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The Iraq War Morphs Into The Iranian War

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It is 1939 all over again.  The world waits helplessly for the next act of naked aggression by rogue states.  Only this time the rogue states are not the Third Reich and Fascist Italy.  They are the United States and Israel.

The targeted victims are not Poland and France, but Iran, Syria, the remains of the Palestinian West Bank and southern Lebanon.

The American mass media is overjoyed.  War coverage attracts viewers and sells advertising.  

The neoconservatives are ecstatic. Hegemony uber alles is back on track.

The US Air Force can't wait "to show what it can do."

Defense contractors see no end of the profits.

Under cover of the mayhem and propaganda, Israel can grab the remains of the West Bank and have another go at grabbing the water resources of southern Lebanon.

Unlike the US and Israel, Iran is neither occupying any other country's territory nor threatening to invade another country.  Nevertheless, propaganda against Iran is spouting from US and Israeli mouths at an increasing rate.  Lie after lie rolls off the tongues of leaders of the "two great democracies." 

On April 27 Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, blamed Iran for "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq.  Has Admiral Mullen forgot that it is the US, not Iran, that is responsible for as many as one million dead Iraqis and four million displaced Iraqis, the "collateral damage" of a "cakewalk war" now into its sixth year?

On April 26 the Washington Post reported that "the Pentagon is planning for potential military courses of action" against Iran.  

The Bush Regime's national security advisor says Iran is a threat in Iraq, an accusation echoed endlessly by secretary of defense Robert Gates, secretary of state Rice, vice president Cheney, and president Bush.  The US, which has 150,000 troops in Iraq, is not a threat. The US troops are protecting Iraq from Iran, al Qaeda, and the Taliban.  Just ask Fox "News."

Doing its part to egg on war with Iran, the US TV news program, "60 MInutes," gave air time to the commander of the Israeli Air Force, General Eliezer Shkedi, who declared in a special interview that Iranian president Ahmadinejad was the new Hitler and that we must not again make the mistake of disbelieving a Hitler.  

There are better candidates for the role than Ahmadinejad.

Gen. Shkedi himself sounds like Hitler blaming Poland for the outbreak of the second world war. Ahmadinejad has attacked no country, whereas Israel repeatedly invades its neighbors and continues 40-year occupations of Syrian and Palestinian territory.

As Noam Chomsky has written, the US government thinks that it owns the world (Chomsky could have added that Israel thinks it owns the Middle East and America).  Americans can wallow in indignation over China's occupation of Tibet, but be perfectly content with America's occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel can wax eloquently about "Palestinian terrorism" while its military and Zionist settlers terrorize Palestinians.

Americans see no hypocrisy in "their" government's damning of Russia for opposing the incorporation of former Russian satellites and constituent parts in a US military alliance.   

Americans see manifest destiny, not US aggression, when "their" government drops bombs on Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan.  Americans do not think it is aggression for them to develop war plans to attack Iran or China or N. Korea or whomever, or to maintain hundreds of military bases all over the globe.  The same Americans work themselves into hysterical frenzies over "Iranian influence in Iraq" and "al Qaeda plans to bring the war to America."

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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Paul is, of course, being sarcastic, but in realit... by Mac McKinney on Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 9:35:00 PM
but he is almost afraid to mention god--he sending... by TRADESMAN on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 6:45:46 PM
Well, that depends on your definition of God. If G... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:41:17 PM
It is truly refreshing to read the Reality of the ... by Rolland Miller on Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 9:47:20 PM
The Iranian President never said "Israel ... by csnet on Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 11:35:31 PM
Thank you Dr. Roberts for this very compelling art... by Munich on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:57:52 AM
Winston Churchill said about Jews and Judaism. &qu... by Jason Paz on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 9:12:42 AM
You make the comparison of WWII and the rest of th... by Ben Kall on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:42:06 AM
The US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were premis... by Niloufar Parsi on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 2:16:08 PM
The fleet went out again 400 NMObama better not be... by hlg on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 3:13:39 PM
You are overestimating US power. Within 2 years fr... by Niloufar Parsi on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 4:45:07 PM
The US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were premis... by Harold Smith on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:29:03 PM
from the outside looking in on this forum and some... by Niloufar Parsi on Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 5:52:05 AM
from the outside looking in on this forum and some... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:32:28 PM
You are stuck in a fantasy world of helplessness a... by Niloufar Parsi on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 4:13:54 AM
I'm certain the US fleet sitting in the G... by Munich on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 3:31:08 PM
you are one of a very few that have the integrity ... by john josephson on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 3:57:01 PM
How much naval fleet maneuvering skill can we ex... by hlg on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 5:00:37 PM
There is Pres.Cand.RON PAUL, he says the USA can s... by hlg on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 7:16:14 PM