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02 April 2006

Are British War Drums Now Beating Up On Iran ?

Here's the headline that hit us right between our still semi blurry, Sunday morning eyes earlier today. Delivered direct to our desk-top -- and now to yours-- straight from the ultra-Conservative, ultra-Establishment, ultra-British Intelligence services infiltrated, London Daily Telegraph.

Government in secret talks about strike against Iran

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent -- (Filed: 02/04/2006)

Then the Telegraph's tale went on this aways.

The Government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs tomorrow to discuss possible military strikes against Iran.

A high-level meeting will take place in the Ministry of Defence at which senior defence chiefs and government officials will consider the consequences of an attack on Iran.

It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran's ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is "inevitable" if Teheran's leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme.

Well, at first we both blinked and rubbed our eyes lest some of that sleep stuff had somehow stayed stuck there, and we were dreaming. However, it had not and we were not.

Tomorrow's meeting will be attended by Gen Sir Michael Walker, (pictured above) the chief of the defence staff, Lt Gen Andrew Ridgway, the chief of defence intelligence and Maj Gen Bill Rollo,the assistant chief of the general staff, together with officials from the Foreign Office and Downing Street.

If we had seen something like this coming from a US source, or maybe even a UK one had it been a day earlier, on 1stApril, we probably wouldn't have been nearly half as taken aback. Especially since Sean Rayment's report went on to tell us, in great detail :

Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from US navy ships and submarines in the Gulf would, it is believed, target Iran's air defence systems at the nuclear installations.

That would enable attacks by B2 stealth bombers equipped with eight 4,500lb enhanced BLU-28 satellite-guided bunker-busting bombs, flying from Diego Garcia, the isolated US Navy base in the Indian Ocean, RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and Whiteman USAF base in Missouri.

Some scenario, eh? And the same Telegraph defence specialist also said this:.

At the centre of the crisis is Washington's fear that an Iranian nuclear weapon could be used against Israel or US forces in the region, such as the American air base at Incirlik in Turkey.

The UN also believes that the production of a bomb could also lead to further destabilisation in the Middle East, which would result in Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia all developing nuclear weapons programmes.

Phew. That certainly sounds to us two oldies, like one hell of a lot of different place names they're playing around with. And all in all, this sort of stuff suddenly starts to sound suspiciously familiar, to say the very least.

This is not something that will happen imminently, maybe this year, maybe next year. Jack Straw is making exactly the same noises that theGovernment did in March 2003 when it spoke about the likelihood of a war in Iraq. "Then the Government said the war was neither inevitable or imminent and then attacked."

Yeah, right. Too bloody true he did, and too bloody true they did. Will we ever effing forget it ? Well, we ask you. Will any of us ? Ever ?

Grrrrrrr. We think here's where we should start to cool it. Perhaps right now might be a perfectly appropriate time for This Old Brit and Richard to adjourn, and to take yet another of their seemingly incessant and almost addictive -- traditional tea breaks.

Possible mainstream-media-madness induced, massive cerebral accidents and/or myocardial infarctions permitting, that is.

Read the rest of this latest scary-war-story stuff.

Then take a look at the Telegraph's terrible editorial 'leader' for the day. Are these people helping whip up another war or are these people helping whip up another war ?

And all from the safety and comfort of their screens and keyboards, of course.

Yuk. Will somebody please pass us the puke bucket.


Anonymous kiwi said...

Here we go again. Doesn't Blairco ever learn? Not enough death & destruction yet? WTF does he want? Another blood bath?

12:06 am  
Blogger Gert said...

The plans certainly exist but in itself that doesn't mean all that much.

The political will in Washington and London for a "military solution" [sic] simply isn't there right now. Listening to the usual Washington suspects, it's clear that we're talking up to 12 months and more of diplomatic arm-wrestling before anything else will be considered.

It seems to me the US is slightly altering its usual interventionist course towards multilateralism, as seen in the involvement in Europe for the diplomatic bit.

Nonetheless, the American public will continue to be softened up for the military option, should the latter be deemed necessary. Iran is seen as public enemy #1 in the US. And stirring up further anti-Iran feelings in the US is easy: shouting "hostage crisis!" should do the trick. I remember how after Ahmedinejad's election victory, pictures started to appear, alledging he was one of the students involved. And in the current climate of islamo-hysteria, the "Mad Mullahs!" argument will also work well...

As regards the Telegraph piece, a few weeks back The Sun did a frontpager on how the "nukebuster" works: including (if not mainly) juicy computer generated pictures and diagrams... Hey, the "people" need to know!

3:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Not The Whole Truth: 9/11 and Unanswered Questions talk is on Tuesday 9 May at the Holy Trinity Church, Hoghton Street, Southport.

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All the best

4:04 pm  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

... can you pass it here next?

(I hope this doesn't happen.)

5:37 pm  
Anonymous mac said...

gert: There's good reason the Telegraph have reported this -- as they have and when they have -- but the trick is to figure out why.

There's more to this than meets the eye. There always is where the Telegraph is concerned.

Old Brit: You should have written : "Ultra-Intelligence infiltrated ~~ a la BBC, post Greg Dyke.

11:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...,,1746322,00.html

And, lets get rid of those pesky chemical and biological weapon restrictions while we're at it.

Beware, when you go hunting monsters, that you don't become one.

7:10 am  
Blogger newManifesto said...


3:08 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Horrible is right. But not entirely unexpected I'm afraid. Blair & Co do what Bush & Co say. Britain now, truly is just another[off-shore Hawaii-type], American state.

5:42 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

richard this is with reference to Condi and Straw. And all I can say is:


8:39 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Very interesting Richard. You noticed it too with the Telegraph.

On the one hand, the Telegraph are very anti government now, furious with New Labour calling them Nazis who are planning eugenics programmes. They hate ID cards but when it comes to Iran for a while now they keep printing the same sickening stupid war propaganda.

I don't know what they actually think they are doing but it is pathetic and very noticable.

1:35 am  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

The scene you describe and the rhetoric looks so much like what we heard in the final WEEKS before the Iraq invasion, making invasion still look as if it were far in the future .... I don't know what to think

I heard a rumor yesterday that China is making noises about calling in at least some of the huge American debt it owns. If so, the screws are tightening.

Certainly it must be clear that this time if nuclear warheads are used or nuclear bombs are dropped, there WILL BE nuclear retaliation which could come from a variety of sources.

At what point do our militaries (US and UK) refuse to carry out orders? Or are all the critical positions now manned by hired goons of the contractors?

6:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rosemary said:
there WILL BE nuclear retaliation which could come from a variety of sources.

I'd change just one thing there, rosemary. I'd change "variety of sources" to "multiple sources".

6:33 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Yep. I think "multiple" is what I meant, Anon!

2:32 am  
Blogger Richard said...

As always, nothing but common sense finds it's way into our comments section -- thanks to you. And long may it continue that way. Thanks -- and for the links & fresh info too.

7:51 pm  

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