White House refuses to point finger at Hezbollah in Bulgaria terrorist attack

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From the gaggle on Air Force One this morning, with Jay Carney, press secretary to the president:

Can I ask one on a different topic, on Bulgaria and the investigations?  There are some reports that the U.S. does believe that Hezbollah was behind the attack.  Can you confirm that?  Do you have any updates on that?

MR. CARNEY:  I can tell you that the President, as I walked back here, after he had made the calls that I told you about and got the briefings that I told you about, was on the phone with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.  I don’t have a readout of that call at this point, but he obviously was getting updated on the situation there and the investigation, thanking the Bulgarian Prime Minister for the cooperation, and offering assistance of the United States in the investigation. 

As for those reports, I can tell you that we don’t have any confirmation yet.  We are working to assess the facts and, with our partners, to discover who was responsible.  It is certainly the case that Hezbollah and Iran have been bad actors, as a general matter.  But we’re not, at this point, in a position to make a statement about responsibility.

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  1. seanmcbride
    July 20, 2012, 7:21 pm

    Hot off the Atlantic Wire:


    The reluctance to assign blame while a flurry of U.S. officials make unequivocal statements raises a number of intriguing questions. Is there a lack of hard evidence? Is this a bad time diplomatically to condemn the Iranian government? Or maybe the White House is simply exercising due caution?

    One aspect that sticks out about the leaks to Reuters and The New York Times is the absence of any proof cited by the anonymous officials. While the Reuters report does cite evidence for previous Iranian-backed attacks (most notably, a plot in Azerbaijan carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards), it doesn’t provide evidence for the Bulgarian attack. Additionally, a report by the Christian Science Monitor’s Nicholas Blanford raises skepticism about Hezbollah’s involvement. “The attack by a suspected suicide bomber bore little resemblance to past bomb spectaculars pinned on Hezbollah,” writes Blanford. “Both Iran and Hezbollah have denied any involvement in the attack.”

    Gee — do you think “the absence of any proof cited by the anonymous officials” could be a factor? And the embarrassing track record of dishonest official leaks doled out the Bush/Cheney administration?

    John Hudson (the author) is sharp as a tack.

  2. Krauss
    July 20, 2012, 9:19 pm

    If the President persists on this(even if it turns out to be Hezbollah in the end), expect him to get slammed by the lobby. Because even if he comes around to it in the end after a thorough investigation, the first crucial days are the most important for cementing a message.

    Bibi clearly needs this to be the Hezbollah/Iran axis. He is counting on it.
    And if Obama doesn’t want to play along right away, he’ll pay the political price.

    • CloakAndDagger
      July 20, 2012, 11:02 pm


      He may pay a price if he plays his hand naively. He has had over 3.5 years of seeing the lobby in action, and if he is as smart as he is reputed to be, he may have learnt something in the process.

      I wish that he was smart enough (and brave enough) to go before the American people and say something like this:

      “In the past, we have rushed in where angels fear to tread without credible evidence, and often based on total fabrications, and this nation has paid dearly for our folly. Now, once again, we hear the usual soi-dissant “experts” claiming that there is clear evidence of Iran’s involvement in this tragedy. The fact of the matter is that we have no such evidence, and Iran has denied its involvement in this.”

      “I am not going to commit the resources of this nation to prosecute an unproven adversary once again based on the speculations of those who would have us in perpetual wars on their behalf and to the detriment of our own national interests, with no supporting evidence.”

      “As your president, this would not only be irresponsible of me to permit, it would be treason. I am an American first, last, and always. I have taken the mantle of governing this proud nation and defending it from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

      “I have ordered the Justice Department to build a case against all those within our ranks that would put us in harm’s way for the benefit of a foreign nation which does not have our best interests at heart. I promise you that in the days ahead, every one of them will be prosecuted to the full extent of American law. I have also advised this foreign nation that, henceforth, they may continue on their path of self-destruction on their own with no assistance from this nation. The American people will have no part in enabling their atrocities and eventual suicide.”

      President Obama, if you are reading this: Were you to give the above speech, you would win the next election in an historical landslide, and restore this great nation to its former glory!

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2012, 11:39 pm

        I’m sure Pres. Obama will give your suggested speech his full attention and consideration after he’s done scheduling drone attacks. After all, it’s the only fun he has all week.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2012, 1:34 pm

        Gee, Mooser, I thought, additional to his fun picking out terror card faces to drone attack, he golfed fairly often.

