Drip, Drip, Drip – Towards a New Holocaust?
Increasingly I am of the opinion that the American government is preparing a massive and catastrophic attack on Iran. There is a good deal of circumstantial evidence to suggest this, from the demonisation of Iran in the mainstream media, to the increasingly belligerent rhetoric from Bush et al regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and it’s alleged ‘interference’ in Iraq. It is very reminiscent of the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
A recent study by Dr. Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher says that “The US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days, if not hours, of President George W. Bush giving the order. The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely…. US bombers and long-range missiles are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets within Iran in a few hours. US ground, air and marine forces already in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan can devastate Iranian forces, the regime and the state at short notice.“ The report also noted, in a rather oblique way, that US and possibly UK forces are already conducting operations (acts of terror?) inside Iran right now – “low level US and possibly UK military action as well as armed popular resistance appear underway inside the Iranian provinces or ethnic areas of the Azeri, Balujistan, Kurdistan and Khuzestan.“ The “low-level” military action and the massive aircraft carriers and submarines the US has stationed in the Gulf could be construed by those of a sceptical bent as provocations designed to goad Iran into retaliation, giving the US exactly what it seems to want, namely an excuse to blow Iran to kingdom come. http://www.rawstory.com/images/other/IranStudy082807a.pdf
Last week over 300 UK troops were moved to the Iraq/Iran border, at the request of the American administration according to the Independent. The reason given for this deployment was that the UK forces would be there to intercept the *alleged* flow of weapons to the insurgents in Iraq from Iran. Possibly nearer to the truth of the matter was the Sunday Telegraph, which quoted UK naval personnel as saying “ Up to March, when our sailors were captured by the Iranians, coalition patrols concentrated on protecting Iraq’s oil export terminals from Al Qaeda suicide bombers. Now watching the Iranians is our top priority. We don’t want to be taken by surprise again and we need to … know what they are doing in case things kick off if the Yanks bomb the Iranian nuclear sites.” Just in case, eh? Maybe, just for once, the much vaunted military intelligence has wind of something the rest of us do not….? http://tinyurl.com/2ezpjx
Also of interest this week, was US General Petraeus (betray us?) and his report on the ’surge’ in Iraq to the American House of Representatives. Among other things, he stated his belief that Iran was conducting a “proxy war” with America in Iraq, and was “providing lethal capabilities to the enemies of the Iraqi state“. Which is the polar opposite of the truth if we remind ourselves of the US’s “low-level” terrorism already taking place inside Iran, and it’s ‘assistance’ to the enemies of the Iranian state, the menacing of it’s shipping lanes, and the huge military build-up on it’s Iran’s borders and coasts. The Independent newspaper reported that this “strongly implied that it would soon be necessary to obtain authorisation to take action against Iran within its own borders, rather than just inside Iraq“. In other words, the unofficial war against Iran might have to go official. http://tinyurl.com/28oeyd
There continue to be allegations regarding Iran’s nuclear program, despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency is increasingly confident they can guarantee it’s exclusively peaceful use. The head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, believes Iran is cooperating and should be given more time. In a depressing repeat of the treatment of Hans Blix over Iraq, the US seem oblivious to the diplomatic route and is set on pressing ahead with more sanctions and UN resolutions against Iran, while taking “nothing off the table”. “World peace is at risk,” said ElBaradei, because of “new crazies who say, ‘let’s go and bomb Iran.’” http://tinyurl.com/23t2vr
UK’s Channel 4 did their wee bit this week in the propoganda campaign against Iran. During an interview with the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Jon Snow aggressively fired misleading and loaded questions at him while hardly allowing him the right to reply. It was a diabolical piece of journalism, draining from me all respect I may have once held for Jon Snow and Channel 4. Not content with accusing Ahmadinejad of all manner of misdeeds – seeking nukes, wanting Israel “wiped from the map”, killing UK soldiers, and “destabalizing Iraq” (ha!), denying the holocaust – the introduction of a split-screen during the interview which transposed missiles and explosions with pictures of Iranian nuclear facilities left viewers in no doubt as to Iran’s alleged mendacity. I suspect George W Bush and his cronies would have been very satisfied with Channel 4’s hatchet job on the smiling Ahmadinejad. I urge you to watch the interview, it truly is appalling. http://tinyurl.com/3cxpvn Contrast the televised interview with the transcript, three quarters of what Ahmadinejad said was not aired.
Lastly, a comment, possibly even a prophecy, from Noam Chomsky.
“They’re desperate. Everything they touch is in ruins. They’re even in danger of losing control over Middle Eastern oil — to China, the topic that’s rarely discussed but is on every planner or corporation exec’s mind, if they’re sane. Iran already has observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization — from which the US was pointedly excluded. Chinese trade with Saudi Arabia, even military sales, is growing fast. With the Bush administration in danger of losing Shiite Iraq, where most of the oil is (and most Saudi oil in regions with a harshly oppressed Shiite population), they may be in real trouble.Under these circumstances, they’re unpredictable. They might go for broke, and hope they can salvage something from the wreckage. If they do bomb, I suspect it will be accompanied by a ground assault in Khuzestan, near the Gulf, where the oil is (and an Arab population — there already is an Ahwazi liberation front, probably organized by the CIA, which the US can “defend” from the evil Persians), and then they can bomb the rest of the country to rubble. And show who’s boss.“
Further reading –
The “wiped off the map” myth – http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/1215
Let’s Bomb Iran – http://tinyurl.com/2rs3yy
Proxy War Could Turn into Open Conflict – http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2169797,00.html
Chomsky on Iran – http://www.distantocean.com/2007/09/chomskys-though.html
~ by blacksheepdiarist on September 15, 2007.
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