According to the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post,
it is breaking news that Iran, if attacked by the United States, would respond
in kind. “As tensions increase between the United States and
Iran, U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond
to U.S. military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence
operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide,”
Priest. “Iran would mount attacks against U.S. targets inside Iraq,
where Iranian intelligence agents are already plentiful, predicted these experts.
There is also a growing consensus that Iran’s agents would target civilians
in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, they said.”
As well, it stands to reason that Iran’s “intelligence operatives
and Hezbollah teams” are far more sophisticated than “al-Qaeda,”
the straw man terrorist group that recruits lunatics and incompetents such as
Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid to pull off attacks. “But terrorism
experts considered Iranian-backed or controlled groups—namely the country’s
Ministry of Intelligence and Security operatives, its Revolutionary Guards and
the Lebanon-based Hezbollah—to be better organized, trained and equipped
than the al-Qaeda network that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”
Never mind there is no evidence that the “al-Qaeda network… carried
out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks” (although evidence was promised, never
delivered) and never mind as well under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Iran has a right to develop nuclear energy. Of course, we shouldn’t expect
the CIA’s favorite newspaper to mention such things—or that Iran
has a right to defend itself, especially considering the United States engineered
a coup to overthrow a democratically elected Iranian leader (Operation
Ajax), install a vicious dictator, and train a brutal secret police accumulating
one of the worst human rights records in modern history.
“The Iranian government views the Islamic Jihad, the name of Hezbollah’s
terrorist organization, ‘as an extension of their state. . . . operational
teams could be deployed without a long period of preparation,’ said Ambassador
Henry A. Crumpton, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism.”
No doubt a predictable line of reasoning from “a revered master of CIA
covert operations” who played a role in the Keane-Zelikow whitewash commission
report and mucked around in Africa for the CIA (see this
glowing write-up in the CIA’s favorite newspaper).
Of course, it makes sense “Hank” Crumpton would lump Hezbollah
in with Iran since this linkage is vital to the Straussian neocon master plan
to attack Muslim society and culture in the Middle East. Hezbollah is also included
because it continues to effectively resist Israel border incursions and also
seriously damaged Israel’s invincible image by forcing it to withdraw
from southern Lebanon in 2000. Recall the neocon Richard
Armitage’s characterization of Hezbollah as “the ‘A-Team
of Terrorists’ and maybe al-Qaeda is actually the ‘B’ team.
And they’re on the list and their time will come…. There is no question
about it—it’s all in good time. And we’re going to go after
these problems just like a high school wrestler goes after a match. We’re
going to take them” In fact, the Straussian neocons have planned to attack
Hezbollah and Hamas for sometime, never mind that both were democratically elected
to office in Lebanon and Palestine respectively.
“The possibility of a military confrontation has been raised only obliquely
in recent months by President Bush and Iran’s government. Bush says he
is pursuing a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but he has added that all options
are on the table for stopping Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.”
Maybe it was oblique for Bush—a lot of what he mutters has an oblique
(as in dishonest) quality—but the Straussian neocons have remained quite
adamant in their desire to take out Iraq, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian
Authority (now irrelevant), and even the monarchs of Saudi Arabia and formerly
friendly dictators such as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. If it is Arab, Persian, and
Muslim, the neocons have a hankering to take it out, preferably with violence.
Of course, repeating over and over, as the CIA’s favorite newspaper does,
that Iran is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, when in fact there is no
definitive evidence of this, sure doesn’t hurt the neocon project. By
now a large number of Americans believe Iran has nukes and will use them against
our “friend” Israel and maybe even the United States, although few
bother to mention the Iranians don’t have missiles capable of reaching
the United States.
“Both sides have increased their activities against the other. The Bush
administration is spending $75 million to step up pressure on the Iranian government,
including funding non-governmental organizations and alternative media broadcasts.
Iran’s parliament then approved $13.6 million to counter what it calls
‘plots and acts of meddling’ by the United States.”
More nonsense. Is Iran “spending $75 million” to fund “non-governmental
organizations and alternative media broadcasts” in the United States?
No, of course not. And yet the shameless CIA mouthpiece, the Washington Post,
publishes this garbage, as they published likewise garbage about Saddam Hussein
before Bush and crew attacked, almost all of it lies. If Bushzarro world vaporized
tomorrow morning, sensible people would demand the editors of the CIA-infested
Washington Post be arrested and charged with disseminating warmongering propaganda.
Instead, journalists such as Dana Priest receive prestigious awards and grants
(Priest received a MacArthur grant, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished
Reporting on the National Defense in 2001, and the NYPL Helen Bernstein Book
Award for Excellence in Journalism).
Or has Iran flown illegal unmanned drones over Missouri or Massachusetts,
as the United States does routinely over Iran, launched from occupied territory
in neighboring Iraq. Although Bush and his Straussian neocons call the government
of Iran terrorist, the Iranians have never shot down a U.S. civilian airliner,
as the U.S. military did on July 3, 1988 (Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down
by the U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes, murdering 290 civilian
from six nations).
“Because Iran’s nuclear facilities are scattered around the country,
some military specialists doubt a strike could effectively end the program and
would require hundreds of strikes beforehand to disable Iran’s vast air
defenses. They say air strikes would most likely inflame the Muslim world, alienate
reformers within Iran and could serve to unite Hezbollah and al-Qaeda, which
have only limited contact currently.”
It is far more likely “al-Qaeda” and Hezbollah have no contact
since the “al-Qaeda” mythology stipulates that Osama’s boogiemen
are strict Wahhabists who consider Shia Muslims infidels (remember, we are told
al-Zarqawi and “al-Qaeda in Iraq” were tasked with killing Shia
Muslims on religious grounds).
“A report by the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks
cited al-Qaeda’s long-standing cooperation with the Iranian-back Hezbollah
on certain operations and said Osama bin Laden may have had a previously undisclosed
role in the Khobar attack. Several al-Qaeda figures are reportedly under house
arrest in Iran.”
Indeed, they are under arrest because Iran knows who they are—CIA trained
and unleashed lunatics.
It would be hypocritical for any rational person to deny Iran any and
all methods to defend itself, even “activating” Hezbollah as if
they are malleable Stepford terrorists. If Iran covertly intervened in America’s
so-called election process, spied on American politicians, buzzed over military
bases and nuclear labs with drones, and otherwise spent billions to undermine
the United States and collect intelligence in advance of an invasion or massive
shock and awe campaign, the American people would be calling for the government
to defend itself by all means necessary, probably even nuking Iran and turning
it into a glass parking lot.