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America Is Already Committing Acts of War Against Iran

from Alternet:

The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities that result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian property destroyed. This wanton violation of a nation’s sovereignty would not be tolerated if the tables were turned and Americans were being subjected to Iranian-funded covert actions that took the lives of Americans, on American soil, and destroyed American property and livelihood. Many Americans remain unaware of what is transpiring abroad in their name.

Many of those who are cognizant of these activities are supportive of them, an outgrowth of misguided sentiment which holds Iran accountable for a list of grievances used by the U.S. government to justify the ongoing global war on terror. Iran, we are told, is not just a nation pursuing nuclear weapons, but is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world today.

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Is an Attack on Iran Imminent?

from Common Dreams

George W. Bush is poised to order a massive aerial bombardment — possibly including tactical nuclear weapons – of up to 10,000 targets in Iran. The attack would be justified on grounds that Iran is interfering with U.S. efforts in Iraq and that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, a charge that was debunked last fall in the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE).

According to international experts, the U.S. declared economic war against Iran on March 20. On that day, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) called on the world’s financial institutions to stop doing business with Iran, making it much more difficult for Iran to engage in global commerce.

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Israel Rehearses Iran Attack

Israel renews threats against Iran

from Press TV:

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 05:46:11

Israel has renewed threats against Iran over its nuclear program saying no option against the country should be removed from the table.

“Our position is that time is of the essence,” Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak told reporters after a meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

Barak also said that Tel Aviv would not remove any option from the table to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

The remarks were made at a time that Iran resumed its talks with the West in a bid to end the dispute over its nuclear program.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Iran has dismissed the charges saying its nuclear activities are aimed at peaceful purposes.

“We emphasized to the secretary general our expectation that the world community will take a coherent, concerted, coordinated action to put an end to Iranian activity in the area of military nuclear technologies,” Barak said.

Iran has warned that while it adheres to diplomacy as the only solution to solve the nuclear issue, it would strongly repel any military attack.



Another moment of truth approaches. While Washington finally joined talks with Tehran, Congress is still considering a resolution calling for an air, sea and land blockade of Iran, opening one path to war.

What is the relationship between U.S. imperialism and the Islamic Republic of Iran? Will the talks lead to an agreement or will the U.S. warships in the Gulf— or the Israeli military—unleash a massive air attack against the Iranian people? What is the stake for workers and the oppressed in the U.S.?

The U.S. is the wealthiest, most militarized imperialist state. The Pentagon’s role is to impose U.S. diplomatic and economic policy on the world, to control raw materials, to police worldwide ocean trading lanes, and to impose the power of the U.S.-based multinational corporations to super-exploit workers worldwide, including workers inside the U.S. Washington is the home office of world repression and exploitation. Israel is its branch office.

The Iranian state is the result of a popular revolution in 1979 that overthrew the shah, a monarchic dictator. A CIA-directed conspiracy had re-installed this shah in 1953, deposing an elected government. The shah, armed and backed by U.S. imperialism, had his military and police murder tens of thousands of people in his failed attempt to stop the 1979 revolution. This revolution stopped short of overturning capitalist social relations in Iran, but it broke the grip of the imperialist corporations and opened the door to social development in Iran.

There is no doubt a sovereign and independent Iran has the right to trade with whatever countries it chooses, to explore possible energy supplies, including nuclear energy, and even to prepare for self-defense with nuclear weapons. The U.S. possesses almost limitless nuclear weapons and Israel is suspected of possessing 200; these states are both declared enemies of Iran. Nearby India and Pakistan also possess at least some of these weapons, without U.S. hostility.

Washington has just signed a pact helping nuclear-armed India develop its civilian nuclear power, even though the U.S. excuse for threatening Iran is Tehran’s program for developing civilian nuclear power. Last December, 16 U.S. spy agencies reported that there is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Prevention of nuclear proliferation is the U.S. cover story. Iran’s independence from imperialism, its sovereignty and its oil reserves are the real reasons why Washington has targeted the Islamic Republic.

The next question is—despite Bush’s weakened position as the most unpopular president since Richard Nixon in his final days in office, despite Bush’s isolation from not only the U.S. population but sectors of the Pentagon brass who fear the stress and strain on their ground troops after the setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the potential for a disastrous explosion in the Middle East and the entire Muslim world, despite the possibility of a massive increase in the price of oil, despite all these dangers—will the Bush gang use what it believes is overwhelming U.S. air power to attack Iran, perhaps following an initial strike by Israel?

A look at the history of imperialist adventures in World Wars I and II, up to the assault on Iraq in 2003, shows that it would be foolish to rule out the possibility of a new adventure simply because that aggression might become another enormous setback for U.S. imperialism itself—not to mention a horror for 70 million Iranian people. The Bush gang, the oil monopolies and the military-industrial complex might be all too ready to back such a risky move. We cannot rule out that the deepening, unsolvable economic crisis might drive imperialism to another war.

