Introduction — July 12. 2013
Ignore the cynical headline, the article below is the latest example of propaganda masquerading as journalism. In essence it attempts to play down Iran’s very real advances in military technology.
Of course, there is no way we can verify Iranian claims but to mock them as the article below does isn’t just bad journalism, it actively promotes ignorance. After all, until Iran seized control of one of America’s most advanced drones, the RQ-170 in December 2011, no one had any inkling that Iran possessed such capabilities. Least of all the intellectual whores in the employ of the corporate media.
Their efforts to downplay Iran’s advances in military technology are in distinct contrast to the way they covered Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion. Then we were inundated with stories about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and his formidable Republican Guard.
As it turned out Iraq’s WMD were little more than the product of journalistic speculation. While the Iraq’s Republican Guard weren’t quite as formidable as the media had led us to believe.
Now the corporate media appears to trying to do exactly the opposite. Iran’s military possesses far more advanced technological capabilities than Iraq ever did, as witness its seizure of the RQ-170 drone. Yet the corporate media appears to be doing its utmost to minimise and deride claims of Iranian advances.
Almost as if they were attempting to make the prospect of war with Iran seem less daunting.
Business Insider’s coverage of Iran’s Qaher 313 stealth fighter is a case in point. The article below reports that Iranian claims about the fighter have been “widely debunked”. In fact Iranian claims have only been debunked in Business Insider and other outlets suspected of employing reporters connected with Western intelligence; supposed ‘journalists’ who are used to feed the public disinformation in the guise of “news”.
While those reports purporting to have “debunked” Iranian claims about the Qaher 313 have all pointedly ignored the very real possibility that it is a weapon being developed. Rather than the finished product.
However, the real giveaway is a link to an article by the same journalist on the same page.
Despite estimates of at least 116,000 civilian casualties following the Iraq invasion and the ongoing carnage in Afghanistan, Brian Jones focuses on a less well publicised aspect of both conflicts.
Instead of reflecting on the grim reality of these wars, he authors a photo essay guaranteed to gloss over and distract from their very real horrors entitled: 25 Adorable Photos Of Troops Playing With Puppies In Iraq And Afghanistan.
That should give us an inkling of how far we should trust Brian Jones as an objective observer.
Iran Claims (Again) To Have Some Awesome New Military Gear To Show Off
Brian Jones — Business Insider July 12, 2013
Iran is claiming via their state news agency to have “made great strides in the production of military equipment.”
The report says that Iran will soon unveil a new drone, a new tank, new submarine, a new missile, and an already widely debunked stealth fighter jet that can “take off and land on short runways.”
The Iranian’s new weapons obviously have really intimidating names like “The Conqueror” for the fighter jet or “The Farsighted” for the drone.
This isn’t the first time that Iran has made lofty claims about their military prowess.
Back in April, we reported about how the Iranian military offered no evidence that they had tested an advanced rocket that was so amazing, it “made all the enemies’ destroyers and ships retreated from near our borders.”
For all the bellicose rhetoric, there isn’t actually much to the Iranian military.
The reality is that Iran falls somewhere between Japan (which doesn’t have a military) and Indonesia on the global firepower scale.
Their military expenditures amount to around $10 billion, or 2.5% of their GDP, which ranks 54th globally.
Most analysts agree that Iran’s military is defensive in nature, designed to slow down an assault in order to seek diplomatic ends, not so much project power