Friday, July 16, 2010

Suicide bombings in Iran

And they are blaming it on the US. No, really. According to Haaretz, a senior official (Republican Guard) told the Iranian news agency that it was Israel and the United States that were behind it. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, a senior official (governor general) said it was "foreign intelligence services and big powers." IRNA also has an article in which an Indian Shia scholar says it was the US and Israel.

The bombers themselves said it was because the government executed their leader last month. The Republican Guard says it tortured their leader who admitted receiving aid from the US and others. Okay, technically the Republican Guard says "confessions" were "extracted" from the guy, and that the US wanted his group to carry out bombings in Iran.

Is there any truth to this? Traditionally, the US has supported opposition groups in countries that it doesn't like (i.e. Iran). But I wouldn't go so far as to say the the US wanted bombing attacks carried out. That kills innocent civilians, which really upsets the rest of the civilians, and gives you bad press. That said, it still wouldn't surprise me if some people in the US government did want bombing attacks carried out. And considering how most Americans feel about Ahmadinejad, why on earth would they listen if he blamed America for the attacks?

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