Wednesday, February 14, 2007

War, Iran, and Who will Pay!

by Dana Smith

February 14, 2007 12:00 PM EST

Many people have mention that they thought from the start our President George Bush intended to attack Iraq all along. The evidence today points to the fact that it was far from just Iraq, and looks to the nation of Iran as a potential target. The New Yorker magazine, in an article on the possibility of war with Iran, mentions that the White House views the President of Iran as another Hitler. With this view, there is real potential for a war with Iran.

There is a growing conviction among members of the United States military, and in the international community, that President Bush’s ultimate goal in the nuclear confrontation with Iran is regime change. Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has challenged the reality of the Holocaust and said that Israel must be "wiped off the map." Bush and others in the White House view him as a potential Adolf Hitler, a former senior intelligence official said. "That’s the name they’re using. They say, ‘Will Iran get a strategic weapon and threaten another world war?’ "

Further, the New Yorker quotes a military planner who said that "in my view, if you had to name one nation that was his (George Bush) focus all the way along, it was Iran...

There is no doubt that this President and those who share power with him, surely will go to war. They have invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran is on the marker. The words coming from Iran don’t help any. As a matter of fact, the words help seal the deal for most Americans. We are told plainly by our President "If Iran escalates its military action in Iraq to the detriment of our troops and/or innocent Iraqi people, we will respond firmly," George Bush, in an interview with National Public Radio.

That leaves little doubt as to whether we will go to war. The President of Iran believes the Madhi, the Islamic Messiah will arrive in the spring and he has said so. With the teachings of this Madhi come the future visions of Islamic war with the brutal invader and chief rival of the devil. Of course, this refers to all unbelievers against this regime in Iran. If we are waiting for Iran to quiet down, we are in for a very long wait. There is no doubt; they will chomp at the bit to have it out with us. The question remains whether Russia and China will keep sitting still for the American taste for bloodshed and war. No doubt, if our invading continues, these countries will attack us.

Planning is going on within the walls of the White House rooms and in Washington D C. A Washington based intelligence analyst named Vincent Cannistraro, was quoted by the Guardian in an article saying: "Planning is going on, in spite of public disavowals by Gates. Targets have been selected. For a bombing campaign against nuclear sites, it is quite advanced. The military assets to carry this out are being put in place."

He added: "We are planning for war. It is incredibly dangerous."

In another article posted by Arab American news, John Pilger wrote in his article "Iran: The War has already begun" saying the attack on Iran is due by spring. This backs up the news stories, and analysts who are saying the same thing. War with Iran in the spring is not a certainty, but is likely. The attack, said author Pilger will be one of a catastrophic nature. He comes to the conclusion as others who all say that "tactical nuclear weapons" will be used.

The one piece of "solid evidence" is the threat posed by the United States. An American naval build-up in the eastern Mediterranean has begun. This is almost certainly part of what the Pentagon calls CONPLAN 8022-02, which is the aerial bombing of Iran. In 2004, National Security Presidential Directive 35, entitled "Nuclear Weapons Deployment Authorization," was issued. It is classified, of course, but the presumption has long been that NSPD 35 authorized the stockpiling and deployment of "tactical" nuclear weapons in the Middle East. This does not mean Bush will use them against Iran, but for the first time since the most dangerous years of the cold war, the use of what were then called "limited" nuclear weapons is being discussed openly in Washington. What they are debating is the prospect of other Hiroshima’s and of radioactive fallout across the Middle East and central Asia. Seymour Hersh disclosed in the "New Yorker" last year that American bombers "have been flying simulated nuclear weapons delivery missions . . . since last summer."

The war that is coming is not the same as one with Iraq. This nation has been building up their jihadists for years. With the failure of the Bush administration to secure our borders, there is a certainty we have Iranian agents already in place in America. This is one part of the equation that most Americans have never faced. That is nuclear terror, bombs, and death on our own streets. From the corridors of the White house to the plains of Texas and beyond, we have people in our nation that will use these devices. All they are waiting for is the day of the Mahdi and jihad.

Steve Emerson was the first American journalist to document in chilling video format the militant Islamic support networks and terrorist groups secretly operating on American soil. Counter-terrorism officials from the National Security Council, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have acknowledged that Emerson's documentary demonstrated that he had more reliable and accurate information about the secret terrorist networks on American soil than the US Government. There have been many reports of the Islamic Jihadist sleeper cells in the US. Only the terrorists know for sure. We can know this, our borders have been unsecured, and as a result, many enemies could have gotten through.

With the war in Iran, many say this will be an air campaign, which is another word for no need for troops. This we know is false. For you cannot secure anything without troops. Some say that the opposition party in Iran will step up to the plate, but how do we know this. One thing for sure is, Americans will pay the price. More blood will flow, and this time, the war will come to our shores.

Add to this the need for energy and you have real trouble. There is no doubt that the price of oil will surge as well. I have seen estimates ranging from ninety dollars a barrel to two hundred and fifty dollars a barrel for oil. According to the head of the National Security Foundation and Center for Asian studies, Peter brooks, this price could increase to Two hundred dollars per barrel. This was reported by Regnum online. They stated, quoting Peter Brooks the following:

If war begins in Iran, oil price can increase up to $200 per barrel. Head of the National Security Foundation and Center for Asian Studies, Peter Brooks declared it during a round table in Washington. Answering a question, to what extent the situation of beginning military actions with US participation in Iran is real, Brooks said, it could not be excluded but, at first, the existing problem should be resolved at negotiating table. At the same time Brooks’s added, military actions in Iran will differ from Iraqi ones, because the Iranian army is better trained and armed, reports RSN.

Either way, our nation always seems to want to go to war. The problem this time is that the war will make the American public pay more than ever before. We have gone through wars and never have seen the carnage as in WWII, and other conflicts overseas occur on our own streets. Our nation has lived in peace, security, and was better off during these times. We have not seen the devastation that other nations have seen when war came to their nation. This time, though, war will come. You can thank the policies of our war machine, the lack of border security, and the rise of the militancy that has gripped our leaders. With this will come much more bloodshed, both abroad and at home.

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