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Heading for War with Iran

Washington plans regime change in Iran and Syria.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel wants it. So does Obama, but not until after November elections. Policy now focuses on winning. Waging more wars can wait, except for Syria, despite strong public support for Assad's reform agenda promising real change.

On March 15, marking one year since Western-generated violence erupted, millions of Syrians in Damascus, Aleppo, and other cities nationwide publicly expressed regime support and anger at outside interference stoking months of violence. Political analyst Afif Dalleh called the day "a declaration of victory by all accounts." 

Impressive national unity was displayed. It's a bulwark against Western-generated aggression. One theme above others expressed Syria for Syrians, free from outside interference. People everywhere feel the same, including Iranians united against potential Israeli and Washington aggression.

Despite supporting pro-Western Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria regime change initiatives, NATO member Turkey backs Iran if attacked. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said:

"In our area, we do not accept such an operation. We will also react negatively to such operation."

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He added that attacking Iran's nuclear facilities would "wreak disaster in our region. Before all this happens, there should be serious negotiations."

Left unsaid was that months of Turkish supported anti-Assad violence also "wreak(s) disaster in our region." Attacking one or both countries may destroy it and perhaps Turkey with it.

Yet signs suggest it's coming. On March 15, Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn headlined, "Netanyahu is preparing Israeli public opinion for a war on Iran," saying:

He's stoking fear of an existential threat comparable to Hitler's holocaust. Claiming it, of course, desecrates and cheapens its significance and meaning. Nonetheless, he claims Israel's only option is "attack(ing) Iran's nuclear infrastructure, which is buried deep underground."

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Addressing Israel's Knesset, he "urged his colleagues to reject claims that Israel is too weak to go it alone in a war against a regional power such as Iran and therefore needs to rely on the United States, which has much greater military capabilities, to do the job and remove the threat."

Though US support is important, Netanyahu mentioned other times when Israel acted contrary to Washington's wishes and got away with it. None equal the potential consequences of attacking Iran, let alone illegally for fraudulent reasons. 

Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Israeli and Washington leaders know it. Attacking a nonbelligerent country is lawless aggression. The same holds for Syria. 

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