April 27, 2008
Now that we have the neocons attempting to sell us on the dubious prospect of a Syrian nuke, the corporate media is stepping up the propaganda, same as they did in late 2002 prior to the invasion of Iraq. For instance, the Telegraph is pushing the following:
One of the most terrifying possibilities the world faces is that al-Qa’eda, or some other Islamist group, gets hold of a nuclear bomb. Islamist terrorists are certainly trying to obtain one: Osama bin Laden has issued a document entitled “The Nuclear Bomb of Islam”, which insists it is “the duty” of Muslims to acquire a nuclear bomb in order to use “as much force as possible to terrorize the enemies of God”.
In 1998, Osama bin Laden supposedly released a “pamphlet” calling for Muslims to obtain nuclear material because “it is the duty of the Muslims to prepare as much force as possible to terrorize the enemies of God.” On the one hand the corporate media tells us the Iranians are having a difficult time enriching uranium and on the other they have told us for nearly a decade now al-Qaeda may develop a nuclear bomb, no doubt from a cave in Afghanistan.
Interesting how the Telegraph piece appears a couple weeks after Charles Allen, Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, the director of Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy, appeared before a congressional committee on nuclear terrorism. According to Allen and Mowatt-Larssen, nuclear experts and scientists “may have joined Al-Qaida years ago, long before the world began paying adequate attention to the proliferation of the kinds of technologies that could yield a terrorist nuclear weapon,” reports NDTV. “Al-Qaida’s nuclear effort would be just as compartmented and probably would not require the involvement of more than a small number of operatives who carried out 9/11,” declared Mowatt-Larssen. He was sure to include mention of the above “pamphlet” calling for a Muslim bomb.
After painting a dire scenario of a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb going off in a western city, reducing it to a “weird moonscape which Berlin had become by the end of World War Two, after almost a year of Allied bombing raids,” the Telegraph tells us the Israelis were keen on deterrence when they supposedly bombed Syria’s “not for peaceful means” nuclear facility last September, and that is “why the rest of the world acquiesced in the destruction, which broke international law and had no United Nations resolution.”
It is also why the US continues to send signals to Iran that it will not oppose, indeed might even join in, any attempt by Israel to hit Iran’s fledgling nuclear facilities: sending precisely that signal must have been at least part of the point of last week’s very public announcement that the Israeli raid on Syria’s putative nuclear bomb factory had been successful.
Indeed, “putative” is the correct adjective, as there is absolutely no evidence Iran is in the process of making a nuclear bomb. All of this is simply more bull crackers designed to crank up the fear and soften up the public for an inevitable attack launched against Iran and possibly Syria, the former target promised by top neocon Norman Podhoretz before Bush leaves office. It is no mistake Podhoretz made this promise from Israel.
Moreover, Podhoretz cornered Bush at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York in early 2007 and pushed the neocon mass murder plan against Iran. “The president has said several times that he will be in the historical dock if he allows Iran to get the bomb. He believes that if we wait for threats to fully materialize, we’ll have waited too long – something I agree with 100%,” the Times Online quoted Podhoretz as saying. So hot on the idea is the neocon godfather, he wrote a book entitled: World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism.
Back to the Telegraph:
If Iran builds a nuclear bomb factory, you can be sure that Israel will try to destroy it. You can also be sure that, when it happens, the rest of the world will not object.
Some of us will object, especially after reading the PNAC documents, specifically Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century, written in 2000, and calling for Iran to be confronted.
On October 8, 2007, Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the IAEA, dismissed the main argument used by the neocons when he said “I have not received any information that there is a concrete active nuclear weapons program going on right now.” ElBaradei’s statement and neocon assertions to the contrary have resulted in a long and uneasy stalemate. Now we have the corporate media attempting to break through the log jam and move the attack on Iran and Syria along. In fact, the attack on Syria, oddly resurfacing now, was a dry run for what will happen on a much larger and more deadly scale in Iran. It is well known that Syria’s radar is superior to Iran’s and Israel apparently had no trouble defeating Syria’s radar.
For the neocons, now is the time to raise the specter of al-Qaeda and nukes as this illusion can be rolled up and served as a pretext for the upcoming attack against Iran because most Americans are unable to tell the difference between a Sunni al-Qaeda and Shia Iran — they’re all Muslims, after all, never mind Iran has attempted to work with the United States against al-Qaeda on several occasions.
“Governments, however, are not always able to control all their members,” the Telegraph concludes. “Some members of the Iranian administration might not be deterred by the prospect of nuclear armageddon (indeed, some seem to welcome it). Which means that the only way to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists it to keep them out of the hands of national governments who might give them to terrorists…. If Iran builds a nuclear bomb factory, you can be sure that Israel will try to destroy it. You can also be sure that, when it happens, the rest of the world will not object.”
In other words, Iran will give al-Qaeda the bomb, never mind Iran considers al-Qaeda a terrorist group and has arrested al-Qaeda members (read: CIA operatives) and has put them on trial for crimes against the Islamic Republic, according to the BBC.
Not that it matters, as the corporate media does the bidding of the neocons at every turn (see video here). For some time now they have beat the war drums, accusing both Iran and Syria of providing the “insurgents” in Iraq with weapons and explosives, and even throwing al-Qaeda in the mix. Of course, this is intentional, as al-Qaeda will once again be used, this time clutching nukes provided by Iran or Syria, as an excuse to take out Iran and Syria, priority targets of the neocons and the Israelis — most of the time, there is no difference between the two — targets of increasing urgency as the Bush presidency winds down.
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