by Zafar Bangash (Main Stories, Crescent International Vol. 39, No. 5, Rajab, 1431)
The drums of war are once again getting louder in Washington. Led by the Zionist cabal and its neocon allies, American warmongers are itching for another war, this time against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not satisfied with the blood-letting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The drums of war are once again getting louder in Washington. Led by the Zionist cabal and its neocon allies, American warmongers are itching for another war, this time against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not satisfied with the blood-letting in Afghanistan and Iraq — two wars that have almost bankrupted America — the cabal and its allies are prepared to fight to the last American soldier to advance the agenda of their favourite country: Zionist Israel.
The cast of villains is all too familiar: Bill Kristol, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Norm Podhoretz, Richard Perle,Daniel Pipes, Ken “cakewalk” Adelman, Dick Cheney, John Bolton and a host of others that were responsible for pushing America into war against Iraq in 2003. They did so by peddling the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). During testimony before the US Senate on November 8, 2002, Perle had boldly proclaimed that Iraq’s oil would pay for US war costs. Others, like then US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had predicted the war would last no more than two weeks and in any case, all American soldiers would be home in “less than six months.” Seven years later and a million Iraqi and 4,400 American dead, US troops are still there.
Just as those lies were lapped up and eagerly peddled by a pliant media in 2002-2003, even more fantastic lies are being spun against Islamic Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. On June 27, for instance, when CIA Director Leon Panetta estimated that it would take Iran approximately two years to build a nuclear bomb if it made the decision to do so (emphasis ours), the rightwing Wall Street Journal immediately pounced on this twisting the statement. The Journal proclaimed in a bold headline on June 29: “Iran stands barely two years from an atomic bomb that could target Israel, Europe and beyond.” The Zionists have peddled another, equally fantastic lie: Iran will make the bomb within a year. This they have claimed repeatedly since 1996. There are other variants of the same lie.
Similarly, o-vert racism is at work now as it was in the case of Iraq: other people’s lives are not worth a dime. The only lives that matter are those of the Zionists even if there is no apparent threat to them from anyone except themselves. It is not bombs and bullets that threaten the illegal Zion-ist entity; it will implode because of its own inner contradictions. The writing is on the wall. The Zionist entity is deeply racist and caste-ridden: the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe and North America sit at the top of the caste pyramid; Russian and East European Jews are next followed by the Sephardim and the Falashas. Palestinian Arabs — the only rightful inhabitants of the land — are treated as “fifth-class” citizens and denied even basic rights. Because of these inner contradictions and the oppressive environment, many young Jews are fleeing the country; they, especially those from Eastern Europe and Russia, who are essentially economic migrants, do not believe Israel is the promised utopia.
Unable to staunch the flow of young blood from occupied Palestine, the Zionists and their Washington allies want to have their death wish of perpetual wars. Since the Zionist entity can only survive by evoking fear and invoking the non-existent threat to its survival, they believe wars will delay the day of reckoning.
The Zionist warmongers and their neo-con allies also have their clients in the US Congress — Zionist occupied territory, according to Pat Buchanan, the conservative commentator. Nearly a third of the Republican members of the US House of Representatives, for instance, have signed onto a resolution, HR 1553, that provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran. The resolution, publicly discussed and circulated by its lead sponsor, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) for months, states that Congress supports Israel’s use of “all means necessary” against Iran “including the use of military force”. This is nothing short of a declaration of war against a country that has not threatened the US or anyone else. If launched, it would constitute a war crime.
There are many walking in lock step with the drumbeat of war, including US President Barack Obama who signed into law additional new sanctions against Islamic Iran on July 1. These are in violation of and go beyond UN Security Council resolution 1929, passed on June 9 that while imposing additional sanctions, specifically called for renewed negotiations with Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottakiannounced on July 25 that the Islamic Republic of Iran was willing to enter into broad-based discussions about its nuclear program at the end of Ramadan (after September 10). On July 26, the EU and Canada also announced additional sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Canada wields little influence in Tehran; its annual trade is barely $312 million — less than peanuts — but its action reflects the virulent racism at work against the Islamic Republic. Irwin Cotler, a Canadian member of parliament and former justice minister, leads the campaign peddling the lie that President Ahmedinejad wants to “wipe Israel off the map”. Cotler is a well-known Zionist.
