Escalating anti-Iranian tensions continues.
Iran fully complies with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions. Its nuclear program is peaceful. US intelligence says so. Annually it repeats earlier assessments. Washington, other Western countries, and Israel know what they won't admit publicly. So do media scoundrels. They target Iran unfairly.
Israel's likely coalition partners assure it. Spurious Iranian threats are hyped. What began years ago continues. Washington and Israel want puppet leaders replacing independent ones in power. At issue is unchallenged regional dominance.
By Noam Chomsky - Friday, 04 January 2013
The "Iranian threat" is overwhelmingly a Western obsession, shared by Arab dictators, though not Arab populations...As numerous polls have shown, although citizens of Arab countries generally dislike Iran, they do not regard it as a very serious threat. Rather, they perceive the threat to be Israel and the United States; and many, sometimes considerable majorities, regard Iranian nuclear weapons as a counter to these threats.
By Ismail Salami - December 26th, 2012
Truly known to be one of the most misinterpreted and misused words, terrorism is defined and refined by the West according to the context where it proves deleterious or beneficial to those who define the term.
By Ted Snider - rabble.ca
The other day, when I picked up my mail as usual, I found something most unusual. It was a letter from a member of Stephen Harper's cabinet and the conservative Member of Parliament for my riding in Toronto, Joe Oliver...But the page did not contain a single word of Mr. Oliver's on it. Instead, both sides of the single page letter were filled by a reprint of a September 8, 2012 National Post article by former George Bush speech writer David Frum.
By Dan Brennan - WSWS
Argo, a new political thriller starring and directed by Ben Affleck, has earned critical praise and a number two spot on the box office charts for the second straight week. The film is based on declassified information about a little-known episode during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980.
By Peter Symonds - WSWS
Both the Obama administration and the Israeli government have kept up a steady drumbeat of bellicose threats against Iran over its nuclear program. Speaking last month at the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that “a red line” had to be set, falsely claiming that Iran was just months away from building a nuclear bomb. A red line has only one meaning: it establishes the pretext for war.
American media scoundrels honed it to an art form. Britain's BBC and commercial media regularly feature it. So does a newly licensed anti-Iranian TV channel.
NNC's Iman Soleimani conducted the interview. Occupy Wall Street, America's sham electoral process, the so-called Arab Spring, Zionism, and money power were discussed.
To talk or not to talk. What's sensible is twisted to be complicated. Claiming an existential Iranian threat is a red herring cover. At issue is long-planned regime change.
Washington bears full responsibility for imposing illegitimate sanctions on Iran. Other countries are pressured to go along. Doing so harms their own interests.
February 11, 2012 marked the 33rd anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution.
Longstanding regime change plans are known. Means to achieve them have been ongoing for years.
In January 2009, Obama succeeded Bush. Neocons stuck around. They infest Washington. War gets their juices flowing. They urge it on Syria and Iran.