Friday, February 10, 2006


And the reason to make war on Iran would be...?

John Pilger has added details to what Scott Ritter reported a year or so ago: While the Pentagon has no plans to occupy all of Iran, it has in its sights a strip of land that runs along the border with Iraq. This is Khuzestan, home to 90 per cent of Iran's oil. "The first step taken by an invading force," reported Beirut's Daily Star, "would be to occupy Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan Province, securing the sensitive Straits of Hormuz and cutting off the Iranian military's oil supply." On 28 January the Iranian government said that it had evidence of British undercover attacks in Khuzestan, including bombings, over the past year. This is why I keep asking whether we are already at war with Iran. If those are Brits engaged in covert war, they aren't there freelancing. Granted, at this stage it's an allegation, not a fact, And this is the bit of history that our media and their right-wing scriptwriters won't say out loud: For more than half a century, Britain and the US have menaced Iran. In 1953, the CIA and MI6 overthrew the democratic government of Muhammed Mossadeq, an inspired nationalist who believed that Iranian oil belonged to Iran. They installed the venal shah and, through a monstrous creation called Savak, built one of the most vicious police states of the modern era. The Islamic revolution in 1979 was inevitable and very nasty, yet it was not monolithic and, through popular pressure and movement from within the elite, Iran has begun to open to the outside world - in spite of having sustained an invasion by Saddam Hussein, who was encouraged and backed by the US and Britain. In other words, the Iranians may have gone nuts, but if so, we were the chauffeur.
It may be old news by now, but in 2002, French author Emmanuel Todd observed in his book, After The Empire, that the US could get along just fine with the oil it imports from Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela. His thesis regarding the US oil obsession in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere is economic control of the resource as a means of global domination.
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