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Ramp-up to Iran war begun?

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From the excellent DemocracyNow:

Drumbeat For Attack on Iran Grows Louder in Washington
Talk about a U.S. attack on Iran appears to be growing louder in Washington. There are reports that Vice President Dick Cheney’s office has issued instructions to conservative think tanks to start a drumbeat for attacking Iran. On Monday the American Enterprise Institute is hosting two events related to Iran. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is giving a speech on how the war on terrorism should be viewed as a “a world war that pits civilization against terrorists and their state sponsors who wish to impose a new dark age.” Later in the day former CIA director Jim Woolsey and others will meet to discuss a new book by longtime Iran hawk Michael Leeden titled “The Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots” Quest for Destruction.” The Heritage Foundation recently hosted an interagency Bush administration war game attempting to anticipate Iranian responses to a U.S. bombing campaign. Meanwhile the Sunday Times of London has reported the Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive air strikes against twelve hundred targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days. The main source of the article was an official at another conservative Washington think tank – the Nixon Center.

Honestly. Such reprehensible demagoguery: Civilization vs. New Dark Age. And the Black Plague, no doubt.

I thought the bad guys were the ones who spread terror. 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.

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September 5, 2007 at 7:25 pm

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Islam, Terrorism

UN inspector: US on brink of war with Iran

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“Like flicking matches” at gasoline: Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector who opposed the Iraq invasion (and was correct about the absence of WMD), believes Bush is prepping for another war. Click through on the link for details.
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0120 05 1Scott Ritter, one of the former United Nations inspectors who didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, denounced the Bush administration for going to war with WMDs as the primary rationale in March 2003. Now he fears the United States is on the brink of war with Iran.Ritter points to a military buildup in the region, the so-called threats to the U.S. Navy from Iranian speed boats last week and a U.S. Senate resolution that labels elements of Iran as a terrorist organization.“It’s like filling up a house with gasoline and flicking matches at the door,” Ritter said. “Sooner or later it will connect.”. . .

His conclusion: “What’s really going on is a road map for global domination. The war in Iraq initiated a long-term strategy neo conservatives have been formulating to divide the world into spheres of influence and dominate them economically, militarily and diplomatically.”
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January 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Politics

Still no evidence against Iran; US public resisting war

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Cole Juan with captionUniversity of Michigan Middle East expert Juan Cole revealed the elephant in the room during an important interview on DemocracyNow! yesterday. While President Bush has convinced a majority of Americans that Iran seeks a nuclear weapon and is killing US soldiers, the objective truth is:

JUAN COLE: Neither thing is actually in evidence. …

AMY GOODMAN: And the fact that there are more Saudi fighters in Iraq than Iranian, but that is almost never raised, either in the press or by the administration?

JUAN COLE: To my knowledge, the United States has never captured any Iranian with arms. There were 136 foreign detainees, the last we knew. There are 24,000 Iraqi ones. And the 136 contain no Iranians at all. 45% of them, earlier in the summer, were Saudis. I think that proportion has changed, but it’s such a small number. But, in any case, there is no proof of any actual Iranian military activity inside Iraq whatsoever. …

But isn’t Ahmadinejad an obvious threat?

AMY GOODMAN: What about Ahmadinejad’s power in Iran?

JUAN COLE: Well, Ahmadinejad is a ceremonial president. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 24, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Islam, Politics, Terrorism

IAEA Chief warns against war with Iran

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The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei is warning no military action should be taken against Iran, and that threats of war are premature and counterproductive.
ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said there is no evidence of ongoing prohibited nuclear or nuclear-related activities in Iran.

  • Mohamed ElBaradei: “I repeat: we have not seen any undeclared facilities operating in Iran, we have not seen any concrete evidence that the Iran program is being weaponized. We have not received any information to that effect. So, I haven’t heard any other information, to the contrary. So while we are still concerned about the nature of the Iranian program, we should not… I do not believe, at this stage, that we are facing clear and present danger that requires that we go beyond diplomacy.”

ElBaradei also urged the world to remember what happened in Iraq before considering any similar action against Tehran.

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Last time, the IAEA was right, but the US would not listen. A million are dead. Now the President sets the traps that may lock us irretrievably into another slaughter while Democrats bluster and pose.

Are we—Democrats and Republicans alike—incapable of moral foreign policy?

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September 19, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Christians and war on Iran

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Chuck Gutenson is a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary (Francis Asbury, the early English-American hero for which ATS is named, was an only child, never married, and is thus, alas, no relative of mine). Chuck writes an excellent blog called Imitatio Christi, and writes occasionally for God’s Politics, where I found this much-needed post last April.

Here we are five months later; the Swamp’s tom-toms yet threaten. Gov. Romney and Mayor Guiliani have joined the rant, pitching Imminent Doom Unless (never mind that auto accidents—as with many domestic causes of death—pose a higher risk to American lives, and never mind that Iran has little to do with Islamism, and never mind that Iran hasn’t initiated a war with anybody for more than a hundred years).

It looks like the need for this challenge isn’t going away.

Chuck Gutenson: Iran, Neocons, and Christianity
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There are some articles that one should not have to write. The thesis they defend should be so obvious that setting it forward should be unnecessary. However, there has been a remarkable degree of saber-rattling toward Iran over the last several months. Further, a founding document of so-called neoconservatism claimed that, “Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has” (and we all know how swimmingly our project in Iraq has gone!). So, unfortunately, it does seem necessary to make and defend the obvious claim: Christian faith is inconsistent with the central tenets of neoconservatism. Let me briefly summarize why this is so. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 2, 2007 at 5:37 pm