In the wake of purported �strong evidence� that mortars used
to attack US soldiers in Iraq were manufactured by Iran, disturbing new
questions are being raised about the veracity of the claims made by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates and President George W. Bush.
Here is one analysis, the first on this topic, by Ray
Hanania, which also contains a link to photographic evidence: Serious
questions about the mortar, Bush and the media.
The photograph is of an 81 mm shell. But the serial numbers
on the shell are in English. Would a mortar �manufactured by Iran� have English
lettering (if so, why)? Why an American-style 81mm shell instead of a more
typical Russian-manufactured 82mm shell? How and where were these munitions
really made and distrubuted? Is it an American shell? Is it an American-style
shell that was brokered globally? If so, how did this shell find its way to
Iran (or did it)?
Is it planted evidence by the Bush administration�s
intelligence apparatus? Is this just one of the many planted lies being
used to set up the upcoming attack on Iraq? (See Fabricating the
case against Iran.)
Iranian officials have called the mortar evidence a complete
fabrication. In a related development, another allegation, that Iran is
harboring Iraq insurgency leader Al-Sadr, has been denied by Al-Sadr�s
Neither Gates nor Bush have been grilled or pressured to
provide any verifiable proof to back their claims. They have not provided any
proof on the source of this �evidence�-- if there is one.
The tidal wave of disinformation is just beginning.