Mar 7, 2005
The Bush administration's threats against Iran sound surprisingly similar to those they made against Iraq in the build-up to that war.
Bush is charging that Iran is about to build nuclear weapons, even though there is not one shred of proof to back it up. Bush and his gang are also going through the same song and dance, assuring the public that there has not been any decision to go to war, that they are still trying to pursue "diplomatic" efforts, even though Bush administration officials are very openly threatening bombing and going to war against Iran.
A few news reports confirm how real these threats are. In a major expose in The New Yorker magazine a couple of months ago, Seymour Hersh reported that the U.S. military had already sent U.S. Special Forces units into Iran to provide intelligence in anticipation of a bombing campaign. And a former United Nations weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, has also warned that his sources inside the Pentagon tell him that Bush has already signed off on a bombing campaign against Iran. According to Ritter, the U.S. bombing campaign against Iran could start as early as mid-June.
Of course, it is impossible to predict what the U.S. will really do. But what is clear is that there is a threat of more U.S. wars in the Middle East, and that this threat is growing. It will be the people in the Middle East who will suffer through further destruction and death. But not only them. The working class in this country will also pay a greater and greater price for these wars in every way possible.
We have a duty to show that we oppose this government's murderous policy in the Middle East, to show Bush that the people in this country will oppose him.