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Iran Claims Israel Stealing Rain Clouds

Iran Claims Israel Stealing Rain Clouds
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Thursday, 05 July 2018 12:01 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Remember the folk tale of Chicken Little shouting "the sky is falling, the sky is falling." It’s no longer simply a fable. Iranian leadership is now shouting that Israel is stealing Iranian rain and snow clouds.

Cloud theft, according to Iran, is the result of Western oppression of Iran. In a press conference Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, said: "The changing climate in Iran is suspect."

Jalali is quoted as saying: "Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change."

The brigadier general, a man entrusted with the civil defense of his country, is actually insisting that results from an Iranian scientific study "confirm" the claim. He insists that: "Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain."

Jalali continues on: "On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft," citing a survey showing that above 2,200 meters all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.

Iran's meteorological service expert disagrees.

The head of Iran's meteorological service, Ahad Vazife, was quoted in the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA), an official Iranian news service. In a delicate and diplomatic rebuttal of the Iranian leader, Vazife said that General Jalali "probably has documents of which I am not aware, but on the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds."

In the Middle East conspiracy theories run rampant — Iran is no exception. Conspiracy theories stoke unreasonable fears. And almost every conspiracy theory has believers attributing superhuman traits to groups of people and individuals. Not surprisingly, the end result is an altered state of reality.

It is that heightened sense of fear that has, for generations, paralyzed huge swaths of the Middle East. It comes as vicious fear and hyperbole.

This warped perspective has, for decades, portrayed Israel in unrealistic ways. The continued misperception thwarts the efforts of those who hope to achieve normal interaction, let alone peace, between Israel and her neighbors. The seeds of hatred in the region run deep and the conspiracy theories will not abate unless leaders, educators, and clergy learn how to dispel them.

Fabulists, those people who compose fables, portray Israel as a mass murderer and a torturer of Arabs. Israel is viewed as not merely a land grabber, but as a desecrator of Arab and Muslim lands and holy sites and an oppressor of the innocent. That belief system gives license to those neighbors of Israel who deem terrorist acts against Israelis as mere self-defense.

When Israelis are mythologized as crack fighters, masters in sci-fi technology, and creators of weapons with super power abilities, an altered reality emerges.

In reality, Israel does have an impressive arsenal of new weapons that include stealth tanks, guns that shoot around corners, and a bullet with a camera that delivers video to the commander’s iPhone. Stuxnet and other computer viruses, spyware and satellite technology, allow Israel access all over the world. Last year, Lebanon discovered a series of rocks and stones, with audio and video capabilities, transmitting movement and activity. They were Israeli technology.

According to hucksters, reality is not sufficient. According to them Israel’s weapon arsenal can go anywhere, and see and hear everything — taking them far beyond their true, and impressive, capabilities. Preposterous as this seems, these theories have taken hold in the Muslim and Arab world, even leading to the torture and execution of wild birds deemed Israeli spies.

Truth is: Israel is a bird-watching super power.

Ornithologists from all over the world come to Israel, especially southern Israel, to study migration. The birds make their way straight up the Syrian African Rift to the Beit Shean Valley then on to the Hula Valley and the Galilee.

It’s not a fable and it’s got nothing to do with politics, diplomacy, or security issues. It’s all about geography. Israel is situated on the migration route of half a billion birds — over 530 species — traveling in splendor and meticulous formation from Africa to Europe and then back. Many flocks touchdown in southern Israel today, just as their ancestors did. They fly in the same formation. It is truly breathtaking.

But conspiracy devotees are not easily turned into ornithologists.

Not too long ago, in 2014 in Iran, a bird with an Israeli tag was “arrested” for espionage. The bird was thought to be a spy carrying cameras and microchips and perhaps even explosives. After an investigation which included an x-ray, this bird, like others, was set free. Incidents like this have also happened in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, and in Egypt.

In contrast, a very rare Iranian White Throated Robin recently touched down in Israel. The bird, indigenous to Iran, does migrate — but rarely to Israel. It was spotted in a children’s park in Israel’s southernmost city, Eliat, hopping, playing and enjoying himself. A photographer quickly shot the bird — with his camera, not a weapon, and sent the photo to a local bird-watching center.

Conspiracy theories about Israel, crazy as many of them can be, are as much a part of large swaths of Muslim and Arab culture as falafel.

What the promoters of these theories do not realize is that their conspiracies bestow on Israel supernatural powers so great they could not even be found in a Marvel Comic. Instead of relating to Israel as the enemy, conspirators transform Israel into a power with the ability to alter nature and literally stop the rain and snow by stealing clouds.

Micah Halpern is a political and foreign affairs commentator. He founded "The Micah Report" and hosts "Thinking Out Loud with Micah Halpern" a weekly TV program and "My Chopp" a daily radio spot. A dynamic speaker, he specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance and impact. Follow him on Twitter @MicahHalpern. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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