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Attack Persia... and We'll Break America in Two
(SALEM) - The seemingly inevitable war with Iran that warmongers are calling for must be something we all deserve- as the human cretins who have ruined this planet with ways of war and violence and enslavement and trafficking. The recent words of a friend keep ringing; "People are increasingly moved by fear, they aren't moved by love."
Regardless of how nonsensical it is, or how little sense it makes, American politicians who are parading as Christians, are piling on the propaganda about Iran and they are leaning into the wind, trying oh-so-hard to gain sufficient momentum to plunge this already pathetic country into its final showdown: World War Three.
What can we say, apparently one war isn't enough for Uncle Sam, we're the land of deadly redneck troops who call the people they are said to assist "towel heads" and "sand niggers" because American soldiers are all too often, uneducated idiots. They know about rifle squad tactics, but not that men shouldn't ever strike women.
It's more than wrong, and not one single thing the average American believes is true about ancient Persia- Iran. It is like the United States, an imperfect place, it has a government that does things it should not do, against its own people, just like the Americans with the Occupy Movement. The price will be dead sons, daughters, mothers and fathers.
Eventually they wear the peace people down, that is what I am seeing. If the attack is inevitable then I hope that Iran is able to defend itself fully and that allies join this country in its defense against the western and Israeli military and geopolitical interests.
Someone I care a great deal about who served in Iraq told me that he and his friends strongly believed Iran was supplying weapons to aid the Iraqi resistance. Now, I ask you to recall the movie 'Red Dawn' and tell me that if Canada were under attack, that the Americans would not send them military supplies? It isn't a question of if they did but only a question of why, and the answer is that neighbors take care of each other, and a threat against one sovereign nation is certainly a threat to the one adjacent to it.
America historically trades its national friends and enemies around as if it is playing a board game with the world that it will always cheat to win.
Western History with Iran
The history of our problems with Iran date back to the post WWII period and the story is extremely important in gaining an understanding of the current Iran crisis.
The Brits were up to their elbows in Iranian crude oil during the years following the war in what was supposed to be a cooperative, international agreement. Iran's government pleaded with the British "Anglo Iranian Oil Company" to open the books and work with them to ensure Iran was being paid the agreed upon price per barrel of oil. The company refused to comply and viewed the Iranian demands to be paid a fair market price as a threat and a hostility, as Iran was gravitating toward the nationalization of oil as a counter measure.
U.S. President Harry Truman refused British calls for assistance in striking out at Iran over the oil issue, but the election of Dwight Eisenhower represented a new opportunity for cooperation, and soon the U.S. government secretly agreed to work with the British SAS and overthrow the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, PM Mohammad Mossadegh. As Salem-News.com Associate Editor Daniel Johnson wrote in his article, Iran 1953, Mossadegh, educated in France and Switzerland, was the first Iranian to achieve a doctorate in law from a European university. He was descended from royalty on his mother’s side and his father had been Iran’s finance minister for more than twenty years.
He was a pro-Iranian idealist who believed that the Iranian people deserved more than the 16% of oil royalties they had been getting from the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to nationalize the oil company. They also proposed reimbursing the British for the money it had spent building its wells and refinery. This is the kind of thing that the electorate in both Britain and US should have applauded. But the leaders, President Eisenhower and the two Dulles brothers, who had the power, rejected it.
The CIA removed the Shah, Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, from the country and placed him in a sort of reeducation camp for nine months. After that, the Shah was reinstalled as a puppet leader for Iran who agreed to U.S. demands and for many years, there were peaceful relations between Iran and the west.
That all came to a screaming halt during Iran's Revolution in 1979. Islamic fundamentalists kidnapped a number of Americans, holding them for 444 days, and relations between the two countries grew bitter and hostile. A failed rescue attempt that claimed the life of a number of U.S. Marines added to the tension. The American hostages were released as the United States Presidency was changing hands between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Many believe that the timing was completely engineered by the Reagan team.
After that, in retribution for the hostage taking, the U.S. funded Saddam Hussein and prompted him to launch the Iran/Iraq War. Iraq was defeated and Iran retained its status as a foe of great power.
The defeat was apparently not recognized by Saddam Hussein on a public level, as thousands of Iranian military helmets are embedded in concrete on his parade ground in Baghdad where massive crossed swords tower overhead. On the parade ground, Iranian helmets are half sunken into the ground to signify his forces "marching over the heads of the Persians" in victory.
But there was no victory. No victory, no WMD's, and Iran consistently says it has no nuclear weapons program. Want more? Israel, a country settled under very controversial circumstances, that Americans feel they should defend at all costs, has had nukes all along. For decades the Israeli's paraded as a non-nuclear entity falsely under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and as it turns out they at least 150 of them. (see: Carter Reveals Israel's Possession of 150 Nuclear Weapons)
Israel's 1967 Attack on the U.S.S. Liberty
Israel is also the country that attacked the U.S. Navy ship Liberty during the Six Day War in 1967. Sailors aboard the vessel that day have told Salem-News.com and other entities consistently that they were flying the American flag. (see: The Day Israel Attacked the United States)
The Israeli's didn't just attack it once either. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 and wounded more than 170 crew members, while damaging the technical research ship severely.
