Feb 20, 2012
Rabid right-wingers portray Iran as a crazy aggressor, ready to lash out with state-sponsored terrorism anywhere, making plans to do it even with nuclear weapons in the future.
Behind these increasingly hysterical scare stories hides this reality: the U.S. and Israel are threatening Iran. Every day, the Israeli government, the U.S. military’s junior partner in the Middle East, threatens Iran with bombing attacks. For three weeks, U.S. naval strike forces, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, plied the Persian Gulf, just off Iran’s coast, in a massive show of force.
The U.S. has also been carrying out a real economic war against Iran. Ever tighter U.S. trade sanctions over Iran have helped to cripple its economy, collapse its currency and cause worsening hardship for its 74 million people. Reuters now reports that on the streets of Iran, prices for food stuffs are soaring.
Remember how the U.S. government accused Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction – when it was the U.S. military that dropped millions of tons of weapons of mass destruction on the people of Iraq for nine straight years? Remember how the U.S. accused Afghanistan of harboring terrorists associated with the 9/11 attacks – when Osama bin Laden, a U.S. protégé, was involved, and when the U.S. took that pretext to invade Afghanistan?
Yes there is terrorism all right: In its quest for domination over the Middle East’s vast oil reserves and other strategic assets, the U.S. military not only sows death and destruction, but makes the entire region an ever more dangerous powder keg.