Israel and Iran


A Timetable For War
by Philip Giraldi
Antiwar.com, 2010-05-06

Readers of my articles will know that I am extremely pessimistic about
the prospects for peace in the Middle East.
I do not believe for a second that the leaders of Israel
actually consider Iran to be an “existential” threat
but the fact that they have cried wolf so often
has convinced the Israeli public that it is so.
Worse still,

Israel’s friends in the US
have convinced the American public of the same thing
even though Iran does not threaten the United States at all.

Relying on a complaisant media that has fully embraced
the fabricated narrative of fanatical Mullahs brandishing nuclear weapons
shortly before handing them over to al-Qaeda,
a majority of Americans now believes that Iran must be dealt with by force
and that it already has a nuclear weapon.
As in the case in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq,
the fictitious threat has taken on an ominous reality because
the lie has been repeated often enough to appear to be truth.

I believe several things must be understood in relationship to
the likely formula for initiation of such a conflict.


[O]nce the shooting begins, even if Israel starts it,
both Congress and the media will demand that Washington intervene
to support
brave lttle democracy Israel.
One can be sure that on the day after Tel Aviv starts a conflict
Congress will overwhelmingly pass a motion approving the Israeli action
and also calling on the White House to have American forces join in.
The Washington Post, FOX news, and The New York Times
will be beside themselves with joy.
[How can Dr. Giraldi leave out The Wall Street Zionist? :-)]


[It is hard to say who is more responsible for
this disturbing (actually, disgusting) turn of events:
  • American Jews for pushing the Zionist policies,

  • the media for pushing those policies
    without giving the alternative view adequate voice
    (if you want an example, the fact that the cable companies,
    under pressure from the Jews, have refused to put
    the English version of al-Jazeera on most cable systems),

  • or the general American population
    for not going to the effort to find and read the information sources
    (say, Michael Scheuer, Philip Giraldi, Norman Finkelstein for starters)
    that would give them a more balanced perspective on
    the claims of the Zionists.

The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
by Gareth Porter
Antiwar.com, 2010-08-01

[T]he aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu
is to support an attack by Israel so that
the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.

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