War against Iran?

This video says about itself:

7 February 2010 — America might strike on Iran according to the top Russian military official. The consequences, I believe, would be dreadful for Iran, as well as Russia, the entire Asia-Pacific community, General Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russias General Staff, was quoted. Makarov also stated that he doubts the US can attack Iran until the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are over.

Reports that Saudi Arabia may allow Israeli jets to travel through its airspace to attack Iran are the latest development in escalating regional tensions between Iran and the US-backed Saudi monarchy: here.

Chomsky on Iran: here.

Bombing Iran would do nothing short of destroy Iran’s chances for democracy. Neoconservatives who argue an attack on Iran would do wonders for the Green Movement are pushing an idea that is not just wrong, but dangerous: here.

Neocon Logic on Bombing Iran: here.

If neocons can’t get Obama to attack Iran, they are creating a narrative so the next Republican president will: here.

Pro-Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in “The Atlantic” magazine was evidently aimed at showing why the Barack Obama administration should worry that it risks an attack by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran in the coming months unless it takes a much more menacing line toward Iran’s nuclear programme. But the article provides new evidence that senior figures in the Israeli intelligence and military leadership oppose such a strike against Iran and believe that Netanyahu’s apocalyptic rhetoric about an Iranian nuclear threat as an “existential threat” is unnecessary and self-defeating: here.

Washington’s real aim in convening the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is to legitimise the support of the Arab states for a future military onslaught against Iran: here.

The Obama administration says Iran nuclear sanctions are beginning to have an effect. But two prominent dissidents say the sanctions are playing into the hands of the Ahmadinejad regime: here.

Was Amiri a Double Agent who Hyped Iran’s Nukes? Here. And here.

Gay Immigrant Bids for Asylum, Faces Return to Iran: here.

6 thoughts on “War against Iran?

  1. Gilani defies US over Iranian gas

    Pakistan: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani promised on Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran, even if the US levies additional sanctions against the country.

    Mr Gilani said he would reconsider the deal if it violated UN sanctions, but he was “not bound to follow” unilateral US measures.

    The deal has been a constant source of tension, with Pakistan arguing that it is vital to its ability to cope with an energy crisis and the US saying that it will relieve pressure on Iran over its civil nuclear energy programme.



  2. July 1, 2010


    In the final two weeks of June we have seen a number of serious developments in the Middle East involving the United States, Israel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. While almost completely ignored by the U.S. mainstream press, there is considerable alarm around the world and especially in the Middle East. Some of these developments are unprecedented and could denote a sharp escalation in the U.S./NATO and Israeli campaign against Iran, or even all-out war.

    Anti-war and progressive people and organizations should note the following:

    * On June 18, a U.S. naval carrier group, reportedly accompanied by at least one Israeli vessel, passed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea and toward the Persian Gulf. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Force, , included and aircraft carrier, guided missile cruiser, Aegis-class destroyers and the German frigate GGS Hessen.

    *According to Iran’s Fars New Agency, the Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base near the city of Tabuk.. Even more ominously, the Saudi’s are reported to have realigned their missile defense system to allow for an air corridor for Israeli planes in the event of a war with Iran.

    * U.S. forces stationed in the Central Asian country of Azerbaijan have massed along the Iran/Azerbaijani border. The U.S. forces, which are part of the so-called war on terror, are supposed to be supporting the war in Afghanistan. Iranian revolutionary guards have called in tanks and anti-aircraft units to the area in what amounts to a war alert.

    * On July 1, President Barack Obama signed an agreement negotiated in the U.N Security Council stepping up sanctions on Iran and its economy. However, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) publicly worried that China may undercut the sanctions.

    * On June 28, Iran announced that it would not challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza at this time. An Iranian flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid and flying the Red Crescent, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross, was en route to Gaza accompanied by Iranian naval vessels. The expedition reportedly had the diplomatic support of both Russia and Turkey.

    * Yesterday, June 30, Ali Akbar Salehi, the Islamic Republic’s vice president and director of the nuclear program, announced that Iran has produced another 37 pounds of uranium enriched to 20 percent. Iran has a right to do this under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty which it signed (and the Israelis have not signed). Iran maintains that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Significantly, the 20 percent level is far below the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon.

    * There has been speculation that if the U.S. and NATO attempt to inspect Iranian ships in order to enforce the new sanctions, the resulting confrontation may lead to war.

    * Among the world leaders who have issued strong warnings about U.S. intentions is Fidel Castro, who certainly knows what it is like to have your country threatened with military attack, including with nuclear weapons. In his published Reflections on June 27, he stressed the importance of the Cuban people, and progressives everywhere to be prepared to respond, even to the most horrendous catastrophe, which could be the outcome of a U.S.-Israeli war against Iran: “What would be [the worst] is to suddenly be made aware of news of serious events, without having heard any news whatsoever beforehand about such possibilities, thereby falling into confusion and panic….”

    Much analysis is no doubt necessary to determine the seriousness of the above developments. It should be remembered, that almost all large military operations in this era require months, if not years, of meticulous planning. The fact that the Pentagon has not chosen to reveal their plans to the mainstream media does not mean that such plans do not exist. However, the most immediate task of anti-war and anti-imperialists around the world is to to respond quickly to these provocations emanating from Washington and prepare to resist any and all attempts to make war on Iran.

    Take Action Now!

    * Sign the Petition – http://www.stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml
    * Make an Emergency Donation to help with organizing expenses – http://stopwaroniran.org/donate.shtml
    * Link to us – http://stopwaroniran.org/link.html


  3. Three suspended over torture

    Iran: The authorities have suspended three senior members of the judiciary over last year’s torture deaths of three imprisoned anti-government protesters, according to media reports.

    The deaths of the prisoners provoked fierce criticism against the Ahmedinejad administration and its treatment of those arrested in the turmoil following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

    The suspensions pave the way for trial of the three officials, according to commentaries in Tehran-e Emrooz and other local newspapers.



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