Lara Marlowe the Washington correspondent of the Irish Times in her new autobiographical book The Things I've Seen: Nine Lives of a Foreign Correspondent makes an astonishing statement. She says she saw the body of a child in a mortuary in Bandar Abbas after the downing of IR-655, the Iranian Airbus by the USN Vincennes. She was told the child's family name was Behbehani.
I worked out about five years ago that the only story that made any sense whatsoever was a plot in which the US Government conspired with that of Iran to give Iran its "one and one only" revenge for IR-655, and prevent a hot war between the two countries, which would have be injurious to HW Bush's presidential ambitions, and would give Iran its revenge.
It is an very important point that the revenge on the avenging part must be in Iranian traditional justice an Iranian hand, preferably a family member.
In it I made a claim that a man called Behbehani had started of the destruction of Pan Am 103. This story I sourced from Richard Marquises's book on the Lockerbie Investigation Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation and also an account of a CBS documentary on a man of the same name.
This Behbehani was not the same one as Marquise saw, though he admits in his book that there might be a man of the same name who was in charge of Iranian terror.
Privately, I had begun to think that a personal or family dimension might play some part in the story. So when I read that Lara Marlowe had been shown the body of a child named Behbehani , it fitted, almost like a piece of Lego. Behbehani is not than an uncommon name in Iran, though it is often spelled with different vowels. The Behbenani I fingered was also a kinsman of President Rafsanjani, or so it is claimed. That he was a relative of the child and the president made him a perfect person to carry out a traditional qisas or qesas.
I am sure Marlowe, who has no Google "profile" on Pan Am 103, or indeed IR-655 was nothing more than a genuine US reporter, but she became the public messenger from the Iranian regime to US intelligence circles that Iran was extremely angry about IR-655, and that revenge was in order. It may or may not be the case that the child was called Bebehani, and I am sure the Americans were not in a position to prove the matter or not.
I am astonished a fact of this specificity has turned up in the story, and I never cease to be amazed how much information there is out there that is still not in the public story.