The American public and the US Congress are getting
their backs up about the Bush Regime's determination to escalate the war in
Iraq. A massive protest demonstration is occurring in Washington DC today, and
Congress is expressing its disagreement with Bush's decision to intensify the
war in Iraq.
This is all to the good. However, it misses the real issue – the Bush
Regime's looming attack on Iran.
Rather than winding down one war, Bush is starting another. The
entire world knows this and is discussing Bush's planned attack on
Iran in many forums. It is only Americans who haven't caught on. A
few senators have said that Bush must not attack Iran without the
approval of Congress, and postings on the Internet demonstrate world
wide awareness that Iran is in the Bush Regime's cross hairs. But
Congress and the Media – and the demonstration in Washington – are
focused on Iraq.
What can be done to bring American awareness up to the standard of
the rest of the world?
In Davos, Switzerland, the meeting of the World Economic Forum, a conference
where economic globalism issues are discussed, opened January 24 with a discussion
of Bush's planned attack on Iran. The Secretary General of the League of Arab
States and bankers and businessmen from such US allies as Bahrain and the United
Arab Emirates all warned of the coming attack and its catastrophic consequences
for the Middle East and the world.
Writing for Global Research, General Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the
Academy on Geopolitical Affairs and former Joint Chief of Staff of the Russian
an American nuclear attack on Iran by the end of April. General Ivashov
presented the neoconservative reasoning that is the basis for the attack and
concluded that the world's protests cannot stop the US attack on Iran.
There will be shock and indignation, General Ivashov concludes, but
the US will get away with it. He writes:
"Within weeks from now, we will see the informational warfare machine
start working. The public opinion is already under pressure. There will be a
growing anti-Iranian militaristic hysteria, new information leaks, disinformation,
etc.... The probability of a US aggression against Iran is extremely high. It
does remain unclear, though, whether the US Congress is going to authorize the
war. It may take a provocation to eliminate this obstacle (an attack on Israel
or the US targets including military bases). The scale of the provocation may
be comparable to the 9/11 attack in NY. Then the Congress will certainly say
'Yes' to the US president."
The Bush Regime has made it clear that it is convinced that Bush
already has the authority to attack Iran. The Regime argues that the
authority is part of Bush's commander-in-chief powers. Congress has
authorized the war in Iraq, and Bush's recent public statements have
shifted the responsibility for the Iraqi insurgency from al-Qaeda to
Iran. Iran, Bush has declared, is killing US troops in Iraq. Thus,
Iran is covered under the authorization for the war in Iraq.
Both Bush and Cheney have made it clear in public statements that they will
ignore any congressional opposition to their war plans. For example, CBS News
reported (Jan. 25) that Cheney said that a congressional resolution against
escalating the war in Iraq "won't
stop us." According to the Associated Press, Bush dismissed congressional
disapproval with his statement, "I'm
Everything is in place for an attack on Iran. Two aircraft carrier attack forces
are deployed to the Persian Gulf, US attack aircraft have been moved to Turkey
and other countries on Iran's borders, Patriot anti-missile defense systems
are being moved to the Middle East to protect oil facilities and US bases from
retaliation from Iranian missiles, and growing reams of disinformation alleging
Iran's responsibility for the insurgency in Iraq are being fed to the gullible
General Ivashof and everyone in the Middle East and at the Davos
globalization conference in Europe understands the Bush Regime's agenda.
Why cannot Americans understand?
Why hasn't Congress told Bush and Cheney that they will both be
instantly impeached if they initiate a wider war?