There are so many well-financed, slick and professionally run disinfo websites out there now that it has become very difficult for those without the necessary background and training to be able to filter out the crap and follow what is really going on. The results of this are plain to see, not least in the sea of online comments made by people who are tragically misinformed and hold views based on this misinformation that are quite ludicrous and starkly divergent from reality. In short, due to all the money spent on disinfo operations, the vast majority of the public today are utterly clueless about what is really going on. The reason for creating all these disinfo outlets is largely because the MSM has become so discredited in the eyes of many.
One of the most prevalent, pernicious and in the current geopolitical climate outright dangerous categories of disinfo website are the anti-Russians; often ostensibly pro-Russian, invariably, they are run by front companies for think tanks and similar groups that are known to be fronts for the intelligence agencies, usually the CIA.
The list is already long, including well-known and highly publicised websites such as Russia Insider, Russia Behind The Headlines, The Saker, Moscow Times, Fort Russ and Voltaire Net; to that list we can now add Debka files, a site that has, to this point, largely flown under the radar, so to speak.
However, when such obvious pieces of disinfo such as the article below appear, it becomes blatantly obvious that Debka, like all the others, exists in order to promulgate a hidden agenda which centres around stirring up controversy and stoking the fires of nascent tension that threaten to ignite a truly disastrous military conflict.
By publishing this article, Debka is contributing to the on-going false narrative that Iran is a dangerous threat to the Middle Eastern nations and in particular, to our most trusted ally and sole democratic lawful state in the region – Israel. Of course, that’s a load of hoary old bollocks and the entire demonisation of Iran is an agenda devised by Israel and their Saudi allies.
We have seen many instances of this narrative that Iranian forces in Syria are a direct threat to those poor, benighted Israelis, most prominently a few months ago when Putin had to issue a concrete assurance that Iranian troops in Syria would withdraw from the vicinity of the Golan and no Iranian forces would encroach into an area of Western Syria demarkated by Israel in order to keep Iranian forces at least a certain number of Kilometres from the Israeli border.
The Iranians withdrew deeper into Syria and Israel was therefore mollified, but the climate in the region and the relationship between Putin’s Russia and Israel have changed since then, not least due to the IL-20 shootdown tragedy and today it is far less likely that Israel would be able to extract from Putin any similar concessions.
The scaremongering on behalf of Israel about the threat posed by Iranian forces in Syria has continued, despite the removal of Iranian troops from the Western regions closest to Israel, which is why this Debka article has appeared – it is the latest chapter in the Iranian forces in Syria are a threat to Israel narrative.
The important point here is not about a disinfo site it is that the Israelis are trying to put out the false narrative of Iranian crews operating the Syrian S-300s. This makes me suspicious that a shootdown of an Israeli jet may take place shortly so that Israel can blame Iran, saying that trigger-happy Iranians were to blame. It is not difficult to take an old, end of life F-16 and outfit it with the equipment needed to remotely pilot it from the ground. The US has been turning old fighter jets into drones in order to use them as targets in missile tests for decades.
An Israeli jet shot down by Iranians over Syria would be a solid basis for further demonisation of Iran
The US and Israel were alarmed to learn that Moscow had decided to man the S-300 anti-air missiles sent to Syria with Iranian teams, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report. US and Israeli intelligence agencies which brought the news to Washington and Jerusalem also reported that the Russians had begun flying the Iranian operatives over to Syria.
Moscow announced the supply of S-300 air defense missiles to Syria in the wake of its row with Israel over the Russian Il-20 spy plane crash on Sept. 17. But, on the quiet, Moscow also decided that they would be operated by Iranian teams. And so Syria received the exact same air defense system that Russia sold to Iran two years ago – the S-300PMU-2 – which was installed for protecting its nuclear sites. American and Israeli military experts were caught by surprise by this discovery, but our sources reported the Russians were giving Syria outdated batteries.
One of Moscow’s considerations was that Iranian crews operating the Syrian-based S-300s will be in harm’s instead of Russian teams in the event of US or Israeli aircraft making direct hits on the systems.
For Israel this move has both good and bad aspects: On the one hand it will be a relief for Israeli air crews to know that when they go for Syria’s S-300 air defense batteries, they need not fear hurting Russian troops; but, on the other, by managing Syria’s air defenses, Iran further strengthens is military foothold in Syria, which the Netanyahu government is dedicated to rooting out. By the same token, Iran takes Moscow’s decision as an endorsement of its claim to a solid military presence in Syria.
Shortly after DEBKAfile published this revelation on Monday, our military and intelligence sources discovered further that Russia has supplied Syria with three S-300 battalion sets, each consisting of eight launchers with 100 missiles per battalion set. They all underwent major overhauls in Russia’s arms factories. Russia has therefore deployed to Syria a total of 300 anti-air missiles – albeit outdated but in tiptop condition.
On Oct. 7, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he would soon be meeting with President Vladimir Putin, although a date had not been set. So, while the two leaders continue to smile and go through the motions of amicable relations, Russia continues to shock, surprise and exacerbate tensions with Israel.