Have we reached a quite predictable moment where counter-terrorism needs redefining? In other words, that when car bombings initiated by one state-sponsor of terrorism provoke a counter-attack of the same kind, that we should call such an attack an act of counter-terrorism?
Only last week there was confirmation from U.S. government officials that Israel is a state-sponsor of terrorism, having trained and deployed Iranian dissidents to conduct car bombings killing civilians in Iran. By internationally accepted definitions of terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism, there’s no question these were acts of terrorism and Israel’s role in instigating them makes it a state-sponsor of terrorism.
Now it would appear that Israel is reaping the reward for its own actions as Israeli diplomats have been targeted in India and Georgia. The attack in Delhi appears to have involved the use of the same method favored by Mossad — a magnetic bomb attached to the Israelis’ car by a passing motorcyclist.
We can now expect intellectual and moral acrobatics from Israel apologists who support the use of car bombs inside Iran but condemn their use anywhere else.
BBC News reports: Bombers have targeted staff at Israeli embassies in India and Georgia, officials say, with Israel accusing Iran of masterminding the attacks.
An explosion in Delhi injured one diplomat and three other people. Witnesses told local TV a motorcyclist had placed a device on the embassy’s car when it stopped in traffic.
A bomb underneath a diplomat’s car in Tbilisi was found and defused.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was behind the two incidents.
“Today we witnessed two attempts of terrorism against innocent civilians,” he told a meeting of his Likud party MPs.
“Iran is behind these attacks and it is the largest terror exporter in the world.”
He also blamed Iran for recent plots to attack Israeli targets in Thailand and Azerbaijan that were prevented.
And he suggested that the militant Islamist Hezbollah movement was also involved.
Israel’s foreign ministry said that Israel had the ability to track down those who carried out the attacks.
The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Jerusalem, says security at Israeli embassies has been tightened in recent months following warnings of potential attacks, after Iran accused Israel of a series of attacks on its nuclear scientists.