      • Fredblogs
        July 21, 2012, 1:42 am

        Rofl. He’d lose the election. Most people in America rightly see Israel as our ally. He’d look like an unstable nutjob if he gave that speech.

      • MRW
        July 21, 2012, 7:28 am

        Most people in America rightly see Israel as our ally.

        No, they don’t. Not anymore. Allies don’t push the USA into unnecessary war. Over 70% do not want war with Iran, polls show. Watch that number climb if Israel tries it. And count on anti-semitism in addition to anti-Israel sentiments. You are profoundly out-of-touch with silent America. There was a consequence to Netanyahu appearing before Congress and to the shaming and destruction of Octavia Nasr, Rick Sanchez, and Helen Thomas, something you seem incapable of grasping.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 21, 2012, 7:50 am

        Israel isn’t an ally, it is an abusive, bullying partner addicted to handouts while manipulating, exploiting and guilt-tripping its victim. Not to mention exposing it to great danger and fomenting division and hatred.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2012, 1:32 pm

        Most people in America don’t know anything about Israeli activities since they’ve been born, and couldn’t find Israel on a map. It is true they’ve been told over and over again that Israel is our best ally and the only democracy in the middle east, and that–over the last decade only, that America is based on judeo-christian values.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 21, 2012, 5:07 pm

        @ Fredblogs,

        Q: Most people in America rightly see Israel as our ally. He’d look like an unstable nutjob if he gave that speech.

        R: People who fart thoughts like this into the www look like unstable nutjobs.

      • Ellen
        July 26, 2012, 5:35 am

        Fredo, interesting comment.

        C&D’s fantasy speech said nothing at all about Israel. Never mentioned it. Instead, was a fantasy speech about protecting the interest of the American people, not rushing into judgement and sending our sons and daughters into conflicts without basis in fact. It was a fantasy speech to order our institutions to root out treason in the ranks.

        Truth is a liability in politics.

        But only you projected that this kind of speech is be directed at Israel.

        Who is the nutjob?

      • ritzl
        July 21, 2012, 1:16 pm

        I’d probably say it differently, but if Obama simply explained why we are being pushed toward war, why that’s a bad idea (and how the reasoning is deeply flawed), contrasted the war push-push with fixing infrastructure or something positive, and stated that he will not start a war with Iran for all the above reasons, he would win in a landslide, despite the lack of big Jewish campaign donors.

        Given the mess we’re in, issue clarity and choice on at least one big issue would outweigh indistinguishable (and rightward-shifting as a bloc) “competitors” as an electoral positive. People are hungry for it. Instead, Obama’s just kind of a water wheel of US politics and policy.

      • Roya
        July 21, 2012, 7:42 pm

        “if he is as smart as he is reputed to be”
        CloakAndDagger, my friend you have been lingering too much at CNN.com and not enough at antiwar.com.

        Also can you please run for president, or at least become a presidential speechwriter?

    • Keith
      July 20, 2012, 11:58 pm

      KRAUSS- “Because even if he comes around to it in the end after a thorough investigation, the first crucial days are the most important for cementing a message.”

      Patience, Krauss, patience. It is much too soon for an ‘October surprise.’ Our beloved war-monger-in-chief needs to leave no stone unturned before he “reluctantly” concludes that he has no alternative but to order a military strike against Iran. Unless, of course, the regime collapses before then. July and August are too soon, September a little too soon, but October? Mmmm, just right! Patience, Krauss, Patience.

    • ColinWright
      July 25, 2012, 11:24 pm

      Could it be that Obama has some actual integrity and courage?

      I could see it. He may be politically inept, naive, and easily hustled — but maybe if he’s faced with a stark demand that he condone evil, he makes a stand.

  3. seanmcbride
    July 20, 2012, 9:55 pm

    The neocon-controlled Washington Post — another once august liberal journalistic institution, like the New York Times, which has fallen on hard times — has gone completely off the rails. Its latest editorial (carrying the full authority of its editorial board):

    “Holding Iran accountable for terrorist attacks”


    “The bombing of a bus in Bulgaria filled with Israeli tourists on Wednesday underlines the grim fact that Iran is waging a war of terrorism. Using the territory of countries across the world, working sometimes through proxies like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and sometimes with its own forces, Tehran has been intentionally targeting not just diplomats of enemies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia but also civilians.”

    Just like liberal Zionist Peter Beinart, the Post asserts without qualification (and without a speck of proof) that Iran was behind the Bulgaria attack. What kind of journalism is this?