The jet fighters and torpedo boats fired over and over again killing and injuring innocent American "allies" who had waived to the jet pilots after identifying them as Israeli. The issue over the U.S.S. Liberty has never adequately been resolved between the United States and Israel.
In the end, our government effectively ignores an attack on our nation that claim American lives, and yet we demonize Iran which has never fired a shot at us. One of our fighter jets even mistakenly blasted an Iranian airliner out of the sky that led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. The U.S. government came up with several stories before finally confessing to the mistake. As angering, wrong and unnecessary as it was when Iran took Americans hostage in 1979, it was bloodless.
Israel was formed by terrorizing Palestinian people from their land in the years following WWII; that is a fact. Many of the first residents of Israel were survivors of the Holocaust; a group that survived unspeakable inhumanities and genocide at the hands of the Nazi's. Their plight is tragic, but the tragedy was pushed onto Arab people in the Mid East and that is the source of the resentment towards the Jewish State.
All of these nations, regardless of their religious and cultural differences and leadership, have good points and bad points. The key toward moving forward is reducing violence and injecting money into food, health and education programs. The history may be harsh but new generations are growing up and people can be reached. The constant paranoia about nuclear weapons that Iran says it doesn't have, just keeps emotions in TV viewers stirred up through the one dimensional western media treatment of the subject. Even if they were aspiring to build nuclear weapons, how do we justify Israel's recently revealed position of possessing these weapons when it officially does not?
Kinder actions among governments and broader cultural understandings are the key elements that can stabilize this part of the world. Iran's position as a political and military power is bolstered by the defeat of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His government flexed its muscles and kept relations between the nations stable and aggressions at bay. That is what I was told by Iraqi people that I interviewed.
Posturing, lies... it almost sounds like an elementary schoolyard issue, but the players are countries. Each government referred to in this article, including the U.S., has exhibited serious behavioral issues that conflict with any real notion of world peace. The people who like to beat the war drum; politicians like John McCain, Joe Lieberman and more recently Sarah Palin, seem at times like they really and seriously believe attacking Iran is something to consider.
This is another country that has not struck out at us. Their controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wanted to lay flowers at Ground Zero in New York City and he was denied. That is a rotten example of sportsmanship in any context. He can not make a statement and have it properly translated into English either very often either. Networks put their own spin on his words, causing him to sound more aggressive and dangerous toward Iran than he in reality is.
One of the favorite propaganda lines from FOX in particular, is that the Iranian President "denies the Holocaust".
The interesting fact that conflicts with that often repeated accusation, is that Iranian government TV recently ran a multi-episode series on the Holocaust; taking into account the the plight of the Jews and others during WWII. It was government sponsored, that sure doesn't sound like a place that is trying to re-write history.
Ahmadinejad has stated repeatedly that the Holocaust affected far more than just the Jewish people; it is very true when you measure the millions of civilians in Europe who were killed directly or indirectly by Hitler's war machine. He does not deny the Holocaust; he just doesn't want all the people who weren't Jewish or in concentration camps denied.
Another interesting fact is that the people of Iran like Americans; they enjoy our styles, music, etc.
When the U.S. was attacked by terrorists on September 11th 2001, the second largest candlelight vigil in honor of the Americans killed that day was in Tehran, Iran.
Iranian people are a distinct culture, they are Persian. They live under a mix of traditional Islamic and modern western cultural values. Women are not nearly as subjugated as they are in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia; two American allies.
I have developed friendships with a number of people in Iran via MySpace in an effort to better understand their culture, lifestyle, freedoms and ambitions.
One friend in Iran who has shared a good deal of information about Iran's culture and religion from a woman's perspective, Roya, explains that religions "accepted" in Iran are ones that grant the people a right to have social health insurance, free education and parliament members.
She says people are primarily divided among the three Semitic religions, branches of Abraham monotheism religions: Muslims (Shia/Sunni); Christians; and Jews.
She says the religion of all the Iranians before Arabs invaded Iran and converted people to Islam, was Zorastrian.
"We don't have Buddhists, Taoists or Hindus...and Iran's government doesn't consider any right for Bahia people." (Bahiasm is an Iranian religion).
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is much like President Bush in that he is a fundamentalist conservative who bases policy off supposedly religious values. Of course in reality George W. Bush, who has driven this nation into debt like a fast ball, has very few apparent real conservative values.
Ahmadinejad's reign in my opinion, is the backlash of the U.S. and Great Britain treating these people like dirt in the 1940's and early 1950's. All of this, like Vietnam, could have been avoided if we had been fairer nations then. Why are we not accountable for those mistakes? It is time to lay down our egos and suspicions and let the truth be what it is. The price of pushing a conflict carries unimaginable costs and the world is tense right now. It is time to let things cool down and be prepared to search for better answers.
Finally, our military is tired and greatly understaffed. I don't care what anyone says, I know because I have seen it in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Our military forces are faithful, it is time for this nation to be faithful in return and not consider any sort of military action or threat against Iran.
