So much for Pax Americana. We've had endless war as long as memory serves and now the big one: Iran and possibly World War 3. With Vladimir Putin's decisive victory in Russia, the west had best heed Putin's dire warnings concerning further escalation of the imperial aggression on Russia's southern borders. The Russians are not happy with the way US policy is unfolding, and it appears the roll-up in Iraq was simply to help prepare the US military for an assault on its neighbor Iran.
Washington has also provoked the Chinese into shoveling $100Bn into upgrading their military this year. The "peace laureate" could feasibly end life on earth if this Iran assault escalates and explodes out of control. The unrestrained belligerence coming out of Washington and Tel Aviv is something to behold. One can almost hear the echoes of Poppy Bush, and his four-word foreign policy: "What we say goes."
The North Koreans took their defense seriously enough to get the bomb. No peace laureate blitzkrieg is planned for them. I wonder if there's some kind of lesson here.
While Obama declared Iran's acquiring a nuclear deterrent "unacceptable" Putin spoke up in similar language, regarding the United States itself:
"The Americans are obsessed with the idea of ensuring absolute invulnerability for themselves, which is utopian and unfeasible from both technological and geopolitical points of view... An absolute invulnerability for one means an absolute vulnerability for all the others. It's impossible to accept such a prospect."
In a tirade published a week before the Russian election, Putin warned Washington against interference in Russia's ally Syria as well as in Russia's ally Iran. These warnings come as Putin himself is in the cross hairs of Washington's "soft power" NGO assault on his own legitimacy.
The Russian president looked with skepticism at the so-called "Arab Spring" uprisings and the NATO bombing of Libya.
"That raises the thought that the tragic events to some extent had been driven not by concern about human rights, but a desire by some to redistribute markets."
Both Russian and Chinese companies lost ground as a result of the Arab uprisings, which have been linked to US State Department sponsored NGOs, such as Freedom House, the International Republican Institute and the National Endowment for Democracy, among many others.
Both Russia and Iran have moved warships to Syria. If Syria falls, Iran is left with few allies in the region and nearly completely surrounded by hostile Arab states and US forward military bases. The Syria domino seems to be the last remaining piece before Iran is attacked.
Putin issued a warning against crossing that line:
"Russia is worried about the growing threat of a strike on Iran... If it happens, the consequences will be truly catastrophic. Their real scale is impossible to imagine."
When a man who commands thousands of nuclear weapons uses words like truly catastrophic and a scale impossible to imagine, people should take note. Iran is not completely isolated and without support. It is not completely helpless, nor has it actually attacked any other nations, unlike the western aggressor nations who try to portray it as the boogeyman. This blood lust in the US and Israel is irrational and borderline psychotic. They are drunk on their own propaganda at this point.
Some think Obama doesn't want to bomb Iran. They cite his delays as proof of his commitment to peace, despite his rhetoric and actions to the contrary. Although Obama doesn't "bluff" when threatening illegal preemptive war on sovereign nations, and he is proud to be in "lockstep" with the loony Netanyahu hawks, some in the US pretend that Obama prefers peace to imperial aggression. Not so. It's about the timing, and it's about putting the assets in place for maximum "shock and awe." Obama wants to capitalize politically if he decides to unleash hell on Iran.
The Republicans are screaming for it. The Israelis are foaming at the bit. Obama's neo-liberal base will swallow whatever the hallowed leader decides to do, even if that includes Armageddon, a ride down the Highway to Hell. Those pesky Mayans could be proved right yet; these people have it in their power to end human history.
We should be clear about the real reasons Washington goes to war and overthrows governments: because those governments aren't taking orders from Washington. It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons, biological or chemical weapons. It has nothing to do with terrorism. It has nothing to do with democracy (laughable). Nothing to do with "freedom" (more laughable). It has nothing to do with women's rights, the children, the aspirations of the blah blah blah. No educated person could fall for that claptrap. It has everything to do with raw power projection and the securing of resources and the profits and the control of those resources.