US Ports And The UAE Aren't As Alarming As Iran And WWW3 ...
If you're among those currently creating such an almighty outcry about the United Arab Emirates and operations of some American sea ports, perhaps you should pay particular attention and attach even more importance to today's This Old Brit blog-post than you might usually do. Then pause and prioritize. Which is worse and which matters most -- UAE or WW3 ?
Think on this. When Albert Einstein was asked whether or not he thought the nightmare scenario of fighting a nuclear war would ever become reality, he said he wasn't sure.
But he went on to add that of one thing he was certain; if such a terrible thing was ever allowed to happen, then any wars thereafter would be fought with bows and arrows.
Well, we [for two] wouldn't dare [nor even dream of daring to] argue with such a universally acknowledged & acclaimed, genuine genius. Would you?
Especially, since siding against such super-intelligence would mean putting you life were your mouth was -- and risking your own continued existence along with that of many millions more -- including every single soul you personally hold near and dear.
Okay, enough of us for now. Next, get your head around an excellent article recently written by Heather Wokusch and published by 'Smirking Chimp'.
Read, learn and inwardly digest. And pray that enough of all our politicians -- be they left, right or centre -- may be made to do the same. Be they Christian, Muslim or Jew -- because hell doesn't differentiate.
'WWIII or bust: Implications of a US attack on Iran'
Date: Tuesday, February 21 @ 10:13:16 EST -- Topic: War & Terrorism
"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous... Having said that, all options are on the table." George W. Bush, February 2005
Witnessing the Bush administration's drive for an attack on Iran is like being a passenger in a car with a raving drunk at the wheel.
Reports of impending doom surfaced a year ago, but now it's official: under orders from Vice President Cheney's office, the Pentagon has developed "last resort" aerial-assault plans using long-distance B2 bombers and submarine-launched ballistic missiles with both conventional and nuclear weapons.
How ironic that the Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons on the pretext of protecting the world from nuclear weapons. Ironic also that Iran has complied with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, allowing inspectors to "go anywhere and see anything," yet those pushing for an attack, the USA and Israel, have not.( snip )
Consider that many in the US and Iran seek religious salvation through a Middle Eastern blowout. "End times" Christian fundamentalists believe a cataclysmic Armageddon will enable the Messiah to reappear and transport them to heaven, leaving behind Muslims and other non-believers to face plagues and violent death. Iran's new Shia Islam president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, subscribes to a competing version of the messianic comeback, whereby the skies turn to flames and blood flows in a final showdown of good and evil. The Hidden Imam returns, bringing world peace by establishing Islam as the global religion.
Both the US and Iran have presidents who arguably see themselves as divinely chosen and who covet their own country's apocalypse-seeking fundamentalist voters. And into this tinderbox Bush proposes bringing nuclear weapons.
As expected, the usual suspects press for a US attack on Iran. Neo-cons who brought us the "cakewalk" of Iraq want to bomb the country. There's also Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, busy coordinating the action plan against Iran, who just released the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review calling for US forces to "operate around the globe" in an infinite "long war." One can assume Rumsfeld wants to bomb a lot of countries.
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Attacking Iran could also tip the scales towards a new geopolitical balance, one in which the US finds itself shut out by Russia, China, Iran, Muslim countries and the many others Bush has managed to piss off during his period in office. Just last month, Russia snubbed Washington by announcing it would go ahead and honor a $700 million contract to arm Iran with surface-to-air missiles, slated to guard Iran's nuclear facilities.
And after being burned when the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority invalidated Hussein-era oil deals, China has snapped up strategic energy contracts across the world, including in Latin America, Canada and Iran. It can be assumed that China will not sit idly by and watch Tehran fall to the Americans. Russia and China have developed strong ties recently, both with each other and with Iran. Each possesses nuclear weapons, and arguably more threatening to the US, each holds large reserves of US dollars which can be dumped in favor of euros. Bush crosses them at his nation's peril.
Immensely interesting & illuminating information, eh? Surprised you've not seen nor heard much more about 'the real world' lately ? Like, for maybe quite a few years ? Then thank Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and the present proliferation of press prostitutes, etc.
Well, whatever -- but don't despair completely. There's still some time left for our [laughingly labeled] leaders to see some sense. But it's us -- yep, that means you and me -- who need to nudge them in the right direction. But only after having rudely awakened the somnambulistic shower of simpletons [and shysters & so on] in the first place.
Right then. Here's your last peek, pinched directly from this immensely informative & important, Heather Wokusch piece.
.... That's the worst-case scenario, but even the best case doesn't look good. Let's say the Bush administration chooses the UN Security Council over military power in dealing with Iran. That still leaves the proposed oil bourse, along with the economic fallout that will occur if OPEC countries snub the greenback in favor of petro-euros. At the very least, the dollar will drop and inflation could soar, so you'd think the administration would be busy tightening the nation's collective belt.
But no. The US trade deficit reached a record high of $725.8 billion in 2005, and Bush & Co.'s FY 2007 budget proposes increasing deficits by $192 billion over the next five years. The nation is hemorrhaging roughly $7 billion a month on military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is expected to hit its debt ceiling of $8.184 trillion next month.
So the white-knuckle ride to war continues, with the administration's goals in Iran very clear. Recklessly naÃ¯ve and impetuous perhaps, but clear: stop the petro-euro oil bourse, take over Khuzestan Province (which borders Iraq and has 90% of Iran's oil) and secure the Straits of Hormuz in the process. As US politician Newt Gingrich recently put it, Iranians cannot be trusted with nuclear technology,
and they also "cannot be trusted with their oil.
"But the Bush administration cannot be trusted with foreign policy. Its military adventurism has already proven disastrous across the globe. It's incumbent upon each of us to do whatever we can to stop this race towards war.
Read the rest of this riveting report 'WWIII or bust: Implications of a US attack on Iran'
Also highly recommend reading, are these two related reports via the Washington Post.
West may have to live with low-level Iranian atom work
China Rushes to Complete $100B Deal With Iran
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