Anti-Iran Hawks Look to Enlist Bavaria to Build Case for War

Accuses Iran of trying to establish business ties within high tech countries

There are a whole array of US officials lined up to make a case for a war against Iran, and they’re always eager to use any source for any argument. It doesn’t have to be a great source, or a very convincing argument.

Today, that means the Bavarian Sports Ministry, which has released a 340-page document only tangentially related to Iran. Iran is mentioned a few times, though, and when it is, the report is pretty accusatory.

The big allegation of the report is that Iran is trying to forge business ties within several high tech countries, of which Germany is one, and potentially using those contacts to develop unspecified weapons of mass destruction.

Broadly though, it just reiterates long-standing narratives about Iran that could’ve been written any time in the last several years, centering on the idea that Iran is plotting to export its revolution, and has threatened Iranian musicians who are active within Bavaria.

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who most recently was involved in building the case against Iran during the launching of a campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality, was quick to endorse the Bavarian report.

Grenell called for Europe to work with the US to deny Iran money, accusing them of planning to use it “to fund their malign activities.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.