"The United States may have been behind the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old Iranian woman whose fatal videotaped shooting Saturday made her a symbol of opposition to the June 12 presidential election results, the country's ambassador to Mexico said Thursday.Like the 'terrorists killed Neda Agha Soltan story, this is plausible - if for a more limited audience.
" 'This death of Neda is very suspicious,' Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri said. 'My question is, how is it that this Miss Neda is shot from behind, got shot in front of several cameras, and is shot in an area where no significant demonstration was behind held?'
"He suggested that the CIA or another intelligence service may have been responsible.
" 'Well, if the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the government elements, then choosing women is an appropriate choice, because the death of a woman draws more sympathy,' Ghadiri said...." (CNN)
Quite a number of people in America are convinced that the FBI killed President Kennedy and that the CIA blew up New York City's World Trade Center. Lack of evidence can be used as proof. Paraphrasing something I wrote earlier: 'There's no evidence that the CIA secretly shot Neda - You see?! That proves it! They won't let The Truth be published!!' (January 14, 2009)
I don't see the CIA as being like James Bond's MI6, with quite a lot of SPECTRE mixed in: but I don't think that George Bush and the British royal family are space alien shape-shifting lizard people either. Which, for some, makes me a dupe or part of the conspiracy. That, I can live with.
As for the Ghadiri's "...choosing women is an appropriate choice, because the death of a woman draws more sympathy,'..." It's quite true: Neda wouldn't be on monitor screens around the world if she was fifty-something man. Probably.
This helps explain why the killing of Neda is such a thorn in the side of the ayatollahs: but that doesn't mean that the CIA did it.
I think it's at least as likely that the company that was going to deliver Neda's piano had broken the instrument, and had her killed to cover up their mistake.
- "Iran: 'Terrorists' Killed Neda Agha Soltan - Officially"
(June 24, 2009)
- "Lebanon, Israel, Pakistan, India, and the Lizard People"
(January 14, 2009)
- "Iranian envoy: CIA involved in Neda's shooting?"
CNN (June 25, 2009)