John Bolton, the “interim,” that is to say installed, U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, has announced there is no doubt Iran plans
to build nuclear bombs. Although there is no evidence of this, it of course
makes perfect sense for Iran to hanker after nukes, as nations with nukes, or
believed to have nukes, such as North Korea, are not invaded by the United States.
Iran fully understands what the U.S. under the rule of the perfidious neocons
plans to do—all they need do is look west toward Iraq.
It should be obvious what the neocons have in mind for Iran—and all Muslim
nations in the Middle East—complete social and cultural destruction, a
process well underway in the hell hole of Iraq, at one time a first world country
with a modern health care and educational system, now a smoldering wreck on
par with ruined states in Africa.
Iran understands well this is the plan for them, as the Muslim hating neocons
will not rest until Israel’s enemies are diseased, malnourished, without
electricity or clean water, and wracked by tribal and ethnic violence.
Ahmadinejad understands the threat—for now comprised of sanctions against
Iran—and told a large crowd in Tehran that “the Iranian nation will
not accept for one moment any bullying, invasion and violation of its rights,”
according to the Associated
Press. Ahmadinejad knows the CIA, Pentagon, and Israeli military intelligence
are at work in his country, stirring up trouble, as they did in Iraq prior to
the invasion. “He also said enemies of the country were trying to stir
up differences among the Iranian people.’”
In Russia, Mikhail
Margelov, chairman of the upper house of parliament’s committee for
international affairs, released a statement declaring sanctions against Iran
would be futile. “Margelov said sanctions against the Islamic Republic
would not necessarily cause a change of power within the country, which is what
proponents of sanctions are hoping for…. ‘The stick, which has already
been used against Iran, doesn’t seem to have frightened anyone there.
The size of a carrot capable of outweighing Iran’s ambition to become
a regional leader is hard to imagine,’” said Margelov.
Of course, the neocons are not interested in sanctions—they intend to
use the stick extravagantly, want full tilt shock and awe and sanctions are
but one step in that direction, a curtain of legitimacy draped over their true
and manifestly murderous intentions.
It is a slow process, as reluctant Europeans call “for more dialogue
with Iran before any talk of sanctions,” according to Reuters.
“For the EU, diplomacy remains the Number One way forward,” declared
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. “The time is always for diplomacy.
We need patience, we need a lot of patience, and we need clarity,” Austrian
Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik told reporters. “German Foreign Minister
Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was too soon to talk of sanctions, which was
up to the U.N. Security Council, but there was no contradiction in talking to
Iran while working to build consensus at the United Nations.” Said EU
foreign policy chief Javier Solana, “I am the person who is going to talk
to Iran soon, so I don’t want to put myself in a position of failure.”
It would seem these bureaucrats never learn. Javier Solana will eventually
fail—and miserably, as the neocons will settle for nothing less than a
massive shock and awe campaign against Iran, sooner before later, but certainly
before Bush leaves office, that is if he ever leaves office, as it would be
much easier if this was a dictatorship.
“The power structure is obviously divided on the Iran issue, if not as
deeply as one might hope,” writes Gary
Leupp. “Democratic Party leaders have indeed competed with the Bush
administration to embrace a hard line on Iran. The president’s recent
visit to the Hoover Institution to talk with foreign policy wonks who favor
an attack suggests the plan’s still on track. But recently there’s
been a trend towards advocating negotiations. I would just suggest those doing
so note that such negotiations might have begun three years ago—had Cheney
and his neocon acolytes (still dangerously occupying key positions) not sabotaged
any diplomatic initiatives standing in the way of their imperial ambitions.”
“I smell an expanded war in the Middle East, and pray that I’m
Paul of Texas told the U.S. House of Representatives in April. “I
sense that circumstances will arise that demand support regardless of the danger
and cost. Any lack of support, once again, will be painted as being soft on
terrorism and al Qaeda. We will be told we must support Israel, support patriotism,
support the troops, and defend freedom. The public too often only smells the
stench of war after the killing starts. Public objection comes later on, but
eventually it helps to stop the war…. This time there will be a greater
pretense of an international effort sanctioned by the UN before the bombs are
dropped. But even without support from the international community, we should
expect the plan for regime change to continue.”
“Sanctions, along with financial and political support to persons and
groups dedicated to the overthrow of the Iranian government, are acts of war,”
Paul continued. “Once again we’re unilaterally declaring a pre-emptive
war against a country and a people that have not harmed us and do not have the
capacity to do so. And don’t expect Congress to seriously debate a declaration
of war resolution. For the past 56 years Congress has transferred to the executive
branch the power to go to war as it pleases, regardless of the tragic results
and costs…. Just as the invasion of Iraq inadvertently served the interests
of the Iranians, military confrontation with Iran will have unintended consequences.
The successful alliance engendered between the Iranians and the Iraqi majority
Shia will prove a formidable opponent for us in Iraq as that civil war spreads.
Shipping in the Persian Gulf through the Straits of Hormuz may well be disrupted
by the Iranians in retaliation for any military confrontation. Since Iran would
be incapable of defending herself by conventional means, it seems logical that
some might resort to a terrorist attack on us. They will not passively lie down,
nor can they be destroyed easily.”
This is precisely what the neocons want. We are told they are stumbling blindly
into a dangerous confrontation with Iran, oblivious to their “failure”
in Iraq, blinkered by hubris.
In fact, the neocons are not interested in delivering “democracy”
to Iran or any other Muslim country in the Middle East—the point is to
destroy these countries, reduce them to their ethnic and tribal components,
and make certain they do not challenge Israel. The “objective is the perpetuation
of Arab disunity,” as Pepe Escobar notes, making reference to the situation
in Iraq. It is a plan that will be unleashed against primarily non-Arab Iran,
It should be remembered the main neocon players angling the United States toward
a devastating shock and awe campaign of Iran—devastating not only for
Iran, but also for the people of the United States—are protégés
of Leo Strauss and the fascist polemicist, Carl Schmitt.
“The hallmark of Strauss’ approach to philosophy was his hatred
of the modern world, his belief in a totalitarian system, run by ‘philosophers,’
who rejected all universal principles of natural law, but saw their mission
as absolute rulers, who lied and deceived a foolish ‘populist’ mass,
and used both religion and politics as a means of disseminating myths that kept
the general population in clueless servitude,” writes Jeffrey
For the Straussians, tutored by Strauss and the philosophy of the Nazi totalitarian
Carl Schmitt and the Hegelian political philosopher Alexandre Kojève,
the idea that “man’s humanity depend[s] on his willingness to rush
naked into battle and headlong to his death,” as Shadia
Drury told Danny Postel, reigns predominate.
“The combination of religion and nationalism is the elixir that Strauss
advocates as the way to turn natural, relaxed, hedonistic men into devout nationalists
willing to fight and die for their God and country,” and, of course, for
the Zionist project, near and dear to the likes of the Jewish neocon hierarchy.
Strauss may have gone through life as a nihilist and atheist, not particularly
enamored with Israel or Zionism, but his acolytes have other ideas in mind.
For the Zionist neocons, the fact a shock awe campaign against Iran will capsize
the American economy and possibly usher in a new era of terrorism (more accurately
defined as an asymmetrical response to state-sponsored terrorism) translates
into a near perfect situation, as it will turn “natural, relaxed, hedonistic
men into devout nationalists willing to fight and die” in the “clash
of civilizations,” what Newt Gingrich, a goyim neocon, calls World War
For the Straussian neocons, sanctions are but a necessary, albeit irksome,
tap dance on the way to Armageddon.
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