    The first comment makes the obvious point:

    “This article is a new low for Washington Post. What possible evidence is there to implicate Iran in the Bulgaria bombing? Just because the Netanyahu shoots his mouth off randomly accusing Iran, we have to believe it. Is there even a semblance of legitimate journalism left in this country?”

    The Washington Post doesn’t even know the identity of the Bulgarian bomber!

  4. seanmcbride
    July 20, 2012, 10:19 pm

    “Hunt American as Bomber Accomplice: Report”


    “Authorities are hunting for an American suspected of helping a suicide bomber carry out the deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, Israeli news sites reported.

    The reports claimed that Bulgarian and other police were searching for an American citizen named “David Jefferson” who may have helped the terrorist widely depicted in security footage just before the airport attack that killed seven people.”

    An American?

  5. seanmcbride
    July 20, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Wow — I have steered clear of speculating about any possible false flag angle on the Bulgaria bombing, but I just Googled the subject:


    and the discussion on that scenario seems to be spreading like wildfire across many well-established alternative news publications.

    Check it out for yourself.

    The latest item from the Forward — reporting that an American may have been an accomplice of the bomber — is not likely to dampen that speculation.

    • CloakAndDagger
      July 20, 2012, 11:36 pm


    • ColinWright
      July 21, 2012, 12:41 am

      The significance of this isn’t so much that the operation might therefore have been a false flag but that Israel’s reputation has sunk so low that many people suspect it and are willing to voice their suspicions.

      It’s like if somebody steals a car and everyone in town thinks I did it. That doesn’t mean I did — but it does mean my reputation has gotten pretty bad.

      • edwin
        July 21, 2012, 7:20 am

        Colin: I agree 100%.

        Explicitly avoiding any discussion of the merits of 9/11, the same thing applies there too.

        I think that more and more, Israel and the US are seen as a single country in terms of foreign policy.

      • ColinWright
        July 25, 2012, 11:27 pm

        “I think that more and more, Israel and the US are seen as a single country in terms of foreign policy.”

        They more or less are. The relationship is sort of like Walt Disney and Donald Duck.

        It’s a little unclear exactly which one is Walt, and which one is Donald, but we are that close.

      • anan
        July 26, 2012, 4:11 pm

        ColinWright, Israel and the US are not a single country. How many uniformed GIs think that?

        Israel is denied access to weapons technology and weapons platforms that the US sells to Turkey, NATO Countries, India, Brazil, and Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.

        Have you heard the scorn with which GIs talk about the IDF? [Regarding the IDF’s fighting skills and capabilities?]

      • Citizen
        July 26, 2012, 7:30 pm


        RE: “Israel is denied access to weapons technology and weapons platforms that the US sells to Turkey, NATO Countries, India, Brazil, and Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.”

        Give us some examples, anan. The US policy has long been to insure that Israel always gets free weapons from us that are superior to those we sell any other country, especially any country in the ME. Congress has made sure this happens. We have MOUs specifically promising to Israel we give it more cutting-edge weapons than we sell to any state in the ME.

      • anan
        July 26, 2012, 9:30 pm


        This is common knowledge in the defense procurement industry. The explanations what the sanctions against Israel are is a bit technical and perhaps inappropriate for this blog.

        I am a commentator on this blog:
        Ask this question over there. Chances are you will get a lot of good answers. If you are not satisfied with the answers you get, then perhaps I will respond to you directly.

        Israel gets better weapons than most Arab countries. This is true. Although not true for the UAE and the F-16 block 60. I don’t understand why the UAE gets such high ends specifications (other than the fact that they are loaded with money.)

        There are limitations on exports of electronics, radars, signals, missiles when it comes to aircraft for Israel. I personally don’t understand the non aircraft restrictions imposed on Israel all that well.

        Sanctions were imposed on Israel after Israel was alleged to have leaked US radar technology to China; and F-16 technology to China which China used to design the J10A aircraft.

        In practical terms, this means that any F-35s Israel buys will be partly dumbed down relative to the F-35s offered to Turkey or India.

        If you want to explore this further, research the specifications of the aircraft offered to India as part of the recent 126 aircraft MRCA competition relative to what the US Congress will allow to be sold to Israel.

        The US also doesn’t allow Israel to participate in joint R&D in America’s missile defense (star wars) program. Interestingly enough the US has offered India a higher level of joint R&D cooperation.

        Right now the powerful Israeli lobby in India is working full time to persuade India to conduct joint missile defense research with Israel instead of the US. I don’t know what India will decide. However unlike the relatively more moral US, Israel doesn’t have a “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”. The US can’t bribe foreign governments in the way Israel can.

