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Written by
Stephen Lendman
Date: June 19, 2013
Subject: WAR: About that War

Syria and Iran: In America's Crosshairs

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's on a fast track toward tyranny. He's heading for greater intervention against Syria. Ravaging the country entirely is planned. At issue is establishing another pro-Western vassal state.

Mass killing and destruction don't matter. Imperial priorities come first. Longstanding plans pre-date 9/11. Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas doesn't know the half of it.

If he does, he didn't say. He told French parliamentary channel (La Chaine parlementaire) viewers:

"I'm going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria."

"This was in Britain, not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate."

Israel has a dog in this fight, said Dumas. Long ago, an unnamed Israeli prime minister told him that Tel Aviv would "destroy" any regional country opposing its interests.

America, Israel, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and other complicit partners are waging proxy war on Syria. They're doing so lawlessly.

They're heading toward greater intervention. Genocide may follow. Many thousands already died. Hundreds of thousands more may do so. Countless others will be injured. Millions will be displaced.

Syria will be laid waste. Another independent state will be destroyed. Doing so is prelude for greater planned regional conflict. Cairo offered support.

Egypt's Morsi backs no-fly zone lawlessness. He "materially and (im)morally" supports mass killing and destruction. Egypt, "its leadership and its army will not abandon the Syrian people until (they) achieve (their) rights and dignity," he claimed.

His lips moved. Washington's words were spoken. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) responded. An unnamed government source said he cut "off all ties with Syria yesterday (by) join(ing) the Israel-US-led band of conspiring and instigating against it."

He acted "irresponsibl(y)." His call for greater foreign intervention constitutes "a violation of the region and a transgression against its sovereignty and the sanctity of its lands in service of the goals of Israel and the US and their tools in the region."

"Egypt is too great to be handed over to some Arab officials who…are preparing to undermine what is left of this nation's unity and dignity."

Egypt under Morsi and dominant generals, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and other complicit regional states are reliable US stooges. They govern lawlessly out-of-control.

They conspire against their own people. They risk embroiling the entire Middle East in war. A humanitarian crisis already exists. It's not just inside Syria. It affects other regional countries. Far greater trouble looms.

Most ominous is permanent war, escalated mass killing and destruction, and redrawing the entire region to suit Washington and Israeli interests.

Obama bears full responsibility. He's totally out-of-control. He threatens world peace. He's waging war on humanity. He marked other countries for destruction. Iran's his next target.

Hassan Rohani's election doesn't matter. Hardline US policies persist. Regime change remains unchanged. On June 16, Wall Street Journal editors headlined "An Iranian Unicorn," saying:

The search for a 'moderate' Iranian leader has beguiled every American President since the revolution of 1979. No such creature has ever been found."

This type comment reflects US extremism. Moderate, hardline or shades of gray in between don't matter. Bending to Washington's will alone counts. Journal editors didn't explain.

They repeated a longstanding canard. Iran's 2009 election was "stole(n)." Ahmadinejad won decisively. He bested his main opponent convincingly. He did so nearly two-to-one. Results confirmed pre-election polls. Media scoundrels didn't explain then. They don't now.

"Expect Rohani to go along (with more nuclear) talks, but mainly to ease Western sanctions and buy more….time," said Journal editors. Their comments reflect official Washington policy.

On June 16, the Journal's front page headlined "West to Press Iran on Nukes," saying:

Obama and European allies "intend to aggressively push to resume negotiation with Tehran on its nuclear program by August to test (Rohani's) positions, US and European diplomats say."

According to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough:

"I think the question for us now is, if (Ronahi) is interested in, as he has said in his campaign events, mending Iran's relations with the rest of the world, there's an opportunity to do that."

"If he lives up to his obligations under the UN Security Council resolution to come clean on this illicit nuclear program, he will find a partner in us, and there will be an opportunity for that."

Fact check

Iran's nuclear program is the world's most intensively observed. Few, if any countries, would tolerate its type intrusiveness. America and Israel tolerate none.

IAEA-installed cameras monitor Iran's activities round-the-clock. Regular inspections are held. No irregularities are found.

Tehran scrupulously observes NPT provisions. Washington violates them egregiously. Israel's an undeclared nuclear power. It refuses to sign NPT.

Annual US intelligence assessments say Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover. It reflects longstanding regime change plans.

Washington's policy remains hardline. It's belligerent. It's uncompromising. It's the American way. Independent governments aren't tolerated. Client state subservience is demanded. Go along or else is policy.

Rohani wants peace and reconciliation. He pledged "constructive interaction with the world." He'll be sorely tested. Washington and Israel won't give him a moment's peace.

His best efforts will be scorned. He'll be criticized like past leaders. Obama and Netanyahu spurn compromise. Israel wants a regional rival eliminated.

Washington wants unchallenged control. It wants Iranian resources. It's the oil stupid. It's also gas. Iran ranks fourth after Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Canada in proved world oil reserves. It's second to Russia in gas resources.

They're prizes America long sought. Controlling them remains policy. Rohani's leadership changes nothing. He knows what he's up against. His best efforts won't matter.

Washington, other dominant EU countries and Israel demand subservience. Rohani won't surrender Iran's sovereignty. He's not about to roll over unconscionably.

Iranians didn't elect him to do so. Conciliation's red line won't be crossed. On Sunday, he was clear and unequivocal, saying:

"There is a new opportunity in the international sphere for those (countries) who respect people's rule and freedom of speech to speak to Iran in a respectable and accepting tone. They will hear back a positive answer."

Iran has no friends in Washington or Tel Aviv. Expect Rohani's conciliatory outreach to be spurned. It's longstanding US policy. It's been that way since 1979. Expect no change going forward.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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