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Paul Craig Roberts: American Naifs Bringing Ruin to Other Lands

According to news reports, the U.S. military is shipping "bunker-buster" bombs to the U.S. Air Force base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Herald Scotland reports that experts say the bombs are being assembled for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The newspaper quotes Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London: "They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran." [Final destination Iran?, March 14, 2010] The next step will be a staged "terrorist attack," a "false flag" operation as per Operation Northwoods, for which Iran will be blamed. As Iran and its leadership have already been demonized, the "false flag" attack will suffice to obtain U.S. and European public support for bombing Iran. The bombing will include more than the nuclear facilities and will continue until the Iranians agree to regime change and the installation of a puppet government. The corrupt American media will present the new puppet as "freedom and democracy." If the past is a guide, Americans will fall for the deception. In the February issue of "American Behavioral Scientist," a scholarly journal, Professor Lance DeHaven-Smith writes that state crimes against democracy (SCAD) involve government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities in order to implement an agenda. Examples include McCarthyism or the fabrication of evidence of communist infiltration, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution based on false claims of President Johnson and Pentagon chief McNamara that North Vietnam attacked a U.S. naval vessel, the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in order to discredit Ellsberg ("The Pentagon Papers") as "disturbed," and the falsified "intelligence" that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq. There are many other examples. I have always regarded the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City as a SCAD. Allegedly, a disturbed Tim McVeigh used a fertilizer bomb in a truck parked outside the building. More likely, McVeigh was a patsy, whose fertilizer bomb was a cover for explosives planted inside the building. A number of experts dismissed the possibility of McVeigh’s bomb producing such structural damage. For example, General Benton K. Partin, who was in charge of U.S. Air Force munitions design and testing, produced a thick report on the Murrah building bombing which concluded that the building blew up from the inside out. Gen. Partin concluded that, "the pattern of damage would have been technically impossible without supplementary demolition charges at some of the reinforced concrete bases inside the building, a standard demolition technique. For a simplistic blast truck bomb, of the size and composition reported, to be able to reach out on the order of 60 feet and collapse a reinforced column base the size of column A7 is beyond credulity." Gen. Partin dismissed the official report as "a massive cover-up of immense proportions." Of course, the general’s unquestionable expertise had no bearing on the outcome. One reason is that his and other expert voices were drowned out by media pumping the official story. Another reason is that public beliefs in a democracy run counter to suspicion of government as a terrorist agent. Professor Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph says that "false flag" operations have the advantage over truth: "research shows that people are far less willing to examine information that disputes, rather than confirms, their beliefs." Professor Steven Hoffman agrees: "Our data shows substantial support for a cognitive theory known as 'motivated reasoning,' which suggests that rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe. In fact, for the most part people completely ignore contrary information." Even when hard evidence turns up, it can be discredited as a "conspiracy theory."

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Comment by Leslie Fish
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It makes perfect sense that the US should turn some of its heavy bombs and remaining nuclear missiles around and aim them at Iran. After all, the price of being a nuclear power is that you also become a nuclear target;  both the US and the USSR always knew that, which is why they never used nukes in the whole 40 year Cold War.  Certain Islamofascists, however, neither realize that nor understand what a nuke can do.  They simply think that having nukes makes them the biggest bullies on the block, and sooner or later they'll start pushing their luck.  Israel knows this, and expects that Iran will push its luck on them, so they've taken steps of their own to defend themselves. 

If the US waits until Israel is obliged to attack Iran, every Arab country in the middle-east may try attacking Israel -- and that would lead to a serious all-out war, not just the slow attrition that the US has been playing with in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Nobody, except possibly the Islamofascists themselves, wants this to happen.

 It's very likely that the only way to prevent this scenario from playing out is for the US to attack Iran first, preferably with something less than nukes.  Of course we'll need a good excuse for it, but there's no reason to assume that the US needs to manufacture one.  Ahmedinejihad seems quite capable of providing such an opportunity by himself. 

The ideal situation would be for the US to have missile-hunting drones in place that can detect and shoot down any missile (or bomber) that Ahmedinejihad throws at Israel, then claim -- or reveal -- that the Iranian bomb was a nuke aimed at Tel Aviv.  That would be excuse enough for a bombing-run that would pound Iran flat, leaving it in no condition to attack anybody.  Even that famous fiction, World Opinion, would have a hard time arguing with it.

In any case, may I ask why anybody is preparing to weep and wail over a dangerous religious fascist and his flunkies?  There are some people too dangerous to be allowed to live, you know.  And there are some things worse than war.  



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