Bush: “Shadow of a nuclear holocaust” unless action against Iran
Yesterday I wrote this: Politicians who exaggerate to frighten us toward war—or who demonize enemies to make killing them seem unavoidable—should be relentlessly discredited for doing so. I didn’t expect to have to live up to it quite so soon; but today I came across these words in the Utne WebWatch from an article of Glen Greenwald in Salon:
Last Tuesday President Bush said that Americans would be caught “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust,” if the United States hesitates on Iran. (Recall then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice’s September 2002 warning: “We don’t what the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”).
To paraphrase: “Booga Booga.” Do what I tell you or the world gets it.
Problem is, we heard this talk in 2002. And it was dead wrong.
This time, as then, the IAEA sees no evidence suggesting development of a nuclear weapon. In fact, the IAEA is pleased with Iran’s cooperation. So we get the same argument we got last time: We must act before danger is imminent—before we find the smoking gun. In other words, when we have no evidence. They might want to do something to us someday; let’s whack ’em.
To frighten us into war, the President conjures mushroom clouds where none could rise (as did Secretary Rice in 2002). If he says it often enough, people will believe it (remember how many came to believe his oft-chanted mantra linking Iraq and 9/11?) and resistance to war will be shouted down, even though the threat is as contrived as the last one.
It is jingoism—war-mongering of the shabbiest sort.
Will Congress have the courage to stop him this time? Will AIPAC flex its muscles and keep them quiet? Or will Congress neglect its role again, letting him kill off a few thousand more Americans and another million foreign nationals, then whine about being misled? If I had known then what I know now … You should have known, Senator—it’s your job. Don’t fail us again.
If you’re reading this in the USA, I urge you to email your Senators and Representative, and ask them to take definite action to prohibit war on Iran. Links to the House and Senate are on my right sidebar. Go for it. Reject fear.
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