A third American war crime in the making
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Mar 31, 2008, 00:20
The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the
United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on
If only America had an independent media and an opposition
party. If there were a shred of integrity left in American political life,
perhaps a third act of naked aggression -- a third war crime under the
Nuremberg standard -- by the Bush Regime could be prevented.
On March 30, the Russian News &
Information Agency, Novosti, cited �a high-ranking security source: 'The
latest military intelligence data point to heightened US military preparations
for both an air and ground operation against Iran.'�
According to Novosti, Russian Colonel General Leonid Ivashov
said �that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran�s
military infrastructure in the near future.� [Correction: The RIA Novsti article was
published March 27, 2007, not March 30, 2008, as above indicated. While we
regret the error, the US threat to attack Iran is real. --Ed.]
The chief of Russia�s
general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, said last November that Russia was beefing
up its military in response to US aggression, but that the Russian military is
not �obliged to defend the world from the evil Americans.�
On March 29, Chris
Floyd cited a report by the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz, which was picked
up by the German news service, DPA. The Saudi newspaper reported on March 22,
the day following Cheney�s visit with the kingdom�s rulers, that the Saudi
Shura Council is preparing �national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and
radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts� warnings of
possible attacks on Iran�s Bushehr nuclear reactors.�
And Admiral William �there will be no attack on Iran on my
watch� Fallon has been removed as US chief of Central Command, thus clearing
the way for Cheney�s planned attack on Iran.
The Iranians don�t seem to believe it, despite the dispatch
of US nuclear submarines and another aircraft carrier attack group to the
Persian Gulf. To counter any Iranian missiles launched in response to an
attack, the US is deploying anti-missile defenses to protect US bases and Saudi
Two massive failures by the American media, the Democratic
Party, and the American people have paved the way for Cheney�s long planned
attack on Iran. One failure is the lack of skepticism about the US government�s
explanation of 9/11. The other failure is the Democrats� refusal to begin
impeachment proceedings against President Bush for lying to the Congress, the
American people, and the world and launching an invasion of Iraq based on deception
and fabricated evidence.
If an American president can start a war exactly as Adolf
Hitler did with pure lies and not be held accountable, he can get away with
anything. And Bush and his evil regime have.
Hitler launched World War II with his invasion of Poland
after staging a �Polish attack� on a German radio station. On the night of
August 31, 1939, a group of Nazis disguised in Polish uniforms seized a radio
station in Germany. Hitler announced that �last night Polish troops crossed the
frontier and attacked Germany,� a claim no more true than the Bush Regime�s
claim that �Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.� Hitler�s lie
failed, because his invasion of Poland, which began the next day allegedly in
reprisal for the Polish attack, had obviously been planned for many months.
Iran is a beautiful and developed country. It is an ancient
civilization. It has attacked no one. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty. Iran is permitted by the treaty to have a nuclear
energy program. The Bush Regime�s case against Iran is based on the Bush
Regime�s desire to deny Iran its rights under the treaty.
The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have
repeatedly reported that they have found no evidence of an Iranian nuclear
weapons program. Despite all the disinformation from US Gen. Petraeus and other
Bush Regime military lackeys, Iran is not arming the Iraqis who are resisting
the American occupation.
If Iran were arming insurgents, the insurgents would have
two weapons that would neutralize the US advantage in the Iraqi conflict:
missiles to knock down US helicopter gunships and rocket-propelled grenades
that knock out American tanks. The insurgents do not have these weapons and
must construct clumsy anti-tank weapons out of artillery shells. The insurgents
are helpless against US air power and cannot mass forces to take on the
Indiscriminate American violence has reduced Iraq to rubble.
The civilian infrastructure is essentially destroyed -- electricity, water and
sewer systems, medical care and schools. Depleted uranium is everywhere
poisoning everyone, including US troops. There is no economy, and half or more
of Iraqis are unemployed. Literally no Iraqi family has escaped an injury or a
death as a consequence of the US invasion. Millions of Iraqis have become
displaced persons. A developed country with a professional middle class has
been destroyed because of lies told by the president and vice president of the
US. The Bush Regime�s lies are echoed by a neoconservative media, and have gone
unchallenged by the opposition party and an indifferent American public.
In Afghanistan, death and destruction rains on even the
smallest village from the air. America�s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wars
against the civilian populations.
Just as the world could not believe Hitler�s next horror and
thus was always unprepared, the Iranians despite all the evidence cannot
believe that even the Great Satan would gratuitously attack Iran based on
nothing but lies about nonexistent nuclear weapons.
Iran�s only chance would be to strike before the US delivers
the first blow. Instead of using its missiles to take out the Saudi oil fields
and to sink the US aircraft carriers, instead of closing the Strait of Hormuz,
instead of arming the Iraqi Shi�ites and moving them to insurgency, Iran is
perched like a sitting duck in denial even as the US and its Iraqi puppet,
Maliki, move to eliminate Al Sadr�s Iraqi Shi�ite militia in order to avoid
supply disruptions and a Shi�ite rebellion in Iraq when the US attack on Iran
It is important to emphasize that Iran is making no moves
toward war. Having tamed, blackmailed, and purchased Congress, the US media,
and US allies and puppets, Cheney might delight in the arrogance with which he
can now attack Iran free of any restraint or fabricated provocation. On the
other hand, he might cover himself by orchestrating an �Iranian provocation� to
justify his attack as a response. But like Hitler�s planned attack against
Poland, Cheney�s attack on Iran has long been in the works.
On March 29 the Associated Press reported that Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi �poured contempt on fellow Arab leaders� at the Arab summit
that day. Gadhafi told the Arab �leaders,� many of whom are on the American
payroll, that their American masters would turn on them all, just as America
turned on Saddam Hussein after using him to fight a proxy war against Iran.
Saddam had once been an ally of Washington, Gadhafi reminded
the Arabs, �but they sold him out.� Gadhafi told the American puppets, �Your
turn is next.�
Gadhafi asked, �Where is the Arabs� dignity, their future,
their very existence?� If Arabs remain disunited, he predicted, �they will turn
themselves into protectorates. They will be marginalized and turn into garbage
Indeed, it is this disunity that permits the US to bomb and
murder at will in the Middle East.
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He has held numerous academic professorships
and appointments in the US Congressional Staff. He was an associate editor of
the Wall Street Journal.
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