        The US sanctions on Israel impedes Israel’s ability to conduct joint weapons development with other multinational consortia, because they are afraid that the US will then deny them key top of the line components.

        For example, have you ever wondered why the South Korean Kai KF-X has not invited Israel to be a full partner along with South Korea, Kai, Indonesia and possibly TAI/Turkey? KF-X is an R&D project to build a generation 4.75 fighter. Rumor is that they will buy some tech from EADS for this purpose, along with the F-16 General Dynamics technology they already have.

      • seanmcbride
        July 21, 2012, 11:31 am

        Three key factors are provoking speculation about the false flag angle with regard to the Bulgaria bombing:

        1. Israel’s conspicuous and well-known track record of committing false flag ops in the past. Israel seems to be addicted to this style of political chicanery and keeps returning to it no matter how many times it is caught.

        2. The weird and unseemly haste with which Benjamin Netanyahu assigned blame for the attack and tried to exploit it politically — all without providing a shred of concrete evidence.

        3. The peculiar mushiness of the official story so far. We still don’t know the identity of the bomber or his possible American accomplice.

        My position on all this: I am still waiting for more facts to emerge before having any opinions at all.

        One should be reminded of the Oklahama City bombing: Sassan’s neocon and Muslim-hating confederate, Steven Emerson, tried to place the blame for the deed on Muslims. Oops.

        Also: the World Trade Center bombing. It turned out that the FBI was in control of the Muslim bombers all along and was pulling their strings.

        And of course the 9/11 anthrax attacks: first blamed on Saddam, then Osama bin Laden, then Muslims in general. But when all the facts came out, it became apparent that the anthrax attacks were a false flag op and inside job designed to whip Americans into a frenzy against the enemies of Israel.

        Think of how many gullible people were taken in by so many lies. Smart people aren’t so easily manipulated — they exercise their independent intelligence on official information.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 21, 2012, 5:19 pm

        Q: Smart people aren’t so easily manipulated — they exercise their independent intelligence on official information.

        R: ‘Smart’ people have fixed landlines and talk to other people to obtain verifiable information.

    • Fredblogs
      July 21, 2012, 1:43 am

      Well, if the paranoid fringedwellers say it, it must be true.

      • ColinWright
        July 21, 2012, 4:52 am

        And let me guess…

        We should bomb Iran because she might have done it. She needs to learn that Israel has a right to assassinate her citizens at will.

        The fact of the matter is that this incident and how it is playing out has a significance that extends far beyond the seven dead.

        It highlights how completely bankrupt Israel’s position has become. Twenty years ago, this attack could have happened, everyone would have accepted Israel’s assessment of who had done it, and her right to retaliate would have been unquestioned.

        Keep digging that hole. It’s not six feet yet, but you’re getting there.

      • edwin
        July 21, 2012, 7:40 am

        One single fact? Attack on Israelis that the U.S. confirms is Hezbollah is more than enough proof for me. Of course, I’m not paranoid.

        Lots of ways to know the attack was Hezbollah

        Of course I read it. It says they aren’t saying how they know, not that they don’t know.

        You lose the bet. He was Hezbollah.

        “A senior American official confirmed Israel’s assertions on Thursday that the suicide bomber who killed five Israelis in an attack here on Wednesday was a member of a Hezbollah cell operating in Bulgaria.”

        Well, if the paranoid fringedwellers say it, it must be true.

        The “paranoid fringedwellers” believe anything that is convenient to their world view, and so do you. There is no skepticism in your analysis. The world is black and white, good and evil. It must be Hezbollah and you have grasped at any straw that indicates that must be true. At the same time you have shut your eyes to anything that indicates there is room for doubt.

        There are a lot of people who always blame Israel for everything. There are people who blame the US for everything. There are people who think that Israel is never wrong for anything, and that Hezbollah is always to blame.

        You have ridiculed the “paranoid fringdwellers”, but you have shown yourself to be a “paranoid toady”. Have you learned anything from the current backtracking of official sources on who has done it?

        Right above your quote Colin Wright hits it dead on – He doesn’t know that it is a false flag. Neither do I. We both know that Israel often uses false flag operations, and if you are not completely blind, so do you. The Lavon affair is the most famous, but by no means the only.

      • Fredblogs
        July 23, 2012, 5:19 pm

        That’s not grasping at straws, that’s believing the American officials who said it was Hezbollah.

