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Argo -- Like a KGB Fairy --Tale

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You lie so profusely that I sobered up



  1. Green .  The Purple Sails




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In my old times in the Soviet Union   we had   a whole genre   of the " KGB fairy --tale' movies.. The script   would be   nearly the same for all of them: there would   be some crisis   in the unnamed   country and   Soviet citizens would be stuck    there while helping the progressive forces. A special KGB officer would be sent to the rescue   and does   it nicely with the   help odd devoted   local sympathizers.   No bribes, no extortions, no blackmails, no killings if possible, all folks are humanitarians down to the bone and all are   honest and dedicated -- the   "heroes, not mentioned   in the newspapers'.   Usually those   movies would be very neatly produced technically, involving well-known actors and people would watch them   anyway. After leaving the movie theater many people would repeat the above quote    by A. Green   which eventually became a folk saying , "They lie so   profusely that even a drunk   sobers up."


The KGB officer in the movie   always would be   clean-shaved and sober.   Aside of the beard, moustache and boozing    of Ben Affleck's character   the movie Argo resembles those    KGB movies to the letter.   I even thought for a moment   that Ben bought one of the old Russian scripts, changed names and   locations and   went for the   Oscars (in all fairness, the KGB movies never competed for any awards).   A bottle of   good   beer did not help; I sobered in an instant and started counting the goofs:


  1. The embassy scene. It is shown surrounded by the mob with guns and that mob's   activities are very well coordinated.   That is   a realistic perception; mobs are usually coordinated. It is unlikely   though that in such situation the embassy   would   work on a usual schedule and have local visitors inside. How could they get into the embassy through the mob? I once saw a demonstration in Italy in front of the US embassy and it promptly closed its operations.   So, no, I don't think they continued their everyday work   in Iran.   And where was the ambassador? His word was to be the   main   one in the decisions and instead chaos reigns. If the mob   had been   there for a long time as it is implied and the coordination was obvious then there surely was a surveillance of the building   and   that back exit was monitored. No way it wasn't. So why the six people knew about the exit but not the   others? Why would they go out without even trying to change their appearances, white women et al? And how did they reach the Canadian ambassador's residence? Did they go on foot? And how did he know that they would     come? And where was    (for the whole movie) the RCMP ( Royal Canadian Mounted Police)   or whoever designated to protect the Canadian diplomats, same as Marines   do that for the US people?  


  1. When the diplomatic   rep. or an embassy staff person   enters another country for a service   his/her identity   and a   dossier   are to be presented to the governmental organizations of that country.   Thus the photos of all   the   US personnel were to be available to the Iranians from their own sources and they would not need to   use   little children to   restore the pictures. Most likely they used   kids to restore something else, like spying memos. To define who was missing the Iranians just needed to   get the list of   all the embassy employees and then- to verify who was in their custody.   The whole idea that they did not know who escaped   up to the last   moment, 45 days later   insults a person's intelligence.


  1. It is not clear   if the Canadian ambassador's house was on the Canadian embassy compound or not but   it seems that it was not. The housekeeper could be very loyal   but an even   meager watcher could    notice the amount of provisions delivered as well as check the garbage and verify that instead of two people   before there are   eight.   That's when kids come in -- Russian   folks used kids for such missions routinely.



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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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