||Once again, America is threatening world peace in a myriad of ways. First, the Bush team is going after Dr. Mohammad Al Baradi, the respected head of the IAEA, trying to oust him as head of the UN Nuclear Inspection Program. Everyone in the world respects Dr. Al Baradi, his integrity, his forthright statements and his knowledge of the nuclear development field; everyone, that is, except for the Bush team. Of course, the Bush team disrespects anyone who questions them or disagrees with them. Dr. Al Baradi is a man of integrity, and he will not give an inch to political or financial pressure. This is something the Bush group dislikes, mightily.
This is the same strategy they used to bypass Dr. Hans Blix when he worked for the UN as a weapons and WMD inspector. Blix said they had worked very hard but found no WMDs in Iraq. Bush wanted a definitive answer immediately, When Blix said they would need another month to wrap up their search, Bush went to war, in order to obviate the truth that he didn’t want the world to know. As we know now, and many suspected before Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq, that was not sanctioned by the UN, there were no WMDs in Iraq until we invaded. There are now WMDs in Iraq, American WMDs, which include some new Depleted Uranium weapons and some new microwave killing devices that are most cruel and terrible in their killing ability.
Now, with Iran, though Dr. Al Baradi and the EU feel progress is being made in showing that there is no bomb making nuclear work in Iran, Bush wants to rid the UN of Al Baradi in order to put one of his stooges into that seat, then to have a stooge who will justify one his “pre-emptive attacks” on Iran.
While he is working at the UN to replace Al Baradi, at the same time, his Mistress of State, Conde Rice, is “warning Iran” to accede to American demands to quit its “nuclear bomb making”. Iran can’t stop doing that, because Iran is not making bombs –this from the IAEA and the EU inspectors! She is also trying to strong -arm European leaders into joining the Bush intimidation game against Iran. Aside from America, the only other countries in the world who believe this nonsense, and are helping to perpetrate these lies are Britain (with Tony Blair, the lapdog in Bush’s hand) and Israel, which wants to dominate the Middle East and wants Iran out of the way. The EU leadership has sent inspectors along with Dr. Al Baradi and they have all come back with the same report, “There is no work on nuclear weapons going on in Iran.”
The French Foreign Minister, H. E. Michel Barnier, at a joint news conference with Rice, said, in a clash with Rice’s ideas of pushing the UN into military action, that France and the other leaders in the EU prefer to use the ongoing diplomacy and not the threat or the act of military action to resolve any problems, In response to Rice and Bush’s threats,
Iranian leaders, both among the conservative Ayatollahs and the liberal leaning President Khatami, said they would unite for the sake of Iran and its sovereignty, and would not tolerate an American or Israeli attack on their country. This was echoed in street demonstrations in parts of Iran (something not reported by the American major media).
This Bush/Rice scenario and the lack of verifiable evidence has echoes of Iraq before the Bush invasion. He insisted there were WMDs in Iraq, everyone else said, “No, the sanctions have worked, no one has any proof.” Then Bush sent in his liars to the UN and elsewhere, with evidence they knew was made up of lies and exaggerations. Colin Powell destroyed his integrity to support Bush, lied and pushed the world to war with bogus statements of threats that didn’t exist. Then, before the stories could be checked out either by our Congress or the UN, Bush hurriedly went to war before anyone could stop him. Of course, we are now reaping what we have sown in Iraq.
All of us who know the Middle East know these things to be true. What is interesting is that Mistress of State, Conde Rice thinks that her smile and her show of friendship with Europe a few days ago, will stand up now that she has started to “scold” European leaders for not jumping on board the sinking Bush campaign in Iraq and in his newly desired campaign against Iran. She hopes that no one will have time to think about his failings in Iraq, Afghanistan or in saving the American economy (while he tries to destroy, not change, Social Security and other safety nets that Roosevelt and others helped set up for American citizens. I bring this up, because it is the same slight of hand Orwell talked about, “always create an external enemy so that you may take away rights from within, to take more control of your nation.”)
