#491 lifeofthemind 7/09/2008 8:32:45 pm PDT
Why release fake photos? Maybe to fool a foreign audience into believing that their threats are credible. If they believe their own propaganda then they may think we are so credulous as to swallow this unexamined. Another explanation could be that it was for an internal audience. Some screw up in the Revolutionary Guards getting it made to hide from his bosses the fact that the program is not meeting goals. Saddam probably thought he had stocks of WMD ready to unleash on invaders and an active nuke program. The mullahs are in a similar position. If I was a scientist in one of these dictatorships I would string the bosses along and loot the program to fund an escape for my family. These regimes are always crippled by corruption that deceives even the rulers. I believe it is in The Source by James Michener where a character explains why an Egyptian army could not get from Cairo to Israel.