      • Roya
        July 24, 2012, 2:46 am

        Fredblogs these are also the same officials who said that Iraq had WMD.

      • ColinWright
        July 25, 2012, 11:28 pm

        “That’s not grasping at straws, that’s believing the American officials who said it was Hezbollah.”

        Can you tell us the names of these American officials that you believe?

      • seanmcbride
        July 21, 2012, 10:38 am


        Is it an indisputable fact that Israel and Mossad have a proven track record of conducting false flag ops designed to incite Western hatred of Muslims and Arabs?

        A simple yes or no will do.

      • Merk
        July 26, 2012, 12:32 am

        they don’t McBride. prove it.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2012, 1:39 pm

        Yeah, Fredblogs, let’s stick with our firm knowledge the world is flat.

    • American
      July 21, 2012, 9:33 am

      I was going to ask about this article linked at Seans Friend Feed:


      My 91-Year-Old Grandfather Helped Blow Up the King David Hotel on July 22, 1946

      Is there a statute of limitations on terrorism? If not then this 91 year old needs to die in jail.

  6. PeaceThroughJustice
    July 21, 2012, 12:08 am

    Off topic:

    Saw this at Pulsemedia.org–
    “Yo Mama So Zionist”

    (Apparently there is a Twitter category #YoMommaSoZionist, and this video gathers some of the best. Highly recommended.)

  7. ColinWright
    July 21, 2012, 12:36 am

    That lean, mean backpedalin’ machine is in full gear. Obama doesn’t want to get taken like he did in the Arbabsiar fiasco.

  8. Taxi
    July 21, 2012, 12:58 am

    Mosad mosad mosad!

    End of investigation.

    • Merk
      July 26, 2012, 12:33 am

      When was the last time Mossad blew up a bus full of Jews?

      • Taxi
        July 26, 2012, 4:07 am

        Zionism is a fascist ideology, a political golden calf – it has no sentient sensibility towards either its neighbors or its own children.

      • Merk
        July 30, 2012, 8:28 pm

        How is asking Taxi to show proof of this? or respond to it, worth censoring?

      • Taxi
        July 31, 2012, 2:22 am

        LOL you want “proof” mister merk? You don’t have to go past the reality of jewish settlement building on occupied Palestinian territories. What other ideology encourages it’s unhinged civilians to live as human shields between its army and the so-called enemy? Go ponder on that – and that’s just one obvious example.

  9. anan
    July 21, 2012, 1:48 am

    The attack likely was a Nasrallah/Khamenei operation. There is a Khamanei, IRGC Kuds force, Nasrallah, Hezbollah axis. Does anyone disagree with this?

    Why would Khamenei do this? After New Delhi, Thailand, Azerbaijan, etc. . . . what is the strategic purpose? Does Khamenei need mental illness drugs?

    Part of the reason this is so counterproductive is because it detracts from the larger threat coming out of extremists in the Gulf and Deep State (GHQ). This larger threat might have links to the muslim brotherhood.

    What is needed is for all muslim minorities, including Shia to unite with the world’s 5 1/2 billion nonmuslims and normal Sunnis and defeating the evil doers. Not stopping until the goal is achieved.

    Khamanei and Nasrallah are traitors to the world’s 150 million Shiites. Khamanei is a false illegitimate lying Marja.

    • seanmcbride
      July 21, 2012, 7:58 pm

      Since we don’t know the identity of the bomber, isn’t this pure gas? Have you no truth standards at all?

    • Roya
      July 21, 2012, 11:40 pm

      Anan where have you been? I missed you!! And please do go on about how the bomber totes looked half Lebanese, half Iranian. You do have a way with words.

    • ColinWright
      July 25, 2012, 11:31 pm

      “…What is needed is for all muslim minorities, including Shia to unite with the world’s 5 1/2 billion nonmuslims and normal Sunnis and defeating the evil doers. Not stopping until the goal is achieved…”

      Hear hear. It’s about time Israel was reined in.

  10. Marlene
    July 21, 2012, 7:57 am

    I notice the comment that…”It is certainly the case that Hezbollah and Iran have been bad actors, as a general matter.”

    But as a general matter, Israel and the Mossad have been rather good actors over the years.

    • Citizen
      July 21, 2012, 1:41 pm

      Marlene, LOL. Yeah, I caught that set up too. So damn obvious.

