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Media Lies And The War Drive Against Iran

 

Media Lies And The War Drive Against Iran

By John Pilger

14 October, 2009
Johnpilger.com.

In 2001, the London Observer published a series of reports claiming an “Iraqi connection” to al-Qaeda, even describing the base in Iraq where the training of terrorists took place and a facility where anthrax was being made as a weapon of mass destruction.

It was all false.

Supplied by US intelligence and Iraqi exiles, planted stories in the British and US media helped then-US president George Bush and
then-British prime minister Tony Blair launch an illegal invasion that
has caused, according to the most recent study, 1.3 million deaths.

Something similar is happening over Iran: the same syncopation of
government and media “revelations”, the same manufacture of a sense of crisis.

“Showdown looms with Iran over secret nuclear plant”, declared the
British Guardian on September 26. “Showdown” is the theme.

High noon. The clock ticking. Good versus evil.

Add a smooth new US president who has “put paid to the Bush years”. An immediate echo is the notorious May 22, 2007 Guardian front page:
“Iran’s secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq”.

Based on unsubstantiated claims by the Pentagon, the writer Simon
Tisdall presented as fact an Iranian “plan” to wage war on, and defeat, US forces in Iraq by September of that year — a demonstrable
falsehood for which there has been no retraction.

The official jargon for this kind of propaganda is “psy-ops”, the
military term for psychological operations. In the Pentagon and
Whitehall, it has become a critical component of a diplomatic and
military campaign to blockade, isolate and weaken Iran by hyping its
“nuclear threat”: a phrase now used incessantly by US President Barack Obama and British PM Gordon Brown, and parroted by the BBC and other broadcasters as objective news.

And it is fake.

On September 16, Newsweek disclosed that major US intelligence
agencies had reported to the White House that Iran’s “nuclear status”
had not changedhanged since the National Intelligence Estimate of November 2007, which stated with “high confidence” that Iran had halted in 2003 the programme it was alleged to have developed.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has backed this, time and again.

The current propaganda-as-news derives from Obama’s announcement that the US is scrapping missiles stationed on Russia’s border. This serves to cover the fact that the number of US missile sites is actually expanding in Europe and the “redundant” missiles are being redeployed on ships.

The game is to mollify Russia into joining, or not obstructing, the US
campaign against Iran.

“President Bush was right”, said Obama, “that Iran’s ballistic missile
programme poses a significant threat [to Europe and the US].”

That Iran would contemplate a suicidal attack on the US is
preposterous. The threat, as ever, is one-way, with the world’s
superpower virtually ensconced on Iran’s borders.

Iran’s crime is its independence. Having thrown out the US’s favorite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control. As only Israel has a “right to exist” in the Middle East, the US goal is to cripple the Islamic Republic.

This will allow Israel to divide and dominate the region on
Washington’s behalf, undeterred by a confident neighbour. If any
country in the world has been handed urgent cause to develop a nuclear “deterrence”, it is Iran.

As one of the original signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), Iran has been a consistent advocate of a nuclear-free
zone in the Middle East. In contrast, Israel has never agreed to an
IAEA inspection, and its nuclear weapons plant at Dimona remains an open secret.

Armed with as many as 200 active nuclear warheads, Israel “deplores” UN resolutions calling on it to sign the NPT. Just as it deplored the recent United Nations report charging it with crimes against humanity in Gaza and just as it maintains a world record for violations of international law.

It gets away with this because great power grants it immunity.

Obama’s “showdown” with Iran has another agenda. On both sides of the Atlantic the media have been tasked with preparing the public for endless war.

The US/NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal says 500,000 troops will be required in Afghanistan over five years, NBC reported. The goal is control of the “strategic prize” of the gas and oilfields of
the Caspian Sea, central Asia, the Gulf and Iran — in other words,
Eurasia.

But the war is opposed by 69% of the British public, 57% of the US
public and almost every other human being.

Convincing “us” that Iran is the new demon will not be easy.
McChrystal’s spurious claim that Iran “is reportedly training fighters
for certain Taliban groups” is as desperate as Brown’s pathetic echo
of “a line in the sand”.

During the Bush years, the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said a
military coup took place in the US, and the Pentagon is now ascendant
in every area of US foreign policy.

A measure of its control is the number of wars of aggression being
waged simultaneously and the adoption of a “first-strike” doctrine
that has lowered the threshold on nuclear weapons — together with the blurring of the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons.

All this mocks Obama’s media rhetoric about “a world without nuclear weapons”. In fact, he is the Pentagon’s most important acquisition.
His acquiescence with its demand that he keep on Bush’s secretary of
“defense” and arch war-maker, Robert Gates, is unique in US history.

He has proved his worth with escalated wars from south Asia to the
Horn of Africa. Like Bush’s America, Obama’s America is run by some very dangerous people.

We have a right to be warned. When will those paid to keep the record straight do their job?


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