNET) on the evils of Iran. Yet, in its entire history, the Islamic Republic of Iran has attacked no other country; in sharp contrast the State of Israel was defined as a terror-inflicting organization by the UN on October 16, 2009.
The U.S. Department of Defense defines psychological warfare as: "The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives." The word “propaganda” in this definition refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position so as to benefit oneself or one's group and is divided mainly in White Propaganda which originates from an openly identified source, and Black Propaganda which is identified as being from one source, but is in fact from another, similarly to a false-flag attack in naval warfare. The poster reproduced at the top of this page shows an example of American racist propaganda during WWII.
An additional type is Grey Propaganda, which doesn’t have any identifiable source. A major application of this type is making enemies believe falsehoods using straw arguments: as phase one to make someone believe "A", one releases as grey propaganda "B," the opposite of "A". In phase two, "B" is discredited using some strawman. The enemy will then assume "A" to be true. It seems Israel is using a variation of this to make the world believe the nuclear facility at Isfahan had been damaged by Mossad. A report had been released by the London Times - which is not suspected of being anti-Israeli to say the least - reporting on an unclear event. America – Israel’s closest ally - strangely refuses to comment. Then, Israel claims damage had been caused to a nuclear installation near the reported event, shows via straw imaging companies unreliable evidence, and creates a weak linkage between the event and Mossad. The result is that almost everybody – except for those in the site who know what truly happened and those in the know of PSYWAR tricks – believes Israel had began a silent war against Iran and is winning despite Israel having done nothing but editing texts and pictures. This probably is the first step in a campaign soon about to be intensified.
Meir Dagan - you old goat – you are getting a bit careless. You and Mossad may fool a few people sometimes, but there is no way you’ll fool all of us all the times. The Mossad king is naked, and Israel is the warmonger.
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