- It is a constant drumbeat and will become more so over
the next few months: Iran has nukes, or is feverishly working to develop
nukes (no easy task), and will ultimately nuke Israel and Europe.
- This is essentially the same pretext used to invade Iraq.
So blood-thirsty and crazed are the Muslims-and the secular Ba'athist Arabs-they
will attack civilized people with nuclear weapons if allowed to do so.
It is our task-indeed, our duty-to save the world from Arab-Iranian savagery.
Of course, after Iraq was invaded, no weapons of mass destruction were
found, so the emphasis shifted from saving the world from Saddam Hussein's
Pandora's box of nuke-bio-chem weapons to a selfless desire to deliver
freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people, beleaguered for so long under
Saddam's tyrannical rule. Of course, all of this is nonsense, so obviously
transparent as to be a bad joke, not that most Americans realize, so deep
is their sleep and ambivalence.
- It must be remembered that Saddam Hussein was a CIA assassin
and the CIA worked to install the brutal Ba'ath regime in Iraq. American
and European corporations sold Saddam Hussein all the biological and chemical
materials he wanted in the 1980s and the Reagan administration encouraged
this so long as Iran and Iraq were at war with each other. Iraqi chemical
and biological weapons, subsequently eliminated by UNSCOM after Bush I's
invasion, were a threat to Iranians, not Europeans and Israelis. All of
this is not some outlandish conspiracy theory but historical fact. It should
also be remembered that the CIA overthrew a popular and democratically
elected leader in Iran and with Israeli help created a secret police apparatus
(SAVAK) that was so brutal Iran "had the worst human rights record
on the planet, and the number and variety of torture techniques the CIA
had taught SAVAK were 'beyond belief,'" as Mark Zepezauer notes.
- In other words, the alleged threat faced by "civilized
nations" -the United States is so "civilized" it is the
only country to actually have nuked defenseless civilians-is a product
of CIA intervention in the Middle East. In Iran, as Zepezauer explains,
"the Iranian people overthrew the bloodstained Shah, with great bitterness
and hatred toward the US for installing him and backing him all those years.
The radical fundamentalist regime that rules Iran today could never have
found popular support without the CIA's 1953 coup and the repression that
- None of this is mentioned in the corporate media as the
Strausscons prepare to invade, or at least "shock and awe" Iran,
destroying its social and political infrastructure the same way they did
in Iraq, resulting in misery for millions of people. As Seymour Hersh documents
in his latest article published in the New Yorker, the Strausscon plan
against Iran is in motion and has worked behind the scenes "at least
since last summer." Hersh also documents the fact the Strausscon "civilians
in the Pentagon" are working in tandem with the Israelis to destabilize
- Of course, an invasion of Iran would be insane, considering
how badly the occupation of Iraq is going. In Bushzarro world, however,
such realities are irrelevant. "Strategists at the headquarters of
the U.S. Central Command, in Tampa, Florida, have been asked to revise
the military's war plan, providing for a maximum ground and air invasion
of Iran," writes Hersh. How they will do this with the U.S. military
now stretched so thin is not explained.
- None of this is surprising. The PNAC Strausscons, with
Michael Ledeen leading the charge, have made no secret of their desire
to kill Iranians and replace their government with a "democracy,"
that is to say a plaint military dictatorship that will follow orders and
bow down to Israel. Bush's "re-election" serves as an affirmation
of the Strausscon-Likudite Master Plan for the Muslim Middle East. In fact,
the Strausscon-Likudite plan is Bush's raison d'etre.
- Disaster is up the road and around the bend. Seymour
Hersh's article provides further evidence that the Bush Strausscons are
on schedule, anxious to kill hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of
Muslims in the Middle East (and South Asia as well). It was only a few
months ago the corporate media was fantasizing about the demise of Strausscon
influence in Washington. As I said at the time, Bush would "win"
the election-by hook, crook, bogus terror alerts, and Diebold voting machines
owned by Republicans-because Israel's agenda is of paramount importance.
- Now America has to live with the result-perpetual war
and a further eroding of America's precious treasure and resources. Unfortunately,
there is no organized or effective way to stop this madness. It will run
its course and eventually reality will grind the Strausscon plan to a halt,
in the process economically destroying America and impoverishing its people.
Finally, on the day the Strausscon machine breaks and Americans wake up
and figure out they were scammed, will they place blame where blame is
due or will they look elsewhere, guided by the corporate media, and find
new scapegoats to blame?