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War against Iran? February 2, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, USA.
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An American Muslim has an interesting observation about the US and asks whether the current anti-Iran is building up to the War against Iran:

Maybe it’s just me, but prior to both addresses there was this accusatory “tone” toward “rogue” states that were built up in the media prior to the addresses but more so pronounced after the addresses. In the case of the 2003 addresses the State of course was Iraq and here we are in 2007 it’s now Iran.

It’s also a pattern I’ve noticed.  The US has clearly started the propoganda war, doing it’s best to make Iran look responsible for many of the countless problems in Iraq.

As reported by The Guardian yesterday:

Washington today repeated its warnings to Iran to stop helping Iraqi militants to attack US-led troops in Iraq.

Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state, said US forces had detained Iranians suspected of providing weapons technology to Shia insurgents.

“These are operatives of the Quds force, paramilitary officials of the Iranian government and their intelligence officials … they’re people who are engaged in sectarian warfare,” he said.

In a separate interview for US radio, Mr Burns claimed Iranian support for militant groups was spreading out from the southern city of Basra to other areas.

“They have attacked British soldiers near Basra and they’ve now begun to mount those operations throughout the country – at least in the Baghdad region as well,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

“It’s a very serious situation – the message from the United States is Iran should cease and desist.”

The US has been tracking Iranian involvement in Iraqi insurgent attacks for around two years, and has found increasing evidence that Iran has assisted Shia groups in the south of the country, Mr Burns told National Public Radio.

“We warned Iran privately on a number of occasions over the last year and a half and the Iranians, of course, did not appear to listen to that, so now we’ve begun to detain those Iranian officials,” he said.

“We think it’s absolutely within our rights to do so under Article 51 of the UN charter, which is self-defence.”

Earlier this week, Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, the second most senior US general in Iraq, told USA Today that Iran was supplying Iraqi Shia militias with a variety of weapons.

George Bush, who has ordered a second aircraft carrier group to the region, said the US would respond firmly to Iranian involvement in violence in Iraq.

“I’m also concerned about Iranian influence into Iraq and have made it clear to the Iranians that if we catch them moving weapons they’ll be dealt with,” the US president told the Wall Street Journal.

Or as said in this article – will the US invade Iran:

The raid on the home of an Iranian diplomat last week and the capture of 5 Iranians by American troops is a pretty clear shot across Iran’s bow. Add to that the movement of a second carrier group with Patriot missiles into the Gulf and we see a second shot – especially since Iran is the only country with missile capability that could be the target of the Patriots. And then add to this Bush’s refusal to talk to the Iranian government despite the urgings of the Iraq War Commission and Jim Baker, backed up by particularily threatening remarks by the VP on Sunday talk shows, all point to an Administration getting ready to do the unthinkable again.

However, for the US to attack Iran will be a stupid move.  As said in The People Daily:

Iran is not Iraq. Iran’s national and military strength is very different from that of ante-war Iraq. At present, domestic situation in Iran is very good. Iranian people are united. Thus, military strike on Iran won’t cause a revolution in the country, on the contrary, it can only stimulate people’s greater patriotic enthusiasm. Militarily, Iran is another strong country second only to Israel in the Middle East region. It has modernized missiles and air strike technology and capable to block the Strait of Hormuz and destroy all the oil wells and pipelines in the region. Iran is the fourth oil producer in the world, producing 4 million barrels of crude oil every day. Iraq didn’t have these conditions then.

Is it any wonder Iran wants nuclear weapons?  With the US and Israel waiting to attack it, the country has every right to defend itself and its people.

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1. Robert Salaam - February 2, 2007

Im glad you picked up on this issue and gave further references, I was hoping someone would.

As Salaam Alaikum

2. Some Muslim - February 3, 2007

No problem. I’m hoping to write more about this topic in future. Several governments, including the US, use the media to manipulate people and create fear to serve their own purposes, and it sounds like an interesting subject.

Salaam.


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