It seems the US is now set for a strike, possibly using a tactical nuclear weapon, against Iran’s nuclear facilities at Nantanz. Apparently, the White House is pinning its hopes for ‘regime change’ in Iran on “…a sustained bombing campaign against Iran [that] will humiliate the leadership and lead the Iranian public to overthrow it’ – in much the same way, one would imagine, that the neocons were optimistic that the Iraqi people would line the highway up to Baghdad throwing roses petals at the feet of the ‘liberating’ US soldiers as they marched up it. Iran should be a ‘cakewalk’ too!
Of course, a nuclear strike against Iran is all conjecture at the moment but, nonetheless, a very frightening prospect, not just for the Iranian people but for the entire world. The Seymour Hirsh article that the SMH piece refers to also suggests that hitting just Iran’s nuclear facilities is not all that should be considered as targets; after all, if one is going to attack another country to such an extent then one may as well take it a few stages further and attack that country’s ability to strike back or, as is heavily suggested and hoped for, at least hit targets that would also help any internal insurgency to rise up, or, of course, both.
Of more immediate local (Australia) concern is that part of the SMH report that says “…the administration has stepped up clandestine activities in Iran…” One wonders if Australian special forces are involved in these activities. Did the last lot of SAS troopers that we were told went to Afghanistan really go to Afghanistan? They probably did – you know John Howard wouldn’t lie to us – but where did they go to from there? Has Howard involved Australian troops in this madness with Iran as well?
Apart from the disgusting likelihood of many, many innocent lives being lost as a result of such an attack, the real stupidity is in the fact that the world is about to be taken for a fool yet again. Once more the world will allow the warmongering crazies in the White House and their neoconservative and fascist allies, respectively the UK’s Tony Blair and Australia’s John Howard, to lie yet again to us in exactly the same way as they lied to us prior to attacking Iraq.
Has no one learnt anything?
‘US considering air strikes on Iran – report’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 April 2006. Available online: http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/us-considering-air-strikes-on-iran--report/2006/04/09/1144521196583.html Accessed 9 April 2006.
 Seymour M. Hersh, ‘The Iran Plans: Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?’, The New Yorker, 10 April 2006. Available online: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact Accessed 10 April 2006.