Who killed Neda Agha-Soltan?
Published Jun 24, 2009 4:53 PM
Consider this scenario:
A CIA-trained sharpshooter takes position on a rooftop in Tehran. His
contact on the street below, waiting with a camera, calls. “She just got
out of the car. A perfect target.”
He takes aim. Shoots. He disappears.
On the street, the contact takes the video of the young woman, her face
visible and unscarred, helped by people on the street around her, bleeding to
Within an hour, the video arrives to an Iranian contact in the Netherlands,
to the BBC, to the Voice of America. It becomes part of a much bigger
Is that what happened to Neda Agha-Soltan? We admit it. We don’t know.
But you don’t know either. And the story outlined above is—if
anything—more reasonable and more believable than the story spread and
repeated ad infinitum by the powerful Western media propaganda machine.
The young woman, whoever she sympathized with, was in no confrontation with the
authorities. Nor with paramilitary forces. She was away from the main
demonstration. Why, when there were no significant gunfights and no big
fighting in the area, would any state official, police or army, shoot an
unarmed woman who wasn’t even at the protest and who had no political
How was it that the photographer had contact with the media most closely
connected with the intelligence forces of the two major former colonial powers
in Iran—Britain and the U.S.?
Coincidences happen. But here a lot happened at once. Was someone behind
What we can be sure of is that the corporate media based in the imperialist
countries are powerful weapons that in times of crisis sow confusion among the
masses and mobilize public opinion in support of the rulers and to demonize the
oppressed and exploited.
In these times of the Internet, we have to remember that disinformation spreads
with the same lightning speed as information.
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