The US government expects an unsuspecting world to believe that a washed-up
car salesman in Texas was tasked by a select intelligence arm of the Iranian
government to fish for anyone who looked like a Mexican drug gangster and
then order them a US$1.5 million hit on the Saudi ambassador in Washington -
in the meantime promising them unfettered access to "tons of opium".
Yet in the Sealed Amended Complaint against Arabsiar and Shakuri, signed by
FBI special agent Robert Woloszyn, there is absolutely nothing specifically
stating the involvement of the Iranian government, at the highest or at any
According to the US government narrative, Arabsiar was foolish enough to
trust an infiltrated Drug Enforcement Agency agent who posed as a member of
the Zetas Mexican drug cartel. He told this agent and his buddies he was the
nephew of a Tehran high official - and that he was acting on behalf of the
So we are asked to believe that an Iranian general asks a Dumb and Dumber
relative in the US to go contract a drug cartel for a political hit - as if
US intelligence would never be able to track the whole thing back to him,
especially after the matter of $100,000 wired to the US, allegedly from
Iran, to a guy convicted of check fraud, as the down payment for the hit.
Beyond any ideological bias, anyone who knows how professional the IRGC and
the Qods force can be cannot but dismiss this as utter rubbish - especially
as part of a complex international operation involving Iran, its mortal foe
the US, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. By the way, Arabsiar "confessed" to all
this after 12 days of non-stop interrogation (waterboarding, anyone?)
Then there's the target. According to the Department of Justice, the target
was not the US. Thus attacking a House of Saud ambassador - a "precious"
ally - on US soil can only be explained by a death wish exhibited by
seriously deranged, suicidal Iranians bent on inviting a US strike, nuclear
To believe that a Mexican drug cartel would invest in a troublesome
political hit in the US capital expecting to collect a bundle of opium (from
"liberated" Afghanistan) is also a non-starter. But the picture changes if
one considers the benefits for the Mujahideen-e-Kalq - the fundamentalist,
terrorist organization that wants to bring down the Islamic Republic. Or the
possible benefits for a ghostly al-Qaeda in terms of creating a
three-way-war involving Washington, Tehran and Riyadh.
There's also the Israeli false flag option. Apart from the fact that the
plot does look like an American Israel Public Affairs Committee wet dream
delivered to Holder on a silver plate, the Israel lobby in Washington as
well as assorted Zionists would love nothing better than to rally alongside
a causus belli established in Washington itself, leading perhaps to a US
strike of some sort against Iran without direct Israeli involvement. . . .
["For the entire operation, the government's confidential sources were
monitored and guided by federal law enforcement agents, Preet Bharara, the
United States Attorney for the Southern District, said in the news
conference. 'So no explosives were actually ever placed anywhere,' he said,
'and no one was actually in ever in any danger.'"--Justin Raimondo, "Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake,"
antiwar.com, October 12, 2011]
[Mansour J. Arbabsiar, 56, the man at the center of an alleged Iranian plot
to kill a Saudi diplomat in Washington, seems to have been more a stumbling
opportunist than a calculating killer. Over the 30-odd years he lived in
Texas, he left a string of failed businesses and angry creditors in his
wake, and an embittered ex-wife who sought a protective order against him.
He was perennially disheveled, friends and acquaintances said, and
hopelessly disorganized.--Robert F. Worth and Laura Tillman, "Unlikely Turn for a Suspect in a Terror
Plot," nytimes.com, October 12, 2011]
["If you were an Iranian undercover operative who was under
instructions to hire a killer to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in
Washington, D.C., why in HELL would you consider it necessary to explain to
a presumed Mexican [expletive deleted] that this murder was planned and
would be paid for by a secret organization in Iran?
"Whoever concocted this tale wanted the 'plot' exposed . . . to precipitate a
major crisis in relations between Iran and the United States. Which other
government in the Middle East would like nothing better than to see those
relations take a big step toward military confrontation?"
[VIDEO: The absence of quotes from any of those
meetings suggests that they do not support the case being made by the FBI
and the Obama administration.--Gareth Porter, "FBI account
of 'terror plot' suggests sting," atimes.com, October 15, 2011]
[The defendant, Gholam Shakuri, identified by the Justice Department as an
operative of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, is
actually a "key member" of the Mujahedeen Khalq, Iran's Mehr News Agency
reported.--Rick Gladstone, "Iran Says Saudi Plot
Defendant Belongs to Exile Group," nytimes.com, October 18, 2011]
[A close analysis of the FBI deposition reveals, however, that independent
evidence for the charge that Arbabsiar was sent by the Qods Force on a
mission to arrange for the assassination of Jubeir is lacking. The FBI
account is full of holes and contradictions, moreover. The document gives
good reason to doubt that Arbabsiar and his confederates in Iran had the
intention of assassinating Jubeir, and to believe instead that the FBI
hatched the plot as part of a sting operation.--Gareth Porter, "Debunking the Iran 'Terror Plot'," antiwar.com,
November 5, 2011]
[And it is the secretiveness attached to the subject that has been the reason
for so much misunderstanding about the current breakdown in relations
between Israel and Turkey, a growing warming of relations between Israel and
Saudi Arabia, and increasing enmity between Saudi Arabia and Iran. . . .
With tempers now flaring between Iran on one side and Israel, Saudi Arabia,
and the United States on the other, as the result of a dubious claim by U.S.
law enforcement that Iran was planning to carry out the assassination of the
Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil, the long-standing
close, but secretive relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia is coming
to the forefront.--Wayne Madsen, "The Donmeh: The Middle East's
Most Whispered Secret," strategic-culture.org, October 25, 2011]