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Jerusalem Post says US Attack on Iran is Imminent

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According to a new article from English-language Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post, the Hebrew-language Israeli publication Maariv has reported that diplomatic sources in the UN are assessing a US plan to conduct a "massive" airstrike on "an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program" in response to alleged attacks on two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman.

"The sources added that President Trump himself was not enthusiastic about a military move against Iran, but lost his patience on the matter and would grant Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is pushing for action, what he wants," The Jerusalem Post reports.

This news comes after public statements by Pompeo that the US is considering a "full range of options" against Iran. It also comes as 1,000 additional US troops are being sent to the Middle East to "address air, naval, and ground-based threats" there. It also comes amid sightings of depraved war criminal Henry Kissinger at the Pentagon.

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So that's great.

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Many comparisons are being made today between the unforgivable Iraq invasion and the agendas that this administration is attempting to advance in Iran, and rightly so. But make no mistake, Iran is not Iraq. A full-scale war against Iran would be many times more deadly, costly and destabilizing than Iraq; the UK's Admiral Lord West told The Daily Star Online last month that winning such a war would require no less than a million troops. And it's not difficult to imagine how the Trump administration's brinkmanship could lead to all-out war.

If the US does decide to attack Iran over the highly suspicious Gulf of Oman allegations, for example, it's not difficult to imagine a scenario in which Iran defends itself or retaliates and kills US servicemen. Once you've got the names and faces of US military personnel blaring on news screens all across America, you'll see the war hawks converge and demand far more aggressive retaliations against Iran, and if the pressure works we could easily see an all-out war between the two nations. It just takes the right spark to land in the right place at the right time for the whole thing to go up in flames, and there are a lot of people trying to create sparks.

It would not be difficult for Trump to find himself in such a situation.

"This is actually a line that both the Saudis and the Israelis have been making to Washington for quite some time," Iranian foreign policy analyst Trita Parsi told CNN International in response to the question of whether Iran would just allow an attack without retaliation. "This is essentially saying that Iran is no different from Syria. You can strike yet they won't have the guts to respond. We actually know that that's not true because just two weeks ago when there was a ratcheting up with tensions the US intelligence itself picked up that as US warships were heading towards the middle east, the Iranians started putting some of their missiles on boats and started moving them around, appearing as if they were either wanting to protect those missiles or preparing for counter strikes."

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"So the idea that this will just be a limited strike and the Iranians won't respond seems extremely unlikely, but this is how you sell a big war: you pretend that you are selling a small war," Parsi continued. "Because that's much more digestible. That's something perhaps that Trump could agree to. If you actually try to say 'Look, let's have a big war,' not only would the American public be strongly against it, I personally think that Donald Trump himself would not be in favor of it."

As proof of its Gulf of Oman claims against Iran, the US has circulated a grainy, Loch Ness Monster-quality video which shows nothing whatsoever and which one analyst attests has been edited in a misleading way, as well as a few photographs which prove absolutely nothing.

It is worth noting, however, that some typically reliable anti-imperialist voices have been saying it's likely that Iran was indeed behind the attacks, including Moon of Alabama, Elijah J. Magnier, and former UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford. They argue that Iran has been backed into a corner with economic sanctions, so now it's fighting dirty to force the Trump administration to either end the sanctions in order to come to the negotiating table or enter into a costly, unpopular war right before election time. Magnier claims to have sources in Tehran who confirm this, saying that we can expect more such incidents in the future.

I'm not taking a position either way, but I do think it would be a mistake to make the possibility of a false flag into the entire argument against attacking Iran for the Gulf of Oman incident. If Iran did indeed attack a Japanese and a Norwegian vessel to obstruct trade in accordance with Tehran's pledge that "if Iran cannot export oil through the Persian Gulf, no-one will do this," it's important to recognize that Iran would only be doing this in response to extremely aggressive economic warfare by the United States. As we discussed recently, sanctions are an act of war, and if Iran is behind this and any other attacks, the US will have been the aggressor.

In any case, things could get very, very ugly, very, very fast, and if it does it will be entirely the Trump administration's fault.

Our one saving grace through all this has been Trump's incompetence in manufacturing any kind of coalition or broad support for increased aggressions against Iran. EU foreign ministers have joined Japan and Germany in demanding further proof of Washington's Gulf of Oman claims, and China is now denouncing US pressure on Iran and cautioning against "opening Pandora's box" in the Middle East with further escalations. At home, the political/media class has been far less eager to help manufacture consent for war in this case than it generally is, with even virulent neocon Max Boot advocating for diplomacy and a return to the Iran deal, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard actively plugging her No More Presidential Wars Act in response to the administration's Iran brinkmanship.

I don't know exactly what's going on with Washington's plans for Iran, but what I do know that 30 million people marched worldwide against the war in Iraq and it didn't make a whit of difference. The same dangerously evil people who bullied, lied and cheated their way into getting their war with Iraq are pretty much the same bunch of a**holes who are attempting to do the same with Iran today. Not only did none of them go to jail for that diabolical crime against humanity, most of them are still in positions of influence, and most of them are using that influence to push the world again into another war that nobody wants. How long do we put up with this crap?

Do you want to know the truth about what's going on with Iran? The real truth? The real truth is that there's an ever-growing, globe-spanning, oligarch-run power alliance with the United States at its center, an alliance which functions as a single empire and works relentlessly to bully other nations into either joining it or collapsing. Iran is by far the strongest nation in the region that has refused to allow itself to be absorbed into the blob, so its government has found itself in the imperial crosshairs being commanded to either submit or be toppled. That's all that's going on here. Everything else is camera-friendly window dressing.

