Iranian counter-terrorism?

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.

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  1. Yet more pure Israeli bullshit. If it isn’t an Israeli false flag operation that might have gone slightly wrong then it is far more likely to be al Qaeda stirring things up than Iran taking revenge.

    “Israel’s foreign ministry said that Israel had the ability to track down those who carried out the attacks.”

    Like it did an Algerian waiter in Norway?

    BTW, Israel might have had the ability in the past but these days, I doubt it. They can’t run spy rings in Lebanon without the Lebanese police breaking them up. They can’t murder a Hamas agent without all the members of the hit squad being identified by the local police in Dubai.

  2. The tactics and techniques reflect Israel’s methods in Iran, so it’s hard to assign ultimate blame for these incidents to any other actor. The apparent lack of serious injuries may even indicate a Mossad operation designed to incriminate Iranian intelligence. But whether you consider the Iranians to be involved- and that stands as conjecture for the moment- final responsibility for these attacks rests with the Israeli security apparatus for their many lethal provocations within Iran. Netanyahu and co haven’t bothered to deny their instigation of terrorist acts on the streets of Tehran. Retaliation of some kind was foreseeable, though it’s extremely regrettable that India and Georgia have been chosen for that purpose.

  3. Colm O' Toole says:

    “Today we witnessed two attempts of terrorism against innocent civilians,” – Benjamin Netanyahu 14th Feb 2012.

    So to be clear. Israel using a motorcycle to drive alongside a car and plant a bomb is “sabotaging Irans nuclear program”. Iran using a motorcycle to drive alongside a car and plant a bomb is “terrorism against innocent civilians”.

    Everyone clear on that yeah?

  4. dickerson3870 says:

    RE: “Iran is behind these attacks and it is the largest terror exporter in the world.” ~ Netanyahu

    MY SNARK: Iran is a larger “terror exporter” (in the world) than Israel? Very unlikely!
    Of course, Netanyahu might not consider Israel to be “in the world”.

  5. Herein is manifestation of Holocaust Psychosis:

    (1) You engage in acts of terror, murder and international crimes on grounds that this could never apply to you because you are in a achive your goal-or-die condition.

    (2) When your VICTIM respons in kide you say: you see, I told you they were trying to spill Jewish blood.

    (3) Though the Armageddon you anticipate never comes, you turn the issue into one of dignity and deterrent image. And so, this justifies escalation to attack.

    (3) Criticism from allies is dismissed as “expected” antisemitism from “dumb goyim” who “just refuse to understand what WE know.”

    Are we going to play along with this psychosis to our detriment or are we going to say: “STOP! ENOUGH BS!” ?

  6. Isreal fooled the West. And now the world?