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Mahmoud’s No Good, Very Bad, Terrible, Rotten Day

In the SRL Files under Mahmoud’s No Good Very Bad Day:

It’s hard to find humor in the simmering show down between Israel and Iran these days.

But if the following event isn’t actually funny, it is at the very least ironic.

And maybe a sign of things to come.

The DEBKAfile web site reports the following eyebrow raising incident today:

Iran loses its only AWACS as Ahmadinejad threatens the world

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

September 23, 2009, 12:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran's AWACS destroyed in parade collisionIran’s AWACS destroyed in parade collision

Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran’s armed forces would “chop off the hands” of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran’s only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, DEBKAfile‘s military and Iranian sources disclose.

The disaster was a serious blow for Iran, leaving its air force and air and missile defenses without “electronic eyes” for surveillance of the skies around its borders.

As if the timing of this “accident” wasn’t interesting enough, consider the final resting place of the wreckage.

Dubbed “Simorgh” (a flying creature of Iranian fable which performs wonders in mid-flight), the AWACS’ appearance, escorted by fighter jets, was to have been the climax for the Iranian Air force’s fly-past over the parade. Instead, it collided with one of escorting planes, a US-made F-5E, and both crashed to the ground in flames. All seven crewmen were killed.

Eye witnesses reported that the flaming planes landed on the mausoleum burial site of the Islamic revolution’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini, a national shrine. According to Western observers, no distress signals came from either cockpit indicating that the collision and explosions were sudden and fast.

An accident?

An amazing piece of espionage by the Mossad?

A direct intervention from the God of Abrham, Isaac and Jacob?

We report, you decide.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon God?
There they are in great fear
Where no fear was,
For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you;
You have put them to shame,
Because God has despised them. (Psalm 53:4-5)

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