Sunday, June 19, 2005


I Hear Country Joe McDonald In The Background

During the Clinton years, UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter was a frequent sight on TV, as pundits turned to him whenever they wanted someone to criticize either the UN's or Clinton's efforts to contain Saddam Hussein. But now that Scott Ritter is known as one of the strongest and most knowledgeable critics of Bush's invasion of Iraq, he doesn't get that many invites to appear on American TV any more. All this is by way of explaining why this piece is not to be found on CNN, but Al-Jazeera:

"Liberation" and the spread of "democracy" have become none-too-subtle code words within the neo-conservative cabal that formulates and executes American foreign policy today for militarism and war. By the intensity of the "liberation/democracy" rhetoric alone, Americans should be put on notice that Iran is well-fixed in the cross-hairs as the next target for the illegal policy of regime change being implemented by the Bush administration. But Americans, and indeed much of the rest of the world, continue to be lulled into a false sense of complacency by the fact that overt conventional military operations have not yet commenced between the United States and Iran. As such, many hold out the false hope that an extension of the current insanity in Iraq can be postponed or prevented in the case of Iran. But this is a fool's dream. The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities.
This would explain why Bush kept shooting his mouth off about the evil beings that run Iran even though he (or at least his "Vulcan" advisors) must have known that each comment of his was yet another coffin nail in the cause of the Iranian reformists. A hardline régime would give him a lovely excuse to invade. Well it's one, two, three, what are fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn My next stop will be Iran And it's five, six, seven, open up the bomb bay doors Well there ain't no time to ask what for Whoopee! We're all going to war!

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