Truth of the matter, as Paul Pillar reported in the website , The National Interest, Israel has already launched its war with Iran through stealth assassinations of Iranian scientists, who may have, or more likely, did not have, a part in developing nuclear military capability. Pillar’s source is a report by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem, developed for NBC news:
Although the assassinations of Iranian scientists have until now been followed by no indication of responsibility other than smug comments of satisfaction from officials of the most likely foreign state perpetrator, now NBC offers something more specific.
According to a report by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem, the assassinations have been the joint work of
and the Iranian cult-cum-terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq. Israel
According to the report, the partnership has involved
Israelproviding financing, training and arms to the MEK to accomplish the hits, as well as to commit other acts of violent sabotage inside . The story tracks with accusations from officials of the Iranian government, who say they base most of what they know on interrogations and captured materials from a failed assassination attempt in 2010. Iran
Such accusations by themselves would be easy to dismiss, of course, as more of the regime’s propaganda. But the NBC story cites two senior
officials, speaking anonymously, as confirming the story. A third official said “it hasn’t been clearly confirmed yet,” although like the others he denied any U.S. involvement. The Israeli foreign ministry declined comment; the MEK denied the story. U.S.
American media that just parrot notorious thug, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in [these] unlikely allegation are allowing themselves to be used for propaganda. Why not interview Indian authorities on this matter? They are on the ground and have excellent forensic (“CSI”) abilities. Stop being so lazy and blinkered; that isn’t journalism.
Judi Rudoren continues to hold her ground against the right-wing onslaught against her for tweeting Mondoweiss and Ali Abunimah, as well as recommending Peter Beinart’s new book (these are really the charges?). The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo interviews her and begins in the most (appropriately) McCarthyite way possible:
The New York Times’ incoming
bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, won’t say if she is a Zionist. Jerusalem
“I’m going to punt on that question,” Rudoren, who is Jewish, told theWashington Free Beacon in an interview yesterday. “I’m not really interested in labels about who I am and what I think.”
He later presses her on the fact that she retweeted a mention from Sami Kishawiof the “Love Under Apartheid” campaign:
On the issue of her journalistic objectivity, Rudoren said her tweets do not reveal an innate bias against
Asked if she considers
an apartheid state—as critics of the Jewish state so often do—Rudoren declined comment. Israel
“I don’t have an assessment yet,” she said. “I’m not sure I’ll ever answer that question in the way you’ve just framed it.”