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Why Did the US Attack Iran?
Bruce K. Gagnon / Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
(January 4, 2019) — If you are like me you often ask yourself why is this happening?
We saw the US assassinations of Major General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Chief of the elite Quds Force Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, pro-Iranian chief of an umbrella group for Iraqi militias.
Why would the Pentagon risk a major war that could easily go nuclear by killing these military leaders? Does the US not understand such a provocative and illegal use on Iraq as the staging ground for these killings undermines Iraq’s independence? Is the US making an ‘ownership’ claim on Iraq? Is this Trumps reelection strategy — a full-blown war in the Middle East?
Or is this a dangerous and desperate move as we witness the declining global power of Washington? Has the American deep state determined that it is now or never? Take down Iran now, destroy it like they did to Iraq, in order to expand the power of ‘Greater Israel’ & Saudi Arabia — the permanent US war bases in the region.
The Pentagon is over extended. Nations are rejecting the US dollar. Washington is on the razor’s edge.
Immediately the December 27 joint naval exercise with Iran, Russia and China comes to mind. Code-named “Naval Security Belt” in Indian Ocean waters, this war game had to drive the Pentagon warmongers nuts. See this news report from DefenseWorld.net:
Iran’s Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi reported that “the purpose of the war game is to ensure collective security and help strengthen security in the northern region of the Indian Ocean.”
In addition, Khanzadi expressed the Iranian Navy’s readiness to work with China in the joint production of destroyers and submarines. In 2016, the defense ministers of Iran and China signed an agreement in Tehran to enhance the defense cooperation between the two countries.
“We will begin manufacturing heavy surface and subsurface equipment in the near future, and are ready for joint operations and the exchange of technical data as well as research capacities with China,” the Iranian general added.
Could it be that the US is terrified by the alliance of Iran-Russia-China? These three nations understand that alone they could be taken down by Washington. In a strong alliance it would be impossible to do so, and the US would be destroyed by initiating war against them.
But being the backyard bully that he is, Washington’s Mr. Big is arrogant and lacking in human empathy. Power and greed are embedded inside Mr. Big’s hard heart. He sees his demise in the near future, unless in this last moment he can throw a hail Mary pass for the winning touchdown. Go down swinging — even if it is a nuclear swing. It’s a sickness that infects all of us in America to some degree or the other. It’s American exceptionalism on steroids.
We need to be active on social media and in the streets immediately to protest US policy. We need to tell the spineless corporate stooges inhabiting Congress that the people can’t afford another war. We have bigger fish to fry like climate catastrophe, growing poverty and homelessness and increasing health crises while still having no Medicare for All.
Hell, these idiots could not fully take down Iraq or Afghanistan or Venezuela. (But they did do regime change in Brazil, Bolivia and Ukraine.) So the modus operandi of the criminal syndicate in Washington is keep rolling the dice until some nation (or group of nations) will stop them.
The US likely did these assassinations to send its own message in response to the Iran-Russia-China naval exercises. The bully cowardly kills to prove to the world he is still King of the Mountain. Deep inside though, Mr. Big knows he is done.
The question is will Trump do as ordered by the deep state and roll the dice that could bring the final war on Earth.
We all must act now by demanding No More War.
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