  11. seanmcbride
    July 21, 2012, 12:38 pm

    The latest from Haaretz:

    “Bulgaria interior minister: No proof yet terrorist sent by Hezbollah”

    Bulgarian authorities are focusing now on investigating the bombing and assisting international investigators who are probing the incident. Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is in charge of the investigation, spends his time denying rumors spreading in the international media.

    “In the last 48 hours we have gathered a lot of information that could bring progress to the investigation,” Tsvetanov told reporters on Friday. “Experts are gathering the information and we are sharing it with all relevent parties,” noting also the strong cooperation between Bulgaria and Israel.

    Tsvetanov said the identity of the terrorist is still unclear, despite media reports that have made claims regarding the suicide bomber’s name. “(The terrorist) was not in Guantanamo and there is no proof that he was sent by Hezbollah,” Tsvetanov said, adding that caution should be taken when dealing with any information not approved by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry.


    How many fools, starting with Benjamin Netanayhu, rushed to judgment on this event over the last few days, operating on total ignorance? Many of them were the same idiots and miscreants who hustled Americans into the disastrous Iraq War. They had zero credibility to begin with — that was stripped away long ago.

    Look at quickly Sassan and Fredblogs fell into line with Benjamin Netanyahu in attributing blame without knowledge or evidence.

    If you want to stay on top of this story in real time, this URL will work:


    My small bet is still on: I don’t think Hezbollah was behind this. It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t click on the basis of everything we know about the situation.

  12. seanmcbride
    July 21, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Fresh of the press:

    “‘Base of Jihad’ Assumes Responsibility for Burgas Attack”


    An organization called ‘Base of Jihad’ has assumed responsibility for a suicide bomber attack Wednesday that claimed the lives of 5 Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver in Burgas, Bulgaria.

    The information was published by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Times of Israel, who said a Lebanese newspaper received an e-mail from the organization.

    “The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah,” the Base of Jihad statement said.

    “It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah, the Jews and their American facilitators,” explained the message.

    The organization also threatened further attacks: “The holy war is not confined to a particular arena and we shall fight the Jews and the Americans until they leave the land of Islam.”

    This smells like errant bullshit on its face — much like the ridiculous and obviously bogus notes that accompanied the 9/11 anthrax attacks.

  13. seanmcbride
    July 21, 2012, 1:04 pm

    “Netanyahu quick to lay blame for Bulgaria attack, ahead of evidence” — Yossi Gurvitz, +972


    Returning to his halcyon days as the national inciter, standing near the blood pools of suicide attack victims, the Prime Minister was quick to announce – before the sooty bus in Burgas was even removed – that the responsibility for the attack lies with Iran or its proxies. Given the fact that Israel has been carrying out a series of terror attacks there, and was connected to the Jundallah terrorist organization, a reprisal by Iran is a reasonable assumption, though it is far from certain. This lack of certainty did not prevent Netanyahu from proclaiming Iran’s guilt.

    It’s not at all certain those allegations are based on fact. The Bulgarian media claimed, almost certainly because of leaks from their intelligence services, that the suicide bomber is Mehdi Muhammad Ghazali, a Swedish national who was involved in the global Jihad movement and was incarcerated in Gunatanamo Bay. Sweden denies it, as did Bulgarian officials (Hebrew); Sweden, though, says it has no idea where Ghazali is. But Bulgarian intelligence says that while Hezbollah is its main suspect (Hezbollah denies any connection to the attack, for what it’s worth) they are also considering two other possibilities: An Al Qaeda/Global Jihad attack, or an attack by Turkish terrorists, as a reprisal for the Marmara killings. In the meantime, we also learned that the Israeli embassy in Washington had to admit, several hours after Netanyahu’s comments, that “it had no proof that Iran was the instigator of the attack.” Apparently Netanyahu did not share his secret information with his embassy in a major hasbara front. Yesterday we learned (Hebrew) that the Bulgarian police is looking for a second terrorist, an American citizen. Do you know of many U.S. citizens who are Hezbollah members? And yet, the Israeli media, as a rule, did not refer to those other possibilities.

    Why? Because Netanyahu framed the story within an hour: Iran, Hezbollah. The point is we don’t know anything certain yet. A “senior Israeli official” told ynet (Hebrew) on Thursday that “according to the indications” the Burgas attack was carried out by Hezbollah but “the investigation is still going on and isn’t finished yet.” So, the investigation is not yet concluded, but the Prime Minister declared its results 24 hours prior to this comment.

    The fact that Netanayhu framed the story within an hour of the attack will be a major contributing factor fueling speculations about the false flag angle. He had his prepared script ready to go (as did Israeli leaders on 9/11).

