Stephen Walt has an excellent article pointing out that a Martian visiting Earth would be completely baffled by the current debate in the west about Iran.
In fact, given the various threats now facing Tehran, our Martian friend might have trouble explaining why Iran’s leaders hadn’t gone all-out to get themselves some sort of WMD, merely as a deterrent. And yet it is the United States and Israel that profess themselves to be terribly, terribly worried about the supposed “threat” from Iran, and who are contemplating a preventive war that most observers realize would strengthen Iran’s nuclear ambitions and could only delay its program for a couple of years.
A news report today says that an attack has been carried out on an Israeli diplomat in India, though fortunately there were no fatalities. A motorcyclist had apparently attached an explosive device to the car. A similar bomb targeting an Israeli diplomat in Georgia was defused.
I wrote last month about the murder of an Iranian scientist in Teheran using similar means. Suspicions then focused on Israel or the US as being behind the killing.
Since today’s bomb attacks targeted Israeli officials, you can be sure that these latest acts will be unhesitatingly called ‘terrorism’ in the US media (Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has already done so) while that word was avoided in the earlier case of the Iranian scientist.
Update: Glenn Greenwald provides further evidence of how the word ‘terrorist’ is used selectively, more as a political weapon than as a descriptive term.