The multi-trillion dollar global question. Even if we’re going to play pretend and assume that in some Bizarro World lacking morality that pre-emptive war is justifyable, would it be justifyable against Iran? The empirical evidence suggests that such discussions cannot even be taken seriously among such hypocrites.
Press TV’s segment addreesing this question [sic] – 23 Apr 09 (5:01):
One of the earliest posts on this blog was my reaction to then-President-elect Obama’s statement that Iran could “do this the hard way or the easy way” and I suggest reading it — where I make my stance and state my case (pretty clearly) to another blogger that as of Dec. ’08, Iran had no nuclear weapons program. This is uncontroversial.
Something happened after that: Israel, having broken a ceasefire with Hamas in early Nov. ’08, massacred over 1,400 people in Gaza — including almost 1,000 civilians — and Iran had the audacity [sic] to criticize that, immediately as the war crimes began.
After that, the jingoism continued. In March, my co-editor called the U.S. actions and rhetoric a “proxy war” with Iran and I agreed shortly after as Pres. Obama extended the U.S. sanctions against the Iranian people and stuck to my assessment from December of the president’s approach extending it to:
I don’t give a fuck how nice a guy’s smile is; who the hell are the idiots continuing to believe this shit and approve of this president?!
I stick to that over a month later (though, I can be a bit more eloquent now).
Since those two articles by myself and Sayyid, Iran has compiled evidence of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza and has appropriately attacked the international community’s tacit consent for Israel’s blatant disregard of international law.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is, by no means, anything less than a despot, but his criticism of these events are not far off. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights marked 2008 the “bloodiest year for Palestinians since 1948” in their annual report released this weekend.
The Cold War with Iran is very real. On 18 Apr, the London Times reported that Israel is “preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault” on Iran. Yesterday, Press TV reported Israel’s Debkafile claiming that Israel planned an air attack on Iran for 17 Apr, but it was “cancelled due to severe and harsh weather conditions” or a “tip-off from the Russians”:
“Due to poor visibility and the appearance of dust storms (over the city), we were forced to cancel the drill for an optimal output,” said Air Force commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi.
However, Debka, which has close links to the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, quoted intelligence sources as saying that the cancellation was announced after a tip-off from the Russians.
“Moscow had informed the Iranians that its spy satellites and intelligence sources had picked up preparations at Israeli Air Force bases to destroy the 140 warplanes, the bulk of the Iranian air force, on the ground the night before the display, leaving its nuclear sites without aerial defense,” Debka sources insisted.
The article continues:
Israel, the sole possessor of a nuclear warhead in the Middle East — according to former US President Jimmy Carter — has long strived to portray Iran as a regime hell-bent on imminent nuclear war.
Under the claim and a warning that Iran could gain nuclear weapons within “months”, Israel regularly threatens to wipe out Iranian nuclear infrastructure militarily.
As it’s been shown on this blog and to anyone who wishes to utilize a quick Google News search, Iran has no nuclear weapons and the rhetoric of this article is important to note — that there is simply a “claim” that Iran “could” gain nuclear weapons “within ‘months'”. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei, who’s given Iran 14 clean bills of health in recent years, said in an interview with the New York Times‘ Roger Cohen recently that he “dismissed the notion that Iran ‘could go to a weapon tomorrow’ as ‘hype’, putting the time frame for that at two to five years”.
Pres. Ahmadinejad has been falsely quoted an infinite amount of times as wanting Israel ‘wiped off the map’. Israel’s actions are quite clear and speak much louder than loose mistranslations — that Israel actively threatens to wipe Iran off the map every day.
These are acts of war.
Prof. Noam Chomsky said in a recent interview with Press TV:
“If somebody was watching this from Mars, they would crack up in ridicule. The United States is telling Iran to turn away from arms and violence? I mean, the United States spends as much in arms as the rest of the world combined. It is occupying some countries adjacent to Iran. Iran is not occupying Mexico and Canada.
“The whole idea is just catatonical but I have not heard a word in the West that is critical, of the absurd idea here that describes a very forthcoming gesture. Well, it is forthcoming by western standards but by any other standards that were not tinged by extreme imperialogy it would be an absurdity.”
Israel Foreign Minister (and unapologetic fascist) Avigdor Lieberman made it very clear in an interview this weekend that Israel is “not talking about a military attack” and proposing the U.S. “take responsibility for resolving the Iranian question”.
Iran has no nuclear weapons, is not occupying a territory near the borders of the U.S. or Israel, and is not threatening to attack the U.S. or Israel. The U.S. has over 5,000 nuclear weapons, wants to expand its nuclear missile shield in Eastern Europe, is playing war games in nearby Georgia next month with NATO, and occupying Iraq — which borders Iran.
Iran funds Hezbollah and Hamas — leading political parties of Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, respectively. The U.S. supplies Israel, blocks all sanctions and resolutions against Israel as permanent members in the U.N. Security Council with veto power, never supports any calls for inspections of Israel’s uncontroversially existent nuclear weapons program and arsenal, and has routinely removed despots in the Middle East, Latin America, Indonesia, and Vietnam to replace them with (in most cases more brutal) despots.
For Christ’s sake, Mr. Lieberman. Talk about begging the question…
Up-to-date news coverage of Iran on The Wire.
- Shameful Hypocrisy of the West (22 Apr 09)
- Chomsky’s Lectern: Iran is Pressured Because of Its Independent Stance (17 Apr 09)
- US Think Tank Advises Israel on How to Attack Iran (17 Mar 09)
- Netanyahu Believes ‘National Emergency’ Would Help Build Coalition (15 Mar 09)
- Obama Extends Cold War With Iran One Year (14 Mar 09)
- Pentagon’s Nuclear Weapons Theory Bombs (8 Mar 09)
- Obama’s Proxy War (7 Mar 09)
- Chomsky’s Lectern: March ‘09 Interview with AntiWar Radio (4 Mar 09)
- Warmongers Who Sold You Iraq Pushing War with Iran (10 Feb 09)
- Chomsky’s Lectern: On Iran – April 2007 (5 Feb 09)