Terrorists and five-star hotels: absurdist allegations leveled against Iran by Turkey
By End the Lie
Iran has been accused of many ridiculous plots and activities over the years, but this has to take the cake.
Whereas the story last year of a formerly Iranian used car salesman plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador with the help of Mexican drug cartels had a remote sense of plausibility, the newest accusations make even less sense.
As I made clear at the time, the alleged Iranian plot made so little sense that it was torn apart, even in the more mainstream publications like the Christian Science Monitor.
This is due to the fact that an overwhelming number of experts on terrorism and Iran said that the accusations were nonsensical and incongruent with the Quds Force modus operandi and Iranian policy in general.
The latest accusations leveled against Iran are similarly ridiculous, especially when one considers who it is coming from.
In this case, Turkish intelligence allegedly has information about an Iranian plot to stay in five-star hotels and “carry out a series of demonstrations that may include a bomb attack on the Embassy or Consulate General of the United States [in Turkey],” according to Turkish news outlet Today’s Zaman.
The allegations come from the Turkish Security General Directorate, or EGM, which has reportedly issued warnings to police departments across all of the 81 provinces in Turkey.
They have instructed the police to “be vigilant and remain alert to the existence of such a threat.”
Interestingly, the intelligence which they are basing this off of was reportedly delivered via secret letter to the information department of the Turkish General Directorate of Security.
Zaman does not make it clear where this letter came from or what – if any – verification exists of the claims made in the letter.
If the nature of this “intelligence” is what it appears to be, it seems about as credible as someone calling in a bomb threat. That is to say, no credibility whatsoever.
The letter claims that a team linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will be dispatched to Turkey.
This IRGC-linked team will “may be planning to bomb the US embassy or consulate general” in Turkey.
Zaman then claims that the “Quds Force is infamous for its role in attempting to export Iran’s revolution to other countries through the instigation of chaos,” while pointing out that “facts about the force are well-guarded and scarce.”
I find it quite entertaining when so-called journalists make broad and quite damning allegations while just moments later admitting that they really have no idea what they’re talking about.
Just like the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador, which the used car salesman reportedly attempted to outsource to a Mexican cartel member who turned out to be a DEA agent, some of the details of this new plot make little to no sense.
For instance, the intelligence reportedly “details that the team intends to stay in five-star hotels in the city where the plan is to be carried out and that as a result, caution should be exercised when dealing with non-Turkish individuals staying at such lodgings.”
Just like the nonsensical attempt to allegedly bring a Mexican drug cartel into an operation carried out by an Islamic organization, the claim that they would be staying in five-star hotels is never explained.
Why exactly would a group planning to carry out bombings seek to draw attention to themselves by staying in top-notch accommodations?
Furthermore, why would they publicize this decision to the point where it could be put out in a secret letter to Turkish intelligence?
Even more importantly, why would they make such knowledge public knowing that the terrorist cell would just change their plans after finding out that Turkish intelligence was aware of their scheme?
All of these questions will be left unanswered, as there seems to be no place for logic and sound analysis in today’s establishment media.
The report even manages to bring Hezbollah into the equation by claiming that groups linked to Hezbollah might take part in the demonstrations or bombings.
Another glaring problem here is that they seem to be lumping in plans to demonstrate with plans to commit a violent terrorist act.
I find it quite strange that a group would plan such wildly different events in a seemingly coordinated fashion. This very well might be an effort to criminalize peaceful protest much like the Department of Defense has done in the United States.
If they can claim that peaceful demonstrations are linked to bombings or bomb plots, the Turkish government would likely be able to crack down on all forms of protest, which they have been attempting to do for some time.
We saw these crackdowns on legitimate protests recently with some Turks protesting the placement of a NATO radar system on Turkish soil.
The radar system is a highly contentious issue due to the rift it is creating between Western/NATO-aligned nations and opposing countries like Russia and Iran.
Turkish security forces allegedly have found that the plan is “an effort by Iran to stir to action illegal Turkish political groups following Turkey’s decision to host a NATO early-warning radar system and recent developments in Syria that have seen the establishment of a training camp for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a step interpreted as a response to Turkey’s criticism of the Syrian regime for its brutal crackdown on the anti-regime protests.”
Of course this is glossing over the Turkish oppression of and outright violence against the PKK.
Some time ago, Richard Cottrell wrote a characteristically on-point article pointing out that the Kurds are, essentially, Turkey’s Palestinians.
