Sunday, October 16, 2005

Maxwell Smart in Iraq

Don Adams, who recently died, was most famous for playing Agent Maxwell Smart in the early television James Bond spoof 'Get Smart'. He had a number of catchphrases, including 'Would you believe . . .?', used at the beginning of each of a series of preposterous lies. The increasingly preposterous stories told by the British government to explain what recently happened in Basra are starting to sound like Maxwell Smart. Two SAS soldiers were found dressed in Arab clothes with a car trunk full of mayhem, hanging around an area where there was to be a protest against the British kidnapping of a local religious leader. When accosted, they managed to kill an Iraqi policeman, and the ensuing 'rescue' of these two SAS men led to the destruction of the local jail as well as a riot. The British initially denied everything, and then were gradually forced to admit some of the truth, which has culminated in an actual offer to pay for the damage done.

After the initial series of denials, the next official British explanation for what these men were up to was to claim that they were working on a mission to stop the smuggling into Iraq of Iranian munitions which were being used by the insurgency against British soldiers. This isn't an original story, but is just a copy of the same claim made by the Americans. The British have even elaborated on the story (Iran denies it). This story had a number of problems:

  • there is not one shred of evidence for it;

  • given the ongoing neocon propaganda war against Iran, the story seems too conveniently to attack the usual neocon target;

  • the insurgents who are supposed to be using these weapons were not allies of Iran;

  • it is not in the interests of Iran to promote the insurgency, as Iranian interests are doing splendidly in Iraq; and

  • the insurgents, many trained in Saddam's military, are capable of manufacturing their own sophisticated weapons.

All that was bad enough, but the latest revelation puts the insurgents' bombs in a whole new perspective. From The Independent on Sunday (or here):

"Eight British soldiers killed during ambushes in Iraq were the victims of a highly sophisticated bomb first used by the IRA, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

The soldiers, who were targeted by insurgents as they travelled through the country, died after being attacked with bombs triggered by infra-red beams. The bombs were developed by the IRA using technology passed on by the security services in a botched 'sting' operation more than a decade ago.

This contradicts the British government's claims that Iran's Revolutionary Guard is helping Shia insurgents to make the devices.

The Independent on Sunday can also reveal that the bombs and the firing devices used to kill the soldiers, as well as two private security guards, were initially created by the UK security services as part of a counter-terrorism strategy at the height of the troubles in the early 1990s.

According to security sources, the technology for the bombs used in the attacks, which were developed using technology from photographic flash units, was employed by the IRA some 15 years ago after Irish terrorists were given advice by British agents."

Oh, oh! Don't you hate it when your lies come back and bite you on the ass? The insurgents aren't using Iranian technology. They are using IRA technology initially supplied by the British government itself in a botched intelligence operation!

It's 'Would you believe . . . ' time. The latest story is from the bastion of British official lies, the Telegraph:

"Two SAS soldiers imprisoned by Iraqis last month had been spying on a senior police commander who was torturing prisoners with an electric drill, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal."

Not 'Abdul the Driller'! This story is another twofer, as the SAS man were supposed to be monitoring the Driller, and the Driller operated out of the same jail that the British knocked down! This is an even more preposterous story than the first one.

Someone ought to tell the head of the SAS that if you tell a preposterous porkie pie and get caught, coming up with an even more preposterous lie won't fix the problem. Sorry about that Chief!


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