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The Secret To Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop 183

garymortimer writes "Earlier this month, Iran's news agency provided visual evidence that its government had figured out to make a fancy new drone that could take off and land vertically. What they didn't tell us is that they used Photoshop to make it stop taking off from the roof of Japan's Chiba University, which built the aircraft and never had anything to do with Iran's alleged version of it."
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The Secret To Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop

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  • by dryriver ( 1010635 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @10:44AM (#42129573)
    Iran's press service was probably given instructions to report on a new VTOL drone, without having been given actual images of said drone. So the press agency went online, found a drone image it liked, photoshopped out some wind turbines in the image, and ran the story that way... The "digital deed" in question may even be the handywork of a young intern at Iran's press agency, told to illustrate a story for which no real images exist. ---- Either way, I don't see why this is "big news" in any way. Its not as if the U.S. releases pictures of all its new military toys. Like the mysterious stealth chopper that crashed during the Abbottabad raid...
  • by Stickerboy ( 61554 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @10:52AM (#42129663) Homepage

    Well, they're doing the exact opposite of what they should be doing, then.

    Iraq under Saddam Hussein did the same shtick, bluffing for years that they had weapons stockpiles that really didn't exist (anymore). The US military went into the Iraq War expecting that chemical and/or biological weapons would be used against their soldiers on the ground. Did that fear really stop George W. Bush and co. from invading? Not really...

    The problem with Iran's government is they're being run by two opposing camps; the religious right-wing extremists pitted against the military nationalist right-wing extremists. Buffoonery and penis length comparing naturally comes with *right-wing extremists of any sort, it seems to be a universal truth.

  • by AntiBasic ( 83586 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:21AM (#42129927)

    Oh yes, The shah was sooooo horrible compared to mossadegh who was friendly with the USSR. The islamists took power in 1979, not the decades prior. Your ilk is merely a cabal of useful idiots without a shred of historical perspective. Look at how the idiot liberals in Iran got "betrayed" by Khomeini right after taking power.

    Stop blaming America for everything. Try to understand that history is more complicated than your cute little wikipedia articles.

  • by Alex Belits ( 437 ) * on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:32AM (#42130033) Homepage

    Why must everything be right wing? You realize WWI, and then indirectly, WWII were caused by left wing extremists called anarchists.

    You have serious mental problems if you believe that.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:33AM (#42130049)

    What give the United States the right to decide who rules a country?

  • by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:35AM (#42130083)

    Define "they". The US had a role in the Shah, primarily as an attempt to combat what they saw as a communist friendly regime, but the primary instigators of the Shah were the British who were trying to protect British Petroleum (formerly the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company) oil rights and revenues. Most of the worlds present conflicts tie back to historical meddling by European powers in the 19th and 20th centuries. US meddling started with the attempt to control the spread of communism and has persisted in various forms since but the primary conflicts of the present day are due to the former European actions.

  • by interval1066 ( 668936 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:39AM (#42130121) Homepage Journal
    Being a player in geopolitics does, as it did the Soviet Union at the time. You have to remember during the Shah the US was embroiled in a deadly cold war with the SU. Every move in that war, including Iran, was a counter to some move the SU made. You can't look at the US as some lone power-hungry king maker in a vacuum, at least at that time.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:44AM (#42130181)
    Their military might?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:57AM (#42130379)

    'Can't we all just get along'

  • by darkmeridian ( 119044 ) <william,chuang&gmail,com> on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:02PM (#42130441) Homepage

    It is you who suffers from a lack of historical perspective, especially when you think you're so cute and intelligent for calling other people useful idiots. You imply the Mossadegh was a bad guy because he was friendly with the USSR, but you miss the fucking point that him being friendly with the USSR might be bad for the US, but it might have been good for Iran, you know, the country that he was leading.

    The Shah was propped up by the United States, and his regime was brutal and corrupt. The Iranians supported Khomeini because of his anti-Western sentiment, which was there because, you know, we propped up a brutal and corrupt regime that had screwed their country over.

  • by tnk1 ( 899206 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:26PM (#42130791)

    Maybe. Honestly, I think the action we took was entirely legitimate as a course of action against the Soviet Union, and you can be sure that the Soviet Union would never have had a qualm about it. Nevertheless, valid actions for one purpose can have long term consequences that cannot be adequately foreseen at the time.

    The Shah's regime was better than some, worse than others. They had a brutal secret police and persecutions of various left wingers and such. On the other hand, Iran had a very decent economy, more or less equal rights for women, and a Western outlook. If the Shah had been a better ruler, Iran could have probably eventually ended up like a South Korea or a Taiwan (other Western-aligned but not-quite free states in the past) and pulled out of their strongman state into something more constitutional and democratic.

    Unfortunately, the more liberal elements, which could have been easily been influenced by the overthrow of Mossadegh, had their own Iranian Spring, and it turned out that they were betrayed by Khomeini and the religious leaders. In many ways, there are parallels between Iran and what is happening in Egypt right now, where relatively liberal protesters overthrow one dictator, only to see the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Obviously, it doesn't have to go down the same way, but the same off-ramp to a sharia state has now appeared in front of the Egyptians just like it did for the Iranians in 1979.

