War : Iran : Lies to preserve the petrodollar


Richard Moore

    Iran's future oil and natural gas wealth foreshadow its growth
    into a regional competitor to Israel as well as an
    energy-independent powerhouse. Their stated intention to sell
    resources via their own, homegrown bourse, is a direct threat
    to the existing economic system. It would greatly increase
    trade in petro-euros and send the dollar into a downward
    spiral. The importance of this cannot be overstated. 


Edging Towards Disaster with Iran
by Mike Whitney


"If Israel takes such crazy actions as attacking our nuclear
facilities, we will give it an unforgettable lesson." Iranian
Parliament-Speaker, Haddad Adel

The prospect of war breaking out between the United States and
Iran is more likely by the day. Still, for the most part, the
American public seems strangely unaware of the growing danger.
In late September Iran began conducting major military
exercises in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, where
officials claim that US agents have infiltrated and are
carrying out destabilizing activities. Tehran has deployed
100,000 soldiers to the oil-rich region to address the growing
unrest and to carry out maneuvers which anticipate a
preemptive invasion by the US.

These signs of mounting tensions are further amplified by a
resolution that was passed by the UN's nuclear watchdog agency
(IAEA) two weeks ago. The agency voted by a slim majority to
bring Iran before the UN Security Council for "non-compliance"
with its treaty requirements under the terms of the NPT
(Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty)

The US-backed resolution was pushed through the IAEA to make
it appear as though Iran is conducting a secret nuclear
weapons program. No evidence of such a program has ever been
verified and the agency's chief, Mohammad Elbaradei, has
repeatedly given Iran a clean bill of health on all matters
related to its compliance with treaty obligations.

The "nuclear weapons" issue is a red herring similar to the
WMD ruse prior to the war with Iraq. It provides the US and
Israel with some cover of legitimacy for future attacks on
Iranian weapons-sites. By disarming Iran, the Bush
administration will have eliminated a long-term regional
competitor to Israel and will be able to proceed with the
neocon master-plan to redraw the map of the Middle East to
suit US interests.

Tehran, of course, is taking these threats seriously and is
increasingly moving towards a war-time footing.

The resignation of one of Iran's most prominent diplomats,
Mohammad Javad Zarif, from Iran's nuclear negotiating team, is
an indication that positions are hardening and that a war may
be forthcoming. Zarif was seen as a moderating influence and
was in favor of improving relations with the West. That has
changed with the increasing saber-rattling from across the
Atlantic and with the threat of censure from the IAEA.

If Washington intended to provoke another war, they have
certainly succeeded. In fact, it was the Bush administrations'
tough-talk that that gave rise to Iran's current hard-line
President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has responded to
Bush's incendiary rhetoric by putting the suspected-nuclear
program under military control. The administration, impervious
to their repeated policy failures, continues to blunder ahead
paving the way to Armageddon.

At present, both the British and American high-commands are
claiming that Tehran is directly involved in providing the
Iraqi resistance with bomb-making capability. BBC is reporting
that "British officials have linked the type of bombs used in
the attacks to Iran's Revolutionary Guards." The charges
reiterate the earlier claims by Rumsfeld that Iran was
providing military hardware and roadside bombs to the

Iranian spokesman Hamid Reza-Asefi has vehemently denied the
charges saying, "This is a lie. The British are the cause of
instability and crisis in Iraq..From the very beginning, we
have stated our position very clearly - a stable Iraq is in
our interests and that is what the Iraqi authorities have said
themselves on many occasions."

It is impossible to imagine how fueling the unrest in Iraq
would serve Iran' s interests especially since the resistance
is overwhelmingly Sunni (Iranians are Shi'ites) There's also
the possibility that Iran's involvement would prompt a nuclear
strikes from the United States; hardly the reaction that the
wary Mullahs might covet. So far, not one Iranian fighter has
been captured in the ongoing conflict in Iraq, nor is there
any proof that Iran is providing bomb-making material to the
resistance. It is impossible to exclude the possibility that
these are just more baseless claims intended to justify a
preemptive attack.

The Bourse; Iran's death-warrant

Iran's future oil and natural gas wealth foreshadow its growth
into a regional competitor to Israel as well as an
energy-independent powerhouse. Their stated intention to sell
resources via their own, homegrown bourse, is a direct threat
to the existing economic system. It would greatly increase
trade in petro-euros and send the dollar into a downward
spiral. The importance of this cannot be overstated. The
heart-and-soul of the empire is the Greenback; that flaccid,
debt-ridden hoax that props-up the entire rickety structure of
state-terror. The $8 trillion dollars of accumulated debt that
underwrites the greenback requires that the world continue to
buy oil in dollars. The transition from dollars to petro-euros
is a direct assault on a system that forces the lavish debt of
the wealthiest nations onto the shoulders of the world's
poorest people. If the dollar falls from its place of
prominence then the global power-structure would shift
dramatically from the hands of western elites to the nations
with the most resources. America's corporate and financial
giants will never allow that to happen, not as long as there's
one missile left in an American silo.

If Cindy Sheehan wants to know "what the noble cause her son
Casey died for in Iraq"; this is it; to maintain the current
economic system. Ultimately, this is why Iran will be
bombarded in a flagrant display of unprovoked aggression.

Enter Israel: "Time is running out"

Last week three members of the Israeli Knesset issued a terse
warning that an attack on Iran may be imminent. Arieh Eldad, a
member of the right-wing National Union Party said ominously,
"Iran will not be deterred by anything but force."

Yoseph Lapid, head of the Shinui Party echoed Eldad's
sentiments saying, "We feel we are obliged to warn our friends
that Israel should not be pushed into a situation where we see
no other solution but to act unilaterally."

The appearance of three Israeli politicians dispatched to
Washington to reiterate the same message can only mean
trouble. We should presume that the details of an upcoming
attack are currently being ironed-out and that hostilities
will probably take place in the very near future.

It is strangely ironic that Israel would have the audacity to
send politicians to Washington in the very same week that a
top Pentagon analyst has confessed to handing over highly
classified intelligence to members of the pro-Israeli lobbying
group AIPAC. It's always difficult to defend the "special
friendship" when one of the friends is stealing top secret
information from the other.

The issue of Israel's disloyalty, of course, won't disrupt the
plans for the attack on Iran. That strategy was worked out
long ago in documents like the Project for the New American
Century and represents the mutual interests of the Israeli
leadership and the White House globalists. Their aims are to
consolidate control over diminishing resources and to
establish a dominating military presence over the fragmented
and greatly weakened Islamic states.

The upcoming attack is predicated on the belief that Iran will
not strike back, but that is far from certain. What is
certain, however, is that stable supplies of crude, major
cities in Israel, and 140,000 American servicemen and women
will be deliberately put in harms-way to achieve the elusive
objectives of political fantasists and radicals. It is a
reckless roll of the dice that moves the world ever-closer
towards a global catastrophe.

Mike lives in Washington State with his charming wife Joan and
two spoiled and overfed dogs, Cocoa and Pat-Fergie.



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