January 2, 2013, - 1:15 pm
Just before the new year, we learned that, in mid-December, a private “commercial” U.S. plane made an “emergency landing” in Iran, where the plane and its “American” passengers were helped out by Iran and then sent on their merry way to one of the Arab Gulf states. Who was on that plane and what were they doing?
It’s not every day that Iran lets Americans who “accidentally” end up in Iran go free. Usually, those Americans–even if they hate America (and Israel), themselves, as was the case with the American “hikers”–are accused of being spies for the “evil American Satan” and the “Zionist Empire” and are locked up for a long time, while they are used as a political football. Amir Hekmati, a Shi’ite Muslim from Michigan who served in the U.S. Marines, for example, still rots in Iran, where he is accused of being a CIA spy because he went to visit his grandmother, and that’s despite the fact that he was serving the purposes of the Shi’ites against Sunnis when he served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
So what’s going on here? Who were these “Americans”? And what were they really doing in Iran? I’m not buying this story. My theory: these were Shi’ite Muslims from the U.S. who went to the Gulf states to do some of Iran’s bidding. That’s how it works, and we know that the Arab gulf, especially the United Arab Emirates, is a key shipping point for nuclear material and components headed to Iran. Or could it be a that Barack Obama secretly sent a team of CIA agents or diplomats to negotiate with Iran on this plane? We’ll never know. I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but the “facts” of the story, as they are presented in the news media and Iranian media, don’t wash. Iran doesn’t let people like this go . . . unless they are doing the bidding of ayatollahs. My BS meter went gangbusters when I read this story.
A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported.
The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station.
Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of repairs.
It was not clear why the announcement of the plane’s landing was not made earlier.
Iran is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, which requires members to come to the aid of civilian aircraft when requested. . . .
A separate report by state TV said the Falcon-900 plane had one passenger and two crew members and was flying to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates when it encountered mechanical difficulties.
It said a French team from Abu Dhabi repaired the plane at Ahvaz airport.
Every day some 500 foreign airplanes pass through Iranian airspace, including 30 American aircraft.
What’s your take?
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