Oil and Israel
The only Mideast nations that have felt the wrath of western forces in recent years, directly or indirectly, with the exception of Afghanistan, are the countries that refuse to accept the legitimacy of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, or endorse Israel's cruel treatment of the Palestinian people, complete with apartheid laws that govern and punish Jewish and non Jewish people in distinctly different ways.
Those countries that objected to this cruelty include Iraq and Iran.
The British occupied country after country in previous centuries; exploiting their people and products. Iran, the classical Persia - a culture thousands of years old, was in the sites of the west over oil for much of the 20th century.
Combine the oil with objections to Israel's war crimes, and you have the two reasons Iran is perpetually demonized by western media and politicians, especially by Israel's.
The western theft of Iran's profits was going strong in the early 1950's when the British 'Anglo Iranian Oil Company' - known simply as BP today; refused to pay the Iranians the agreed upon revenues for oil or even open the books to them.
By 1953 Iran's first democratically elected President was talking about nationalizing oil, and that is when the US and UK conspired to take out the Iranian president and ultimately replace him with the Shah who functioned as a western puppet leader for Iran until the Revolution of 1979.
No wonder they were angry by that point; having little or no control of their own nation's wealth and resources for decades.
These were the years when problems between Arab and Israeli people were in full swing. Israeli Zionists believe that 'God gave them the land" (Palestine) that is now called Israel and they use a Biblical interpretation to justify the theft of land from families who have lived in Palestine for endless generations.
It is taking place right this second; Israeli settlers are becoming increasingly violent toward Palestinians and Israel is also seeing the persecution of darker skinned Jews. The place is a mess.
Prior to the huge numbers of refugees moving to Palestine in the late 1940's and building settlements; Muslim, Christian and Jewish people live here in peace. At that time there was a relatively low number of Jewish people, but they had been there consistently to some degree along with everyone else, however most had left long ago.
Today Israeli propaganda machines spin tale after tale meant to excuse the extremely illegal acts their military is constantly accused of. They don't have to be the way they are; using illegal weapons like white phosphorous to destroy the civilian population of Gaza, where Israel murdered over 1400 people in the cruelest way two years ago during 'Operation Cast Lead' which is regarded as little more than a series of aggressive war crimes by the United Nations.
Muslims Replaced Communists as US 'Enemy'
Starting with Ronald Reagan and the covert funding of Iraq's attack on Iran that is known as 'The Iran-Iraq War', the US has been on a roll to draw former allies in the Middle east into a fight.
A US diplomat had given Saddam Hussein the green light to invade Kuwait in 1990; then the first US President Bush, who came into power when the US lacked a substantial enemy like the collapsed Soviet Union; found Iraq to be an easy target.
90% of Americans hadn't even heard of Kuwait.
Propaganda peddled at the time about Iraqi soldiers tossing babies from incubators has been exposed to be a hoax, as was Saddam Hussien's 'meat grinder' in Baghdad; grade A bullshit. The US Air Force mowed down retreating Iraqi soldiers after choking them in a bottleneck which prevented their escape.
Muslim Deaths from the US Military
When Stephen M. Wait wrote the article Why They Hate Us...How Many Muslims Have US Killed In Last 30 Years? in December 2009 for Canadian Content, he related an approach he learned that stands in sharp contrast to the George W. Bush 'Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out' style.
"I heard a different take on this subject at a recent conference on U.S. relations with the Islamic world. In addition to hearing a diverse set of views from different Islamic countries, one of the other participants (a prominent English journalist) put it quite simply. 'If the United States wants to improve its image in the Islamic world,' he said, 'it should stop killing Muslims.'"
When he wrote his piece Wait was intentionally conservative in terms of numbers. Wait tabulated US fatalities from Muslims at 10,325; almost 1500 more than the figure I came up with. He conservatively estimated the number of Muslims killed by the US in Desert Storm, from sanctions on Iraq, fighting in Mogadishu, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (through 1 Dec. 2009) and the 1988 Iranian civilian airliner shot down by a US Navy fighter jet from the aircraft carrier USS Vincennes.
His figure for Muslims killed by the US: 288,000. I believe the number is at least four times larger than that, but say he is right: this places the death ratio at 30 to 1. In this 'war on terrorism' the Americans have killed at the very minimum, thirty times the number of human beings than their perceived enemies in the Middle east.
Enemies created to justify a massive American military industrial complex; that is what it all comes down to, and it helps to remember that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. The money is the only determinate.
Arab people do not worship money the way Americans and Israelis do, at least not the Palestinians; they're too concerned with simply surviving. Israel increasingly uses American money to pillage and imprison this entire culture and Israel miserably fails at its obligation to uphold the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This is unacceptable and must change.
Those with excessive greed and endless American taxpayer revenue use F-16's to cause widespread murder and mayhem on civilian populations and those without it throw rocks and sometimes fire rockets.
The people with the F-16's steal land from the people who throw rocks. Money is the root of all evil, you figure it out.
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