Who Benefits From the Attack In Burgas?

When I first read about the bombing of a tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria which killed five Israeli citizens quite naturally I was sorrowful for the loss of lives and for such a brutal act of violence. Death is always something we as humans mourn, but for a life to be snuffed out so abruptly and with such destruction gives cause for ponder. The number one question, why? As much as we search there is never a satisfactory answer to this question. What prompts people to commit senseless acts of violence against individuals whom they’ve never known or had any connection to?

Image: BurgasInfo:AP CCO

Immediately following the bombing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly accused Iran of the incident.  It was an open and shut case. He knew the who, why, what, where and how, and there was no need to wait for an investigation despite Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov stating that he thought “it is wrong and a mistake to point fingers at this stage of the investigation at any country or organization.” Seems like a logical position to take. However, in fewer than 24 hours after news of the attack Netanyahu emphatically blamed Hezbollah under the guise of Iran for orchestrating the attack.

In a statement made to reporters Thursday afternoon following the bombing Netanyahu claimed the attack in Bulgaria on Wednesday was carried out by Hezbollah with Iranian backing.

“We will pursue the attackers and extract a heavy price from those who sent them.  We will continue fighting Iranian terror, we will act against it with great force.”

“For over a year, Iran, along with its protégé Hezbollah, has been waging an international terror campaign,”  said Netanyahu.  He went on to refer to Iran as “the world’s number one exporter of terror” and Hezbollah its “long arm.”

“A terrorist organization must not get nuclear weapons. The most dangerous state in the world must not attain the most dangerous weapon on Earth,” he continued.

Wait one minute. Can someone please press the rewind button? Did I hear that correctly or did my ears deceive me? How did we get from mourning the loss of innocent civilians and finding out who is responsible to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons? To a free thinking mind that seems to be quite a leap.  But if you have a secret agenda, one which entails waging war against a specific country — Iran — it makes perfect sense. What better time to garner empathy and support from the international community? If Netanyahu can somehow correlate the suicide bomb attack on Israeli tourists to the threat of a nuclear Iran then he can not only justify invading Iran but also avoid the appearance of being the war hawk that he is.

For months now Netanyahu has been working incessantly to convince the U.S. to wage war against Iran; that it  poses an imminent threat not only to Israel but the U.S. as well with its aspirations to develop nuclear weapons.  A claim which has been repeatedly refuted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. But not only has Defense Secretary Panetta dispelled the notion of a nuclear Iran, he and several experts have stated that Iran does not have the capability to develop a nuclear weapon — and even should it make the decision to do so, it would be years before it could actualize this.

But put all of that aside. Forget whether Iran has the capability, is working on the capability or even has the desire to develop a nuclear weapon. One question — a quite relevant one — which is never posed in this entire debate: what of Israel’s nuclear arsenal?


  1. It sounds like you are insinuating that the U.S. and particularly Isreal are blaming Hezbollah and Iran as a pretext for invasion…

    Iran has sworn publicly to exact revenge on Isreal for whom it blames for assassinating its nuclear scientists…http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/world/middleeast/iran-outrage-over-scientist-killing-deepens-as-it-signals-revenge.html

    So it’s not far fetched to assume that Hezbollah was responsible, and it wouldn’t really be a surprise if the bombing in Burgas was such an attack.

    Also, unless you believe the U.S. and Isreali authorities are lying, which in this case of the U.S. authorities lying on this matter is extremely unlikely because most U.S. military officials advise against going to war with Iran, authorities have concluded that it was indeed Hezbollah/Iran behind the attack…http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/world/europe/explosion-on-bulgaria-tour-bus-kills-at-least-five-israelis.html?pagewanted=all

    Furthermore, as for Irans’ nuclear capabilities, many independent reports have confirmed that Irans’ current nuclear technologies would allow it to develop a nuclear weapon by 2015, if it chose to pursue them…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

    The fear of Isreal and the west in general about a radical Muslim authoritarian regime possessesing a nuclear weapon is a real concern. In the case of Iran, the reasons for this fear are obvious…This is not a case of western powers attempting to ‘manufacture consent’

  2. Think people. I don’t care who someone is, what position they hold and/or who they are well connected to. This is the time to use your mind to investigate and discern what really is the TRUTH, because your life will ultimately be affected by your conscious decision to blindly go along or speak out in concern or protest.

  3. Once again, brilliantly written and you were right on for assailing the Israeli government and leadership for its war mongering disposition. Netanyahu’s comments were definitely quite a leap. Don’t the innocent souls slaughtered mean anything other than an opportunity to serve as a pretext for war? And hasn’t the world seen this movie before? September 11, 2001. The Bush administration used this opportunity to play on the anger and fears of every American citizen, Congressman, and Senator to usurp the liberty of this nation under the guise of security through the PATRIOT ACT. Colon Powell lied to the U.N. and the world and we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq under false pretenses of fighting terrorists who did not exist! Turns out the administration lied in order to advance its agenda for oil and strategic positioning. And the only terrorist Americans and the world should be afraid of is the U.S. government. No other nation of people should ever allow this to happen again. By the way, this has the Mossad’s prints all over it. What better way to incite the passion of the populous to want to wage war on an undeserving nation? Another Black September! Yep, I said it.

    • Netanyahu’s comments weren’t much of a leap after all, it was confirmed that Hezbollah WAS behind the attack. As for your comment about the U.S. being the biggest sponsor of terrorism, you could make a case for it. But just because the U.S. has had a past of aggression in some cases doesn’t mean that other nations like Iran get off the hook for sponsoring their own acts of terrorism.