On 15 October 2011, the US made a great deal of noise about an alleged Iran plot in connection with Mexican drug lords to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador. Iran immediately denied that there was such a plot in which the government or any of its agents were involved. The Saudi government took some time before it said that it would consider what action to take against Iran.
Manssor Arbabsiar, the defendant in the plot, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in New York, but the US Justice Department insists that Arbabsiar has admitted his role in a $1.5 million plot. Iran maintains that a key player in the plot was a Mexican Zeta drug cartel hit man hired to carry out the job for $1.5m, but he turned out to be a Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA)informant. It has been alleged that Arbabsiar and the DEA informant planned to bomb the Israeli embassies in Washington and Argentina, while simultaneously using the Middle East as a drug-traffic zone.
Although the story of "Iranian terrorism joining forces with Mexican drug lords" had enough appeal for most Americans and the world, the problem was the lingering absence of hard evidence that the government in Tehran was behind it, and the increasingly obvious sings that the US had manufactured the story for a number of reasons as I stated when I first wrote on this in mid-October. What is amazing that news organizations around the world picked up the story and ran it as indisputable fact, without waiting for the evidence.
What is even stranger is that to this day, 1 November 2011, Saudi Arabia is officially stating that it will allow Iranians to visit Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage, and that it is still considering how to deal with the alleged Iran-Mexico plot. And if the US takes the matter before the UN Security Council, will it face Russian-Chinese opposition and questions about Iran demanding an apology and compensation for the stigma that Washington visited on Tehran by accusing it as the instrument behind the plot?
Former CIA officer Robert Baer, a former CIA has stated that the "Quds Force has never been this sloppy, using untested proxies, contracting with Mexican drug cartels, sending money through New York bank accounts, and putting its agents on U.S. soil where they risk being caught... The Quds Force is simply better than this." That many prominent analysts have dismissed the credibility of this alleged plot, and that the US has not provided any evidence or followed through in this case to prove that indeed Tehran was behind this plot send troubling signals across the world about the lengths to which the US would go to pursue containment policy toward Iran.