False Flags and Simpletons
An Iranian man makes contact with a pretend Mexican killer, and arranges for the killing of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.; the Iranian man makes it clear to his contact, who is to participate in the killing, that people in Iran were backing the plot.
It is plain to me, reading the complaint in the Arbabsiar case, that whoever was behind the arrangements to kill the Saudi ambassador either intended to implicate Iran or was highly incompetent: if the killing had happened, there would have been a big flashing neon arrow pointing right at Iran.
A simpleton of the first degree would say, “the evidence points to Tehran, so Iran must be responsible.”
A simpleton of the second degree would say, “whoever is responsible tried hard to make us think that Iran is responsible, so Iran must not be responsible.”
A simpleton of the third degree would say, “whoever is responsible tried hard to make us think that Iran is responsible so that we would not believe Iran is responsible, so Iran must be responsible.”
And so forth. Odd degree = ultimately, things are as they seem; even degree = no, they are not.
Since most of the audience for the news are happy to behave as simpletons of the first degree, taking the story at face value, and since the Arbabsiar arrest was announced shortly after the Attorney General got caught lying to Congress, I count myself among the simpletons of an even degree.
Things, here, are not as they seem.
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