Sunday, June 27, 2010
Credible, incredible or uncredible? Forces massing off the coast of Iran, for what?
by Larry Geller
It’s hard to know what to do with sources that may be less than credible. On the other hand, it’s hard to invent a fleet of warships lying off the coast of Iran. Should theories about this fleet be discounted just because the faulty US media decides not to question our leaders on their war plans?
The author of USS Carrier Harry Truman Now Officially Just Off Iran, As Israel Allegedly Plotting An Imminent Tehran Raid (6/27/2010) discusses the problem with one of his sources, the Gulf Daily News. But the warships are still there. He cites another source on that.
Having noted the problem, I would recommend reading the article anyway. Should Israel move against Iran, at least you won’t be surprised.
Would it be irrational for Israel to bomb Iran? Was it rational to massacre civilians in Cast Lead (1400+ deaths, about 1/3 children) or kill at least 9 protesters on an aid ship at night in international waters? Israel got away with both. Given the lack of consequences along with the Bush/Obama threats against Iran, what would be the downside for Israel if they did act peremptorily against Iran?
So while the sources may not be the best, ignoring them may not be the best thing to do either.
It's important to separate the wheat from the chaff. Too often, people (even those among us with classical educations) rely on others to do that for them. The net effect is mob-mentality, and mobs are easily manipulated (herded?) with social psychology. Is this eternal vigilance?