[Marxism] MRZine disinformation
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 2 06:48:36 MST 2013
If you go to Yoshie's blog (misnamed Monthly Review since none of the
editors except perhaps the ineffable John Mage seem to embrace it), you
will see a link a Youtube video about "rebel lunatics" shooting at a
"civilian" Boeing 747 making a landing at the Damascus airport. This is
perhaps the most disgusting item seen on this disgusting personal blog
since the Arab Spring began, and since it became transformed totally
into an outlet for al-Assad.
The Youtube link had a disclaimer "The following content has been
identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or
inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised."
I wondered why. So after googling "Boeing 747 fired upon Syria", I found
The aircraft has no sizable titles on it, which means it is somewhat
unlikely to be a operated by a regular airline. So just with the video
research, this would likely be a cargo aircraft or an Air Force aircraft.
With these facts out of the way, we can start doing some research. Back
to the internet, we began hunting for Classic 747s in that area of the
world and beyond. Though likely candidates were found early, the search
went through thousands of different airframes, with one particular
“company” catching our eye.
The Iranian Air Force is known to have at least four Classic 747s that
are painted with a blue cheatline, blue tail, white top and blue bottom,
with no printed titles. One of them, a 747-100 registered EP-AJT, was
seen flying in Tehran, Iran just a few weeks ago on January 11th.
Formerly registered 5-8101 seen here, the aircraft sports the exact
scheme as in the video. It also has a bump just above the nose, which
was intended to be used for mid-air refueling, which seems to be visible
in the grainy video as well. This, and minor details on their three
other 747s, leads us to believe it is this specific airframe. It is also
no secret that Iran has been supplying various forms of aid to Syria
during their time of civil unrest (to put it lightly).
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