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Mossad False Flag Story-- Disinfo, or Open Door to Bigger Issue

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Last week journalist Mark Perry published a report which claimed that Mossad agents posed as CIA officers to recruit members of the terrorist group Jundullah, which is responsible for carrying out attacks on innocent civilians in Iran..

In 2007 ABC News reported on the alleged tie between the CIA and Jundullah.

According to Perry's article, when news of this supposed false flag reached the White House then President George W. Bush "went absolutely ballistic".  A debate took place within his national security team of how to respond, with the administration finally deciding to do nothing.  The article cited an unnamed former intelligence officer who said, "In the end, it was just easier to do nothing than to, you know, rock the boat".

The article went on to state that the Obama administration drastically scaled back joint U.S.-Israel intelligence programs targeting Iran and shut down key intelligence-gathering operations only to later give clearance to cooperate with Israel on classified intelligence-gathering operations focused on Iran's nuclear program.

Indeed this story is an important one in the war of public perception, and therefore should be questioned.    There are a couple of things it accomplishes for the United States government.

The first, and most obvious-- it diverts blame from the United States for supporting Jundullah onto Israel.  For the average American such a revelation reduces the perceived malice of the government's actions in its relations with Iran.  The assurance that one's supposed leaders are not so evil as to recruit terrorists to kill innocent people in another country reinforces the idea that the United States is still the good guy, or at least trying to be.

Second-- it continues to portray the United States' actions with Iran as a response to Iran's hostilities, its current cooperation with the deceitful Israel a necessary evil resulting from Iran's supposed belligerence in continuing its nuclear program, and not part of a continuing agenda to stir up a war with the country.  This falls right in line with the story we're being sold about how the next potential war will start"with either Iran blocking the Straight of Hormuz  and possibly carrying out a new Pearl Harbor, or Israel acting as the trigger and striking first to protect itself from a hypothetical nuclear annihilation, dragging the United States into the conflict.  Either way, in the eyes of the American public, the United States is deemed innocent of starting a war that the neocons have been trying to start for years, and the notion of Iran's nuclear pursuit being a result of the West's increasing hostility becomes lost in the nervous cries of the people begging for the U.S. military to put out the fire.

Of course blaming the next big war's spark solely on a conflict between Israel and Iran will be just as convenient as blaming World War 1 --s on the squabbles between a few small countries, and not on thes geopolitical goals of certain nations, or the desire of globalists to create a profitable conflict and build a League of Nations out of the ashes.

What needs to be pointed out is that according to the article the source of Perry's information about the Mossad false flag is the CIA.  Specifically, CIA documents and interviews with "six (unnamed) currently serving or recently retired intelligence officers".  The only non-CIA person quoted in the report who speaks about the Mossad false flag is former Centcom chief and retired Gen. Joe Hoar, whose quote was made upon being informed of the plot, (presumably by Perry).

From Perry's article:

a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization. Jundallah, according to the U.S. government and published reports, is responsible for assassinating Iranian government officials and killing Iranian women and children.

But while the memos show that the United States had barred even the most incidental contact with Jundallah, according to both intelligence officers, the same was not true for Israel's Mossad. The memos also detail CIA field reports saying that Israel's recruiting activities occurred under the nose of U.S. intelligence officers, most notably in London, the capital of one of Israel's ostensible allies, where Mossad officers posing as CIA operatives met with Jundallah officials."

Throughout the article there is no outside source listed backing up the claim that Mossad ran this false flag.  The claim itself comes from the collective words and pens of an intelligence agency working for a government trying to start a new war in a time when many of its citizens no longer trust it.

The purpose here is not to question the sincerity of Perry's journalism or accuse him of being part of a disinformation conspiracy, but simply to look at the news of the alleged Mossad false flag in comparison to the past actions of the United States government, as well as those of Israel's, and point out the bigger issue it reveals.

Regardless of whether the Mossad false flag story is disinformation or a legitimate report, both the Bush and Obama administrations have upheld a hostile policy towards Iran that has put the United States on the path to a much desired (by the war hawks) conflict.

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