Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Is the next 'war on terror' drawing near?

Is the Bush/Cheney administration gearing up for a strike on Iran?
The administration has, just this month,targeted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard,a sovereign nation's standing army numbering in hundreds of thousands, on the terrorism list. When you want a war that badly, you'll pretty much do or say anything to get it. Adding to their warcries is the mainstream media here which seems to be cheering them more into this pre-emptive strike. To make matters worse, Iran is aggressively posturing itself and making pugnacious noises.

The delusional neoconservative thinking that still guides White House policy concludes that an attack on Iran would lead to the fall of the clerics and the rise of a more friendly Iran. To maintain a precarious balance of position in the Middle East,Bush is all set to sell $20 billion in high-tech military equipment to Saudi Arabia and has sanctioned $3 billion in aid to Israel.

The Reps are conveniently brushing aside the findings of The National Intelligence Estimate which has, in its study, concluded that though Iran is building nuclear power stations (it has the legal right to do so under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,which is endorsed by both the United States and Iran),it could not acquire a nuclear weapon until early to mid-next decade. But the war cheerleaders and the powers that be are not ready to give credence to the report. Bush has now stated that Iran’s pursuit of the atomic bomb could lead to a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East, and promised to confront Tehran “before it is too late”.This is a repeat of the same lies about weapons of mass destruction that he used to justify invading Iraq.

According to a study made by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy and published by the Rawstory the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George Bush giving the order

Rationality and common sense have not exactly been the strong points of this administration which is yet to come out of its earlier reckless adventure in Iraq. Another massive war exercise in Iran will push America and the world into a horrific slideback in every way.Scary.

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