THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
About An Attack
“Captain Spock: There is an old Vulcan proverb: only Nixon could go to China.” – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Steve Clemons raised the most important point in the Iran War debate in his article, “Iran War Would Cost Trillions: Will the GOP Pay More Taxes for That?” Clemons says:
“It is ridiculous to think that a strike by Israel against Iran, that would in real terms tie the US to the conflict, would not be staggeringly expensive and consequential.
Bombers have targeted staff at Israeli embassies in India and Georgia, officials say, with Israel accusing Iran of masterminding the attacks.
Does anyone actually believe that Iran would be STUPID enough to start randomly bombing Israeli targets when they’ve got the US and NATO sitting at their borders just looking for any reason whatsoever to start World War III? I’m not buying it for a second. The timing only serves Israel’s interests, not Iran’s.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed Iran for attacks on Israeli embassy staff in Georgia and India that wounded at least two people, one of them an Israeli woman.
“Iran is behind these attacks. It is the biggest exporter of terror in the world,” Netanyahu told members of his rightwing Likud party.
This is an obvious false flag, like when Israel bombed British and American targets and tried to frame Egypt for it, or like when the Israelis attacked the USS Liberty, again framing Egypt for it.
Of the three nations, USA, Israel, and Iran, the only one NOT trying to ignite a war is Iran, so why would they do something this stupid. The answer is they would not. This is classic Israeli “let’s start a war and make it look like the other guy’s fault” tactics.
Fool me once …
Iran has built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks, but the U.S. Navy can prevent it from blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the commander of U.S. naval forces in the region said on Sunday.
Iran has made a series of threats in recent weeks to disrupt shipping in the Gulf or strike U.S. forces in retaliation if its oil trade is shut down by sanctions, or if its disputed nuclear program comes under attack.
“They have increased the number of submarines … they increased the number of fast attack craft,” Vice Admiral Mark Fox told reporters. “Some of the small boats have been outfitted with a large warhead that could be used as a suicide explosive device. The Iranians have a large mine inventory.”
Memo to the Pentagon, White House and State Department: the Iranian leadership may be many things, but stupid isn’t one of them.
So WHY would the Iranian government do something so stupid as to start a war with a small boat attack against American assets in the Gulf?!?
The short answer, is, THEY WOULDN’T. And as stated in the Paul Simon lyric, “Don’t know much about history…..”, it is obvious that none of the American branches of government and defense have received the memo that Iran hasn’t started a war in over 200 years, and definitely not since becoming an Islamic Republic in 1979.
If attacked, Iran will do all that it can to defend itself: this is only logical.
And I would also like to remind our readership that officials of the Russian and Chinese governments have stated, very publicly, that should such an attack happen, they will assist Iran militarily.
But the current swirling of these kinds of interviews, suggesting a pre-emptive attack by Iran (which they wouldn’t do) is a dead giveaway that some false flag is being contemplated by the US and Israel to be blamed on Iran, and then waved at the people of the world like a bloody shirt as the “causus belli” for going to war against Iran.
Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force’s Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has “built a wide range of potential options to give the president” and is “ready today” to confront any hostile action by Tehran.
Fox acknowledged that Iran’s military is “capable of striking a blow” against American forces in the Gulf, particularly using unconventional means such as small attack boats or mines laid along shipping lanes.
“We’re not bulletproof. There are people that can take a swipe at us,” Fox said.
But he added that he has reminded officers under his command that they “have a right and an obligation of self defense” if attacked.
“Grooming” the American public for a potential false-flag at sea to be blamed on Iran, are we, Vice-Admiral?!?!?
A touch of al-Qaeda booga-booga:
“But ever since al Qaeda suicide bombers in a small boat killed 17 sailors on board the destroyer U.S.S. Cole in a port in Yemen in 1996, Washington has been wary of the vulnerability of its huge battleships to bomb attacks by small enemy craft.”
Now cut to the scene where the guy in the white hat explains that in spite of the military buildup of OUR ships in FOREIGN waters, we are really the good guys:
“So when you hear discussion about all this overheated rhetoric from Iran we really believe that the best way to handle this is with diplomacy.”
Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. Iran denied responsibility for the attacks.
The bombings, which wounded four people, threatened to ratchet up already high tensions between Iran, which has been accused of developing a nuclear weapons program, and Israel, which says such a program would be an existential threat to the Jewish state.
The violence came as recent comments by Israeli officials have raised concerns Israel might be preparing an imminent strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. U.S. and other Western countries have been pressing Israel to give sanctions more time.
Memo to the Likkud government: the sure and certain, and very publicly stated reality, that the Mossad is training Iranian terrorist to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists MIGHT just have demonstrated a little more hubris than necessary.
Yesterday, MSNBC reported that Mossad agents trained an Iranian group on the U.S. terror list, in order to carry out assassinations of nuclear scientists. Active since the 1970s, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran are credited as responsible for five deadly attacks on scientists since 2007.
But of course, one cannot dismiss completely that Israel has done these attacks as a “false flag” to create a causus belli for a military attack against Iran.
Given the Israeli history of such attacks, this might be precisely what has gone down here.
“I think that Israel is not a superpower,” he said. “We cannot lead the world offensive against Iran. We have to participate, we have to give all kinds of information and intelligence that we have. ”
Translation: “We will decide who should be dead, and you Americans go make them dead!”
By Eric Margolis
February 11, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — The war of words between the US, Israel, and Iran intensifies by the day.
All the parties involved are shamelessly playing to domestic audiences in this election year. Israel keeps issuing threats it will attack Iran’s nuclear power installations, though some of its senior security officials downplay an alleged threat from Iran.
US intelligence still maintains Iran is not working on nuclear weapons. UN nuclear inspectors confirm this view, though they have been pressured by the US, which pays a quarter of UN salaries, to suggest Iran might be working on something nefarious – though all Iran’s nuclear sites are under strict UN inspection and satellite surveillance.