Israel: All Magnet Bombs Must Have the Same Culprit

Israel has successfully gotten most major news outlets in the last few days to repeat their argument that because the bombs in Tbilisi, Delhi, and Bangkok are almost the same kind of bomb, they must have the same culprit.

Israeli officials said Wednesday that magnetic explosive devices found after a series of explosions in Bangkok on Tuesday were similar to bombs used a day earlier to target Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and in Tbilisi, Georgia.

[snip]

But an Israeli official familiar with the probes of the incidents, in which Israelis are working with local investigators in New Delhi, Bangkok and Tbilisi, said their findings showed a strong similarity among the bombs in the three locations, …

“It looks like it’s exactly the same kind of device,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.

[snip]

The Israeli ambassador to Thailand, Itzhak Shoham, told the Associated Press that Thai police had found two magnetic bombs that could be stuck on vehicles. “They are similar to the ones used in Delhi and Tbilisi,” Shoham said.

Of course, they go on to argue that because the bombs are all the same they must have the same culprit. And therefore that culprit must be Iran.

There’s a logical problem here, of course, given that Israel has not exactly denied that it was behind the magnet bomb attacks–technically undertaken by Iranian nationals–that killed a number of Iran’s scientists. So according to Israel’s logic, doesn’t mean they must be the culprit for these bombs? They’ve been engaging in magnet bomb attacks perpetrated by Iranian national for years.

Not that I necessarily think that’s what’s going on, but if Israel insists on using loud accusations to pretend Iran would be doing anything more than retaliating for Israel’s own terror attacks, then it ought to have to have readers apply its logic consistently.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

9 Responses to Israel: All Magnet Bombs Must Have the Same Culprit

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
Emptywheel Twitterverse
JimWhiteGNV @cocktailhag Back in that day. the "school" had a coach who was the draw. They scored over 120 pts routinely.
4hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV @cocktailhag I was 12 at the time. It's long gone...
4hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @banditelli In a true socialist society the govt would pay workers $20/hr to make fresh tortillas. @ZaidJilani
4hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV @cocktailhag Hey, I'll have you know that I went to a basketball camp at that fine institution. Stole a shirt from them...
5hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @raynetoday: This is fundamentally unAmerican. The U.S. was founded on political dissent. https://t.co/MuM7d6qMMJ
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ZaidJilani Don't forget the corn is already subsidized w/ethanol policy.
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel John Mara is sick of DeflateGate and so this nothing-burger pretending NFL are being reasonable shows in Newsday? http://t.co/gjduYapeRG
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @jilliancyork You should check it out.
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @jilliancyork Not sure if you know Dayen's work but it's actually as closely tied to policy as anyone I know.
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Problem w/local stations is they don't guarantee you ManningLemonSuckingFace where NFL would be sure to capture it.
6hreplyretweetfavorite
February 2012
S M T W T F S
« Jan   Mar »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
26272829