Iranian plot: International media dig for an explanation
A day after the US said it foiled an Iranian plot against the Saudi ambassador to the US, international media were still casting around for a logical explanation of the alleged plot.
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Robert Baer, a former CIA agent with long experience of observing the QF, said: "This stinks to holy hell. The Quds Force are very good. They don't sit down with people they don't know and make a plot. They use proxies and they are professional about it. If [QF head] Kassim Suleimani was coming after you or me, we would be dead. This is totally uncharacteristic of them."Skip to next paragraph
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In the Telegraph, which stands right-of-center, the newspaper's foreign editor writes that the plot shows who the true US enemy is in the region and that President Barack Obama's Iran policy should reflect that.
For much of his presidency Mr Obama has sought to pursue a policy of reconciliation with Iran, in the hope that the regime can be persuaded to renounce its illegal nuclear programme. And this is the thanks he gets – a plot to carry out terrorist attacks on the American mainland. The president should accept that Iran is a sworn enemy of the US – and act accordingly.
Meanwhile, state-run Iranian news organization Fars News Agency carried statements denying Iranian involvement in the plot and flooded its outlet with Iranian MPs theories about why the US would fabricate such a story.
US officials and media have started staging a new scenario against Tehran in a bid to divert the world public opinion from uprisings in the US and the Middle-East, launch a new wave of security measures in the US to harness Wall Street uprising, weaken the regional nations' trust in Iran and its revolution, and persuade the UN Security Council members to accept a new resolution against Tehran to push Iran to the corner of the ring in the nuclear talks.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast dismissed the US allegations as a prefabricated scenario which is totally unfounded.
"Such worn-out approaches which are based on the old hostile policies of the American-Zionist axis are a comedy show and part of the special scenarios staged and pursued by the enemies of Islam and the region to sow discord (among Muslims)," Mehman-Parast said.
The chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, Alaoddin Boroujerdi, said that the US was trying to distract the world from the Occupy Wall Street movement. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashgavi chalked it up to American envy of Iran's stability.