Monday, April 10, 2006

It's Official: We'll Bomb Iran

Well, it's now official: the smirking chimps in the White House are seriously considering not just bombing Iran but NUCLEAR bombing Iran. (see http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact )

This has been rather widely known for a couple of years but as usual the "journalists" at the corporate news shops have ignored it. But now it's official because Seymour Hersh wrote it in the most recent NEW YORKER.

And so the Bomb Iran question has changed. It's no longer, Will we? It's, Will we use nukes or "conventional" bombs (that are nearly as destructive as nukes)?

This seems to pass for sane, rational discussion in the New Millennium USA.

Aside from the obvious irony of nuking a country because they MIGHT be going nuclear,a couple of other points ought to be made:

One is that Iran has every right to develop nuclear energy if it cares to. That right is recognized in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that Bush, Condoleeza, and others love to cite. Yet the U.S. is trying to stop Iran from doing so because nuclear energy might, conceivably, some day, lead to nuclear weapons.

Second is that the evidence of Iran actually working on nuclear weapons is exactly as strong as that famous "WMD" evidence in Iraq was.

Third is that if Iran does indeed want nuclear weapons (and I would guess they do), they want those weapons AS A DETERRENT from invasion by the U.S. They have seen that the U.S. likes to invade weakly defended countries like Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq, but shies away form those, like North Korea or China or Pakistan, who could retaliate in spades.

Fourth is that one (but ONLY one)country in the Middle East is allowed to have nukes. That is Israel, which sports (by the most common estimate) some 200 atomic missiles and bombs. If Israel would disarm, its Middle Eastern neighbors would be MUCH more likely to slow down their own military shopping sprees.

Finally, of course, there's the absolute hypocrisy of the U.S. deciding not only which countries should have what kinds of bombs but what kind of energy as well. For as the moral midgets left in charge of the U.S. make such decisions, they also go on their own merry way at home, subsidizing the domestic nuclear industry, improving our own nuclear weapons, and (let's not forget) forging ahead on the development of chemical and biological weapons as well.

This is an empire out of control, out of touch with reality, out of touch with any kind of humane moral system. And just think, we all get to contribute by doing what we've been taught to do best: go along meekly and pay those taxes.