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    Fight Against Iran Too Familiar by Eric Margolis http://groups.yahoo.com/group/libertyunderground/ While the Bush/Cheney administration seems hell-bent on
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      Fight Against Iran Too Familiar
      by Eric Margolis
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/libertyunderground/


      While the Bush/Cheney administration seems hell-bent on provoking war
      with Iran, Americans appear far more alarmed by the dangers of global
      warming. Many of them must regret not voting for "Ecological Al" Gore
      in 2000.

      While icebergs melt, the U.S.-Iran confrontation is getting very
      dangerous. The heaviest concentration of U.S. naval strike forces
      since the 2003 war against Iraq is concentrating off Iran.

      In a disturbing replay of that conflict, CIA drones and U.S. Air Force
      recon aircraft -- along with U.S. and British Special Forces -- are
      overflying Iran and probing its nuclear and military installations.
      CIA and Britain's MI6 are stirring unrest among Iran's Kurds and
      Azerbaijanis, and arming Iranian Marxist and royalist exiles.

      A belligerent President George Bush ordered U.S. forces in Iraq to
      "kill" Iranian agents or diplomats who appear threatening.

      U.S. troops in northern Iraq broke into an Iranian liaison office and
      arrested its military staff. Bush unblushingly warns Iran, not to
      "meddle" in neighbouring Iraq.

      Pentagon sources accused Iran of smuggling weapons and explosives to
      "Iraqi insurgents;" though the "insurgents" are in fact Shia
      militiamen allied to the U.S.-installed Baghdad regime. Half of the
      21,000 additional U.S. troops headed to Iraq are being positioned to
      cover the Iranian border and block an Iranian threat to the main U.S.
      -Kuwait-Baghdad supply line.

      New contingents of U.S. Air Force personnel and warplanes are arriving
      at key forward air bases in Bulgaria and Romania that link the U.S. to
      the Mideast and Central Asia. U.S. bases in Britain, Germany, Diego
      Garcia, the Persian Gulf, Central Asia, and Pakistan are reported on
      heightened alert. Turkey is being pressed to allow U.S. and Israeli
      strike aircraft to use its air space to attack northern Iran.

      The Pentagon's latest strike plan against Iran includes more than
      2,300 "high value" targets such as its dispersed nuclear
      infrastructure and, worryingly, operating reactors, air and naval
      bases, ports, telecommunications, air defences, military factories,
      energy networks and government buildings.

      Iran's water and sewage systems, bridges, food storage, and bomb
      shelters could also be targeted, as were Iraq's in 2001.

      The U.S. Treasury has mounted a highly effective campaign to strangle
      Iran financially, seriously hurting its foreign banking connections,
      retarding industrial growth and energy production, and impeding
      foreign investment.

      The Bush administration and close ally Israel have sharply intensified
      their war of words against Iran, claiming, implausibly, it poses a
      nuclear threat to the entire world.

      Israeli threats

      Politicians in Israel are in dangerous emotional overdrive and making
      open threats to attack Iran. They claim Iran is a new Nazi Germany and
      Israel faces a second Holocaust -- in spite of its powerful triad of
      nuclear forces that can survive any surprise attack.

      Though UN inspectors find no evidence Iran is producing nuclear
      weapons, Tehran, like Saddam's Iraq, is being told to prove an
      impossible negative -- that it has no nuclear weapons.

      With disturbing deja vu, the U.S. Congress and media are swallowing
      the administration's torrent of unproven allegations against Iran
      precisely the way they lapped up its grotesque lies about Iraq.

      Intelligence analysts would conclude either: Washington is trying to
      bluff Tehran to abandon its entirely legal but worrisome civilian
      nuclear power program and thus claim a major victory after so many
      defeats. Or, the cornered Bush/Cheney administration is trying to
      provoke an air and naval war against Iran as a last desperate,
      ideologically driven assault against the Muslim world, and divert
      attention from its Iraq debacle.

      'Not very dangerous'

      Amid growing war fever, this week France's President Jacques Chirac
      sensibly observed, off the record, that even if Iran had a few nuclear
      weapons for self-defence, "it is not very dangerous."

      Iran would be obliterated by U.S. and Israeli nuclear counterstrikes
      if it ever used its nukes against Israel, noted Chirac, and is
      unlikely to commit national suicide.

      After his comments became public, Chirac retracted them when
      Washington's French-haters went apoplectic. But, as he did before
      Bush's 2003 war against Iraq, Chirac spoke with logic and good sense.


      margolis @ foreigncorrespondent.com

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