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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Iran and the Coming War

I am ashamed of many of my fellow Americans for their treatment of a head of state who was invited to speak at Columbia University by the President of Columbia Lee Bollinger, who then in his introductory comments, called Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a "petty and cruel tyrant".

I guess Bollinger felt like he would be the moral spokesperson of the US and be the first to publicly lash out at his invited guest. Or perhaps he was worried about alumni donations.

I watched the reaction from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and on down the line. I listened to the commentary from the so-called objective journalists, and I heard only heard one commentary yesterday that even bordered on the sane, and that was the Chris Matthews show, hosting Pat Buchanan and some blithering idiot of a councilman from New York. This councilman could only parrot other people's ridiculous claims, and repeated the word propaganda ad nauseam, without even being able to form an argument or even a sentence.

Chris Matthews made the point that Ahmadinejad has been misquoted frequently about wanting to "wipe Israel off the map" and denying the Holocaust. Pat Buchanan made a few good comments concerning the latter point.

So let's try and understand why the media, US Congress, NeoCon Think tanks, presidential contenders, and this administration want to discredit Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

#1 : Ahmadinejad is reported to have said the Holocaust never occurred; that it is a myth.

His actual words from Columbia yesterday, which I had to dig deeply to even find transcripts for:

"Why don't we encourage more research on a historical event that has become the root, the cause, of many heavy catastrophes in the region in this time and age? Why shouldn't there be more research about the root causes? That was my first question.

And my second question: well, given this historical event, if it is a reality, we need to still question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it or not. After all, it happened in Europe. The Palestinian people had no role to play in it. So why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price of an event they had nothing to do with?

The Palestinian people didn't commit any crime. They had no role to play in the World War II. They were living with the Jewish communities and the Christian communities in peace at the time. They didn't have any problems. And today, too, Jews, Christians and Muslims live in brotherhood all over the world in many parts of the world. They don't have any serious problems.

But why is it that the Palestinians should pay a price, innocent Palestinians, for five million people to remain displaced or refugees abroad for sixty years? Or is this not a crime? Is asking about these crimes a crime in and by itself? Why should an academic, myself, face insults when asking questions like this? Is this what you call freedom and upholding the freedom of thought?" [1]

These comments do not match at all the charge against him. His basic point is not whether or not the Holocaust occurred, but rather that if Europeans were responsible for this immense tragedy, why should the Palestinians have to suffer for it? Love him or hate him, that is not what is being attributed to him. It is also comical to have watched the media frenzy over him yesterday and every comment I saw on this exchange said basically "Ahmadinejad side-stepped the question", but these commentators did not provide the details. This is curious because it is clear to me that the media want to keep the plight of the Palestinian people out of the spotlight as much as possible.

#2 : Ahmadinejad is reported to want to "wipe Israel off the map"

This is the one of the 3 big bones of contention that war-crazy American think-tankers and "public servants" have with Ahmadinejad. He wants to get a nuclear weapon and destroy Israel. It is too bad the whole quotation is a complete fabrication!

Link to Virginia Tilley's article from last fall : http://www.counterpunch.org/tilley08282006.html

Saying that eventually the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv will fade into history is very different from saying that Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map.

Do we Americans remember the emotional blackmail games our leaders played on us with respect to Iraq? If we do not invade Iraq they will destroy us with WMD's. Iraq was involved in the 9-11 attacks. If we do not spread democracy to that region, then it will be a hotbed for fundamentalism. If we free an oppressed people from their tyrannical leader, the people of Iraq will love us for it. We must circumvent the UN to punish Saddam Hussein for defying the will of the UN. We must fight them there or here ....

All these lies were fed to us like pigfeed at a trough, and now the administration is doing the same thing with respect to Iran. Why?

Not the easiest question to answer because it is multi-faceted but before the WHY is explained let's consider some more of Ahmadinejad's comments yesterday from Columbia University.

