It is 1939 all over again. The world waits helplessly for
the next act of naked aggression by rogue states. Only this time the rogue
states are not the Third Reich and Fascist Italy. They are the United States
The targeted victims are not Poland and France, but Iran,
Syria, the remains of the Palestinian West Bank and southern Lebanon.
The American mass media is overjoyed. War coverage attracts
viewers and sells advertising.
are ecstatic. Hegemony uber alles is back on track.
The US Air Force can�t wait "to show what it can
Defense contractors see no end of the profits.
Under cover of the mayhem and propaganda, Israel can grab
the remains of the West Bank and have another go at grabbing the water
resources of southern Lebanon.
Unlike the US and Israel, Iran is neither occupying any
other country�s territory nor threatening to invade another country.
Nevertheless, propaganda against Iran is spouting from US and Israeli mouths at
an increasing rate. Lie after lie rolls off the tongues of leaders of the "two
On April 27, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint
chiefs of staff, blamed Iran for "increasingly lethal and malign
influence" in Iraq. Has Admiral Mullen forgot that it is the US, not Iran,
that is responsible for as many as one million dead Iraqis and 4 million
displaced Iraqis, the "collateral damage" of a "cakewalk
war" now into its sixth year?
On April 26, the Washington Post reported that
"the Pentagon is planning for potential military courses of action"
against Iran. [U.S.
Weighing Readiness for Military Action Against Iran, By Ann Scott
Tyson, Washington Post, April 26, 2008]
The Bush Regime�s national security advisor says Iran is a
threat in Iraq, an accusation echoed endlessly by Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates, Secretary of State Rice, Vice President Cheney, and President Bush. The
US, which has 150,000 troops in Iraq, is not a threat. The US troops are
protecting Iraq from Iran, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. Just ask Fox
Doing its part to egg on war with Iran, the US TV news
program, "60 Minutes," gave air time to the commander of the Israeli
Air Force, General Eliezer Shkedi, who declared in a special interview that
Iranian president Ahmadinejad was the new Hitler and that we must not again make
the mistake of disbelieving a Hitler.
There are better candidates for the role than Ahmadinejad.
Gen. Shkedi himself sounds like Hitler blaming Poland for
the outbreak of the Second World War. Ahmadinejad has attacked no country,
whereas Israel repeatedly invades its neighbors and continues 40-year
occupations of Syrian and Palestinian territory.
As Noam Chomsky has written, the US government thinks that
it owns the world (Chomsky could have added that Israel thinks it owns the
Middle East and America). Americans can wallow in indignation over China�s
occupation of Tibet, but be perfectly content with America�s occupation of Iraq
and Afghanistan. Israel can wax eloquently about "Palestinian
terrorism" while its military and Zionist settlers terrorize Palestinians.
Americans see no hypocrisy in "their" government�s
damning of Russia for opposing the incorporation of former Russian satellites
and constituent parts in a US military alliance.
Americans see manifest destiny, not US aggression, when
"their" government drops bombs on Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan,
and Pakistan. Americans do not think it is aggression for them to develop war
plans to attack Iran or China or N. Korea or whomever, or to maintain hundreds
of military bases all over the globe. The same Americans work themselves into
hysterical frenzies over "Iranian
influence in Iraq" and "al Qaeda plans to bring the war to
As Chomsky says, we own the world. No one else counts.
Israel counts so much that every presidential candidate has
declared his and her willingness to expend whatever American blood and treasure
are necessary "to protect Israel." There are no limits on the promise
"to defend Israel," no matter what Israel does, no matter if Israel
initiates (yet again) war with its neighbors, no matter if it continues to
force Palestinians out of their homes and villages in order to "create
living room" for Israelis.
With this sort of promise, why should Israel ever settle for
anything less than "Greater Israel"?
Just as the US government launched its illegal invasion of
Iraq on the back of lies about weapons of mass destruction and mushroom clouds,
the US government claims it must attack Iran or Iran will build a nuclear
weapon. The Bush Regime has learned never to discard a lie as long as it works.
The lie works for the US Congress, the US media and much of
the US public, but it is breaking down abroad. On April 27, the British
newspaper, the Independent,
responded to the recent US government claim that the Syrian facility attacked
last September by Israel in an act of naked aggression was a nuclear reactor
built by N. Korea:
"There is no independent way to
verify any of this, especially since the installation has now been destroyed.
We must rely on the integrity of the Israeli and US intelligence. That is where
we hit a problem. The former US Secretary of State Colin Powell presented
similar evidence to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003
showing what we were told was strong evidence of Iraqi storage of weapons of
mass destruction. As we all know, that intelligence turned out to be
Or Propaganda, April 26, 2008]
A needless war, a country destroyed, all for bogus
intelligence. Why must we repeat our crime in Iran?
Why do we persist in our crime in Iraq? On April 27,
McClatchy Newspapers reported that 50
Iraqi political leaders representing numerous political groups including Sunnis
went to Sadr City to protest the siege by the US military. Why is al Sadr under
siege? He called for a halt to bloodshed between Iraqis, for a "liberation
of ourselves and our lands from the occupier," for "a real government
and real sovereignty." However, for the Bush Regime, rhetoric about
"freedom and democracy" is but a mask behind which to impose a US
puppet government. Real Iraqi leaders like al Sadr are "terrorists"
who must be eliminated.
Why do the American people and "their"
representatives in Congress continue to tolerate a criminal Bush Regime that
uses lies and propaganda to mask its acts of naked aggression, war crimes under
the Nuremberg standard?
Why does the rest of the world continue to receive political
representatives from a war criminal government?
What if the rest of the world told the US to close its
bases, its embassies, its CIA operations and to go home?
Self-righteous Americans would regard such demands as
effrontery! We own the world.
Craig Roberts [email him] was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s first term. He
was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic
and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by
French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of