The Bush administration and its allies (notably the UK and
Israel governments) have been planning to
attack Iran as early as spring
2007. It is not surprising that yet another fabricated
pretext is being used to set it up.
Were the 15 British sailors who were captured and detained
by Iran involved in a criminal espionage operation, in Iranian waters, in the
process of setting up a Gulf of Tonkin-style pretext for war? Or were they
captured by Iranian forces in Iraqi waters (as claimed by London), as a
defensive political maneuver, in response to American and British covert
provocations that have been ongoing for
continuing to escalate?
While Western media coverage has done little beyond echo and
embellish Tony Blair�s immediate shrieking and bellicose assertions (�there was
no justification whatsoever . . . completely unacceptable, wrong and illegal�),
and the predictable Bush administration support for Blair (the White House �fully
backs Tony Blair and our allies in Britain�), and the impending political
onslaught against Tehran, little if any analysis has been devoted to the
context of what has led up to this incident.
In 2003, Tehran sent a sweeping proposal to the Bush
administration (via the Swiss Embassy) for dialogue and regional cooperation.
White House officials confirm that this memo was widely circulated and
discussed -- and rejected (top Bush administration officials profess a
The American and British
military-intelligence buildup towards a spring 2007 attack is a known fact.
Wall Street is
anticipating war. The Iran-Iraq region has been brimming with increasing
Western intelligence agency activity for well over a year. George W. Bush
personally ordered provocative
covert operations several months ago, aimed specifically at baiting Iran
into a war and a nuclear confrontation. The illegal raid of the
Iranian liason office in Irbil, Iraq, has been used as part of a larger
case of cooked and false intelligence against Tehran. A number of Iranians,
including high-ranking Iran Revolutionary Guard officials, have been captured
by Western forces. A top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated by the
Mossad. Bush also gave a �shoot to kill�
order to hunt down and kill Iranians in Iraq. Iran�s intelligence minister,
Gholam Hossein Ejeli, claims that Iran has uncovered
a network of 100 CIA and Mossad agents.
consensus has already been built in support of an attack on Iran, which is
now militarily and politically encircled (a full-scale US-British military
buildup is underway). In a March 28 interview on Air America Radio,
Senator Carl Levin echoed the simple-minded Bush-Blair propaganda that Iran
alone is provoking a confrontation with the West, alone guilty of �brinksmanship�
and �nuclear ambitions.� Levin repeated the popular assertion that President
Ahmadinejad is insane, and that the US Congress is �uniformly� behind stopping
Iran, which is �pressuring the West� (no mention of the overwhelming pressure
against Iran, by the West). Levin�s dim-witted and dangerous views are shared
by Democrats and Republicans alike.
In a letter mailed to the Associated Press by the Iranian
embassy in London, British sailor Faye Turney apologized for trespassing into
Iranian waters. Western officials have quickly responded by claiming (without
proof) that Turney�s admission was coerced, and blasting a tape of the captured
sailors (showing that they are being well treated) as �unacceptable.�
Meanwhile, London is rushing to provide proof that the boat crews were seized
inside Iraqi waters.
It is unlikely that evidence provided by either side, or
even a diplomatic exchange or settlement, will defuse the larger confrontation
already underway. The incident, and the resulting political tensions, are
clearly part of a larger international agenda, similar to the Gulf of Tonkin
incident that set up the Vietnam War that the US government was hell-bent to
If an overt act of war against Iran occurs around the marine
incident, is it conceivable that London will lead the charge and be joined
immediately by the Bush administration and Israel.
Blair government (MI-6, MI-5, etc.) has been among the most overt �war on
terrorism� aggressors in recent years. For example, on September 19, 2005, six
British armored vehicles smashed into an Iraqi jail in Basra to free two
undercover SAS elite special forces commandos who were engaged in a bungled
espionage operation (see the BBC
report). Indeed, there are reports that a rescue
operation against Iran is being contemplated.