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Sunday, May 25, 2008


I have written often on this blog about the reasons why the Bush administration, the neocons, and the Israeli right-wing Zionists need a final confrontation against Iran.

It has absolutely nothing to do with Iran’s so-called nuclear weapons ambitions but, rather, has everything to do with the right-wing Zionists ultimate vision of a Greater Israel that includes the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, the Shebaa Farms and, so they hope, the south of Lebanon up to the Litani River; a Greater Israel in which Palestinians will have no place whatsoever.

Time-wise, the window of opportunity for Bush/Israel to bomb Iran into ‘regime change’ is closing with every day that passes as the US heads toward the 2008 presidential election in November. And, as the window closes, so the anti-Iran rhetoric from the Bush administration, the Republicans, the neocons and the Israeli Zionists grows in intensity and the propaganda against Iran becomes more and more outrageous and, not entirely unexpectedly, increasingly familiar as we recall the rhetoric and ridiculous lies that preceded the US attack on Iraq.

Iran and its support of Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian people are all that stand between the Israeli Zionists and their quest for a Greater Israel at the expense of the Palestinian people. The world should be aware that the Israeli Zionists have no intention of allowing a Palestinian state to exist despite so-called ‘peace initiatives’ and the current farce of negotiations between Abbas, Olmert and Rice and the rantings of Bush as he tries to make himself look good in the dying days of the most disastrous Presidency in US history.

One has to ask, however, if all this talk from the Bush administration about a ‘Palestinian state’ is not just a ruse to get Hamas and Hezbollah to ‘spoil’ plans for a ‘Palestinian state’, a state that under present options being discussed will see a ‘Palestinian state’ totally subservient to Israel. The Israelis and the US could then point the finger of blame at the failure of negotiations toward Iran; just one more reason for the final confrontation.

The propaganda and rhetoric against Iran is likely to increase over the next few months as the US heads toward the elections in November. We will hear more and more about how Iran is ‘defying the world’ with its ‘nuclear weapons’ ambitions; we will hear more and more about Iran supporting the insurgents in Iraq; we will hear more and more about Iran sending arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. And the world will likely wake up one morning soon to learn that the US and Israel have bombed and killed the peoples of yet another nation state.

What the Zionists and their allies among the neocons and the Bush administration don’t realise is that the Palestinian people won’t simply go away because there has been ‘regime change’ in Iran. The Palestinian people are resilient and tenacious and, if anything, an attack against Iran will only stiffen their resolve to resist Israeli expansionism and carry on their fight for a sovereign state.

But for the Zionists and their allies who have come to believe their own lies and propaganda, the final confrontation is seen as bringing them another step closer to their goal of a Greater Israel.


Andrew B. Noselli said...

U.S. envoy: Al-Qaeda close to defeat in Iraq

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Saturday that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shiite and Sunni militant groups.

Ryan Crocker's comments came as Iraqi forces have been conducting crackdowns on al-Qaeda militants in the northern city of Mosul and on Shiite militiamen in the southern city of Basra. Thousands of Iraqi forces also moved into the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad last week imposing control for the first time in years.

But truces with the powerful Mahdi Army militia that have calmed violence in Basra and paved the way for the Sadr City deployment have been strained in the past two days.

Supporters of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads the Mahdi Army, accused al-Maliki on Saturday of seeking to eliminate their movement and warned that "dark clouds" hang over the truce.

Al-Qaeda fighters or other Sunni insurgents struck back in Mosul on Saturday. A roadside bomb in the city's Sumer neighborhood hit an Iraqi army patrol, destroying a vehicle and killing four soldiers, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Near Baqouba — where a U.S. offensive last year targeted al-Qaeda in Iraq — gunmen assassinated a member of the local Awakening Council, a U.S.-backed group of Sunni tribesmen who are fighting al-Qaeda. The attack occurred in the village of Had, north of Baghdad, police said.

U.S Ambassador Crocker spoke as he visited reconstruction projects in the southern city of Najaf.

"There is important progress for the Iraqi forces in confronting the Sunni and Shiite militias," he said, speaking Arabic to reporters. "The government, the prime minister are showing a clear determination to take on extremist armed elements that challenge the government's authority ... no matter who these elements are."

"You are not going to hear me say that al-Qaeda is defeated, but they've never been closer to defeat than they are now," Crocker said.

The U.S. military says attacks have dropped dramatically — down to an average of 41 a day across the country, the lowest rate since 2004 — amid the crackdowns and truces. The U.S. military, backed by Sunni Arab tribal fighters, have scored successes in battling al-Qaeda in Iraq and other Sunni insurgents in western parts of the country.

The Mosul sweep aims to dislodge the terror network from its most prominent remaining urban stronghold. The operation has met little opposition, suggesting that many al-Qaeda militants fled, intending to regroup elsewhere as they have in past crackdowns.

In Baghdad, three men attending a conference at the offices of the National Dialogue Front, a leading Sunni Arab political party, were killed when a bomb exploded under their car as they left the gathering, police said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Meanwhile, new tensions over the truces in Sadr City and Basra were sparked when Iraqi troops in Basra fired over the heads of al-Sadr followers congregating in a northern square for Friday prayers. Iraqi police recently banned al-Sadr gatherings there after a large cache of weapons was found nearby.

Iraqi troops were deployed and when those gathering refused to disperse, the police fired rounds over their heads, witnesses said.

Iraqi police in Basra said one person was wounded, but al-Sadr officials contended that one person was killed.

Also Friday, Iraqi and U.S. troops carried out a sweep in two Mahdi Army strongholds of western Baghdad, the Amil and Bayaa districts, arresting around 100 people, police officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.
Iraqi forces in the operation cordoned off a cultural center in Amil where Sadrists were gathering to hold prayers and arrested some worshippers, the officials said.

Sadrist lawmakers denounced the moves saying there was a "nationwide conspiracy against Friday prayers" and a government move to "eliminate" their movement.

Sadrist lawmaker, Aqeel Abdul-Rahman, said the group was still committed to Sadr City truce. "But we see black clouds on the horizon, being brought by the government to rain on the sons of the Sadr Movement," he said.

The Sadrists' angry rhetoric may in part be aimed at warning al-Maliki not to take more aggressive steps against the Mahdi Army in Sadr City, such as confiscating heavy weapons or arresting key figures. The government has said it plans to do so, but has not begun any raids in the district, wary of sparking retaliation.

Associated Press (Baghdad), May 24, 2008


Damian Lataan said...

Andrew, ones needs to take care about how one interprets Western news reports, particularly reports that mention ‘al Qaeda’. Western propaganda now use the term ‘al Qaeda’ as a euphemism for the all insurgents in Iraq – and, indeed, anyone who raises their hand against the US, the West and Zionist Israel – in order to keep the myth of ‘al Qaeda’, Osama bin Laden and the ‘War Against Terrorism’ alive.

To say the insurgents will be ‘defeated’ is to imply that they will be eliminated. While the US and their allies remain an occupying power in Iraq there will always be insurgents there. The US and their allies may eliminate many of them but they will always pop up again. The insurgent’s fortunes will wax and wane just as they did in Vietnam but they will never be entirely defeated. There will always be a new lot willing to take on the occupiers.

For this reason the US and their Zionist allies feel compelled to sooner or later bomb Iran into ‘regime change’ if for no other reason than it is what the Zionists of Israel want and need to fulfil their dreams of a Greater Israel.