    And this:

    The greatest intelligence manipulation of the last decade is the one which tied Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. According to the testimony of George W. Bush’s czar of counter-terrorism, Richard Clarke, Bush basically ordered him to find such a connection even though Clarke told him the main suspect is Al Qaeda. Thus began the great lie which led the U.S. to war in Iraq. This intelligence manipulation was manifested by disseminating false information to the public, such as the claim that Muhammad Atta met a representative of Iraqi intelligence in Prague – a claim what was later, much too late for Iraqis and Americans, debunked.

    Naturally, this won’t be the first intelligence manipulation by an Israeli government. The Ben-Gurion government faked terrorist attacks prior to the Sinai War. The Begin government went to the First Lebanon War knowing full well the PLO was not responsible for the assassination attempt on Ambassador Argov. And Netanyahu’s government claimed the attack near Eilat was carried out by Gazans – which legitimized, it said, its own attacks on Gaza – while it was actually carried out by terrorists from Sinai.

    Lies upon lies upon lies — all in the cause of provoking bloodshed, murder and ethnic and religious hatred.

  14. radii
    July 21, 2012, 5:31 pm

    here’s israel’s approach:

    1. Blame
    2. Bomb
    3. Bulldoze media with spin
    4. if we get around to it … look for evidence and facts

    • ColinWright
      July 22, 2012, 3:30 am

      “4. if we get around to it … look for evidence and facts”


      Israel never looks for evidence and facts. Why would they want to do that?

    • Merk
      July 30, 2012, 8:29 pm

      funny, they haven’t ‘bombed’ anything yet.

      In other news:

      Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Accused in Israeli Embassy Bombing: Report

      Five members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard tried to kill an Israeli diplomat with a magnetic bomb this February, according to a police report cited by the Times of India, an Indian newspaper.


      • Roya
        July 31, 2012, 12:41 am

        funny, they haven’t ‘bombed’ anything yet.

        That’s right Merk, between December 2008 and January 2009 Israel prayed 1,4000 Palestinians to death. No bombs involved, I swear.

  15. ToivoS
    July 21, 2012, 9:30 pm

    One thing about this story about Iran and/or Hezbollah being responsible for this attack in Bulgaria is that it is opening the flood gates on other stories equally unsubstantiated. I have no idea what happened in Bulgaria but it is clear that there is as of now no evidence that Iran and/or Hezbollah were involved. But this story has allowed the US and Israel to repeat accusations for which there is equally no evidence of these evil-doer’s involvement. Namely

    The event in Azerbaijan.
    The used car salesman who used Mexican drug gangs to kill the SA embassador to the US,
    The bombing in Buenos Aires
    The Mumbay event in India.

    Each lie creates a platform to repeat previous lies. The lies proliferate like rabbits. It is near impossible to confront each one without bogging down any commentary with thousands of words refuting points that are not relevant to the primary lie.

    This is how state sponsored propaganda can over-whelm the truth. Especially in the US with MSN repeating the lies and never questioning them in the first place.

    • ColinWright
      July 22, 2012, 3:38 am

      “…The used car salesman who used Mexican drug gangs to kill the SA embassador to the US…”

      The used car salesman is still in jail too — awaiting trial.

      I really feel sorry for him. He’s exactly the sort of pathetically amoral, greedy shmoo who gets taken for a ride. Only in this case, it wasn’t somebody selling him a stolen laptop that was no good — it was a terrorism charge with all the fixings.

      There have actually been about a dozen patsies set up in this way: all marginal, amoral, credulous shmoos of one kind or another. We find ’em, bait ’em, trap ’em — and it’s another victory in the ‘war on terror.’

      Your tax dollars at play. It’s enough to make you yearn for the days when somebody just took the money and put it in his pocket.

  16. Brewer
    July 22, 2012, 12:19 am

    The assumption that Iran would mount such an attack as a reprisal is predicated on the assumption that the Israeli Government would be somehow hurt by it. Of course, the opposite is true so obviously the Iranian Government/Hezbollah are either imbeciles or innocent. I don’t think they are imbeciles.

    From what I have seen of Hasbara however, it operates on the assumption (for which there is a lot of evidence) that the majority of the Western public are essentially imbecilic when it comes to Iran, Israel and Islam. The technique of Hasbara is to exploit this vulnerability.

