|Michael Ledeen, national review:
INTELLIGENCE TEST Porter Goss continues to liberate the CIA from the failures of the recent past, and this might be a good time to find out who's really good in the Intelligence Directorate. Goss might give them a quiz. Obviously, it has to be a serious, scientific kind of quiz. No leading questions, because that would be unworthy of the institution. So maybe the first question might be, "all right, the Sunni Zarqawi gets help from the Iranian Shi’ites. But you don’t really think that Sunnis and Shi’ites cooperate on other issues do you?"
Anyone who says "no" should be shipped off to teach alongside Juan Cole at the University of Michigan. Those who knew it was "yes" can stay. The latest blow to the "Sunnis and Shi’ites don’t cooperate except in extremis" comes from the official media in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
First, the Iranians (courtesy of MEMRI): "Iran's Sahar 1 TV station is currently airing a weekly series titled "For You, Palestine," or "Zahra's Blue Eyes." The series premiered on December 13, and is set in Israel and the West Bank. It broadcasts every Monday, and was filmed in Persian but subsequently dubbed into Arabic.
The story follows an Israeli candidate for Prime Minister, Yitzhak Cohen, who is also the military commander of the West Bank. The opening sequence of the show contains graphic scenes of surgery, and images of a Palestinian girl in a hospital whose eyes have been removed, with bandages covering the sockets.
In Episode 1, Yitzhak Cohen lectures at a medical conference on the advances being made by Israeli medicine regarding organ transplants. Later in the episode, Israelis disguised as UN workers visit a Palestinian school, ostensibly to examine the children's eyes for diseases, but in reality to select which children's eyes to steal to be used for transplants.
In Episode 2, the audience learns that the Israeli president is being kept alive by organs stolen from Palestinian children, and an Israeli military commander is seen kidnapping UN employees and Palestinians."
Hold that thought a minute, and have a peek at the official Saudi government’s daily "Al Watan." An article from Brussels charges that, based on alleged secret European military reports, the U.S. military in Iraq is harvesting and selling human organs. The following day, the story was also published in the Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Islami, as well as the Syrian daily Teshreen. The following are excerpts from the article:
Secret European military intelligence reports indicate the transformation of the American humanitarian mission in Iraq into a profitable trade in the American markets through the practice of American physicians extracting human organs from the dead and wounded, before they are put to death, for sale to medical centers in America. A secret team of American physicians follow the troops during their attacks on Iraqi armed men to ensure quick [medical] operations for extracting some organs and transferring them to private operations rooms before they are transferred to America for sale.
"The reports have indicated that a number of those killed in 'Abu Ghraib' and other prisons were subjected to operations for extracting their organs. Following their mutilations, the bodies were discarded far from the prisons to conceal the facts. The reports revealed that that the American forces restricted the media by force to prevent them from getting near the scenes and recording the events. But the relatives of the Iraqis are aware of these facts. The reports have [also] indicated that the military forces of the European allies have noticed the absence of organs from the cadavers that were dealt with by the Americans and have reported to their high command, which instructed them to maintain silence and to avoid the discussion of the subject due to its gravity, while the military and intelligence high command have written secret reports about was observed by their forces and sent them to the European ministries of defense for their information.
Two propaganda organizations working in near-perfect harmony. I’m betting that the Iranian tv show gets transmogrified into a news story in a Sunni country within a month.