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    American Hegemony is Not Guaranteed
    Globalism; Posted on: 2008-04-19 14:05:36 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Just as the Bush regime lied to Americans and the United Nations about why Iraq was attacked, hiding the real agenda behind false claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al-Qaida, the Bush regime is now lying about why it needs to attack Iran.

    by Paul Craig Roberts

    Exactly as the British press predicted, last week’s congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and Green Zone administrator Ryan Crocker set the propaganda stage for a Bush regime attack on Iran. On April 10, Robert H. Reid of The Associated Press reported: “The top U.S. commander has shifted the focus from al-Qaida to Iranian-backed ’special groups’ as the main threat. … The shift was articulated by Gen. Petraeus, who told Congress that ‘unchecked, the special groups pose the greatest long-term threat to the viability of a democratic Iraq.’”

    According to the neocon propaganda, the “special groups” (have you ever heard of them before?) are breakaway elements of Moqtada al-Sadr’s militia.

    Nonsensical on its face, the Petraeus-Crocker testimony is just another mask in the macabre theater of lies that the Bush regime has told in order to justify its wars of naked aggression.

    Fact No. 1: Sadr is not allied with Iran. He speaks with an Iraqi voice and has his militia under orders to stand down from conflict. The Badr militia is the Shi’ite militia that is allied with Iran. Why did the United States and its Iraqi puppet Nouri al-Maliki attack Sadr’s militia and not the Badr militia or the breakaway elements of Sadr’s militia that allegedly now operate as gangs?

    Fact No. 2: The Shi’ite militias and the Sunni insurgents are armed with weapons available from the unsecured weapon stockpiles of Saddam Hussein’s army. If Iran were arming Iraqis, the Iraqi insurgents and militias would have armor-piercing rocket-propelled grenades and surface-to-air missiles. These two weapons would neutralize the U.S. advantage by enabling Iraqis to destroy U.S. helicopter gunships, aircraft and tanks. The Iraqis cannot mass their forces as they have no weapons against U.S. air power. To destroy U.S. tanks, Iraqis have to guess the roads U.S. vehicles will travel and bury bombs constructed from artillery shells. The inability to directly attack armor and to defend against air attack denies offensive capability to Iraqis.

    If the Iranians desired to arm Iraqis, they obviously would provide these two weapons that would change the course of the war.

    Just as the Bush regime lied to Americans and the United Nations about why Iraq was attacked, hiding the real agenda behind false claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al-Qaida, the Bush regime is now lying about why it needs to attack Iran. Could anyone possibly believe that Iran is so desirous of having its beautiful country bombed and its nuclear energy program destroyed that Iran would invite an attack by fighting a “proxy war” against the United States in Iraq?

    That the Bush regime would tell such a blatant lie shows that the regime has no respect for the intelligence of the American public and no respect for the integrity of the U.S. media.

    And why should it? The public and media have fallen for every lie Bush’s regime has told.

    The moral hypocrisy of U.S. politicians is unrivaled. John McCain says that if he were president he would not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics because China has killed and injured 100 Tibetans who protested Tibet’s occupation by China. Meanwhile, the Iraqi toll of the American occupation is 1 million dead and 4 million displaced. That comes to 20 percent of the Iraqi population. At what point does the U.S. occupation of Iraq graduate from a war crime to genocide?

    Not to be outdone by McCain’s hypocrisy, George W. Bush declared: “The message to the Iranians is: We will bring you to justice if you continue to try to infiltrate, send your agents or send surrogates to bring harm to our troops and-or the Iraqi citizens.”

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    News Source: chroniclesmagazine

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