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Well, ENJOYING your article hardly describes my response, but the internet keeps being squirrely in a way that suggests interference, and the stupid 4th celebration in Washington seemed a double cover for a reaction to some distasteful step in the international direction that would warrant defending the Whitehouse itself. One thought that crossed my mind was that war with Iran would be a convenient way of ducking the 2020 election altogether. He sure as hell isn't going to win it.

note? Something is awry with this comment, I did not submit this article by Caitlin, don't know what's going on but had trouble navigating this morning on Chrome.

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I feel like this calls for Nellie McKay's updated version of the "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish:

The Amazing Nellie McKay's Anti-War Song Update! - YouTube
.youtube.com/watch?v=LOXtIxtxFdU

Okay, I agree: that was an easy, obvious one, and not everyone is a fan of the ukulele (guilty!). But lest you're tempted to write off Nellie McKay, try this one on for size:

Nellie McKay - "Ridiculous" - YouTube
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Shades of George Harrison in some of the chord progressions, and a definite homage to Bob Dylan in the harmonica, but it's the lyrics that put it way over the top and make it first-class political satire. (Try to find contemporary stuff that's better, please. I'll be waiting.) I have no idea whether this was where Nellie drew her inspiration from -- I kind of suspect she did -- but my personal alternative title for this song is "An Ode to Sarah Silverman," because remember when Bernie capitulated to Hillary's theft of the Democratic nomination? And how he told his supporters to vote for the woman who embodied virtually everything they hated and had worked their asses off trying to defeat? And how Sarah Silverman told all of those silly, principled progressives who refused to support the enemy that they were being "ridiculous"? Yeah ... I still remember a picture of a goat, leading a herd of sheep, with Sarah Silverman's face photoshopped onto it. Maybe that should have made it into the music video's closing credits...

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My apologies. That second song and related commentary were technically off topic. But I will say that while Trump (an almost unmitigated disaster) does a lot of saber-rattling through beards like Bolton and Pompeo, I'm convinced that if Hillary were in charge, Syria would already be Libya 2.0, and Venezuela, if not Chile 2.0, at least Honduras 2.0, and at a bare minimum Ecuador or Brazil 2.0.

Iran? I'm not sure. Netanyahu wants Iran taken out, Syria and China need Iranian oil, and American oil companies want to take back control of Iran's oil fields (like back in '53!), so Hillary would probably have found a way to drone, MOAB, or nuke them just a little by now, to show them who's calling the shots in the world today. (I'm not ruling out the possibility that Trump's beards will do this anyway, since the deep-state actors backing the beards are the ones actually in charge.)

PS: A mere 6800 views on YouTube for "Ridiculous"? When "Gangnam Style" got over 3 billion views? Methinks the Dark Side of the Force is strong in Alphabet/Google/YouTube's tinkered-with recommendation algorithm. Pray they do not tinker with it further.

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Here's a song I remember from my life-guarding days in the mid sixties, that seems all too prescient click here

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I don't remember whether "Eve of Destruction" got much (or any) airplay in Seattle at the time it was released. Possibly not. At the time, Boeing was still very much a Seattle-area company, and it was (as now) a MAJOR defense contractor. Barry Saddler's contemporaneous "Ballad of the Green Berets" definitely got a lot of airplay. I remember hearing it often, when we weren't playing war in a neighbor's overgrown back lot or watching Combat! (with Vic Morrow!) on TV, in living black and white. Boy, did we think those army guys and Green Berets were cool ... until my uncle, who got drafted and served as a reporter for the Stars & Stripes, came back home and told us how he had personally witnessed Green Berets throwing suspected VC out of Hueys at altitude and decapitating them with machetes. They never seemed quite so cool after that.

As for other 60s anti-war songs, it was only much, much later that I learned how CBS had pulled Pete Seeger's "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" from a Smothers Brothers episode (or that they finally relented and had him back a year later ... not that this apparent change of heart saved the Smothers Brothers from the chopping block).

But back to my original challenge: do you know of any current stuff? I don't. You know, one might almost suspect that most of today's musicians don't really give a damn, seeing as how there's no longer a draft ... well, apart from the poverty draft and the only-way-to-pay-for-college draft, which I suppose a lot of the draftees have been conned into believing are completely voluntary.

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There are a few around, though I'm not great at remembering them. Here's one of my favorites, that comes pretty close click here

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Oh yeah, you know the algorhythm is gonna get you...

(Apologies to Gloria Estefan)

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Sorry! Too busy shaking my body and doing the conga to hear you! ;-)

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F*^k. That is all I have to say

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Seems the U.S. decided to goad Iran into shooting down another plane as an Independence Day activity. I don't see a lot of coverage of this, which I guess shouldn't be surprising.

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Strange the way these videos are embedding lately.

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Yes, this baiting was also covered at TGP.

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Yeah, that's the same MoA post I linked to.

Yesterday, I was really looking to see how many sources were talking about it, and the only 2 I could readily find were Moon of Alabama, and the Last American Vagabond video I embedded above.

Still not a whole lot out there on this.

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To Caitlin Johnstone :

Thanks for your time. Thanks for raising awareness.

I hope good people stop the madness of rushing to war because Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel want it. Many innocent people on both sides will be killed and possibly UAE destroyed since it is too close to Iran and its thousands of missiles which will cause oil prices to pass $200 a barrel. This can strangle the world economy and bring about worldwide recession.

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