Both Russia and China have rejected additional US sanctions although their statements lack credibility because they look for their own interests and will not stand up for principles. Their vote in the Security Council was proof of this: they voted for an illegal resolution. Iran is entitled under NPT rules (to which it is a signatory) to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. Nobody has been able to provide any evidence that it has diverted any of its low-grade uranium for military purposes. Even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a body subservient to the US and the West in general, has not provided any proof beyond vague allegations against Iran.
There are other developments as well that point to US-Zionist collusion in stoking the flames of war. Soon after last June’s Security Council resolution, US, German, British and Israeli warships and submarines entered the Persian Gulf. On June 18, nuclear-armed Israeli submarines passed through the Suez Canal in a visible show of force and threats. The Egyptian regime’s acquiescence in such illegal acts of aggression points to Zionist-Egyptian-Saudi-American collusion in fighting Islamic revival and self-determination. On July 16, the Times of London reported that two Israeli missile class warships had also sailed through the Suez Canal and deployed into the Red Sea in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Last month, the Israeli Air Force conducted long-range exercises in the US and tested a missile defence shield at a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean. And on July 26, the Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Israeli Mossad chief, Meir Dagan had secretly visited Saudi Arabia for talks on Iran.
Despite such provocative acts and open threats, Israeli firsters like Bolton, the hawkish former US ambassador to the UN during the Bush era, has proposed that outsiders can “create broad support” for a strike against Iran by framing it as an issue of “Israel’s right to self defense”. Bolton’s defence of “pre-emptive strike” was augmented by the terrorist acts of CIA-backed and financed Jundullah that launched attacks inside a mosque in Zahedan on July 15. At least 27 worshippers were killed and scores injured when two suicide bombers exploded themselves. Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attacks saying they were in retaliation for the June 13 hanging of their leader, Abdulmalek Rigi. Rigi was captured last February while flying from Dubai to Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, to meet Richard Holbrooke, the US point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2007, Brian Ross of the US television network, ABC, had said that Jundullah was financed and trained by the CIA.
Not everyone, however, shares the neocons’ enthusiasm for war. US military leaders have warned that an attack against Iran could be catastrophic to US national security interests and could engulf the Middle East in a “calamitous” regional war. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has argued, “Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need. In fact, I believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels.” Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has expressed his own reservations about an attack, saying, “Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing. Attacking them would also create the same kind of outcome. In an area that’s so unstable right now, we just don’t need more of that.”
Will the Zionist cabal and its neocon allies be constrained by such warnings? If history is any guide, it is unlikely. They do not care for the interests of the US or anyone else; their mission is to carry out the Zionist agenda. On June 8, 1967, for instance, the Israelis had bombed the USS Liberty killing 34 American sailors and wounding 71 others in broad daylight in the Mediter-ranean during Israel’s onslaught on Egypt. Was Israel called to account? The entire episode was hushed up despite American military personnel being deliberately targeted and killed by the Zionists. They and their US allies have become far more powerful and bolder since then.
However, despite being at the height of their power and military advantage, they have to come to terms with a reality they have never had to deal with before: the impact of Islamic self-awareness on the future existence of the Zionist Israeli State. As America and Israel have begun to lose their grip on the Arab and Muslim world, the most immediate political and military problem in the world today is that the State of Israel is dying. Ordinarily, for the Muslim world in particular, and the larger world in general, this would not be such a bad thing. But the Zionist monsters have threatened to take the whole world with them if their “security” is compromised in any way. In addition to open threats against the Europeans who have been trying to warm up to Iran for economic and energy reasons, the Israelis have been sending subliminal messages to all the power centers in the world.
