Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Israel's War Dance: The Political Theatre of the Absurd (Made in the USA)

Facts First:
  • The settler regime in Palestine possesses at least 300 nuclear warheads, ultimately funded and maintained by the United States government and its NATO partners.
  • Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), therefore its nuclear program is not subject to any UN inspection regimen nor regulation. In concrete terms of international law and custom in regard to nuclear weapons, Israel is a longstanding renegade, with the active political backing of the US government.
  • Israel has a history of engaging in un-provoked military attacks on neighboring nations.
  • Iran has no nuclear weapons whatsoever. Of course, it can have such weapons if it wants to, as with any nation possessing the funds, technical facility and will to go nuclear.
  • Iran is a signatory to the NPT and has consistently allowed UN inspection of its nuclear facilities.
  • Iran has no history of military aggression anywhere.
Nonetheless, Israeli PM Benny Natanyahu is currently threatening Iran with wholesale attack. Meanwhile, the US and its NATO underlings sit in the amen corner. What is going on here? What is the war cry all about? Why would Barack Obama even consider condoning and supporting a 3rd party attack on a nation that is at peace and poses no strategic threat to the US? Why would he risk a confrontation that would further cripple the US and European economies by driving the price of petroleum through the roof? Why provoke a conflict that could readily escalate into a global war by dragging in the Chinese and the Russians (real nuclear powerhouses)? Maybe the answers to these questions have next to nothing to do with a real or imgained or "existential" threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and everything to do with the symbiotic relationship between the Israeli settler regime and the corruption of the US government.

Israel's frenzied sabre rattling today and its seeming support from the US and its lackies stems from a singular political act, namely the adoption of UN Ssecurity Counsel Resolution 1929. On June 9, 2010 , the Security Council backed the imposition of a fourth round of sweeping sanctions against The Islamic Republic of Iran. UNSC Resolution 1929 called for an expanded arms embargo against Iran, as well as "tougher financial controls." It proclaimed:

"[Resolution 1929 (June 9, 2010)] ...[A}ll States shall prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Iran, from or through their territories or by their nationals or individuals subject to their jurisdiction, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in their territories, of any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems .... , decides further that all States shall prevent the provision to Iran by their nationals or from or through their territories of technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of such arms and related materiel, and, in this context, calls upon all States to exercise vigilance and restraint over the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture and use of all other arms and related materiel." (Security Council Imposes Additional Sanctions on Iran, Voting 12 in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Includes complete text of UNSC Resolution 1929, UN News, June 9, 2010 )

Both the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China caved in to US pressures and voted in favor of UNSC Resolution 1929. In November, following a decree issed by president Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow announced the cancellation of its military cooperation agreement with Iran pertaining to the S300 air defense system. Without Russian military aid, Iran was a "sitting duck." Its air defence system depends on continued Russian military cooperation.
These developments strike at the very heart of the structure of military alliances. They prevent Russia and China to sell both strategic and conventional weapons and military technology to their de facto ally: Iran. In fact, that was Washington's major objective of Resolution 1929. It had nothing to do with nuclear weapons!

But UNSC Resolution 1929 was based upon a fundamental hoax. It upholds the notion that Iran is an upcoming nuclear power and a threat to global security. It also provides a green light to the US-NATO-Israel military alliance to threaten Iran with a pre-emptive punitive nuclear attack, using the UN Security Council's blessing.

The US-led posture in the UN Security Council was grounded in intelligence documents that supposedly substatiated its charges against Iran. They were the EVIDENCE that Iran was hatching an aggrssive nuclear weapons arsenal.

This carnard goes back to a November 2005 New York Times reportIn November by William J. Broad and David E. Sanger entitled
"Relying on Computer, U.S. Seeks to Prove Iran's Nuclear Aims". Wahington's evidence against Iran resided in an allegedly stolen laptop computer, according to the NYT.

The contents of the computer allegedly included "a series of drawings of a missile re-entry vehicle" which allegedly could accommodate an Iranian-produced nuclear weapon. Sanger and Broad reported:

"In mid-July, senior American intelligence officials called the leaders of the international atomic inspection agency to the top of a skyscraper overlooking the Danube in Vienna and unveiled the contents of what they said was a stolen Iranian laptop computer.
The Americans flashed on a screen and spread over a conference table selections from more than a thousand pages of Iranian computer simulations and accounts of experiments, saying they showed a long effort to design a nuclear warhead, according to a half-dozen European and American participants in the meeting.
The documents, the Americans acknowledged from the start, do not prove that Iran has an atomic bomb. They presented them as the strongest evidence yet that, despite Iran's insistence that its nuclear program is peaceful, the country is trying to develop a compact warhead to fit atop its Shahab missile, which can reach Israel and other countries in the Middle East."(Relying on Computer, U.S. Seeks to Prove Iran's Nuclear Aims - New York Times, November 13, 2005)

