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The War Criminal in the Living Room

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  • Carol Herzenberg
    Friends - I think you will find this worth reading - Carol ................................................... http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=11533
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2007
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      Friends - I think you will find this worth reading - Carol


      August 31, 2007

      The War Criminal in the Living Room

      by Paul Craig Roberts

      The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans
      are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression
      against Iran.

      US Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.

      US Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed
      in bases in countries bordering or near to Iran.

      US B-2 stealth bombers have been refitted to carry
      30,000 pound "bunker buster" bombs.

      The US government is financing terrorist and separatist
      groups within Iran.

      US Special Forces teams are conducting terrorist
      operations inside Iran.

      US war doctrine has been altered to permit first
      strike nuclear attack on Iran and other non-nuclear countries.

      Bush's war threats against Iran have intensified
      during the course of this year. The American people
      are being fed a repeat of the lies used to justify
      naked aggression against Iraq.

      Bush is too self-righteous to see the dark humor
      in his denunciations of Iran for threatening "the
      security of nations everywhere" and of the Iraqi
      resistance for "a vision that rejects tolerance,
      crushes all dissent, and justifies the murder of
      innocent men, women, and children in the pursuit
      of political power." Those are precisely the words
      that most of the world applies to Bush and his
      Brownshirt administration. The Pew Foundation's world
      polls show that despite all the American and Israeli
      propaganda against Iran, the US and Israel are
      regarded as no less threats to world stability than demonized Iran.

      Bush has discarded habeas corpus and the Geneva
      Conventions, justified torture and secret trials,
      damned critics as anti-American, and is responsible,
      according to Information Clearing House, for over one
      million deaths of Iraqi civilians, which puts Bush
      high on the list of mass murderers of all time. The
      vast majority of "kills" by the US military in Iraq
      and Afghanistan are civilians.

      Now Bush wants to murder more. We have to kill Iranians
      "over there," Bush says, "before they come over here."
      There is no possibility that Iranians or any Muslims
      who have no air force, no navy, no modern military
      technology are going to "come over here," and no
      indication that they plan to do so. The Muslims are
      disunited and have been for centuries. That is what
      makes them vulnerable to colonial rule. If Muslims were
      united, the US would already have lost its army in Iraq.
      Indeed, it would not have been able to put an army in Iraq.

      Meanwhile the US media focuses on whether Republican
      Senator Larry Craig is a homosexual or has offended
      gays by denying to be one of them. The run-up for the
      public's attention is why a South Carolina beauty queen
      cannot answer a simple question about why her generation
      is unable to find the United States on a map.

      The war criminal is in the living room, and no official
      notice is taken of the fact.

      Lacking US troops with which to invade Iran, the
      Bush administration has decided to bomb Iran "back
      into the stone age." Punishing air and missile attacks
      have been designed not merely to destroy Iran's nuclear
      energy projects, but also to destroy the public
      infrastructure, the economy, and the ability of
      the government to function.

      Encouraged by the indifference of both the American
      media and Christian churches to the massive casualties
      inflicted on Iraqi civilians, the Bush administration
      will not be deterred by the prospect of its air attacks
      inflicting massive casualties on Iranian civilians.
      Last summer the Bush administration demonstrated to
      the entire world its total disdain for Muslim life
      when Bush supported Israel's month-long air attack
      on Lebanese civilian infrastructure and civilian
      residences. President Bush blocked the attempt
      by the rest of the world to halt the gratuitous
      murder of Lebanese civilians and infrastructure
      destruction. Clearly, turning the Muslim Middle
      East into a wasteland is the Bush policy. For Bush,
      civilian casualties are a non-issue. Hegemony uber alles.

      The Bush administration has made its war plans for
      attacking Iran and positioned its forces without
      any prior approval from Congress. The "unitary
      executive" obviously doesn't believe that an
      attack on Iran requires the approval of Congress.
      By its absence and quietude, Congress seems to agree
      that it has no role in the decision.

      In the improbable event that Congress were to make
      any fuss about Bush's decision to attack yet another
      country, the State Department has devised legalistic
      cover: simply declare Iran's military to be a
      "terrorist organization" and go to war under
      the cover of the existing resolution.

      The "Iran issue" has been created by the Bush
      administration, not by Iran. Iran, like many
      other countries, has a nuclear energy program to
      which it is entitled as a signatory to the Nuclear
      Non-Proliferation Treaty. Inspectors of the
      International Atomic Energy Agency have found
      no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.

      The Bush administration has brushed away this fact,
      which should be determining, just as the Bush
      administration brushed away the fact that weapons
      inspectors reported, prior to Bush's invasion of Iraq,
      that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

      The Bush administration managed to disrupt the work
      of the pesky IAEA weapons inspectors in Iran. Iran
      has been working successfully with the IAEA and has
      achieved what a senior IAEA official recently described
      as a milestone agreement. The Bush administration
      instantly went to work to discredit the agreement
      and unleashed its new lapdog, French President Nicolas
      Sarkozy, to threaten "the bombing of Iran."

      The Bush administration's position is legally
      untenable and is really nothing but a contrived
      excuse to start another war. Bush claims that Iran,
      alone among all the signatories of the Nuclear
      Non-Proliferation Treaty, must be denied its right
      under the pact to develop nuclear energy, because
      Iran, alone among all the other signatories, will
      be the only country able to deceive the IAEA
      inspectors and develop nuclear weapons. Therefore,
      Iran must be denied its rights under the agreement.

      Bush's position on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
      Treaty is as legally untenable as his position on
      every other issue - the Geneva Conventions, the
      Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, habeas corpus,
      the constitutional separation of powers, and
      presidential signing statements that he cavalierly
      attaches to new laws in order to override the
      legislative power of Congress. Bush's position is
      that the meaning of laws and treaties varies with
      his needs of the moment.

      Bush has declared himself to be the "decider."
      The "decider" decides whether Americans have any
      rights under the Constitution and whether Iran has
      any rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
      As the "decider" has decided that Iran has no such
      rights, the "decider" decides whether to attack Iran.
      No one else has any say about it. The people's
      representatives are just so much chaff in the wind.

      Whatever form of government Bush is operating under,
      it is far outside an accountable constitutional
      democratic government. Bush has transitioned America
      to caesarism, and even if Bush leaves office in
      January 2009, the powers he has accumulated in the
      executive will remain. Unless Bush and Cheney are
      impeached and convicted, there is no prospect of
      the US Congress and federal judiciary ever again
      being co-equal branches of government.
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