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Freedom Rider: Obama Moves on Iran

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Reprinted from the Black Agenda Report

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

No allegation against Iran is too wild for the U.S. corporate media megaphone. The fact that Iran's modest arms industry makes a small proportion of the bullets floating around Africa is made to seem the equivalent of a mushroom cloud. "While the U.S. spins its AFRICOM web and plans to send troops to 35 different countries, Iran alone is accused of bringing violence to the continent."


Freedom Rider: Obama Moves on Iran

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

"The propaganda blitz could not take place without the help of the corporate media."

The Obama administration has succeeded in manifesting the imperial imperative in ways which his predecessors only dreamed about. American troops have been sent to occupy an ever growing list of nations, Libya was brazenly and brutally torn asunder and Syria is at risk of falling next to the United States and its western and Gulf states allies.

As NATO is discovering in Syria, some states will be tougher nuts to crack than others. They are stronger militarily, have larger industrial capacity or will present a more difficult public relations case for being attacked. Iran was the object of Bushian neo-con dreams, and that connection and the clear and unsubtle Israeli demands for military action make some otherwise supportive Obama allies more skeptical. The administration will have to work a bit harder to convince the public that Iran should be next on the list to be targeted.

Sanctions have succeeded in weakening that economy and its people are suffering from needed food and medicines. The softening up has begun but it must include a compliant American public as well. As a result, Obama is now throwing everything except the proverbial kitchen sink into the anti-Iran propaganda machine.

On an almost daily basis more and more bizarre charges are made against the Iranian government or its people. Last year the Iranians were accused of an assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Asinine is a better description of the nonsensical tale, but the drumbeat continues. Both houses of the United States Congress bowed to administration demands and passed the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012, which seeks to prevent the "growing hostile presence and activity" of Iran in Latin America. Among other things, the legislation, which was signed into law on December 28, 2012, claims that America is at risk of invasion from Hamas and Hezbollah, which are up to no good in a variety of ways.

"The administration will have to work a bit harder to convince the public that Iran should be next on the list to be targeted."

"Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies with a presence in Latin America have raised revenues through illicit activities, including drug and arms trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, forging travel documents, pirating software and music and providing haven and assistance to other terrorists transiting the region."

Barrack Obama is not as clumsy as Dick Cheney nor is he as ham fisted as Benjamin Netanyahu, who strode to the podium at the United Nations with a badly drawn image of an Iranian bomb. Unfortunately the president is a lot smarter and he will be more patient in laying the groundwork before he commits some terrible deed.

Not only is Congress passing legislation which posits as truth what are obvious bald faced lies, but the propaganda blitz could not take place without the help of the corporate media who play their role as scribe to presidential administrations perfectly. In just one week Iran has been accused of hacking into banks and trafficking weapons in various African nations. Iran may soon be blamed for bad weather.

The New York Times quotes government officials who dramatically claim that Iran is behind a series of hacking attacks on American banks. "There is no doubt within the U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks." It is quite a news story indeed which says that Iran is the worldwide capital and only possible location for computer hackers. The Times also makes itself available to the ministry of lies by saying that bullets found in a number of African nations have markings indicating they are from Iran.

"Obama is now a "born again neocon.'"

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