This video from the USA is called Occupy Los Angeles, Day #14 – STOP False War with IRAN.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Hammond’s war psychosis
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond’s sabre-rattling threat to send military reinforcements to the Persian Gulf follows up William Hague’s earlier effort to crank up anti-Iranian sentiment.
Hammond said that the British government’s decision to send HMS Argyll as part of an international flotilla of warships through the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday had sent a “clear signal” to Tehran.
The Foreign Secretary constantly referred to world opinion in his instruction to Tehran to “come to its senses” and resume negotiations on its nuclear programme.
He has no mandate to speak on behalf of anyone but the usual imperialist forces in the European Union and north America who cannot get over the fact that the world no longer dances to their tune.
Neither Russia nor China is likely to fall in line with the decision of this overbearing global minority to impose a total ban on imports of Iranian oil – an embargo that is academic for Britain, France, the Netherlands and Germany, which diverted their oil purchases away from the Middle East in recent years.
The major EU purchaser of Iranian oil is Greece – followed to a lesser degree by Spain and Italy – which, given its current financial stitch-up by the banks and the EU elite, is unlikely to find a partner willing to match the terms it enjoys with Tehran.
Iran‘s main export markets for oil are in the Asia-Pacific region – principally China, India, South Korea and Japan, which would think carefully before ditching this supplier to support the EU campaign.
Logic dictates that India, which flouted global opinion to develop its own nuclear arsenal, might be hard pressed to take a moral stand over unfounded claims that Iran is doing likewise.
But given the ease with which Britain, France, the US and Israel – all armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons – pontificate on the issue, it would pay to be cautious on this question.
Their priority is not opposition to the spread of nuclear weapons but regime change in Iran and its ally Syria.
The Morning Star has no illusions about the democratic deficit in both countries, but the Western allies have shown no discomfort in cosying up to the brutal dictatorships of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt and the corrupt cabal of hereditary sheikdoms in the gulf.
Western hostility arises from the refusal of Tehran and Damascus to accept US hegemony over the region, including its support for Israel’s ethnic-cleansing policies and its accelerated colonisation of the West Bank.
Ratcheting up tension in the gulf is not in the interests of Iran’s repressed democratic forces or the people of Britain. It could encourage Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s civil nuclear programme, setting off unfathomable consequences.
Iranian democrats, such as the Tudeh Party, oppose further sanctions on their country, noting the already worsening living standards of working people and the propaganda value gained by parasitic elements of the theocratic dictatorship as they pose as an “anti-imperialist” resistance.
Turmoil in the region has already forced up the price of crude oil, affecting the global economy that is already struggling to escape recession.
Our coalition government risks worsening the situation through involvement in another US-led military confrontation that could prove costly in so many ways.
US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes. Ray McGovern, Consortium News: “A consensus seems to be emerging among the intelligence and military agencies of the United States – and Israel – that Iran has NOT made a decision to build a nuclear weapon…. You might think that you would have heard more about that, wouldn’t you? … However, this joint assessment that Iran has NOT decided to build a nuclear bomb apparently represented too big a change in the accepted narrative for the [New York] Times … to process”: here.
Bribing Israel. John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: “[The] story of Obama the diplomat standing up to Netanyahu the bully omits some important information. During Netanyahu’s visit, the Obama administration reportedly offered Israel a package of advanced military technology, including bunker-busting bombs and long-range refueling planes, as long as it postponed any attacks on Iran until 2013. In other words, Obama wasn’t only buying time, he was bribing Israel to prevent the kind of October surprise … that might derail his reelection bid”: here.
Larry Derfner – The Nation – In his first public statement on the conflict with Iran, David Grossman, the leading Israeli novelist of the past generation and the strongest voice of his country’s moral conscience, told The Nation that he opposed an attack on the Islamic Republic by Israel or the United States, saying the likely consequences were more daunting even than those of Iran building nuclear weapons: here.
Haaretz reports that hundreds of Israeli peace activists marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest all the talk of striking Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities. Their placards demanded “No to War with Iran,” and “Talks, not Bombs”: here.
Dahlia Scheindlin and Larry Derfner – +972 – A lively crowd of approximately 1000 people, according to estimates by the Israeli media, gathered at Habima Square in Tel Aviv to voice its opposition to a war between Israel and Iran. Although hoping to capitalize on the energy of a surprisingly successful grassroots internet campaign that seemed to sweep the whole country last week, the protesters had all the hallmark attributes of a left-wing demonstration: large red flags associated with Hadash, the far-left Jewish-Arab party, calls for the Netanyahu government to resign, and no Israeli flags: here.
Religious Zionism leader: `Netanyahu, Barak seek to boost ego with attack on Iran`. Kobi Nahshoni – Ynet – Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, head of Har Bracha Yeshiva, said Iran does not pose an existential threat to Israel and a military offense against it was unnecessary: here.
Iranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you too. Oded Yaron – Haaretz: ““My Israeli friends, I do not hate you; I do not want war. love, Peace,” read many Iranian posters that were posted by Iranians to the new group page: here.
Israel Shields Public From Risks of War With Iran. Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: “The message that Iran is too weak to threaten an effective counterattack is contradicted by one of Israel’s leading experts on Iranian missiles and the head of its missile defence programme for nearly a decade, who says Iranian missiles are capable of doing significant damage to Israeli targets”: here.
Israeli Experts Mum on Iran Attack to Support Bibi’s Bluff. Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: “The widespread impression among the Israeli national security elite and press corps that Netanyahu’s threat of war against Iran is a bluff does not guarantee that Netanyahu will not attack Iran. But it does help explain why there has not been a much bigger outcry against a war option that is widely regarded as irrational for Israel”: here.
USA: Scrutinizing the Threat from Iran. Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Co.: “In the lead up to war in Iraq, misinformation about weapons of mass destruction went virtually unchallenged by the mainstream media. But three reporters for Knight Ridder newspapers (now McClatchy) were skeptical, and their probing investigation of the Bush administration’s justifications for war eventually proved prescient. We caught up with one of them, Jonathan Landay, now a senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, to get his thoughts on the current standoff with Iran”: here.
Iran sanctions bring unintended, unwanted results: here.
Russia Warns Against Training Syrian Rebels In Kosovo: here.