… to attack Iran. From David Swenson;
1. Iran has threatened to fight back if attacked, and that’s a war crime. War crimes must be punished.
2. My television says Iran has nukes. I’m sure it’s true this time. Just like with North Korea. I’m sure they’re next. We only bomb places that really truly have nukes and are in the Axis of Evil. Except Iraq, which was different.
3. Iraq didn’t go so badly. Considering how lousy its government is, the place is better off with so many people having left or died. Really, that one couldn’t have worked out better if we’d planned it.
4. When we threaten to cut off Iran’s oil, Iran threatens to cut off Iran’s oil, which is absolutely intolerable. What would we do without that oil? And what good is buying it if they want to sell it?
5. Iran was secretly behind 9-11. I read it online. And if it wasn’t, that’s worse. Iran hasn’t attacked another nation in centuries, which means its next attack is guaranteed to be coming very soon.
6. Iranians are religious nuts, unlike Israelis and Americans. Most Israelis don’t want to attack Iran, but the Holy Israeli government does. To oppose that decision would be to sin against God.
7. Iranians are so stupid that when we murder their scientists they try to hire a car dealer in Texas to hire a drug gang in Mexico to murder a Saudi ambassador in Washington, and then they don’t do it — just to make us look bad for catching them.
7. b. Oh, and stupid people should be bombed. They’re not civilized.
8. War is good for the U.S. economy, and the Iranian economy too. Troops stationed in Iran would buy stuff. And women who survived the war would have more rights. Like in Virginia. We owe Iranians this after that little mishap in 1953.
9. This is the only way to unite the region. Either we bomb Iran and it swears its eternal love to us. Or, if necessary, we occupy Iran to liberate it like its neighbors. Which shouldn’t take long. Look how well Afghanistan is going already.
10. They won’t give our drone back. Enough said.
I can think of several more, actually, and will be talking about this some more pretty soon. Not least is the fact that anywhere you look the economic metrics are headed in negative directions. I’m not counting the Dow, of course, because that doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to structural issues, it just shows who’s betting on what, and even then not very transparently.
And there already is a war going on, here and in Europe. The fact that it’s an economic war more than a war with high explosives is a minor quibble. Greece has now been invaded and colonized, economically, as one of the opening moves in the escalation of that war. The economic straight-jacket into which Greece has been lashed is more punitive by far than the conditions imposed upon Germany after WW2, on a par indeed with those imposed after WW1, and we can all remember how well that played out.
And this time it’s Germany doing the imposition, with a little help from a few other Eurozone members. We’re in for one hell of a Summer. It may be a game-changing period in fact. It’s very unsettling.
Economies are being stripped to the bare walls right and left to buttress the insolvency of financial sectors all over the developed world. A war, a real one, may well be needed to distract us all from all that. Once again the drumbeats of preëmptive war are throbbing incessantly. Evil Empire XYZ is building WMD’s!!!! It’s another acronym threat to our way of life!!!! We must prepare for the worst!!!
The intelligence assessment Israeli officials will present later this week to [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin ] Dempsey indicates that Iran has not yet decided whether to make a nuclear bomb.
The Israeli view is that while Iran continues to improve its nuclear capabilities, it has not yet decided whether to translate these capabilities into a nuclear weapon – or, more specifically, a nuclear warhead mounted atop a missile. Nor is it clear when Iran might make such a decision.
The more it changes, the more it stays the same.