Thursday, January 10, 2008

Will the Iranian "Provocation" Ruse Be Allowed to Succeed?

The navy showed a tape of what they claimed were Iranian speedboats "harassing" a U.S. warship, along with audio of foreign-sounding bad guys making very threatening statements.

However, after a blogger pointed out that the accents of the supposed speed boat passengers could not have been Iranian, the government changed its story:
"the spokesperson for the U.S. admiral in charge of the Fifth Fleet clarified to ABC News that the threat may have come from the Iranian boats, or it may have come from somewhere else.

'We're saying that we cannot make a direct connection to the boats there,' said the spokesperson. 'It could have come from the shore, from another ship passing by. However, it happened in the middle of all the very unusual activity, so as we assess the information and situation, we still put it in the total aggregate of what happened Sunday morning. I guess we're not saying that it absolutely came from the boats, but we're not saying it absolutely didn't.'"

In other words, the audio could have come from anywhere. It could even have been a pre-recorded message played from a U.S. war ship!

Iran released its own version of the audio for the incident, wherein the speed boats properly identify themselves, saying "Coalition warship No. 73 this is an Iranian navy patrol boat". I don't know if this is authentic, but its more likely than the U.S. version of the incident.

Especially given that it has now been definitely admitted by the U.S. government that "US officials faked an incident to escalate the war" in Vietnam, will the U.S. get away with using the less-than-credible Iranian speedboat tape to create a pretext for war with Iran?

The media has shown over hundreds of years that it will support the false claims of the government to justify war. Will the media act truthfully this time?


Blogger projgreen said...

That video was the most ridiculous thing ever and would hardly justify starting a war to a rational thinking person. One thing to note is this even happening right before Bush's trip to Israel.

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Blogger ROBBY B said...

The video footage with the weird accented message came from the USS Hopper.The communication between the Iranians and Americans was with ship 73 which is not the USS Hopper but the USS Decatur.Might mean nothing but i thought i would point it out.

4:10 PM  

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