US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United
Nations, are looking the other way as Dick Cheney prepares his
attack on Iran.
If only America
had an independent media and an opposition party. If there were
a shred of integrity left in American political life, perhaps
a third act of naked aggression - a third war crime under the
Nuremberg standard - by the Bush Regime could be prevented.
30, the Russian News & Information Agency, Novosti, cited
"a high-ranking security source: "The latest military intelligence
data point to heightened US military preparations for both an
air and ground operation against Iran."
to Novosti, Russian Colonel General Leonid Ivashov said "that
the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran's
military infrastructure in the near future."
of Russia's general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, said last November
that Russia was beefing up its military in response to US aggression,
but that the Russian military is not "obliged to defend the world
from the evil Americans."
29, OpEdNews cited a report by the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz,
which was picked up by the German news service, DPA. The Saudi
newspaper reported on March 22, the day following Cheney's visit
with the kingdom's rulers, that the Saudi Shura Council is preparing
"national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive
hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings
of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors."
counter any Iranian missiles launched in response to an
attack, the US is deploying anti-missile defenses to protect
US bases and Saudi oil fields.
William "there will be no attack on Iran on my watch" Fallon has
been removed as US chief of Central Command, thus clearing the
way for Cheney's planned attack on Iran.
Iranians don't seem to believe it, despite the dispatch of US
nuclear submarines and another aircraft carrier attack group to
the Persian Gulf. To counter any Iranian missiles launched in
response to an attack, the US is deploying anti-missile defenses
to protect US bases and Saudi oil fields.
massive failures by the American media, the Democratic Party,
and the American people have paved the way for Cheney's long planned
attack on Iran. One failure is the lack of skepticism about the
US government's explanation of 9/11. The other failure is the
Democrats' refusal to begin impeachment proceedings against President
Bush for lying to the Congress, the American people, and the world
and launching an invasion of Iraq based on deception and fabricated
an American president can start a war exactly as Adolf Hitler
did with pure lies and not be held accountable, he can get away
with anything. And Bush and his evil regime have.
launched World War II with his invasion of Poland after staging
a "Polish attack" on a German radio station. On the night of August
31, 1939, a group of Nazis disguised in Polish uniforms seized
a radio station in Germany. Hitler announced that "last night
Polish troops crossed the frontier and attacked Germany," a claim
no more true than the Bush Regime's claim that "Saddam Hussein
has weapons of mass destruction." Hitler's lie failed, because
his invasion of Poland, which began the next day allegedly in
reprisal for the Polish attack, had obviously been planned for
Iran is a
beautiful and developed country. It is an ancient civilization.
It has attacked no one. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation
Treaty. Iran is permitted by the treaty to have a nuclear energy
program. The Bush Regime's case against Iran is based on the Bush
Regime's desire to deny Iran its rights under the treaty.
an American president can start a war exactly as Adolf Hitler
did with pure lies and not be held accountable, he can get
away with anything.
International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have repeatedly
reported that they have found no evidence of an Iranian nuclear
weapons program. Despite all the disinformation from US Gen. Petraeus
and other Bush Regime military lackeys, Iran is not arming the
Iraqis who are resisting the American occupation.
If Iran were
arming insurgents, the insurgents would have two weapons that
would neutralize the US advantage in the Iraqi conflict: missiles
to knock down US helicopter gunships and rocket-propelled grenades
that knock out American tanks. The insurgents do not have these
weapons and must construct clumsy anti-tank weapons out of artillery
shells. The insurgents are helpless against US air power and cannot
mass forces to take on the American troops.
American violence has reduced Iraq to rubble. The civilian infrastructure
is essentially destroyed - electricity, water and sewer systems,
medical care and schools. Depleted uranium is everywhere poisoning
everyone, including US troops. There is no economy, and half or
more of Iraqis are unemployed. Literally no Iraqi family has escaped
an injury or a death as a consequence of the US invasion.
of Iraqis have become displaced persons. A developed country with
a professional middle class has been destroyed because of lies
told by the President and Vice President of the US. The Bush Regime's
lies are echoed by a neoconservative media, and have gone unchallenged
by the opposition party and an indifferent American public.
Afghanistan, death and destruction rains on even the smallest
village from the air. America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are
wars against the civilian populations.
as the world could not believe Hitler's next horror and thus was
always unprepared, the Iranians despite all the evidence cannot
believe that even the Great Satan would gratuitously attack Iran
based on nothing but lies about non-existent nuclear weapons.
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wars against the civilian
only chance would be to strike before the US delivers the first
blow. Instead of using its missiles to take out the Saudi oil
fields and to sink the US aircraft carriers, instead of closing
the Strait of Hormuz, instead of arming the Iraqi Shi'ites and
moving them to insurgency, Iran is perched like a sitting duck
in denial even as the US and its Iraqi puppet Maliki move to eliminate
Al Sadr's Iraqi Shi'ite militia in order to avoid supply disruptions
and a Shi'ite rebellion in Iraq when the US attack on Iran comes.
It is important
to emphasize that Iran is making no moves toward war. Having tamed,
blackmailed, and purchased Congress, the US media, and US allies
and puppets, Cheney might delight in the arrogance with which
he can now attack Iran free of any restraint or fabricated provocation.
On the other hand, he might cover himself by orchestrating an
"Iranian provocation" to justify his attack as a response. But
like Hitler's planned attack against Poland, Cheney's attack on
Iran has long been in the works.
29 the Associated Press reported that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
"poured contempt on fellow Arab leaders" at the Arab summit that
day. Gadhafi told the Arab "leaders," many of whom are on the
American payroll, that their American masters would turn on them
all, just as America turned on Saddam Hussein after using him
to fight a proxy war against Iran.
once been an ally of Washington, Gadhafi reminded the Arabs, "but
they sold him out." Gadhafi told the American puppets, "Your turn
"Where is the Arabs' dignity, their future, their very existence?"
If Arabs remain disunited, he predicted, "they will turn themselves
into protectorates. They will be marginalized and turn into garbage
is this disunity that permits the US to bomb and murder at will
in the Middle East.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He is credited with curing
stagflation and eliminating "Phillips curve" trade-offs between
employment and inflation, an achievement now on the verge of being
lost by the worst economic mismanagement in US history. He
was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page
and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of
Tyranny of Good Intentions. He was awarded the Legion
of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He
can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
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