But chickenhawk, AWOL, GW Bush, is anxious to keep up his rhetoric of being a “war president”; he feels he will be able to get whatever he wants in “time of war.” I think it is time the Congress stood up before Bush goes any further. Of course, the American Congress has shown itself to be cowardly and weak in the knees. If the Congress doesn’t stand up now, they will be complicit in this new war that Bush wants to wage. Because of their stupidity the last time around with the Iraq situation, they are already complicit and guity of war crimes from that misadvernture.
Unfortunately, I don’t look for the Democrats to do much except squeal their assent with the Republocrat Joe Lieberman leading the charge, being assisted with Israel firster Tom Lantos, supported by King, Schumer and the rest of the pro-Israeli gang which supercedes being a Democrat or Republican. Their battle cry, like that of Wolfowitz, Feith, Cheney, Perle, Kristol and Rumsfeld is, “Israel first,” and “down the tubes with Iran.”
Thus, Bush gets a triple out of the possible Iran attack. It allows him to take people’s minds off the ongoing defeats in Iraq, it allows him to push through vast sums of money for the Pentagon and for his friends in the military-industrial complex for “war”, and it allows him to destroy American safety nets like Social Security while people are looking the other way at “war.” I almost forgot, it also helps his friend, Ariel Sharon, in Israel—a man that GW Bush followed more than his own wise father. From what I have been told by Washington, DC insiders, President George Bush the 1st, warned his son against invading Iraq, has warned him against attacking Iran and has told him not to trust Sharon. Unfortunately, because of GW’s admiration of Sharon, and the false religious doctrines that GW has learned from such ignorant evangelicals like Falwell, Robertson and Graham Jr., GW Bush thinks that he has been talking with God, and that he is doing the work of God on the earth. This blasphemy is born of his ignorance of the Bible and his general lack of critical intelligence and reason. Of course, having a deceiver like Cheney as one of your chief advisors, and a second rate “intellectual,” like Conde Rice as your other advisor doesn’t help either.
Returning to Sharon, I cite Sharon and Israel because Israel is in no real danger from any Arab or Muslim country because it has over 250 nuclear bombs and is fourth only in the world behind the U.S., Russia and China in its nuclear arsenal. But Sharon keeps saying, “We are only a little country and are afraid of these big Arab countries.” Bush, who knows little of reality, buys it like a baby taking in sugar.
So why the big fuss about Iran just working in nuclear energy? Because Israel says it is afraid that Iran may become a nuclear power. In addition, by taking over Iran, GW Bush and Israel can seat themselves in the center of the Muslim world and control all the major supplies of oil in the world. It’s as simple as that. But, George Bush Sr. has knows the vagaries of the Middle East, both Arabs and Zionists, and has tried to educate his son, but to no avail.
Thus, whether Iran is really working on a nuclear bomb or not, and most experts say they are not, just as they said the same thing about Iraq—the GW Bush minions, along with Israel and Blair will continue their lies until they foment an attack on Iran. Bush is hoping to bring France and Germany along on this new war, but they are too shrewd to follow this ignoramus and his new folly. They see his clout lessening, and they have all measured Conde Rice, just as has Putin of Russia, and they know she is not honest, not shrewd, and that she is more blow than show (no pun intended, though you may use it if you wish).
In the meantime, China is making deals for Venezuelan oil, Iran is cozying up to Russia and China, Syria is getting closer to Russia, Iraqi oil is not getting to the US because of blown up pipelines. We are getting less Venezuelan oil, our oil pipelines in Columbia are being blown up every week, and our costs for oil have skyrocketed with the weakened dollar. The world is watching the American economy go belly-up with the huge deficits in the economy made worse by our billions wasted in Iraq, by our falling dollar and by our astronomical trade imbalance. All major investors in the world, including those in America, are sending their monies into Euro denominated accounts, not dollar accounts or into U.S. Bonds and securities. Thus, if GW Bush wants to undertake his new folly, he may find there is no money to support it—and if he raises interest rates too fast and too high, the rest of the American economy, based now on real estate, could crumble and he could fall faster and be worse off than Humpty Dumpty—and no one, no matter how smart, might be able to put the American economy back together again in less than decades or longer.
