Targeting Iran: A Fool's Game!

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War, war, and
more war seem to be the primary objective of the U.S. government
and its military. Of course, the corporations dependent on these
merchants of death for their booty are also salivating for more
foreign carnage by this nefarious government. After all, so long
as foreigners and the children of regular Americans are the ones
dying for the state, the "elites" have all the cannon
fodder necessary to continue this profitable and imperialistic venture.

The latest
threats, and these are serious threats, are being directed at Iran.
Regardless of the fact that the U.S. is still considered the world's
super power, any aggressive war against Iran could come back to
haunt even the most evil and powerful designers of U.S. foreign
policy.

Iran is a country
with 8o million people. Given the trouble the U.S. has had in dealing
with places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, what on earth do
they think will happen if they wage war on Iran? Keep in mind that
the U.S. is already involved in multiple wars of aggression, and
now is attempting to take over Africa as well. This type of imperialism
will eventually lead to the destruction of the empire, but if either
Israel or the U.S. attacks Iran now, all hell could break loose!

Iran is the
world's forth largest oil producer, which makes it attractive to
many hostile neighbors, and to big oil companies. This is reason
enough for concern, but Iran is also geographically important, at
least in the eyes of American foreign policy makers. Iran is bordered
by Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, and Turkmenistan, and is
just across the Persian Gulf from Saudi, Arabia. Iran literally
is the middle of the Middle East. Iran also borders the Caspian
Sea, and the U.S. has long been after those huge stores of oil.
Much of the reason for the war in Afghanistan was based on building
and securing the north-south oil pipeline that would allow oil delivery
from the Caspian through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and into Pakistan.
Securing Iran would take the U.S. a step closer to gaining access
to the oil in the Caspian, but at what cost?

China and Russia,
both nuclear powers, are very important trading partners with Iran.
China now has very extensive oil and gas contracts with Iran. Iran
currently supplies 12% of China's oil, making Iran the third largest
supplier of crude to China. The Iran/China annual trade value is
expected to increase to 50 billion dollars just over the next few
years. Russia and Iran trade ties have expanded to include agriculture
and telecommunications, as well as energy and other goods, and Iran
exports many products to Russia. Will Russia and China sit back
while aggressive attacks are taking place, or will they protect
their interests in Iran?

This is only
the tip of the iceberg, but it is obvious that any unleashing of
force against Iran would probably come with many unintended consequences,
very dangerous consequences at that. War with Iran would force the
other Arab states to take sides. The entire Middle East would become
a boiling pot of turmoil. The region is already a powder keg, and
little agitation is necessary to turn this situation into total
chaos.

In the past
100 years or so, Iran has not aggressively attacked any country,
much less any western country. During that same period, the U.S.
and its complicit military have aggressively attacked, and in many
cases occupied, country after country, nation after nation, and
now are interfering with entire continents. The U.S. has become
the leader in perpetual unholy wars of aggression against innocents,
and most in this country still cling to the misguided notion that
America is exceptional. It is only exceptional in its desire to
gain total hegemony in its quest to conquer the world!

I fear that
any attack of Iran by United States forces would bring cataclysmic
results never before seen on this earth. Considering all the players
involved, the entire Middle East, including Israel, China, Russia,
the NATO countries, and probably others, the ramifications would
be deadly. This could easily turn into World War III, and with this
many countries involved, it might only be a matter of time until
nuclear weapons were used. If that happened, where would it stop,
considering the nuclear capabilities of the U.S., China, Russia,
Pakistan, India, and of course Israel? It is evident that without
the use of nuclear weapons by Israel or the U.S., Iran would be
difficult if not impossible to defeat. This truth is not escapable.

The Pentagon
is building and testing monstrous flying bombs that can travel anywhere
on earth within an hour, killing all people in any given location.
Killer drone bases are being constructed everywhere. Our liberty
at home has disappeared, and torture and rendition are commonplace.
And while indefinite detention without trial is now accepted, and
while the president on his say so alone can assassinate Americans
or anyone else he chooses, most are sitting in their living rooms
waiting to see Dancing with the Stars or Monday Night Football.
I have never seen or experienced anything more pathetic in my lifetime.
This sickens me!

World War III
might be just around the corner. The possibility of nuclear war
is now a real threat, and that threat is too dangerous to consider.
Do these loathsome politicians and war makers know the real risks?
Do they understand what consequences will befall us should these
wars continue? Do they even care? If they don't know, then they
are all fools playing a fools game, and that game does not have
a happy ending!

November
22, 2011

Gary
D. Barnett [send him mail]
is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown,
Montana. Visit his website.

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