According to an article in today’s SPIEGEL online edition, US War on Iran: ‘Closer to Reality’, former US military adviser and security expert Gary Sick dismisses the idea of attacking Iran as plainly crazy. The inevitable retaliation, specially by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, would have catastrophic consequences as far as world economy is concerned — with skyrocketing oil prices causing a global recession. Unfortunately, a voice of reason isn’t what the White House listens to, as experience has shown. Rather, it may follow the dangerous and manipulative Man Behind the Curtain, the Vice President, who apparently has already asked his strategists to design the possible beginning of a war with Iran.
It seems crazy beyond belief that men who throw terms such as “World War III” and “World War IV” around are in fact the ones with the power to start these wars. The rhetoric behind dropping some strategic bombs on Iran is so utterly twisted, deceitful, and imbecile that it makes one’s blood boil. The SPIEGEL article mentions columnist Norman Podhoretz, considered to be the godfather of the neoconservatives, whose book “World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism” was appropriately published on September 11. Podhoretz’s article The Case for Bombing Iran, which appeared in June and was partially reprinted in the Wall Street Journal, is a conglomerate of half-truths, projections, misinformation, and plain lies. It ends with a sincere prayer that the President of the United States won’t wait much longer before bombing Iran. I’m not kidding.
Add to this the current campaign by David Horowitz, his “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” taking place on some 200 university and college campuses from October 22 to October 26, and the situation begins to look really creepy. From the website: “The purpose of this protest is as simple as it is crucial: to confront the two Big Lies of the political left: that George Bush created the war on terror and that Global Warming is a greater danger to Americans than the terrorist threat.” If you live in Washington/DC, you can hear him tonight at George Washington University. Or, you can join Peace Forum and World Can’t Wait by wearing an orange wristband that reads “Drive Out the Bush Regime”.
The sanctions against Iran, announced today by Condoleezza Rice, are, as Ms Rice stated, proof that the US was “fully committed to a diplomatic solution with Iran” and had “no conflict” with the Iranian people. Iran’s view is different: Kazem Jalali, spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs and security commission, commented that “This will make the wall of distrust between Iran and the United States higher every day and will close down dialogue.”
I don’t have much faith in the diplomatic skills of the US.