While the poppy fields in Afghanistan are thriving in supplying the demands of millions, this White House and their neo-cons accomplices are cultivating their own fix - hate. But in order for them to get their high, their hate must be transferred into people’s fear – A fear they plan to turn into another bloodbath. Pushing forward with their latest warmongering idea that Iran is planning to extend the reach of its Shahab 3 missiles from 1200 to more than 2500 kilometers in order to reach Rome, the media beats the war drums, hoping the fearful sound will drown out reason and logic.This White House and its foreign policy architects, Dick Cheney and National Security Council (NSC) boss Stephen Hadley accuse Iran of planning to extend its strike ability to one of the major countries that has billions of dollars of commerce with it, Italy. Not only are the Italians involved in oil exploration in defiance of US sanctions, but they also sell Iran high tech equipment and technology[i]. What makes these groundless accusations even more preposterous is that the head of the Roman Catholic Church seated in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI supports Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. [ii]
Lies and deception come easily to an administration which ‘cooked up’ intelligence in order to invade a sovereign country and cause the death of more than 655,000 people in order to further its agenda. The US, finding itself unable to pressure Iran into abandoning its enrichment program, which is nothing short of a pretext for a regime change, has opted for military strike as sanctions are not delivering the desired outcome, and Iran is making progress towards a full enrichment capability. As such, the neo-cons who have high regards for Martin Van Creveld, an Israeli military theorist whose books are required reading for the U.S. Army officers and teaches military history at the Hebrew University, decided to base their allegations and deception on his assessment of Israel’s capability: "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals
are targets of our air force".[iii]
Had John Bolton been successful in his quest to push Iran out of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), perhaps the American people would hear less lies. John Bolton had purposefully attempted to have Iran leave NPT by making unreasonable demands. In an address to AIPAC, he was dismayed at not having succeeded in compelling Iran to leave the international treaty thus ‘justifying’ a reaction from the United States, presumably, militarily.[iv]
Left without a pretext for a military assault on Iran, the Bush administration finds itself in a position where it needs to prepare the world opinion for mass genocide with a compelling reason. With its control over the media, it is accomplishing this by denouncing Iran as the killer of American troops while causing civil unrest in Iraq. Tragically, the majority of the public has been paralyzed by fear and believes that the letting of blood is the only cure that will rid them of their unfounded panic. Iran’s woes are not limited to the ambitions of the neo-cons.
At a conference in Prague attended by Mr. Bush prior to the G8 summit, U.S. hawks, and an all-star contingent from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) consisting of Richard Perle, Michael Rubin, Michael Novak, Joshua Muravchik, and Reuel Marc Gerecht; Herb London, John O’Sullivan, and Bruce Jackson a former director of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Names of the Iraq war planners must be noted among the aforementioned.[v] Four days later, Senator Lieberman announced that the U.S. should use military force against Iran while offering false allegations. The presence of many individuals in the conference is a telling sign, for they were the same disingenuous politicians that were accusing Iran of the Khobar Tower bombing in 1993; an accusation rejected last week by William Perry, Clinton’s Secretary Defense at the time, with the assertion that the bombings had been the work of al-Qaeda all along.
It seems that while the media at the behest of the administration and the neo-cons is sowing seeds of fear and hatred in us, Mr. Cheney’s old company, Halliburton is busy bidding for yet another project that has its foundations in blood. The United States is hard at work pushing for a NATO base to be built in the abandoned Kleiaat air base in Northern Lebanon, it claims, to fight al-Qaeda and other terrorists, presumably Hezbollah. Contenders for the billion dollar project, according to the Pentagon procurement office could be Bechtel and Halliburton and other contractors currently doing projects in Iraq. It is worthwhile noting that the late Prime Minister Harari opposed the base[vi]. AIPAC is pushing for it. Keeping Lebanon busy, will clear the way for war with Iran.
The Neo-Cons are getting their fix ready – taking us to another war. We have allowed ourselves to be taken in - again. We offer the neo-cons the blood of those we have been told to fear to ease away the fear instilled in us, little do we realize that it is the warmongering monsters we should fear.