These "secret documents" were subsequently submitted by the US State Department to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, with a view to demonstrating that Iran was developing a nuclear weapons program.  While their authenticity has been questioned on several occasions, a recent article by investigative reporter Gareth Porter confirms unequivocally that the mysterious laptop documents are fake. The drawings contained in the documents do not pertain to the Shahab missile but to an obsolete North Korean missile system which was decommissioned by Iran in the mid-1990s. :

In July 2005, ... Robert Joseph, US Undersecretary of State for arms control and international security, made a formal presentation on the purported Iranian nuclear weapons program documents to the agency's leading officials in Vienna. Joseph flashed excerpts from the documents on the screen, giving special attention to the series of technical drawings or "schematics" showing 18 different ways of fitting an unidentified payload into the re-entry vehicle or "warhead" of Iran's medium-range ballistic missile, the Shahab-3.

When IAEA analysts were allowed to study the documents, however, they discovered that those schematics were based on a re-entry vehicle that the analysts knew had already been abandoned by the Iranian military in favor of a new, improved design. The warhead shown in the schematics had the familiar "dunce cap" shape of the original North Korean No Dong missile, which Iran had acquired in the mid-1990s. ...
The laptop documents had depicted the wrong re-entry vehicle being redesigned. ...
(Gareth Porter )
Gareth Porter suggests that Israel's Mossad has been a source of fake intelligence regarding Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program:

The origin of the laptop documents may never be proven conclusively, but the accumulated evidence points to Israel as the source. As early as 1995, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' military intelligence research and assessment division, Yaakov Amidror, tried unsuccessfully to persuade his American counterparts that Iran was planning to "go nuclear." By 2003-2004, Mossad's reporting on the Iranian nuclear program was viewed by high-ranking CIA officials as an effort to pressure the Bush administration into considering military action against Iran's nuclear sites, according to Israeli sources cited by a pro-Israeli news service." (Ibid)Is today's anti-Iran war dance but an instant replay of the WEAPONS OF MASS DESTUCTION hoax that drove the US invasion of Iraq, allegedly under the mantel of the UN Security Council? Certainly, the same cast of characters are at play here, ranging from flocks of neo-con chicken hawks to the fanatically pro-zionist hucksters in the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC and the American Jewish Council. Meanwhile, with few exceptions, Democrats and Republicans in the federal legislature are tripping over themselves for a shot at paid oratorical performances in support of Israel's security. Is this a case of Deja Vu all over again?

No. The means may be the same but the political objectives are entirely different. War on Iran is out of the question. It is even doubtful that if the settler regime launches a strike on Iran--and suffers nearly guaranteed military pulverization at the hands of the furious Iranis--then the US will intervene on Israel's behalf. The "accidental'" open mike session last Thursday in Cannes between Obama and French Pres. Sarkozy made clear that Benny-boy Netanyahu (Likud) has no friends, and the Political Theatre of the Absurd is open for business. What Natanyahu does have is desperation. The Cannes "gaffe" has was just gasoline on the fire. The settler colony in Palestine is politically isolated. Its only good suite is the system of corruption that guides US foreign policy in the so-called Middle East. Israel's threat on Iran is just a sort of political blackmail. It is an attention-getting device--a vaudeville routine--designed to poltically mobilize the US government and US mass consciousness--via the corporate mass media--to put out more on Israel's behalf--namely, more money, more free weaponry and more political self-humiliation before the world. Isreal is a very needy urchin these days more than ever.

Today, Sen. John McCain, the chief bottom bitch of the US arms industry--a ferocious beneficiary of in the "special relationship"--complained, "Israel is under more pressure and probably in more danger than they've been since the 1967 war. That kind of comment is not only not helpful, but indicative of some of the policies towards Israel that this administration has been part of."

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the chat between Obama and the French leader was "decidedly unpresidential." Abraham Foxman, ADL mouthpiece, pleaded that the Obama regime would "do everything it can to reassure Israel that the relationship remains on a sure footing and to reinvigorate the trust between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, which clearly is not what it should be." In short, the pro-zionist la costa nostra is on the run. 
Our Little Rascal, Barack Obama, is as cynical as he intelligent. He will play the game, extorting larger and larger bribes from the pro-zionist mafia while delivering fewer and fewer benefits to his paymasters. They will simply need to pay more for less. And in this election season, they will be forced to bleed green.

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