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It sounds like something from Alfred Hitchcock.  An Air Canada flight is getting ready to push back from the gate at Caracas airport, to fly to Toronto.  The pilot reads the manifest, and finds there are five more passengers than he’d expected.  He finds that four are Iranian, one is Afghan.  Upon investigation, it turns out that none of them had a visa, and their tickets were phony.  The passengers are taken off the plane, and after a bit some people at the airport–two security people and someone working for Air Canada–are arrested.

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Needless to say, there’s been no end of speculation.  Suicide terrorists?  Advance team for Hezbollah?  And so forth.

Since we don’t yet know who they are, it’s easy to imagine various scenarios, but as the oldest Iran hand in town, I’d like to focus your mind on one of the basic facts about Iranian-sponsored terrorism.  Despite all their yelling and screaming about martyrdom, it’s very rare for Iranians to blow themselves up.  Almost always, they get others–typically Arabs (often of the Sunni variety)–to blow THEMselves up.  The Iranian terrorists, from Hezbollah to Islamic Jihad, do plenty of killing, but they slaughter others, not themselves.  That way they get a double frisson:  their enemies die, and the dirty work is done by (as the Iranians would say) a stupid Arab.

They don’t have great esteem for the Arabs, you see.  Look at how the Iranians operated in Iraq, for example.  They trained and manipulated plenty of Arab jihadis (Saudis were the biggest national group) to carry out suicide attacks.  Their own attacks,  despite the lousy reporting and the pitiful Bush administration accounts of the war there, were decidedly non-suicidal, which is why, at the end, there were more than three hundred Iranians in U.S. military custody.  For those who wonder what happened to them, sad to say they were turned over to the Iraqi government, and then repatriated.

Which is why I don’t think the four-Iranians-plus-one-Afghan were terrorists.  More likely, they were disgruntled people hoping to defect or otherwise find asylum in Canada.

Or do you think that the Iranian regime, which appears to have the Obama administration in its hip pocket regarding a deal over our sanctions and their nukes, would choose this moment to bring down a Canadian passenger plane?  Not that they wouldn’t be pleased to do such a thing–Hezbollah has been trying to destroy an American or American-friendly airliner for years.  It’s just that they don’t normally do their own dirty work.

Remember that when they organized the assassination of the Saudi ambassador to Washington, the would-be hit men were going to be Mexicans, not Iranians.

So color me dubious on the terrorism theories.  But it’s still a great opening scene for a Hitchcock film.

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Thank you for teaching me that Iranian terrorists prefer to train homicide bombers rather than be homicide bombers. Your lesson makes me wish some Iranian terror operatives could be lured into defecting and disclosing their secrets. That expertise could help safeguard our soldiers.
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I should not generalize based on personal experience but will anyway.

The Iranians I have worked with, these are medical professionals and of course as such have been able to secure visas and citizenship based on high ability, but distinguishable from other nationalities in similar circumstances. in my experience they are exceptional as a group.

They tend to be dedicated people who make alliances and rapport easily. I am Jewish American and never had any problems, quite the opposite, working as colleagues. Those I have met tend to not only have high intelligence and personal skills but the sort of genuine dedication to the job which cannot be faked. If you have been in a field as long as I have you can spot the poseurs pretty quickly.

So I have great esteem for Iranian people. I can understand why Netanyahu is so worried about the situation. This is not a culture to be trifled with as some sort of fanatic adherents of a cataclysmic religion.

Having Iran as the enemy of the Jewish state, this is far more serious than the threat faced by the Arabs of Syria or Egypt.

I have little faith that our president understands the seriousness of what he is dealing with, or just ignoring. I know that Israel does. Push harder now.



1 year ago
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If the illegal evil rogue racist terrorist statre of israel is destroyed, there will be no terrorism. Evil israel's terrorism is state sponsored.
1 year ago
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It is worse than you know.

Those darn Israelis have hit Syrian arms transfers with impunity, what, six or seven times now. No losses and not even on radar scope. Those Russian systems are not worth the money. Let alone the stuff we cannot talk about here.

1 year ago
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Uvain: several errors:

You meant to type Islime, but typed Israel...
1 year ago
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Iranians and Arabs are two sides of the same coin "terrorists." One organizes the evil plots, the other one carry out. Both are stupid to the core. but ultimately they are a victims of an evil, dumb and hateful culture called "Islam."
1 year ago
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Why on Earth would Iranians and an Afghan use such false pretenses to defect to asylum-friendly Canada??? This sounds more like a dry run for throwaway suicide bomber/hijacker mission. Check tolerance and security for a non-assigned seating Muslim muscle crew to freely board an inbound jet.
1 year ago
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could be. but i don't know of any dry runs with phony tickets...
1 year ago
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http://facingislam.blogspot.ca/2013/11/canadas-growing-islamic-radicalization.html is food for thought.

Plus, given how many one time friends of the US are so disenchanted with those inside the Beltway, what difference does it make?
1 year ago
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I agree, of course, that Iranians don't blow themselves up. That's been noticeable for a long time. But blowing themselves up isn't the only thing these guys might have had in mind. What interests me is that they boarded in Caracas. That should at least be investigated, for the possibility that Iran's state and terror connections in Latin America may be in play.

There are smarter ways to insert "sleepers" into the US, of course. Mexico is a path of less resistance. But I'd continue to view this one with suspicion until it had been probed as exhaustively as possible. We never recognize new patterns or threats until, well, we recognize them.
1 year ago
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Do they usually vote Democrat?
1 year ago
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touche!
1 year ago
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I wonder how did they get to Caracas, the capital of the best American friend?
I cannot rely on the investigation of a Venezuela prosecutor to find the answer to this simple but very important question.
I wouldn't be surprised if there is a staging post for such guests in Caracas/
1 year ago
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Are people really this stupid?? The world is on heighten alert and they do this.DUMB,DUMB,DUMB.
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