In the meantime, the Chinese, certainly the world’s next world superpower, will laugh all the way as the American nation goes into the sink. Our military has been shown to be vulnerable and inefficient, our might has been measured by all major powers and have been found wanting (Iraqi resistance fighters, without planes, helicopters and tanks have stood off our best troops and weapons for years now—with little outside support, this according to Janes of England and other military assessment organizations, and from statements by outspoken American military experts).
With political appointees among our generals, like Tommy Franks (whose only claim to fame and appointment was that he was from Texas and went to school with Laura Bush), ignorant louts like General Mattis that enjoys killing people, especially women and children as he did in Fallujah, and Abizaid who has no idea what he is to do in Iraq—our military has lost the respect of other military tacticians in the world. They see our generals the way Lincoln saw his generals at the beginning of the Civil War, as incompetent to lead a nation or men in battle. Most military experts in the world realize our military leadership, as well as our governmental leadership is full of weakening holes, rotten from the inside, like a swiss cheese from corruption.
Not only that, but our forces are so spread out around the world that the American mainland is now vulnerable to an outside attack from a major power! The moral in our military is at an all time low, it has not been this low since Viet Nam—this according to surveys taken at our veterans hospitals, in Iraq and Afghanistan and from marines who are returning to Camp Pendleton. Add to this that our treasury is depleted, our costs for social, medical, educational and other matters are outrageous and there is less and less of a safety net in America—our reservists and national guard troops are exhausted and no one wants to volunteer any more—and you have a total self-destructive and weakening mess in America.
One must also be aware that our Congress is most ineffectual, being run by louts and liars like Tom DeLay, deceivers like Bill Frist and weaklings like Kerry and Israeli firsters like Lieberman, Lantos and Schumer. There are few in our Congress who are standing up for our citizenry. It’s is interesting that the most loyal to the citizenry are the women, like Senators Boxer and Snow, a Democrat and a Republican and a senior member, Robert Byrd—in the house, it is John Conyers, Tubbs, Waters and a few others who have hoisted the flag of the citizenry. Forget the bogus leadership of Dennis Hastert—a man my father would call an “old tub,” “an old plug,”—“worthless”, a man who should be “put out to pasture.”
Don’t think the world leaders in China, Russia, France and Germany have not seen these same things and have not measure our nation and see it falling apart, sinking into the morass of ancient Egyptian style bureaucracy—where nothing moves forward, but stays in place and rewards itself unto its own death and destruction through corruption. They also see us shouting about “democracy” and “honest elections,” and laugh about the Bush election victories in 00 and 04. They see the senile John Snow trying to convince the world of the nonsense that “outsourcing jobs” is good for America and that a weaker dollar is good for the American economy. It’s true, it can be good for Boeing, GE, General Motors, Ford, Monsanto, ADM and a few others—but for the nation and its citizens, it is a disaster.
So, with all this downward spiral going on, it is natural that Bush would want to divert our attention from his failures in all arenas by a new attack, this time on Iran. Orwell all the way. I just hope he is blocked at the UN and in our Congress, if not, he’ll find that Iran is much more formidable and united than was Iraq, and our casualties in human life, in treasure and in our honor will be incalculable and totally disasterous
Sam Hamod, Ph.D., writes on world and domestic affairs for various online sites, newspapers and appears on TV to speak against things that are harmful to America and its democracy. He is the former editor of 3rd World News in Wash, DC; he edits,
www.todaysalternativenews.com . Hamod may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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