US authorities have charged two Iranians in a “plot directed by elements of the Iranian government” to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US as part of a major terror attack.
Eric Holder, the US attorney general, said on Tuesday that factions within the Iranian government were involved in the plot.
“The criminal complaint unsealed today exposes a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign ambassador on US soil with explosives,” the US attorney general said.
“Through the diligent and coordinated efforts of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, we were able to disrupt this plot before anyone was harmed. We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously and bring those who have violated any laws to justice.”
Holder said the plot was “conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran”.
The plot also allegedly involved an attack on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington.
The US has filed criminal charges against Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalised US citizen holding both Iranian and US passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Quds Force, the Justice Department said.
After the outright lies of the Bush administration in their justifications in attacking Iraq (remember, I’m one of the few who didn’t want to go to war back in '03 because I didn’t believe their bullshit), I’m going to be a bit skeptical. I’m hearing a bit too much Iran “chatter” in certain circles right now - it’s coming off as a pretext for yet another bombing of more brown people.
Of course, this is at least more plausible than a Saddam and Osama love-fest, so if it’s not true (huge, huge IF statement there, folks) at least the government is getting better at fabricating justifications.
Bombing Iran would just unite their people against the US. Even though I tend to lean conservative, I’m just as skeptical as Blackadar about anything our government has said since 9/11.
I have pretty much lost faith that the US government will be upfront and honest with its own people and I don’t see it changing. I don’t know why I ever had faith to begin with since so much that has been done on the foreign front since WWII has been based on deception and lies.
Well, the only thing new about this story is that it happened in the US instead of somewhere else. Iran (especially through Hezbollah which is essentially an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard) has a long history of plotting to blow up other people’s embassies.
Maybe it was going to be a false flag attack… maybe it was some whackos. I am under the impression that the Iranian state isn’t really cohesive and that there are a number of semi-independent tendrils that have the capacity to undertake the alleged plot.