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Monday, February 14, 2005

Iran Next?

Iran has Weapons of Mass Destruction! Iran is involved with Al Qaeda and international terrorism! The Iranian government has slaughtered millions of its own people!

No, we haven’t started hearing this yet, but the parallels are pretty eerie. This time three years ago, the Iraqi invasion was just a “rumor” which would be denied any time a reporter asked about it. Summer of 2002 was when Bush hit the campaign trail to drum up hysteria about Iraq (and to get Enron, Halliburton and Harken off the front pages).

So, is Iran next? Bush and the neo-cons deny it, but that’s kind of like Scott Peterson being described as “not a suspect” when his wife was first reported missing.

For the past year, our government has been flying pilotless surveillance planes over Iran, looking for evidence of nuclear weapons “program related activities” and also trying to find weaknesses in Iran’s air defense system. This aerial espionage is standard operating procedure when preparing for an eventual attack.

Rumsfeld and Rice have both stated that an attack on Iran is not imminent, but the option remains available. That’s encouraging.

The Shah of Iran (overthrown in 1979) and his successor, Ayatollah Khomeini (who died in 1989) had some of the worst human rights violations in modern history. You can expect the Bush administration to highlight this (even though Iran’s current government is somewhat more humane than Khomeini or the Shah) when they’re whipping up the proper hysteria for an Iranian invasion. After all, one of their rallying cries against Saddam Hussein — “he gassed his own people!” — referred to the 1980s when Hussein was our ally against Iran.

Right now it’s impossible to imagine a broke, war-weary nation being motivated to attack yet another country. But then, four months ago who could have imagined a president being re-elected (on the basis of gay marriage and "family values") after killing over 1,000 American troops and driving this nation nearly to bankruptcy by staging a pre-emptive war.

The painful lesson should be getting clearer and clearer: what George W. Bush and Karl Rove-Goebbels want, they get.


Anonymous Farzad E. said...

Well, I'm An Iranian ...
I'd Better To Say I Am Proud That I Am Iranian, And I Agree With Your Thoughts About American Goverment but ...
I Must Also Tell You that Current Goverment Of Iran Is The Worse One Ever ...
You Know, Here When You Go To School, Work, Or Even Your Own Company; You Hear People Saying "F**k This Goverment And ..." But When It Comes To Official Things All Of Them Must Say Cuz Of Their Work, Familly, And Even Their Lives That They Are Really Happy With Current Goverment And They Go Walk In The Streets For The Goverment ...


February 14, 2005 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I'm glad you told me this. I was in Teheran in 1976, and Iran seemed like the worst police state possible. I've been in several communist countries and several right-wing police states, and none of them could rival Iran under the Shah's reign.

Sorry to hear it's gotten even worse.

February 14, 2005 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger OTTMANN said...

You're correct that the hints about Iran are all too clear. It's only a matter of timing now as Iran has stated very clearly they won't give up their nukes. Everyone knows why they want them too. I think that if we do attack Irans nuke sites, it could easily bring about a much worse situation that may include Russian-Syrian aggression against Israel.

It is amazing how this is all following biblical prophecy, and a bit scary too!

February 14, 2005 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...


The only reason any of this could follow a Christian biblical prophecy is because of the apocolyptic born-again Christian leaders are steering the ship.

When religious zealotry takes the reins of power, we all need to be wary, whether that religion is Islam, Christianity, or any other faith.

The scary part isn't that the path follows the book (written by man by the way), but that the drivers seem to want the carnage and misery that those passages promise.

February 14, 2005 at 11:54 PM  

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