So, just to be clear..:
The United States Government has been trying to reassert its control over Iranian oil since 1979, when its (brutal) puppet dictator, the Shah of Iran, was deposed by a (Shia) Islamic Revolution.
The U.S. teamed up with Saddam Hussein for 8 years, to see if he could do what the U.S. wanted (he couldn’t).
In 2002, the U.S. Government made Iran a Founder Member of “The Axis of Evil”.
In 2015, the Obama Administration entered – somewhat reluctantly – into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, the other permanent members of the UNSC and Germany.
In 2018, the Trump Administration unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA, claiming Iran was violating the agreement, despite every other party to the agreement certifying Iran’s full compliance.
In the year or so since then, the U.S. has been funding and promoting a wide-scale propaganda campaign, in conjunction with the Israeli and Saudi Arabian Government, to try and drum up popular support for a military assault on Iran.
And now (following the failure of Washington’s attempt to wrest control of Venezuela from Venezuelans), the U.S. is trying to convince the World that the Iranian Government is behind attempts to sabotage oil shipping in the Persian Gulf.
Now, I know all the above, so I don’t waste too much time peering at the “details” of the latest attempt to brainwash the Public into the same kind of support manufactured for the 2003 attack on Iraq.
But from what I can gather, the photographs of some humans tinkering around by the side of a large ship, are claimed by the U.S. Government to be of Iranian military personnel *REMOVING* a naval mine from a tanker…
Just need to walk that through a little bit, because even I’m surprised at the appalling quality of this particular piece of propaganda.
A photograph of a bunch of people wearing high-visibility buoyancy jackets, most of whom are standing around with not much to do, whilst one of their number…does something.
And the U.S. Government is telling us that this is the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, *REMOVING* a mine that didn’t go off, in a not-at-all clandestine way.
Now, I’m no naval expert, but I understood that when you are aiming to hole a ship, it’s usually recommended that you aim to hole it *BELOW* the water-line.
That also makes it a lot easier to affix the mine/limpet-charge/whatever, because you can just send in a guy or two in a SCUBA kit, to put the explosive device where it needs to be. You know, rather than sending a heavy boat with dozens of highly-visible people on it.
Also: has anyone come up with a mind-wrenching rationalisation to explain why the IRG would bother to remove an unexploded mine? Is it because the mine is likely to have “Made in Iran” embossed on it somewhere?
We have the Japanese owners of the vessel, and its civilian crew, saying that their ship was hit by a missile, or something that appeared to hit them out of the air, rather than a torpedo or mine.
And we have the incident taking place whilst the Japanese Prime Minister and associated Japanese Security and Intelligence personnel, on a State Visit to Iran.
So no, not buying any of it.
At least Saddam’s huge stockpiles of WMDs had a faint air of plausibility about them. Like, you know, they *COULD* have existed, potentially…
But as for this hastily-concocted pantomime?
Anyone who *DOES* buy it, needs to be confined to a sanatorium where they can get the rest and treatment they so obviously need.