    Netanyahu’s use of this technique illustrates how maintaining a structure (which owes its origin to atrocities born of lies and its continued existence to lies concealing atrocities) perverts the very basis of human interaction and perception. These fellows have created a virtual World in which Truth has no value.
    They (and it is not just the Israelis) have created a narrative that masquerades as reality and even becomes a temporary History. They do not care that, in 50 or 80 years, when the documents are declassified, it is revealed in all its perfidy. By that time it is only of interest to Historians and cranks.

    There was a time when exposures such as the Pentagon Papers, Iran/Contra created a bit of a stir. There have been many equally sensational whistles blown since. They disappear without trace. The narrative is too distant from reality and too entrenched. Everybody knows Iran/Hezbollah/Hamas/Assad/Gaddhafi/Islamists et al do the things they do because they hate and they are insane.
    “Sheeit Darlene, them crazy ragheads just blew up a bus in Bulgaria. Gimme that remote.”

    • anan
      July 23, 2012, 2:08 am

      Khamenei is an imbecile. Incredibly stupid and cruel. A lot of what he does is irrational. Which is why most Iranians are trying to boot him out.

      • Brewer
        July 25, 2012, 9:24 pm

        “Khamenei is an imbecile. Incredibly stupid and cruel.”

        Obviously you have seen evidence of this. Please share it.

      • anan
        July 25, 2012, 11:26 pm

        Brewer, research what actual Shiite Marjas say about Khamenei. Also ask Iranians what they think. It would be unwise to quote any greens by name these days (lest Khamenei assassinates them). But many of the Green blogs are active. Go there yourself. Learn. Experience. Absorb.

        By all means ask them all the hard questions. Make up your own mind.

        Research Vilayat e Faqih on your own. Look up what almost every major Shia Marja in the world has said about Vilayat e Faqih.

        Ask any Shiite friends you know to put you in touch with religious Shiites and Shiite imams. Ask them to put you in touch with clerics in Marja and Quom. Directly ask them questions. Unfortunately the senior clerics don’t generally speak english. You could hire yourself a translator for not that much money.

        My biggest objection to Khamenei relates to his theological blasphemy. If your interest is genuine and you do a lot of homework on your own, then feel free to ask for further information or contacts.

  17. seanmcbride
    July 22, 2012, 10:47 am

    Ok — the Burgas bombing occurred on July 18 — five days ago. We are still waiting for the release of even a single piece of evidence proving that Iran and Hezbollah were behind the attack, as confidently and stridently claimed by Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government.

    For how many more days we will have to wait until the proof materializes?

    In the meantime, the total lack of evidence supporting Israel’s claim has left the door wide open for false flag speculations to gain major traction on the Internet. Shutting that door is simple: produce the evidence that supports Israel’s claim. Let’s look at it.

    Perhaps it will appear today. Many people around the world are waiting expectantly. I confess that I am becoming a bit impatient — what’s the holdup?

    • ColinWright
      July 25, 2012, 11:06 pm

      This is starting to bear a strong resemblance to the Arbabsiar fiasco.

      We open with the claim of evidence conclusively pointing at Iran…followed by nothing. Eventually, the whole thing gets tactfully dropped.

      Except that in this case, seven people were killed. Who did kill them? I’m starting to get genuinely curious.

  18. seanmcbride
    July 22, 2012, 11:10 am

    The latest:

    “Netanyahu: ‘Rock solid evidence’ Hezbollah, Iran behind bombing”

    July 22, 2012


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israeli intelligence had gathered “rock solid evidence” that Hezbollah and Iran were behind last week’s bombing of a bus with tourists in Bulgaria.

    “We know with absolute certainty, without a shred of doubt, that this was a Hezbollah operation,” Netanyahu said on Fox News.

    Great! Mystery solved. So let’s see the evidence.

    For starters, what is the identity of the bomber?

    • anan
      July 23, 2012, 2:07 am

      Why would Bibi lie about this and damage Israeli credibility?

      • ColinWright
        July 25, 2012, 11:20 pm

        It’s my belief that this was intended to be kick-off for the great attack on Iran. Netanyahu made the announcement…then things went to pieces.

        The great powers called him, called Obama, and got Obama to call Netanyahu. Note that very shortly thereafter, Barak announced that actually, Israel had no idea who carried out the bombing.

        So you could say Obama stabbed Netanyahu in the back. At any rte, pending developments, I’d say this has fizzled.

        …but who did kill those people? After all, there really was a bomb.

      • Charles Barwin
        July 25, 2012, 11:42 pm

        Israel doesn’t have credibility. It has immunity.

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