May 26, 2008
Since the neocon lie about Iran passing IEDs off to the “insurgents” (the resistance) in Iraq didn’t get much traction, we now have the Brits playing second fiddle with a passel of hogwash, just to keep the bomb, bomb, bomb Iran — as McCain likes to sing — agenda front and center.
“Iran has secretly paid Iraqi insurgents hundreds of thousands of American dollars to kill British soldiers, according to a leaked government document,” reports the Telegraph. “The allegations are contained in a confidential ‘field report’ written by a British officer who served in Basra during one of the most dangerous periods of the conflict. The report, which has never been made public, shows the full level of Iran’s involvement in the insurgency for the first time.”
In other words, British intelligence, conniving with American intelligence, has crafted a “field report” and “leaked” this to the ever complaisant corporate media. Leaked… you know, sort of like signed, sealed, and delivered. In fact, chances are this “report” was specifically created for the corporate media and its headline readers and sound bite spectators who need to get the idea that the bad guys are now in Iran and they are killing our boys so, of course, we have to bomb them to smithereens.
“The document states that the Jaish al-Mahdi (JAM) – also known as the Mahdi Army – one of the most violent insurgent groups operating in Basra, used money from Iran to recruit and pay young unemployed men up to $300 (£150) a month to carry out attacks against the British. The findings have been passed to the highest levels in the military.” And passed on to the corporate media for the above mentioned headline readers and Fox News viewers.
Iran does not need to pay the Iraqi resistance — they would fight the occupation of their country the same as Americans and Brits would fight if their country was occupied, if their relatives were killed, if their country was destroyed. But never mind, this makes too much sense.
“The leak comes at a time of rising tension between Iran and the international community, as Tehran continues to stonewall UN inquiries into allegations that it has carried out research to develop a nuclear weapon.”
In other words, the “leak” to the corporate media comes at a time when the neocons and their British helpers are ramping up their propaganda war against Iran, working toward an attack on that country under the pretense evil mullahs are feverishly working on a nuclear weapon they will naturally use against Israel. In fact, Iran does not have a nuke and they are permitted under the NPT to develop nuclear energy, a fact rarely mentioned by the likes of the Telegraph or the New York Times and the Washington Post.
“In an attempt to discover who was behind the attacks, the officer [Major Christopher Job, of the 2nd Lancashire Regiment] says he established a network of informers, who supplied him with detailed intelligence on the actions of the insurgents and who was behind their funding.”
A “network of informers,” no doubt consisting of people like Curveball, aka Rafid Ahmed Alwan, the con artist “informer” the neocons used as a pretense to invade and occupy Iraq. Alwan claimed Iraq had mobile biological weapon labs, but as it turned out these were instead trucks used to fill hydrogen balloons, a fact discovered by an official British investigation after the U.S. invaded Iraq in March, 2003.
Patrick Mercer, a Tory MP and a former infantry commander, told the Telegraph this “leaked” report “makes it quite clear that Iran is directly involved in funding the insurgency” and Iran must be confronted, that is to say bombed, and “anything else is appeasement.” Both Bush and McCain are on this “appeasement” bandwagon, conjuring up scary images of Nazi tanks rolling into Poland and the Munich appeasers of 1938. So happy was the neocon John Bolton, so rabid he was never officially appointed to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he said this supposed appeasement “may well have created a defining moment in the 2008 campaign.” In fact, all the candidates are four square behind attacking Iran, most notably Hillary who called for “obliterating” Iran and John McCain, who envisions a new Hundred Years War against Islam. As noted above, McCain likes to sing songs about mass murder, something that would, in non-Bushzarro times, get him slapped in a mental ward for observation. Instead, he may be the next president.
As Bush nears the end of his term, the neocons, with a little help from their friends in Britain, are building their case for an Iran attack, never mind how fallacious. But then the whole neocon argument for war — or rather, shooting Arabs and Persians like fish in a barrel — is deceptive and misleading. As should be expected, the corporate media, with a few very minor exceptions, are behind this effort. It should come as no surprise they are ignoring the fact the neocons lied us into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. After Iran is reduced to Stone Age condition, same as Iraq was, a few editorials may appear stating we were once again lied to, but these will be relegated to section C, page 12, safely tucked away so the headline readers will not arrive at the conclusion they are not only chumps, but complicit in mass murder and war crimes.
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