Is Another 9/11 in the Works?
By Paul Craig Roberts
03/15/06 "ICH' -- -- If you were President George W. Bush with all
available US troops tied down by the Iraqi resistance, and you were
unable to control Iraq or political developments in the country,
would you also start a war with Iran?
Yes, you would.
Bush’s determination to spread Middle East conflict by striking at
Iran does not make sense.
First of all, Bush lacks the troops to do the job. If the US
military cannot successfully occupy Iraq, there is no way that the
US can occupy Iran, a country approximately three times the size in
area and population.
Second, Iran can respond to a conventional air attack with missiles
targeted on American ships and bases, and on oil facilities located
throughout the Middle East.
Third, Iran has human assets, including the Shia majority population
in Iraq, that it can activate to cause chaos throughout the Middle
Fourth, polls of US troops in Iraq indicate that a vast majority do
not believe in their mission and wish to be withdrawn. Unlike the
yellow ribbon folks at home, the troops are unlikely to be
enthusiastic about being trapped in an Iranian quagmire in addition
to the Iraqi quagmire.
Fifth, Bush’s polls are down to 34 percent, with a majority of
Americans believing that Bush’s invasion of Iraq was a mistake.
If you were being whipped in one fight, would you start a second
fight with a bigger and stronger person?
That’s what Bush is doing.
Opinion polls indicate that the Bush regime has succeeded in its
plan to make Americans fear Iran as the greatest threat America
The Bush regime has created a major dispute with Iran over that
country’s nuclear energy program and then blocked every effort to
bring the dispute to a peaceful end.
In order to gain a pretext for attacking Iran, the Bush regime is
using bribery and coercion in its effort to have Iran referred to
the UN Security Council for sanctions.
In recent statements President Bush and Pentagon chief Donald
Rumsfeld blamed Iran for the Iraqi resistance, claiming that the
roadside bombs used by the resistance are being supplied by Iran.
It is obvious that Bush intends to attack Iran and that he will use
every means to bring war about.
Yet, Bush has no conventional means of waging war with Iran. His
bloodthirsty neoconservatives have prepared plans for nuking Iran.
However, an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran would leave the US,
already regarded as a pariah nation, totally isolated.
Readers, whose thinking runs ahead of that of most of us, tell me
that another 9/11 event will prepare the ground for a nuclear attack
on Iran. Some readers say that Bush, or Israel as in Israel’s highly
provocative attack on the Jericho jail and kidnapping of prisoners
with American complicity, will provoke a second attack on the US.
Others say that Bush or the neoconservatives working with some
“black ops” group will orchestrate the attack.
One of the more extraordinary suggestions is that a low yield,
perhaps tactical, nuclear weapon will be exploded some distance out
from a US port. Death and destruction will be minimized, but fear
and hysteria will be maximized. Americans will be told that the ship
bearing the weapon was discovered and intercepted just in time,
thanks to Bush’s illegal spying program, and that Iran is to blame.
A more powerful wave of fear and outrage will again bind the
American people to Bush, and the US media will not report the rest
of the world’s doubts of the explanation.
Reads like a Michael Crichton plot, doesn’t it?
Fantasy? Let’s hope so.
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Paul Craig Roberts [ email@example.com ] is the
author of Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the
Soviet Economy, and is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are
Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for
Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
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