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Runaway Train: Stop the War Against Iran -- Now

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Almost every day brings some new barrage of fear-mongering lies and
vaporous accusations from leading members of the Obama Administration
and other nabobs at the top of the political-media elite, all of them
aimed relentlessly at one goal: justifying military action against Iran.

It is an almost exact replay of what we saw in 2002-2003 during
the build-up to the war of aggression against Iraq -- with one
significant exception. The "progressive" opposition to the baseless
warmongering is virtually non-existent this time around -- because the
warmonger-in-chief is their own champion, their partisan
standard-bearer. Many voices that hurled thunderous denunciations at the
Bush Regime for its brazen manipulations toward a baseless and
unjustified war are now silent -- that is, if they are not actively
supporting the increasingly rabid saber-rattling by the Peace Laureate.
To them, Obama's re-election is more important than anything on earth:
certainly more important than the thousands (or tens of thousands, or
hundreds of thousands) of innocent people who will die in the
long-running, far-reverberating hellstorm that an attack on Iran will

So now there is even less resistance to the fever-stoking
against Iran. Yet what is playing out before our eyes is even more
brazen than the build-up to the war crime against Iraq. Right now, in
real time, in real life, the Obama administration and its allies in
warmongering are telling the American people, over and over, that Iran
is preparing terrorist strikes in the United States, that Iran is
joining hands with Al Qaeda, that Iran is killing American soldiers in
Afghanistan (just as they did in Iraq), that Iran is building long-range
missiles that launch their nearly-completed nuclear weapons straight
into the Heartland.

The Obama administration is carefully -- and
deliberately and knowingly -- building  up the Iranian "threat" to such
monstrous heights that it will be impossible to back down: Tehran
terrorists striking in the Homeland with Al Qaeda while they ready their
nukes to destroy America -- we're supposed to negotiate with such
monsters? There is only one way to save our sweet little children from
nuclear obliteration -- strike the Persian aggressors before they kill
us! It's a plain case of self-defense.

There is of course
absolutely no substance to any of this. There is no substance to the
claim that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. And there would be no
"threat" to the United States if they did build one. (And no threat to
Israel either, which is sitting there with its vast nuclear arsenal,
fully able -- right now, in real time, in real life -- to "wipe Iran
from the map" at the push of a button.) The only "threat" Iran poses --
with or without nuclear weapons -- is to the domination of the Middle
East and its oil wealth by the American elite and its international

Yet here we are, genuinely on the brink of another war
-- a war which will make the mass-murdering, $3 trillion FUBAR in Iraq
and Afghanistan look like the Summer of Love. Yet the "professional
Left" is bending all its might to re-elect the perpetrator behind this
Bush-like push for aggressive war. (And of course the professional Right
is fully on board.) Can anything stop this runaway train?

In his latest post,
Arthur Silber lays out a number of practical, effective steps that can
be taken today to bring the danger of this lunatic course to public
consciousness. They are there if anyone wants to take them up --
especially those in the "dissident" world who already have a broad media
platform, and could leverage that position to force this issue to the

Will anyone do it? Like Silber, I have my doubts. But
the alternative is a numb acquiescence to an enormous evil being
prepared right in front of us. If it happens, no one can say that they
didn't see it coming. When the thousands lie dying and the world grows
darker, the only question will be this: Did you try to stop it, or not?
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