To the American president, they have shown with the “White House Party Crashers” incident that they can breach the chief executive’s security anytime they want. Through their powerful lobbies, they have shown that they own the US Congress, and further by selling staging technology to the Chinese in the early 1990s for their ICBMs, they are showing the Ameri-cans, should they even think of getting out of line, that they can bring other parts of the world up to military parity in a hurry. With the successful forging of passports, they have shown the Euro-peans that all the effort and finances they have put into improved security measures are useless. Gilad Atzmon, the famous Israeli rejectionist, argues that the credit crunch is in fact a Zio-punch to the world financial system. And finally to would-be third world power centers, they have shown through food and energy speculation — when wheat and corn prices shot up by over 100% and when oil prices jumped to $150 per barrel — that they can bring them to their knees without hardly flinching.
But all of these signals, causing panic among their Western sponsors, are having no impact on resurgent Muslims. The Israelis know that they cannot handle a conventional war against Islamic Iran or even against Hizbullah. In the event of a war, military analysts suggest that the sheer volume and accuracy of Hizbullah’s M600 and Iran’s Shahab-3 surface-to-air and surface-surface missiles will overwhelm Israel’s air defenses (anti-missile missle systems such as the Patriot) and disrupt their air force bases.
This means that Israel, in order to survive, will have to use nuclear weapons. This is problematic for several reasons. First of all Iran has Russian and Chinese citizens working on their nuclear and energy facilities — killing them may initiate a world war. Second, if Israel cares about its own cities as much as it says, it would never nuke Gaza or Southern Lebanon. The resulting nuclear fallout would be pretty devastating. In fact, Israel possesses all those atomic bombs because it insists on keeping the rest of the world in a constant threat. Again, according to Gilad Atzmon, “…and this is the crux of the matter. We are dealing here with a lethal collective that is driven by deadly psychosis against humanity…”
Contrary to whatever its image-manufacturing spin machine in the media says, most Israelis-in-the-know are aware that Israel’s security zone is shrinking. As more Islamic representative governments take over in the surrounding sea of Muslims (Turkey and Iran are examples; Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon are not far behind), they are likely to come together on a common cause to push the Zionist cancer into the sea. For Israel to have any hope of short-term survival, it must pull America into its war on Iran. America has no stomach for another war in the Islamic East; to draw it in, not only does the Islamic Republic have to be demonized as the genesis of a worldwide takeover of Christendom by an Islamic caliphate, but a catalytic event on the order of 9/11 is required.
Recall that during the buildup to Oslo, the State of Israel’s foot dragging and behind-the-scenes intrigue was seen as the major obstacle to peace in the Holy Land and world opinion began to turn against it — then the first attempt to bring down the World Trade Center occurred in 1993. Oslo was finished. After Durban I, the conference against racism in 2001, the State of Israel was labeled a racist, settler, apartheid state, and again favorable world opinion for Israel crumbled — then 9/11 coincidentally occurred and Israel once again escaped the retributive justice of the world community. And now after the Mavi Marmarra incident, Israeli impetuousness that thumbs its nose at any international standards of behavior has once again isolated Israel in world opinion.
World opinion, especially in Europe and America, has historically been Israel’s greatest asset. And so the time is right for another engineered 9/11 that is blamed on the Muslims of Iran. Look for either an attack on US soil — of a biological or chemical variety on some US city, or a limited yield nuclear explosion at some place like Disney World — or a Gulf of Tonkin-style attack on a US warship that kills hundreds of US soldiers in the Persian Gulf.
Despite warnings of dire consequences from think tanks such as Brookings Institution’s Saban Centre and Oxford Research Group relating to an attack on Iran, the Zionists and US neocons appear determined to plunge the US into another war. America is already on the verge of bankruptcy; its military has been badly mauled in Iraq and Afghanistan but the Zionist cabal wants to see more American servicemen die, all ostensibly to save the sinking ship of Zionism.