In the past there have been some instances of Iranian officials who have “pledged revenge on Turkey last year after the country approved the establishment of the NATO defense system on its soil, with prominent military and political figures saying that Turkey would be sorry for siding with the US,” according to Zaman.
Of course they do not cite specific instances or names, because this isn’t nearly as widespread as they make it out to be, nor are they coming from figures with anywhere near the prominence they say they have.
Furthermore, it has become quite clear that governments around the world have a lot more bark than bite, especially Iran which has made several threats against the United States, all of which I think are nothing more than saber rattling.
Iran knows that the West is chomping at the bit trying to find a legitimate reason to attack them and if such a plot were uncovered in Turkey, this would essentially be a green light.
This is why this alleged plot makes so little sense. Iran has nothing to gain from such an operation and everything to lose.
Zaman claims, “Iran has interpreted Turkey’s role in the international community as a threat against its interests,” although it is arguable that Turkey sees Iran in the exact same light.
Both Turkey and Iran are battling for the most prominent and dominant position in the region and the situation in Syria, the row over the NATO radar system and the Persian Gulf are all serving to increase tensions.
Despite Zaman pointing to hollow threats made by individuals in Iran who are not reflecting the official government position, they indeed have to acknowledge the official statements of individuals who actually reflect the official position.
They cite Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi who assured Turkey “that such threats coming from Iranian lawmakers do not reflect the official policy of the country and that Turkey should only consider information from senior Iranian authorities in office.”
Salehi seems to be attempting to hold together the longstanding bonds between Turkey and Iran which have come under considerable strain.
He has said that he is worried such “provocations” may indeed be an attempt “to see the brotherhood of Iran and Turkey, which spans centuries, fall apart.”
Salehi holds the position that Turkey and Iran should be working together closely and cooperating in the region.
Zaman reports that despite the public conflicts, Iran and Turkey work together “when it comes to combating terrorism and sharing intelligence along their common border, [but] the countries frequently disagree about developments in the region.”
Recent disputes have occurred over the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, the uprising in Syria and alleged involvement in the uprising in Bahrain.
While Turkey claims to be non-sectarian in their approach to events in the region, it is clear that this is far from the case.
Turkey is a nation with a Sunni majority, while Iran has a Shiite majority.
Turkey has accused Iran of attempting to monopolize power into the hands of Shiite groups and according to Zaman, “Iran is also speculated to be leading a new rise of the Shiite Crescent in the region, supporting Shiite-backed political blocs in other countries, such as Syria.”
Turkey has been siding with the Syrian opposition for some time now, and this cooperation has only become closer as time progresses.
Turkey’s sectarianism becomes clear when one considers that they support the violent insurgency in Syria while claiming that Iran is “creating chaos in those [countries] ruled by Sunni leaders, such as Bahrain.”
The uprising in Bahrain has been systematically marginalized in the Western establishment media and the Western-dominated international political dialogue likely because of the strong ties between Bahrain and the United States.
A successful, true populist uprising in Bahrain would be totally unacceptable for the United States and the West as a whole.
This is due to the fact that many Bahrainis are well aware of the fact that the US and the West have been providing their oppressive government with the tools to brutally stifle peaceful protest.
Based on this knowledge, it is only logical to assume that a new populist government in Bahrain would opt to force the United States’ entrenched military presence out of their nation.
This would be an irreparable blow to the United States’ and the West’s quest for regional hegemony as the United States Fifth Fleet out of Bahrain is one of the most important presences in the area surrounding Iran.
It is quite obvious, therefore, why Turkey and the West would choose to dismiss the Bahraini uprising while supporting uprisings in any country with an anti-Western leader who will not play ball, like Muammar Qaddafi and Bashar al-Assad.
However, Zaman must acknowledge that “Iran vehemently refutes this role in both cases and denies having connections to recent arms shipments intercepted by Turkey allegedly on their way from Iran to Syria.”
There are far too many logical inconsistencies left totally unaddressed and even unrecognized to accept this so-called intelligence as legitimate.
Despite this, it is almost guaranteed that the Western establishment media will eat this up as another chance to demonize Iran and beat the drums of war even more heavily.
It is only logical that they would come up with such an alleged plot at this time given that the supposed Iranian nuclear weapons program has been debunked by none other than the United States’ Secretary of Defense himself, Leon Panetta.
With the fact that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons coming to the surface, the West must come up with another reason to fear and perhaps even attack Iran and this seems like precisely what this alleged plot was designed to do.