If you plan to start the week with a smile on your lips and optimism in your heart, then don’t read this article. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to be realistic, and know when the time is right to bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your arse goodbye – read on.
Often, the news no-one wants you to know about is best located away from the great national tomes like the Washington Post or the New York Times. Small, provincial newspapers around the world have some the sharpest, keenest, journalists. They’re usually young, and out to make a name for themselves.
Hence, it was to the Scottish Herald and Rob Edwards that I turned my computer mouse this weekend, and a story that should, frankly, turn your blood to ice.
In the last post I wrote that one of my pet hates today was politicians. They’re supposed to be representatives of the people, but that’s no longer their job. Instead, they now serve much more powerful masters than John Doe or Fred Bloggs.
Long before the events of 9/11/2001, a plan was devised to conquer the world. At the heart of that plan was subjugation of the Middle East. Certain nations in that region were troublesome to the US and if it were to take control of the region armed force would be required to contain these errant governments.
One of those nations was Iraq, but the real obstacle to Middle East domination was Iran.
There was no way an army could march into Iran overland. Saddam Hussein was in the way, and while he held no love for his Iranian neighbors, he’d not welcome US army boots on Iraqi soil.
9/11/2001 provided the perfect excuse to invade Iraq, get rid of Saddam, and install a puppet government. Now, there are American army boots in Iraq, and Prime Minister Maliki is in no position to dictate how they’ll be used.
The island of Diego Garcia lies just south of the Equator, slap in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
It was secretly leased to the British by Mauritius in the 1960’s, and the whole population of the island was forcibly expelled, all 2,000 of them.
In 1971, the US began building a huge airbase on the island. Many of the aircraft that bombed Iraq, both in 1991 and 2003, flew from Diego Garcia.
Now, according to Rob Edwards of the Scottish Sunday Herald, Diego Garcia is about to become active once more.
The US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures.
Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons.”
What is happening at this moment is unnervingly reminiscent of the events just prior to the invasion of Iraq, back in 2003. The unanswered question is: can America sustain an attack on Iran, given its military commitments elsewhere?
According to Dan Plesch, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London and co-author of a recent study on US preparations for an attack on Iran, they can if they flatten Iran from the air before committing troops on the ground.
They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran. US bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours.”
Plesch thinks Obama may decide it’s better for the US to strike Iran, rather than have Israel do it first.
The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely. The US … is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions.”
The US war machine is once more grinding into action. The ‘plan’, drawn up by that right-wing think-tank known as the ‘Project for the New American Century’ a decade ago is still on the table. The PNAC was publicized as ‘dead in the water’ after Iraq. The truth is it’s still very much alive.
George W Bush dreamed of instigating a war with Iran – part of his imaginary ‘Axis of Evil’ – but the Iraq conquest took too long. Now, it’s left to the next President of the United States to instigate ‘Stage Two’.
The face on the marionette may have changed. The puppeteers have not.
 “Final destination Iran?” Scottish Sunday Herald, March 14th 2010
Filed under: Hardly transparent government, is it?