For U.S. workers of all nationalities facing unemployment, foreclosures and evictions, not only would such a war be a distraction from their necessary struggle for economic justice, it would be an additional disaster, no matter the outcome. They must mobilize to stop this new war. It is the responsibility of the anti-war movement and the entire workers’ movement to take this danger seriously and organize the kind of independent struggle that can stop it.

The Two Facts War Supporters Are Least Likely to Know

from the American Chronicle:

There are still people alive in the United States who support the continued occupation of Iraq, and in many cases the same people are open to supporting an aggressive attack on Iran. While they inhabit a very different worldview from my own, they are able to recognize basic facts if made aware of them. If you should meet one of these war supporters, I would recommend making them aware of the two most jarring facts least likely to fit with their preconceptions. One of these facts became known to a certain segment of the population in February 2006, but remains unknown to most consumers of American news media.

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War With Iran?

from Counterpunch:

Those predicting an assault point to the incessant propaganda campaign against Iran, abject Congressional complicity in that campaign, military preparations in the U.S. and Israel, the recent flurry of U.S.-Israeli military contacts, the power of AIPAC and Israel in U.S. politics and specifically their influence on the impressionable mind of President Bush. They point to the sidelining of mainstream intelligence reports that declare Iran has no active military program, and to the nearly identical rhetoric from Bush, McCain and Obama about how that (probably non-existent) program poses an “existential threat” to (nuclear) Israel. They suggest Burns’ recent step and other small diplomatic initiatives are really cover, merely designed to convince the world that the U.S. is exhausting diplomacy before the bombing starts.

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The Deciders

August 2: Take to the Streets – Stop War on Iran

Bush must be stopped before starting war with Iran

from the Tenessean:

The American people must act to stop this madness. We must raise our voices in protest. We must demand that Congress exercise its constitutional authority and block a war on Iran. We cannot allow the Bush neocons to act out their final bloody fantasy and destroy all hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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The real nuclear threat

from the Pasadena Weekly:

We heard a lot recently about the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran. The Bush administration is the main promoter of these alleged threats, but given that we now know its claims about Iraq’s nuclear arsenal were completely bogus, this should remind us to treat all the administration’s allegations with a great deal of skepticism.

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from RTT news:

The U.S. has reassured Israel that the military option against Iran remains on the table despite widespread Israeli concern that Washington has begun softening its stand vis-à-vis Iran, saying the focus is on economic and political pressure, media reports said.

During their meetings Monday and Tuesday, Bush administration officials — to reassure Israel that it would not abandon its support for Tel Aviv — told visiting Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the option of strike on Iran over its controversial nuclear program remains on the table, though officials are primarily seeking a diplomatic solution.

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Pan African News Wire: Hands Off Iran!: Demonstrations to Take Place in 65 Cities in the United States, August 1-2

Barak cheering Bush Iran war agenda

from Press TV:

Israel’s defense minister has encouraged US officials to keep the military option on the table in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.

Meeting with US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Washington Tuesday, Ehud Barak said, “A policy that consists of keeping all options on the table must be maintained.”

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NY Times Op-Ed: ISRAEL will almost surely attack Iran’s nuclear sites in the next four to seven months

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Israeli, US defense chiefs meet

from the AFP:

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Monday with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates for talks that an Israeli adviser said would focus on the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed that Gates and Barak met at the Pentagon but would provide no details on the substance of the discussions.

“They met for about an hour,” he said. “The meeting was part of standard defense consultations.”

The meeting comes amid a continuing diplomatic impasse with Iran over its nuclear program and just two days after Tehran announced that its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz has now expanded to 6,000 centrifuges.

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Officials: US talks to Iran to legitimize attack

from the Jerusalem Post:

Recent talks the United States held with Iran are aimed at creating legitimacy for a potential attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, defense officials speculated on Sunday as Defense Minister Ehud Barak headed to Washington for talks with senior administration officials.

Barak will travel to Washington and New York and will hold talks with his counterpart Robert Gates, Vice President Dick Cheney, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Michael Mullen, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Officials said it was likely that President George W. Bush would join the meeting between Barak and Hadley. On Wednesday, Barak will fly to New York for a brief meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.

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‘Iran not building nuclear weapons’

from the Daily Times:

“Today, we see new behaviour shown by the US and the officials of the US. My question is, is such behaviour rooted in a new approach?” the president told NBC in a rare interview with a US broadcaster. “In other words, mutual respect, co-operation and justice? Or is this approach a continuation in the confrontation with the Iranian people, but in a new guise?” he said from Tehran, speaking through an interpreter.

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War on Iran? I Don’t Know

from Dissident voice

How the people of the planet would rejoice in hearing news that the American people, rejecting imperialist war, are marching in millions, challenging their leaders, taking action towards real change! But the future is truly unclear.

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IRAN: ‘Bush gave Israel amber light to attack’