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SAURABH KUMAR SHAHI | New Delhi, February 15, 2012 12:44
Tags : mossad | mek | iran | israel | israel embassy car bomb blast | indian media |

It is hilarious how Indian journalists act when something way beyond their talent and scope comes their way for coverage. The blast in the car of the Israeli Defense Attache posted in Delhi has turned out to be one such incident. To expect attributes like context, big picture and perspective here is like expecting Lady Gaga render a Carnatic composition based on Raga Hamsdhwani and thus it does not surprise me. What surprises me is the fact that how easily our journalists suck up every spin or propaganda that comes their way.

Take the perspective for example. After sidelining and snubbing Iran in favour of the US and Israel for close to a decade, the mandarins at the MEA woke up to the realities on the ground. The ground in this case was Afghanistan. While Indian piggybacked United States in the Afghanistan great game, it received a rude shock a couple of years ago when the US and its allies realized that there is no option but to engage Taliban into talks. It came as a bolt from blue for us. The house of cards started unraveling. But the mandarins waited and watched. Last year, after a strategic dialogue between Russia and Pakistan, it became obvious that even Russia was willing to reconsider its wall-tight stand. Now the wait and watch gave way to panic. While all this was happening, our brainy bureaucrats and advisers left no stone unturned to further deteriorate the relation with Iran. As if voting against Iran was not enough at IAEA, we launched an Israeli spy satellite from one of our stations. It was also revealed later by informed sources that India also gave Israel its territorial water to test an underwater weapon.

However, suddenly, when things started slipping out of our hands in Afghanistan, we remembered Iran. After all Iran remained the only concerned power that has roughly same stand on talks with Taliban as India. After days of brainstorming, it was decided that the relationship with Iran should be mended. Some serious efforts were put in and it started appearing that the relationship was on the up-turn. India's decision to snub US on the unilateral ban on the purchase of Iranian crude was one such example. It was turn of DC and Tel Aviv to panic.

In between there was a news item that the mainstream media deliberately missed. A week or so ago, two suspected Israeli agents were deported from India. Kerala police had trailed them for close to an year and had reported the suspicious activities to the IB. After investigation, it was deemed fit to deport them. The news went unreported. And a week after that the blast happened.

It was surprising, almost hilarious, how Israel accused Iran and Hizbollah for the act some 20 minutes after the news was reported. What was not funny and definitely not hilarious was the way the Indian media bought the spin and started screaming blood. Experts with no knowledge of Iran or Hizbollah or for that matter anything serious started filling the studios and the op-ed pages. Several assumptions were floated and misleading slugs and headlines were repeatedly used. Indian media that so much relies on western news agencies for news, borrowed their context and spin too. This when no proof was produced.

One must also understand the modus operandi of Hizbollah. It is not a rag-tag group of people. It is a highly motivated group that has made its bone by not only driving Israel back from South Lebanon after years of sustained operations, it also broke in the myth of Israeli invincibility in the 2006 Israel invasion of Lebanon. To think that they will use a low intensity bomb that acted more like a Molotov cocktail and did not even manage to blow the fuel tank of the car defies logic. Also, if they have to target Israel, there are places near its base where it is easy for them to project their logistics. It is hard to explain why they need to go as far as India to do that.

It is important for media here to note a few things. The most important among them is the modus operandi of the Israeli agencies. It is now a common knowledge that Israeli agency Mossad has used subterfuge and false-flag operations all over the world to achieve its goal. Just a couple of days ago, an Israeli newspaper has reported how Mossad still uses forged passports of nationals from western and other countries to get entry on the foreign soil. It used the same tactic to kill a Hamas operative in UAE last year. And, while the Indian media did not even care to report properly the murder of Iranian nuclear scientists, some alert news sources did. NBC reported last week that these murders were done by pro-Shah anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahideen-e-Khalk (MEK) that was actively financed and trained by Mossad. The report relied on the input of US intelligence groups. MEK is an internationally designated terrorist organization that is banned by US too. The buzz in US these days is, isn't this qualify to declare Israel as an international supporter of terrorism?

But there is another point here which one must not miss. The point is, Israel has a well organised and motivated group of people of Iranian descent at their disposal to launch false-flag operations. Thus the mere establishment of the fact that an Iranian by race is involved does not automatically mean that Iran is involved. It is easier for them to use them to create confusion of identity and thus a successful false-flag operation. After all who is going to gain if the relation between Iran and India deteriorates again. No point for guessing.

It is heartening that unlike the media, the agencies in Delhi have refused to indulge in the blame game in the face of surmounted pressure from Israel and now the US itself. The agencies are looking at the trail. It won't be easy to find any conclusive evidence. What is worrisome is that how long agencies can sustain such a pressure in absence of credible proof. Normally, under such a circumstance, they like to play with the conventional wisdom. And that would be dangerous.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog are that of the author and does not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The Sunday Indian)
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