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Iran, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

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The greatest asset of the propagandists is your belief that you haven't been propagandized.

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Hi my name's Maga McBootlick. I fight the establishment by cheerleading for the US President, I oppose war by supporting the same Middle East agendas as Dick Cheney, John Bolton and Bill Kristol, and I love the Iranian people so much I want to kill them with starvation sanctions.

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I can't believe I've spent a week and a half arguing with Republicans who insist that assassinating a nation's top general is perfectly sane and normal and fine. No, idiots. No.

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Trump supporters keep telling me how upset they are that I'm dedicating so much time and energy to criticizing his Iran warmongering. The mental irritation you experience when I criticize your president is called cognitive dissonance. It's what being wrong feels like.

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Note to the US government: you don't get to murder civilians with starvation sanctions and then have anyone believe you when you tell them you stand with them. Not a thing.

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When you target civilians with sanctions with the stated goal of making them so miserable and hungry that they rise up against their government, and then openly urge them to rise up against their government, you are trying to start a civil war. That is the thing you are doing. People should really think hard about exactly what that means.

The US Secretary of State has openly admitted that Iran is being sanctioned not so that its government will change its behavior, but so that the Iranian people will force their government out. This cannot happen without coordinated violence against Tehran, i.e., civil war.

We've known for years that the CIA has been ramping up covert operations within Iran. Concerns that the CIA is working to foment violence and disorder in Tehran are not idle speculation. It is most definitely happening. Only question is how and to what extent.

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Caitlin, please consider how confusing this is for we misinformed Americans. Iran, with its very measured response, the call by Iranian leaders not to go after American civilians, and by admitting responsibility for accidentally shooting down a civilian aircraft while anticipating a massive shock and awe attack on their country, is acting like a civilized country with civilized leaders. Americans know nothing about this kind of behavior: our leaders of both red and blue stripes have shown us nothing but treachery, lies, murder, perpetual war, environmental destruction and gang style "diplomacy." Unlike the long history of Persian culture, civility is not part of our history nor current understanding. I do see some glimmer that some of us are starting to understand that not all people in the world are the sh*theads portrayed by non-stop mainstream propaganda. The truths you relate to us are very rare and foreign compared to smelly propaganda in which we are immersed and left to gasp for breath.

Just as an example, recall the underhanded way the US acted after shooting down a civilian Iranian plane in 1988. The US still has not admitted any guilt (even though it paid out $61.8 million to the victims.) We've been raised by con men and know no better.

Another thought: where would we be if Iran had reacted by taking out one of our sitting duck aircraft carriers as it will if this war really starts? A jumpy Iranian colonel could easily have started WWIII by doing that in this instance. A jumpy American with his finger on the button probably would have.

I hate seeing our leaders running around the WWIII powderkeg with torches while the mainstream media spills gasoline everywhere. May your truths penetrate our souls and wet the embers.

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Was the CIA behind the downing of the airplane in Iran?

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The CIA was behind the whole situation in 1953, and involved to some extent ever since. The war situation that produced the shootdown was not a covert operation, as the large combat branches were making the biggest threats to Iran, primarily the US and Israeli Navy and their nukes.

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Here's anew look at some of the evidence.

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