[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
(First, let me note that calling Jewish people “Jooos” and variations of that is a mocking way of mocking anti-Semitism. IMAO seems to be the originator of this meme, and the idea is that to anti-Semites they are always the “Jooos,” especially when they are accusing them of some kind of conspiracy. And today I see two articles that will get the “Jooos run the world” crowd into a tissy. But I wanted to explain the meme first, because I don’t want anyone who is not familiar with that meme to mistakenly think I engage in anti-Semitic conspiracy mongering.)
So via Patterico by email and Hot Air, we get this aerial view of the roof of the Tehran Airport:
Yep, that’s a Star of David, on a major building, in Iran. The JPost article has this as the sub-headline:
Building was constructed by Israeli engineers prior to Islamic Revolution; Iranian officials incensed, call for Jewish symbol’s removal.
Then in the lede they ask:
Did Israeli prankster architects sneak a Star of David onto the roof of the Teheran airport, or is the controversy in Iran over a Google Earth revelation much ado about nothing?
Um, you just answered your own question. It was built before the revolution, at a time when the country simply didn’t hate Jews so much. So its not a prank, more like an easter egg, like writing “John wuz here” in wet cement or carving your name into a tree trunk.
Of course the Iranian government reacted by considering the philosophical implications of the fact that Israelis and Persians once got along so well together that the Israelis built them an airport, leading the regime to a new understanding of the Jewish people and ushering in a new era of understanding between the two nations.
No, not really:
Once the existence of the Star of David was reported in Iranian media, government officials called for the immediate removal of the apparently offensive Jewish symbol.
The discovery of the symbol came three months after the Iranian public learned of the existence of a Star of David on the roof of a building in Teheran’s Revolution Square.
Meanwhile okay this is a possible Israeli conspiracy, but if it is their work, I approve. The Daily Beast credibly theorizes that the bombings of those Iranians scientists was a joint Israeli and American operation. But it starts off with an interesting description of the car bombings that were reported Monday:
A group of masked assassins on motorcycles pulls up to an idling car. Inside the car is a nuclear scientist and his wife.
One of the assassins reaches out and attaches a magnetic bomb to the side of the car.
BOOM! The bomb explodes, killing the scientist and wounding his wife.
A plume of black smoke rises to the sky as the masked assassins speed away.
No, this is not a sneak peak at the script to the latest Bond movie. This incredible series of events actually happened on Monday. Twice.
Now they don’t make the Stuxnet connection that Debka file suggested, but still it is interesting stuff. Although in truth, I am left wondering if anyone has any idea what is actually going on. Any student of military history knows that it can take years for the full truth to come out. I don’t mean that in a paranoid “they are out to get us” sort of way, but the government is on record lying. For instance, if you read a history book and it says, “and then suddenly we found the enemy’s plans” be very skeptical. At least nine times out of ten, that is a cover story for the truth: we obtained that information by espionage. Particularly in the case of WWII these accounts often cover up information we learned by stealing the Nazis enigma machine. The machine was basically a code writer and reader that the Nazis believed couldn’t be cracked. The British did most of the legwork obtaining them and shared what they knew with us. And the very fact we had this machine was not publicly known until the 1970. Why? Because as the Soviets took over, while the USSR itself didn’t use the device, a lot of the lesser Warsaw Pact nations did. Likewise, do you know how we invented computers? The cover story was that they were invented during the space race and for that purpose. The truth, however, is that computers were actually invented in WWII to break codes, but their existence was kept a secret until we needed them for the space program. The point is that the government will lie about this, and really as a rule that’s not always a bad thing. I mean contrary to these Wikileaks morons seem to think, a nation must have some secrets. But that means we can’t really know what is going on.
And that is one of the reasons why we have to have representative democracy, and one of the reasons why character is so important, especially in the Presidency. The fact is the President can probably actually get away with murder if he or she wanted to. You can put as many checks and balances on the President’s power as you want, but none of it will really work if the president is a sufficiently bad person. So the character of our leaders is very, very important.
Anyway, so as they say, read the whole thing.
Update: In the comments, Dustin points out that they really didn’t need Google Earth to discover this, given that this is at an airport. So I am calling B.S. The pilots, at least, knew. They knew for years. They just didn’t say anything. Which is interesting if you think about it.
And that sound you hear is me smacking myself on the forehead for not noticing such a basic point. Thanks Dustin.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]