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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Plausible Deniability

Yesterday, the vehicles of two Israeli's connected with diplomatic missions abroad were targeted by terrorists suspected to be Iranian.

In the first attack, which occurred in New Delhi, India, a motorcyclist attached a bomb to the car of the wife of an Israeli diplomat.  The Israeli woman saw the bomb being planted, and was exiting the vehicle when the bomb exploded.  She was critically injured with shrapnel, but after surgery her condition is listed as critical, but stable.

In the other attack, explosives were found on a vehicle near the Israeli Embassy building in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The device was neutralized safely.

While it is widely suspected that Iran is behind these apparently coordinated attacks on Israeli targets, the Iranian Foreign Minister floated a compelling theory; that Israel had carried out the attacks against its own diplomats in an attempt to discredit Iran!

Today, in Bangkok, an explosive device went off near or in the home of a terrorist, suspected of being Iranian.  When Thai police tried to apprehend the terrorist, he attempted to throw another explosive device at them, but it detonated early and blew both of his legs off.

In addition to denying he was Iranian, the terrorist in the Thai incident has insisted that his legs were, in fact, not blown off... and that it was merely a flesh wound.

[~Cue Monty Python Theme Music~]

Posted by David Bogner on February 14, 2012 | Permalink

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To paraphrase Kermit, "It's not easy, being Israeli." So much envy and hatred focused on one little country....

OTOH, I'm glad to hear that the lady's observation skills saved her life.

Posted by: Maureen | Feb 14, 2012 5:36:02 PM

(Not that I'm Israeli, I mean, but that I'm expressing annoyance with Israel's enemies. Sigh. Having trouble with my writing. I'm glad I don't have to give condolences, but there's no real word for "expressing sympathy in your troubles, since people keep attacking your countrymen.")

Posted by: Maureen | Feb 14, 2012 5:39:32 PM

"Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your legs off!" (Rough translation of what was heard from the Iranian terrorist, post-amputation.)

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Feb 14, 2012 7:38:54 PM

I was expecting Iran to simply say "you blow up our scientists, we'll blow up your diplomats!"

Posted by: Toronto Yid | Feb 14, 2012 9:26:18 PM

Was that plausible deniability? Or deniable plausibility?

And as for the terrorist in Bangkok claiming to be non-Iranian, he, uh, didn't have a leg to stand on.

(ducking and running)

Posted by: psachya | Feb 16, 2012 6:10:49 PM

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