Let’s Go Bomb Iran

“We speak to the rest of the globe in the language of violence,” Chris Hedges recently observed on the website truthdig. “The proposed multibillion-dollar arms supply package for the Persian Gulf countries is the newest form of weapons-systems-as-message. U.S. Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns was rather blunt about the deal. He told the International Herald Tribune that the package ‘says to the Iranians and Syrians that the United States is the major power in the Middle East and will continue to be and is not going away.'”

“The arrogant call for U.S. hegemony over the rest of the globe is making enemies of a lot of people who might be predisposed to support us, even in the Middle East,” wrote Hedges. “And it is terrifying those, such as the Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians, whom we have demonized. Empathy and knowledge, the qualities that make real communication possible, have been discarded. We use tough talk and big weapons deals to communicate. We spread fear, distrust and violence. And we expect missile systems to protect us.”

Can the Administration get away with launching a new war in the Middle East before the 2008 Presidential election in order to influence its outcome or to fulfill a pledge made to its neo-conservative backers before our war in Iraq? There are a lot of persuasive arguments being made why it can’t. Among them are the potential of Iran closing the Straits of Harmuz, retaliatory attacks by Shiites in Iraq, a wave of violent reactions across the region, and a worldwide increase in acts of terror. All are possible; only the last one is a certainty. The world will become a far more dangerous place for us all.

One thing is certain. Should the White House decide to take such a dangerous step, it is unlikely, at this point, to be constrained by domestic opposition. There is no widespread sentiment for war against Iran. According to a March poll, 57% of people in the U.S. believe Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy. 20% don’t see Iran as an imminent threat and only 15% support military action. However, there is practically no opposition in Congress. A Democratic Party majority, already too cowed to end the carnage in Iraq, doesn’t even want to talk about Iran. Earlier this year there was talk about a resolution requiring the President to “consult” with Congress before attacking Iran. The House Democratic Party leadership dropped the idea.

“The neat little war with Iran, which few Democrats oppose, has the potential to ignite a regional inferno,” writes Hedges.

And the Media (oh, the “liberal” media), so far, is AWOL read full article


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