Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Mistake to blame ‘any country or organization’ for Burgas attack at this point

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A security camera image of the suspected bomber in the Burgas airport attack. (Image: Haaretz)

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has told Benjamin Netanyahu to slow down before using the terrorist attack in Burgas as an excuse for war with Iran or Hezbollah. So far all that is known about the suspected bomber (pictured above) is that he was traveling with a fake Michigan driver’s license. Haaretz reports:

However, speaking on Thursday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said that he thought “it is wrong and a mistake to point fingers at this stage of the investigation at any country or organization.”

“We are only in the beginning of the investigation and it is wrong to jump to conclusions,” he added, saying that Bulgaria had “excellent cooperation with the Israeli security forces in matters pertaining to the investigation.”

Mladenov added that the countries “will investigate until we discover who is behind the attack. At this stage all we know about the identity of the culprit is his external appearance and a copy of a counterfeit Michigan driver’s license.”

Yesterday, Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “all signs point towards Iran.” News sources are reporting this morning that Iran denies any responsibility.

Haaretz commentator Amir Oren says Netanyahu wants to turn an Israeli intelligence failure into an excuse to attack Iran:

And yet Benjamin Netanyahu, for his own reasons, is trying to turn the failure into an accomplishment. Two hours after the attack, he was saying that “all signs lead to Iran.”

Naturally, this is a well-founded suspicion; but from a prime minister – as opposed to a commentator – one expects a little more proof. And until he has proof, Netanyahu is talking about a worldwide pattern “in recent months” and the 18th anniversary of attack on Jewish community in Buenos Aires (which did not justify, in his eyes, a heightened alert concerning terror attacks). The conclusion: “This is an Iranian terror attack.” The aspiration that follows: “Israel will react forcefully to Iranian terror.”

Even if Netanyahu’s wish comes true, and evidence to Iran’s responsibility is found, it would not justify moving beyond the shadow war of what appears to be mutual terror attacks and onto a big war, the one that according to Ehud Barak would only take the lives of 500 Israelis – all in all, Burgas times 70.

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Meanwhile, look who the Syrian government is blaming for that suicide bombing in Damascus that killed the Syrian officials: Al-Assad wounded, wife in Russia: Report:

Syrian Information Minister Umran al-Zuabi, speaking on state TV yesterday, vowed that those behind the attack would be held accountable even if they were outside the country.

He also said the bombing was orchestrated by Turkish, Qatari, Saudi Arabian and Israeli intelligence.

Adam, you may want to add on this post Israeli Defense Minister Barak’s admission that they have no idea who was behind it. He said the attack was “initiated by probably Hezbollah, Hamas, [Islamic] Jihad or any other group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical Muslim groups.” In other words, somebody was behind it. The clip was played on Democracy Now this morning and starts at about 2:15 of the broadcast.… Read more »

The concrete proof will come in time. We must note that this happened on the 18th anniversary of the Argentinian terrorist attacks against Jewish civilians by the Islamic Republic. In addition, the Islamic Republic as of late has been trying to do this all over the world and such plots were unraveled. Such plots were foiled in Azerbaijan, Baku, Thailand, India, Cyprus, and more. And in all these other countries the local authorities tied them… Read more »

The Israeli government severely and permanently damaged its credibility years ago by repeatedly making untrue statements on a wide range of issues and topics that were easily proven false. The first rule of effective propaganda is to stick close to the truth and don’t get caught in too many misstatements and lies. Why do the Israelis do what they do? Why do they seem to go out their way to undermine their own credibility? The… Read more »

The bodies are still warm and Netanyahu is already using it as a brick to use to bash Iran with.,7340,L-4258000,00.html

Can’t he at least let people mourn for a few days before he uses their dead bodies for his own political gain?

Even if Iran is indeed behind this, people should be allowed to bury their dead and mourn with their families. Bibi almost seems happy for this opportunity to bash Iran. Sickening.