"And as for the second topic, Iran's nuclear issue, I know there’s time limits, but I need time. I mean, a lot of time was taken from me. We are a country. We are a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency. For over thirty-three years we have been member state of the agency. The bylaw of the agency explicitly states that all member states have the right to the peaceful nuclear fuel technology. This is an explicit statement made in the bylaw. And the bylaw says that there is no pretext or excuse, even the inspections carried by the IAEA itself, that can prevent member states' right to have that right.

Of course, the IAEA is responsible to carry out inspections. We are one of the countries that’s carried out the most amount of level of cooperation with the IAEA. They've had hours and weeks and days of inspections in our country. And over and over again, the agency’s reports indicate that Iran’s activities are peaceful, that they have not detected a deviation, and that Iran -- they have received positive cooperation from Iran. But regretfully, two or three monopolistic powers, selfish powers, want to force their word on the Iranian people and deny them their right. [1]

Our administration, and now France and Germany as well, is attempting to put diplomatic pressure on Iran to cease its enrichment of uranium. As per the Non-Proliferation treaty, it is clearly stated that countries may develop nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes, like energy consumption. "

Israel has nuclear weapons. The US gave the Israelis nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. Israel recently admitted it bombed a site in Syria this month which was SUSPECTED of being built to develop nuclear weapons, which is a very long and technically-difficult process. Note that the UN was not conuslted before this raid occurred. The Israelis shared information with the US, the US approved of the attack, and for the most part the media have hid the entire incident. So Israel, which does not abide by the NPT treaty, which does not allow the IAEA to inspect the facilities at Dimona, wants all of its neighbors to never develop nuclear weapons. Never mind that their arsenal is triggering a nuclear-arms race (on a small scall) within the Arab world. But Iran signed the NPT, has allowed inspections, and has done nothing against the provisions of that treaty. Yet Tehran is full of madmen, and Israel remains the innocent but aggressive victim.

The last major argument, which is easily shredded by anyone who follows the events in Iraq closely, used against Ahmadinejad's Iran is that Iran is supplying the "insurgency" in Iraq with weapons and munitions, and this represents a casus belli. Indeed Joe Lieberman has been calling for military action on Iran in recent weeks more vociferously than he was last year. In fact, he has led the chorus of chickenhawks beating the drums for another war.

Well what's wrong with trying to stop the Iranian arms which are being used to kill Americans in Iraq?

Iran is Shia. The insurgency is led by the Sunnis in Iraq. When they Sunnis are not targeting Americans, who should not be there in the first place given what we know now about the lies our government told us, they are killing the Shia in southern Iraq. The NeoCons and chickenhawks and cowards in our government want us to believe that Iran is supplying the enemies of its allies. This argument is hogwash and intended for the mental midgets in our country.

But it is true that Iran supplies Hezbollah, and Hezbollah is a sworn enemy of Israel, and Hezbollah thwarted Israel's intentions of smashing its resistance last July, even though the country of Lebanon took a major blow, with hundreds of thousands of refugees, destroyed infrastructure, thousands dead, and all for what? 2 "kidnapped" Israeli soldiers? The more learned readers should know that Hezbollah would be a non-entity if Israel did not illegally invade Lebanon in 1982 and occupy that country for 18 years, in defiance of countless UN resolutions, which were all scuttled by the US with its security council veto power. The US has vetoed 39 (lone veto mind you) resolutions in the security council since 1972 which were critical of Israeli actions, or were intended to punish the Jewish State. But today, Americans can hear diplomats at the State Department talk about security council resolutions concerning Iran and its enrichment, which is legal, forgetting altogether that the US has been the major obstacle to security council will when Israel is being criticized.

So back we come to the WHY? Why does the Bush administration, Cheney's cabal, the NeoCons, the chickenhawks, and most importantly the bankers want to make war with Iran?

The dollar and Israel.

