Someone is scammin’ me. Or at least trying to. They’re flattering me with supposedly top-secret information I didn’t request. They’re offering to visit me here in Seattle to deliver the battle plans for Israel’s upcoming attack. They’re telling me the supposed code name for the operation. They’re offering me the actual date of the attack. They’re offering to help defend my blog from the DoS attacks it suffered over the past few weeks.
One of these individuals claimed he was a former IAF military intelligence officer. He didn’t like my politics, but somehow was willing to–or was almost willing to since he seemed to have moral compunctions about sharing those battle plans–pass Israel’s crown jewels to me. He’s the one who told me the code name for the attack. But he had a nasty habit of unloading on me and claiming I “hated Israel.” I told him to take a hike. The second fellow also somehow knew the same code name for the attack. He also told me that Mr. X, a prisoner being held incommunicado at Ayalon Prison, is a captured official of a certain Muslim nation considered an enemy by Israel (hint, hint).
Those of you who’ve been reading my blog over the past few months will know that I’ve been focussing most of my investigative efforts around miscarriages of justice committed by Israeli intelligence. So stories like those I’m being offered are meant to flatter me and my nose for news. Bloggers always want a scoop. The thinking of those offering me these tidbits must be to drop little bits of red meat in front of me and hope I’ll bite.
But as a blogger who tries to be careful about what he writes, I have to take a step back and ask: why me? Why would anyone who actually had the order of battle for Israel’s Iran attack want to share it with me? Further, why would an Israeli who disagrees vociferously with my views want to share such information with me? It doesn’t pass the smell test.
So I think I’m being had either by operatives from Israeli intelligence or else by freelancers who think they’re promoting Israel’s interests by scamming this blog. What’s their motivation? That’s a tough question to answer. Nearest I can tell, the Israelis figure that the more they can keep the notion that they will attack Iran in the news the more likely Americans will either accept the notion that Israel will attack when it does; or else it will plow fertile ground fertilizing it for a U.S. attack.
Most Americans polled favor such an attack. But most serious analysts don’t believe Obama will attack Iran. That’s why the Israelis have their work cut out for them and why they’d like to co-opt this blog to do their work for them. They imagine if I half-believe them that my vanity as a blogger-reporter will motivate me to disseminate my message not only here but perhaps at other sites like Iranian.com, Huffington Post. And they hope that other bloggers will pick up my message and amplify it for them. Not to mention Iranians who they’d love to psych out by having them believe that Israel might, just might do the wild thing and, to paraphrase Sarah Palin, bomb, baby bomb.
Well, sorry guys, not this time. I’m not going to shill for you or anyone else. I’m not going to bite. In fact, if Israeli operatives are pushing me to write about an Israeli attack on Iran I’m inclined to believe precisely the opposite–that Israel will not attack Iran. But there’s one problem. Israel clearly wants to attack Iran. Dying to, in fact. If it doesn’t, who will? There’s only one option as I mentioned, the U.S. As best I can tell, the Israelis must believe that there is some way they can persuade, cajole or force the U.S. to attack. The notion seems far-fetched to me. But Israel has done many things in the past I never would’ve believed it would do and I never underestimate it’s ability to generate regional mischief.
But if you read about an Israeli attack on Iran code-named for a famous ancient Persian king on the day before Rosh Hashana, you’ll know I should’ve believed them and I’ll be kicking myself. But I think it’s highly unlikely.