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A Third American War in the Making?

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March 31, 2008
By Paul Craig Roberts

The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations,
are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on Iran.

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.”

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, OpEdNews 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.”

The Tyranny of Good IntentionsAnd 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 oil fields.

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 American troops.

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 non-existent
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 comes.

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
dumps.”

Indeed, it is this disunity that permits the US to bomb and murder at will
in the Middle East.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the
Wall Street Journal
editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com