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Neocon Uber-Hawks Want War on Iran

Warmongers want permanent wars.

by Stephen Lendman

In January 2009, Obama succeeded Bush. Neocons stuck around. They infest Washington. War gets their juices flowing. They urge it on Syria and Iran.

Potential catastrophic consequences don't matter. Uber-hawks don't worry about them. It's someone else's problem.

Romney is America's Netanyahu. Both talks about red lines, deadlines, and timelines. Claims about an existential Iranian threat don't wash. Both know it. They'll say anything further their imperial aims. More on Romney below.

Previous articles discussed Netanyahu in detail. Haaretz presents both sides. Ari Shavit plays resident hawk. He's both senior correspondent and editorial board member. On September 29, he called Iran's nuclear threat "as daunting as ever."

"It's clear: one way or another, Iran is going to change our lives," he claimed. "If Iran becomes a nuclear power".(t)here will be no chance for peace and no prospect of normality".The far-reaching implications of the challenge posed by Iran's nuclear project were known a decade ago."

"Instead of curbing Iran, the United States became entangled in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel was preoccupied with settlements instead of being preoccupied with centrifuges. Europe froze as though crippled."

Netanyahu rose to the challenge, said Shavit. Bibi understands Iran, he added. From day one as prime minister, his mission "was to thwart Iranian nuclearization." He established a "military option."

His strategy produced "impressive results." Why Haaretz puts up with this rubbish it'll have to explain. It knows, or should, that Iran poses no threat whatever. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Current and former Israeli officials say so. US intelligence says it annually.

Counterparts in America and elsewhere concur. So do other Haaretz contributors. Thankfully they show up often. Many times they don't tell all, but at least discuss things that matter. They include truths excluded from Western media.

So do Haaretz editorials. On September 30, " Red lines, black portrait " was headlined. Netanyahu was taken to task. Under his leadership, "ultranationalism and the medieval forces of radical Judaism paint a black portrait of Israel."

His "childish" bomb stunt fell flat. He became a caricature of himself using it. At the same time, he ignored calls for peace with Palestine and normalizing relations with all regional states.

He bragged about Israel's achievements. He's allied with extremists in his government and likeminded rabbis. They "deny children the right to a basic education and women (get) relegated to the back of public buses."

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