The relationship between
temperament: intense but accommodating at times, barefaced and seemingly self-destructive at others.
Currently, the latter estimation rings truer: the US naval military build up in the east Mediterranean and the Gulf, conjoined with an intense and sinister propaganda campaign that is being drummed up at home, among other signals, are all pointing to one ill-fated conclusion: the Bush administration, entranced in its foolishness, has decided to discard, and in its entirety, the Baker-Hamilton recommendations; instead of engaging Iran politically, the US is opting to engage it militarily.
Is it possible that the increasingly prevailing analyses are true, as fluently communicated in a recent commentary by Australian journalist John Pilger, that the Bush administration is gearing up for an attack against Iran as a way of â€œbuying time for its disaster in Iraqâ€?
Pilger suggests another motivating factor for Bushâ€™s new possible war: â€œAs the American disaster in
But how can attacking Iran buy the â€˜Bushitesâ€™ time, if they, more than any one of us know the deeply entrenched Iranian presence and influence in Iraq, often directly over prominent elements of the pro-American Shia government: one of whom is the indestructible Abdel Aziz Al Hakim?
â€œAl Hakim spent 20 years in
Isnâ€™t it rational to envisage that an attack on Iran would upset the cozy relations that the Americans have cultivated with al-Hakim and such disreputable characters, thus lead to further destabilisation of Iraq, to more of the same unmitigated violence, where well over 3,000 US soldiers, nearly 1,000 contractors have met their doom, not counting the 45 thousand who were evacuated due to injuries and other medical emergencies, as indicated by Iraqbodycount.org?
US sources claim that innumerable Iraqis receive their salaries from Tehran (that is aside from the alleged 40,000 Iranian agents in Iraq, which the US media ceaselessly talks about), an indication of Iranâ€™s incessant efforts to obtain the loyalty of many of Iraqâ€™s Shia, and to dig into such valuable human reserves whenever needed, such as in the case of a war with the United States.
How about the other suggestion, that neocon fanatics believe their opportunity to control
This suggestion would also seem doubtful, for the neoconâ€™s war architects are still scrambling to avoid the blame of the Iraq fiasco and are at odds with Bush himself and his war generals, using their wide sway over US mainstream media to blame the president for all the ills that have befallen the country — ills that were born mostly from their own ominous war stratagems and their unwarranted commitment to Israelâ€™s security at the expense of their countryâ€™s own. How can such a group of intellectuals still effectively hold sufficient clout to lead the
Considering these difficult questions, one must assume that any attack on
overall interests in the
Now, we stand at the same critical junction, four years later, as US news networks are readying for another awesome fireworks show, this time over Tehran; dehumanisation of the Iranians has already begun; the public is being fed with all kinds of half-truths and all sorts of rubbish about the Islamic Republic and its people; insanity has returned and the voices of reasons are again, labelled, shunned and marginalised. But for obvious reasons, this time around, war is an evident mistake, a fact that should irk and make every sensible American, every Congressman, every commentator question the wisdom of a new war while the country is on the verge of defeat in another.
Such a reality suggests that the Bush administration is working against the interests of his own people and makes Pilgerâ€™s analysis the more poignant; indeed, as irrational as it may seem, the
But as explained by
But this is exactly the key trait that has defined the current Bush administration since its early years in office. Itâ€™s committed to duplicating failures; instead of abandoning the Iraqi ship, it insists on setting sale in the same tumultuous sea, another defected one.
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