The Israel component is clear. This author has discussed the contaminating effects of AIPAC on our Congress. Just months removed from Larry Franklin being sentenced to13 years in prison for passing classified documents to 2 high-ranking members of AIPAC, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, US officials addressed AIPAC and spoke about the emerging threat of Iran! That's bold, for US officials to address a foreign entity complicit in espionage activity against the US, and speak about protecting Israel! Israel is she who must be obeyed, if you are a member of Congress. Walt and Measheimer got my back on this one!

The dollar ... is getting pummeled. The Canadian dollar just passed the US dollar in currency markets. Israel is now asking for its annual pound of US taxpayer flesh in Euros instead of dollars because of the dollar's decline. Secretary of State Rice said this month:

Secretary of State Rice has acknowledged a communique from Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Levni which requests that all foreign aid payments and loans from the United States be made in Euros rather than in Dollars. Foreign Minister Levni cited the rapidly declining dollar and it's disfavor as a world currency as reasons for the request.

"In the spirit of Yom Kippur, the United States will not hold Israel to any agreements obligating them to accept Dollars as payment for their foreigh aid. We will translate our obligations into Euros or whatever currency that best fits Israel's needs" Secretary Rice said in the Friday, Sept 21 announcement.

"We need to place our Israeli obligations at the top of our national prioriy list. Israel should not suffer any inconvenience due to currency fluctuations" said Rice before heading off to Camp David.

A similar request from Egypt was declined last week [2] *

President Nixon in the early 70's secured an agreement with the House of Saud (Saudi Arabia) to only accept dollars for OPEC oil. SInce then oil contracts sold in dollars have kept the international demand for dollars strong because every country needs OPEC oil. The dollar has effectively been backed by foreign oil since Nixon's administration.

Saddam Hussein felt that the US treated him poorly. We urged him to attack Iran in 1980 (because of the Iranian revolution which overthrew the US-installed Shah, which was a result of a CIA coup in 1953 which actually overthew a pro-western democratically-elected leader, Mohammed Mossadegh). He fought Iran for 8 years, and then the US led the moral war against him in the early 90's, then imposed sanctions against his country, which killed some 500,000 innocent Iraqi women and children. Of course Madelein Albright said that "this was a price we are willing to pay" ! Imagine that.

So in 2000, Saddam Hussein started trading oil contracts in Euros, not dollars. Iran has developed an oil-bourse which is also denominated in Euros and Yen, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also hinted bartering their oil instead of selling it for dollars. 3 of the top 5 oil-producing members of OPEC want to trade oil in other currencies than the dollar.

The dollar will die if no countries need dollars to buy their oil. It is only paper if no one wants to trade goods for dollars.

So Iran must be cast as the devil, just as Iraq was, and I expect Chavez to be the next target. This "axis of evil", Iraq, Iran and Venezuela, have declared war on the dollar. If they win and the dollar dies, our economy would be ruined, bankers in this country would be lynched, the Federal Reserve System would be re-evaluated by Americans (and determined to be un-Constitutional) and ultimately abolished, and the scam would be over.

Make no mistake, the power brokers will not let this happen. So we Americans are being fed manufactured consent. We are being fed more propaganda. We are being told by our corrupt and dishonest whores in Congress that Iran is evil, Ahmadinejad the next Hitler, and so on and so forth.

But how many countries has Iran attacked recently? How many of their citizens have been brainwashed into supporting wars of occupation for false and falsified reasons with very sinister, greedy, and power-grabbing hidden agendas?

Maybe Ahmadinejad is evil incarnate, but on a basis of what I have seen my administration do in the last 7 years, perhaps the best comment is that evil is relative.

[1] "Ahmadinejad Speaks at Columbia Amid Protests, Univ. President Excoriates Iran Leader from Podium", Democracy Now, , accessed 9-25-2007, www.democracynow.com
[2] "Israel asks U.S. foreign aid be paid in EUROS" http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/3689, accessed 9-25-2007

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