News Commentary – March 7, 2007
A former Iranian Revolutionary Guard General and retired Deputy Secretary of Defense has reportedly gone missing in Istanbul, after checking in to an Iranian owned hotel in the city.
According to various reports Ali Reza Asghari went missing nearly a month ago and there has been much speculation as to what actually happened to him since then.
On the one hand, there have been claims that he has defected
and is now in a European city telling all he knows about Iran’s weapons programs, before moving on to seek asylum in the United States.
That’s one version of events but considering Asghari was retired and lived in the Lebanon, he is unlikely to have been kept informed of the latest developments in Iran’s various weapon’s programs. Making this version of events likely disinformation.
The other version and the one that this website considers more plausible, is that Asghari was kidnapped while in Istanbul.
However, if Asghari was indeed kidnapped then his abducters would be those with the most to gain.
Earlier this week, Iran's top police chief, General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam was quoted by IRNA as saying: "It is likely that Asghari has been abducted by the Western intelligence services."
Although the Iranian police general did not specify which intelligence services were involved, it is thought that they received some assistance from NATO member Turkey’s intelligence community.
reported Wednesday that Asghari was seeking asylum and being “questioned” somewhere in northern Europe prior to transfer to the U.S.
Substitute the words “asylum” and “question” with the words kidnap
and you’ve got a better idea of what may have happened. Because of Asghari’s ties to Hizbullah, he is likely to possess vital information on the guerilla force that gave Israel such a bloody nose last year, plus he may also know about missing Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad.
Arad, an IAF navigator, was captured by Lebanese militia after ejecting from his warplane, shot down over southern Lebanon in 1986. Reportedly now in the hands of Iran, Arad along with the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hizbullah in the Lebanon last year could be swapped for Asghari.
However, that's only one possible interpretation of events.
Others include speculation that Asghari could be tortured into making “confessions” about Iran’s nuclear program, which could then be used to pave the way for a U.S. and/or Israeli attack on Iran.
Admittedly, this may sound a little extreme but the Zionists are worried about Iran and – whether or not it actually has a nuclear weapons program – increasingly desperate over Iran’s perceived nuclear ambitions and America’s seeming inability to do anything about them.
In this version of events, Asghari’s kidnapping was orchestrated by Mossad as a vital stepping-stone to accomplishing the neocon dreams of a full on nuclear strike on Iran.
And considering that Mossad's motto is “by deception thou shalt make war”, that may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
Last updated 11/03/2007