The War Criminal in the Living Room
- 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
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.