    There are plenty of people who are mad at the US for supporting dictators, but the reality is that sometimes the only thing keeping a country's own population from turning their country into a pariah state is someone whose hand is on the wheel keeping it in line. Even in the developed world, we're only one or two bad democratic elections away from turning into aggressively expansionist or aggressively isolationist states. Usually the people are against wars like that in a democracy, but you beat them down enough and make them wish for control and the glory of victory over some external enemy, and it wouldn't take much for the armies to start marching.

  • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:32PM (#42130875) Journal

    This is the kind of thinking that allows evil to triumph; good men doing nothing. What right does a good man have in dictating to any other man? No right, except when dictators, tyrants and despots rule. There is a fine line between good and evil, and it is waged on the line of wants to verse has to. I don't want to be in a fight, I don't go looking for a fight, but I will kick the living shit out of bullies who are threatening me or my loved ones. And while I am kicking the shit out of the poor sod, I look exactly like them, if you go by appearances and results.

    And if it is a choice between a dictator that is friendly to us, or one that is not friendly to us, I'll support the one who is. Shaw of Iran was NOT a nice guys, but he was a thousand times better than the idiots running the place since, although it is not saying much. Some places need a dictator to rule, because the people and culture expect it.

  • by tnk1 ( 899206 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:39PM (#42130983)

    Iran isn't looking to attack. They're looking to make damn sure no one dares attack them.

    Iran is definitely looking to attack. They're already attacking Israel with their own rockets by using their proxies in Hamas to do it.

    Yes, Iran is not looking to start a war with the US or NATO. That would be moronic, and their leaders are not stupid. However, they are plenty interested in regional dominance, and they can't play that game until the US and the West can be deterred from a war with them.

    Right now, Iran has the ability to shut down the Persian Gulf to shipping with anti-shipping missiles at the Straits of Hormuz, and the only thing preventing them from using that leverage against the Arab states and the West is the US guaranteeing the free passage of international waters through there. That is why the US has a very powerful naval presence in the Gulf. If Iran started firing on ships now, the US would probably launch air strikes on the missile sites and bomb Iranian military bases to end the threat. If Iran had nuclear weapons, the US would have to think at least twice about that course of action. The tension would be similar to something like the Cuban Missile Crisis because the US could not allow Iran to hold the world's oil hostage, but at the same time, they don't want to see mushroom clouds over Israel (or even the US, if Iranian ballistic missiles get to that point).

    Let's be clear, two big states with nuclear weapons did not end wars in the 20th Century, all they did was move the wars away from the major powers into the smaller countries that were used as pawns. Iran doesn't purely want "safety" from the US, it wants a free hand to act.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:47PM (#42131083)

    Right. We're on the Good Guy Team and they're on the Bad Guy Team! It's all black and white, and we're the Holy Crusaders of this world!

  • by interval1066 ( 668936 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:51PM (#42131153) Homepage Journal

    you have no damn clue what you're talking about

    Oh? Well, enlighten me, oh scholar?

  • by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @12:54PM (#42131205) Homepage Journal

    Being a player in geopolitics [give the US the right to decide who rules a country],

    No. You're confusing the willingness to arbitrarily use power in service of one's own goals with the right to do so, which can only come from consent of the governed, which the US most assuredly did not get from Iranians, or pretty much anyone else it has interfered with.

    Please stop doing that.

    Aside from being wrong, it blinds you to why other countries resent the US, and why they feel they have legitimate reasons to act against US interests.

    Our rights-free meddling has almost entirely stripped the legitimacy from our foreign policy.

  • by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @01:00PM (#42131283) Homepage Journal

    Why shouldn't we support someone favorable to our interests over someone favorable to our enemies?

    There's a significant difference between "support" and "install by force."

    As to why, once you really annoy them by imposing your will by force, they tend to respond. Not necessarily in ways you will see as reasonable or balanced. Like flying into buildings, killing thousands of people. At which point tertiary consequences arise, such as your own government going dumb-fuck-insane, stomping all over your constitutional rights, impeding travel, and generally fucking up life for everyone.

  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @01:25PM (#42131641) Homepage Journal

    Stop blaming America?

    I'm an American, and I've studied Operation Ajax. An awful damned lot of what is wrong in Iran is our fault. And, it was all done for the sake of saving a few cents on oil. Not dollars, but cents. Ajax happened just a little before I was born. Gasoline was selling for about twenty cents per gallon. Quarts of oil were little more than a gallon of gas - maybe a quarter. Crude was cheap, cheap, cheap back then.

    And, we destroyed a legitimate democracy for the sake of the company that is now known as British Petroleum, or BP.

    Profits before anything.

    Capitalists can mock Iran, Iranian culture, camel jockeys, and anything else they care to mock. But, we murdered a legitimate democracy for the sake of oil profits, then we installed that puppet who eventually caused the revolution.

    Go ahead, put the blame on the rag heads - no good capitalist is ever to blame for anything.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @01:26PM (#42131663)
    You totally ignore the fact that Iran had modern democratic republic before the Shah was installed by the US/British. Everything else since then has been blowback [] to the detriment of both the Iranians and the west:

    The coup d'état was "a critical event in post-war world history" that destroyed Iran's secular parliamentary democracy, by re-installing the monarchy of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, as an authoritarian ruler.[110] The coup is widely believed to have significantly contributed to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which deposed the "pro-Western" Shah and replaced the monarchy with an "anti-Western" Islamic Republic.[23]

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.