Setting Iran up for war.
by Stephen Lendman
Western media, hard right commentators, and pro-Israeli groups feature regular anti-Iranian denigration, slander, misinformation and lies.
Respecting its sovereignty is verboten. Regime change is prioritized. All means are OK, including war, mass killing and destruction. Warmongers relish it. Rhetoric tries justifying it.
Responsibility to protect (R2P) and humanitarian intervention are code terms. They're cover for imperial ravaging. When is war not war? It's when killing, terrorizing, and traumatizing victims is legitimized. It's when lies substitute for truth. It's when threats don't exist so they're created. It's when fake objectives conceal real ones.
America and Israel are warrior states. They'd rather fight than switch policies to peaceful ones. They'd rather eliminate rivals than cooperate diplomatically, politically and economically.
Iran's alleged nuclear threat is red herring cover for regime change by war if other methods fail.
No matter that US intelligence and IAEA inspectors found no evidence of bomb-making development, production, or violations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions.
Occasional mainstream reports provide kernels of truth. Months earlier, Haaretz headlined "Mossad, CIA agree Iran has yet to decide to build nuclear weapon," saying:
Intelligence agencies have best information. They contradict warrior politicians itching for another fight. At times, they report accurately what warmongers don't want to hear.
Too bad it's not all the time. Media scoundrels don't hold them accountable when they and political hawks choose war as their policy of choice.
Anti-Iranian threats are featured. On August 14, the London Guardian headlined "Israeli speculation over Iran strike reaches fever pitch," saying:
Talk may or may not signal policy. Nonetheless, "a blizzard of speculative articles (suggest) a military strike against Iran's nuclear sites is imminent."
Weeks, not months, are mentioned. A Ma'ariv article mentioned a September 25 deadline. It's when UN member states meet in New York for the General Assembly's 67th session. It's also Yom Kippur eve.
Yedioth Ahronoth Hebrew language broadsheet is Israel's most popular daily. Writers Nahum Barnea and Simon Shiffer are respected commentators. They said: