6 August 2008

The lies of Hiroshima live on

Posted in Comment tagged , , , , at 12:54 pm by lilithhope

There’s a great John Pilger article in the Guardian today about learning the lessons of the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a means of drawing public opinion away from support for a pre-emptive American/Israeli nuclear attack on Iran.

Moreover, the comments that follow the article contain one of the best comments I’ve EVER seen,  because it dispels so many neo-liberal myths in so few words, which is why i’ve copied it below:

danwiththeplan

“I am firmly convinced that nukes should only be held by Democratic countries. After all, only in a Democratic country are the politicans honest and forthright when it comes to war. Oh, hang on…..

OK, how about this one.

Democratic countries don’t start wars, and they certainly don’t distort intelligence to start wars. Oh, hang on…

Well, maybe this one.

In Democratic countries, the votes are counted correctly and the body politic represents the will of the people. Oh, hang on….

Last try..

In Democratic countries, a free and impartial press will stringently and seriously examine any evidence before supporting a war. Baha. Ha. haahhaaaa.a.aaaahhaaa.

It’s funny, but not if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of dead civilians in Iraq. Oh, hang on.. it’s not funny, just sad.”

4 July 2008

Preparing the battlefield

Posted in Comment tagged , , at 2:05 pm by lilithhope

“Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.”

As the relentless hostile rhetoric of the American Administration and Israel’s recent mid-range airforce exercises indicate, the likelihood of a pre-emptive strike on Iran, under the pretext (and against all indicators) that it is developping nuclear weapons, is increasingly likely. In this context, the quote above is an excerpt of a recent fascinating article by Seymour Hersh, in which he states that the US is paving the way for its attack by using Iraq as a base for conducting cross-border operations and by financially supporting and arming radical Sunni militant groups inside Iran against the current regime.

Obviously, the Administration has not learnt its lessons from previous experiences of following the philosophy of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my freind’. It is a twist of irony worthy of a Woddy Alan film, were it not so tragic: the United States is not only repeating the miskate that it made in the 1980’s of supporting the Taliban against the Soviets, thereby sacrificing long-term security for the sake of short-term gains; but it is also fuelling the very groups that are on the fringes of Al-Qa’ida, the object this grandiose “War on Terror” that has consumed thousands and thousands of lives… In Afghanistan they bomb them indiscriminately, while in neighbouring Iran they encourage their dissident and sepratist antics.

One of the most intersting points of Hersh’s piece concerns the ineffectiveness of the US strategy of supporting such ethnic minorities as the Beluchis or Ahwazui, which is elaborated upon during his interviw with Vali Nasr:

“A strategy of using ethnic minorities to undermine Iran is flawed, according to Vali Nasr, who teaches international politics at Tufts University and is also a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Just because Lebanon, Iraq, and Pakistan have ethnic problems, it does not mean that Iran is suffering from the same issue,” Nasr told me. “Iran is an old country—like France and Germany—and its citizens are just as nationalistic. The U.S. is overestimating ethnic tension in Iran.””

A good piece all in all, definately worth the read, even though it will leave you with an ominous feeling about the last few months of the Bush presidency, and even after, as the military industrial complex grinds its way forward regardless of indivuduals or parties. Let’s hope that somewhere, some voice of reason prevails.