Saturday, December 08, 2007

How close was the USA to war with Iran?


It has been revealed this week that official US claims that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons program were as legitimate as the claims in 2002-3 that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction." Iran is enriching uranium but US intelligence experts believe with a high level of confidence that the weapons program was discontinued four years ago. (And don't for get that the supreme religious leader has issued a fatwa against weapons development.)

The official US claims were clearly a prelude to bombing Iran, resulting in a war which would have devastated the workings of the world economy which, because of corrupt speculation in US mortgages, is in perilous condition anyway. We are all being held hostage to a small group of warmongers in Washington. Just because their shenanigans have been exposed, there is no guarantee that they won't start a war anyway. That would be to assume that normal standards apply to these people.

In other news, from AFP:
Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars, Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday, labelling the greenback an "unreliable" currency.

This is not entirely unexpected, since Iran has been cutting back on dollar usage to avoid American financial warfare. But it shows how the American position in the world is eroding. It's one thing to defy the President of the United States. It's quite another to defy the Formerly Almighty Dollar. The current president, thanks in large part to his own policies, no longer has Almighty at his back.

Image: From last April, presidential candidate John McCain amusing a Republican Party get-together by singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, Bomb bomb Iran." Cute.

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