Washington and Israel wage
dirty covert wars. Iran's been targeted for years. Imperial aims are
prioritized. Rule of law principles don't matter. Israel wants sole
regional dominance. America wants it globally. Lawless tactics continue.
They include cyber attacks, other sabotage, targeted assassinations,
deadly explosions, sophisticated satellite, drone, and other spying,
bogus accusations, a virtual blockade, hostile saber rattling, multiple
rounds of sanctions, and attempts to cripple its central bank and oil
In addition, relentless anti-Iranian propaganda substitutes malicious
misinformation and bald-faced lies for accuracy and truth.
At issue is Iranian independence. The Islamic Republic threatens no
one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It seeks cooperative international
relations. It wants its sovereign rights respected.
Regime change is planned. Belligerence is America's option of choice.
It wants pro-Western governments replacing independent ones. Peace and
stability are sabotaged. Pretexts are created. One war follows another.
After Syria comes Iran.
Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar Andrew Levine expects war.
Obama wants it avoided until post-election. He told Russia Today (rt.com)
its "rationale….remains intact."
He matches Republican hawkishness. He's more hawkish on Afghanistan
than Romney. Overall differences between them are like "Coke and Pepsi."
Both want regime change in Syria and Iran. They'll do what it takes
against both governments. Congress is supportive. Expect the worst.
Western proxies wage war on Syria. Media scoundrels invert truth. They
consider cold-blooded killers freedom fighters. They're armed, trained,
funded, and directed to commit murder and other atrocities. Assad gets
blamed for their crimes.
Journalist Robert Fisk visited Daraya. Days earlier, terrorists massacred
dozens of civilians. Some say hundreds. Mass burials were held.
Residents he spoke to contradicted official reports. They blamed Anti-Assad
terrorists. A woman named Leena saw bodies on streets before Syrian
forces arrived. Government loyalists were targeted.
Home were invaded. People were kidnapped and slaughtered. Assad was
wrongfully blamed. Expect a full investigation to reveal more.
Washington may replicate Syrian violence in Iran. Baseless charges continue.
On August 30, Haaretz headlined the latest. Unnamed US, Israeli and
UN officials were cited. Uncorroborated charges were made. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
Haaretz called him a "top Iranian scientist believed to be the 'father'
of Iran's nuclear weapons program…."
No evidence proves one exists. Nonetheless, baseless charges continue.
Fear is generated. Public opinion is manipulated. War plans perhaps
Haaretz said Fakhrizadeh's research was "apparently sidelined (for)
a few years." He "resumed his work in a lab on the outskirts of Tehran…."
A UN "nuclear watchdog" called him "a key figure in suspected Iranian
work to develop technology and skills needed for atomic bombs and suggested
he may still play a role in such efforts."
A so-called report was cited. He's the only Iranian official named.
Accusations without proof said Tehran "appear(s) to be developing nuclear
weapons." How many times have we heard that before? Charges wore thin
long ago. Nonetheless, they repeat.
In November 2011, a spurious IAEA report said he headed an AMAD Plan.
He was falsely accused of "carr(ying) out studies related to uranium,
high explosives and the revamping of a missile cone to accommodate a
Again, no evidence corroborated charges. They're baseless or manufactured
to look believable. Unidentified officials lack credibility. Iran's
been falsely accused for years. Its agenda supports a nuclear free Middle
On August 29, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addressed NAM leaders.
"In the recent past," he said, "we have been witness to the failure
of the policies of the Cold War era and the unilateralism that followed
"Having learnt lessons from this historical experience, the world is
in transition towards a new international order and the Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM) can and should play a new role."
NAM values, he said, include anti-colonialism, political, economic and
cultural independence, solidarity and cooperation, world peace, and
freedom from hegemonic dominance.
He accused Washington of bullying tactics. He called its Security Council
control "a flagrant form of dictatorship." He said America and its "accomplices"
terrorize defenseless people in the name of democracy.
They impose their will lawlessly on others. "Using their exclusive and
organized media network, they disguise their lies as the truth, their
falsehoods as true, and their oppression as efforts to promote justice."
"In contrast, they brand as lies every true statement that exposes their
deceit and label every legitimate demand as roguish."
America is "fully aware that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons." He
condemned US and Israeli hostility. He criticized IAEA complicity with
aggressive anti-Iranian policies. He also blamed UN officials for not
countering US threats. He stressed Iran's commitment to end Syrian violence.
He repeated earlier calls for a nuclear free Middle East. He urged other
nations for support. Nuclear disarmament is fundamental. Everyone gains.
UN officials should prioritize achieving what benefits all member states.
The 16th NAM summit represents a historic opportunity. Key is transforming
rhetoric into policy. As host, Iran gains prestige and support against
hostile US/Israeli designs.
Israel instructed its ambassadors in all NAM member states to pressure
their leaders not to attend. Washington likely did the same. Both nations
have black eyes.
Bullying failed. It's a hopeful sign. Dozens of presidents, prime ministers,
and other top officials showed up. Doing so expresses anti-imperial
In response, Netanyahu lashed out. Enraged over impressive international
participation, he called the summit "a disgrace and stain on humanity.
So many in the international community appear to have learned nothing,"
He repeated earlier baseless accusations. NAM leaders likely have a
belly full of arrogance they reject. Netanyahu is a world class thug.
He heads Israel's worst ever government.
He's an embarrassment to democratic values. Official policy is belligerent,
racist, exploitive and rapacious. He deplores peace and stability. His
nuclear and other WMDs threaten the region.
He's furious about 17 Arab IAEA members saying Israel's nuclear arsenal
endangers peace. In September, its 154 members will vote on their initiative
up or down. It's expected to pass. It criticizes Israeli efforts against
freeing the region of weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear ones in particular
Israel is the region's only nuclear armed and dangerous state. Its secret
program menaces other nations. Its arsenal is believed to include hundreds
of warheads and sophisticated delivery systems.
It falsely accuses Iran. Its own capability is suppressed. It's the
region's real threat. So is Washington's military presence. Iran and
Syria both are targeted.
Writer Gordon Duff believes NATO secretly authorized attacking Syria
after repeated denials. On August 28, its military leaders met
in Brussels. Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, and several former
Soviet Republics participated by phone.
Two issues were discussed:
(1) "How climate change in Greenland (affects) geopolitics, immigration
and (EU) military affairs;" and
(2) "Syria and the potential for Russian and Chinese intervention."
Iran wasn't officially on the agenda. If Moscow and Beijing don't challenge
a Syrian attack, "this will be seen as an authorization for incursions
Following the meeting, "(n)o announcement was made, no plans or timetable
published, simply a vote on authorization of force which passed unanimously
by members and included non-member states unanimously.”
Russia and China have vital regional interests. Failure to intervene
increases their own vulnerability. Both countries represent America's
final frontier. Failure to confront more US aggression now makes doing
so later harder.
Now's the time for drawing red lines they'll challenge if crossed. It's
hard imagining they'll back off and do nothing. The best anti-war strategy
is preventing it. Tough talk with teeth leaving no ambiguity may be
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