The favourite newspaper of the Establishment in Britain has confirmed that America's next move in the Middle East will be to overthrow the government of Iran.
Iran is next - official confirmation
The CIA is preparing for a major campaign of stirring up trouble in Iran, and the Pentagon is planning massive air strikes on strategic targets on the ground. The war will be portrayed as a "people's revolution" like the failed Shia uprising in Iraq a decade ago, but it will of course be backed by the US military. The process will not begin until after the US election.
The front page of today's edition of The Times newspaper quotes a "senior official" in the US government. The source was supposed to be anonymous, but he uses the familiar rhetoric of Paul Wolfowitz.
Paul Wolfowitz, Deupty Defence Secretary, speaks on behalf of the Project for the New American Century, a right-wing militant group which writes policy and strategy for the Bush administration.
They lied about the reasons for the conquest of Iraq and Afghanistan, and now they expect us to believe them about Iran. Sadly, many people will do exactly that. To pursuade you to accept or tolerate what happens next in Iran, the mass media in the West will escalate their rhetoric and accusations against the Iranian regime as the pre-war propaganda campaign begins.
Sandwiched directly between Iraq and Afghanistan, where the US government has already installed new regimes, Iran is the world's second largest source of oil.
The Times, "US sets sights on toppling Iran regime", front page, 17 July 2004.
[ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-1181969,00.html ]
Re-elected Bush would act to foment revolt, says senior official
THE US will mount a concerted attempt to overturn the regime in Iran if President Bush is elected for a second term.
It would work strenuously to foment a revolt against the ruling theocracy by Iran’s “hugely dissatisfied” population, a senior official has told The Times.
The United States would not use military force, as in Iraq, but “if Bush is re-elected there will be much more intervention in the internal affairs of Iran”, declared the official, who is determined that there should be no let-up in the Administration’s War on Terror.
To what extent the official, known to be hawkish, was speaking for the White House was unclear, but his remarks are nevertheless likely to cause alarm in Europe. He hinted at a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying that there was a window of opportunity for destroying Iran’s main nuclear complex at Bushehr next year that would close if Russia delivered crucial fuel rods. To destroy Bushehr after the delivery would cause huge environmental damage. The rods would allow the Iranians to obtain enough plutonium for many dozens of nuclear weapons, he said.
... He is convinced that Iran is afraid of a “conveyor belt” that would lead inexorably to sanctions and even military action.
Islam Online, "Israeli Attack On Iran To Stir Explosive Autumn: Report", 4 August 2004.
[ http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-08/04/article03.shtml ]
Israel could launch a massive strike at Iran's nuclear facilities in autumn, creating an explosive situation in the region with a possible fierce response from Tehran, Arab diplomats have expected according to a leading Arabic-language newspaper.
As Israeli officials have said they will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran warned of a disastrous retaliation that will "wipe Israel off the face of earth," in the words of the public relations head of the Revolutionary Guards, Commander Seyed Masood Jazayeri on July 26.
Sunday Times (UK), "Israel targets Iran nuclear plant", 18 July 2004.
[ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-1182664,00.html ]
ISRAEL could launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station if Russia goes ahead with plans to supply it with fuel, a senior American official warned last week.
Sources in Tel Aviv confirmed that the Israeli military had completed rehearsals for such a strike. “Israel will on no account permit Iranian reactors — especially the one being built in Bushehr with Russian help — to go critical,” an Israeli defence source said.
Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, recently called Iran the “biggest danger to the existence of Israel”. He said: “Israel will not allow Iran to be equipped with a nuclear weapon.”
According to Israeli sources, any strike on Bushehr would probably be carried out by long-haul F-15I jets, flying over Turkey, with simultaneous operations by commandos on the ground.
“If the worst comes to the worst and international efforts fail, we are very confident we’ll be able to demolish the ayatollahs’ nuclear aspirations in one go,” said a source familiar with the plans.
The document, entitled The Strategic Future of Israel and written by four of the country’s senior defence experts, said the military “should attack countries which develop nuclear weapons”. It also described Iran as a “suicide nation” and recommended “targeted killings” of members of the country’s elite, including its leading nuclear scientists.
Israel, whose own nuclear weapons programme is undeclared, showed its determination to prevent “rogue” Middle Eastern regimes acquiring the bomb when its planes destroyed a reactor built by Saddam Hussein, then the Iraqi leader, at Osirak in 1981.
However, they acknowledge that it could provoke a ferocious response from Iran — which could target northern Israel with rockets based in southern Lebanon or stage terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad.
The emergence of the Israeli plans coincides with a growing rift between Europe and the US over how best to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The efforts of Britain, France and Germany to find a diplomatic solution suffered a serious setback last month when Hasan Rowhani, a senior nuclear official, warned that Iran would reconsider an earlier decision to suspend enrichment of uranium.
Officials from the three countries will seek clarification from their Iranian counterparts later this month. Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, has accused Tehran of failing to provide convincing evidence to back its insistence it is not attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
Although Iran claims that it is working on a civilian nuclear power programme, American officials argue that its huge oil and gas reserves obviate any need for one.
Further concern over Iran’s nuclear ambitions was raised by claims yesterday that Tehran had been shopping for high-speed switches and other equipment that could be used to make a bomb.
The American commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks is also expected to reveal new evidence of contacts between Al-Qaeda and Iran when it reports this week.
The Guardian (UK), "Crying wolf has hurt global effort on WMD proliferation", 16 July 2004.
[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/butler/story/0,14750,1262615,00.html ]
The massaging, mangling and magnification of intelligence on Iraq's elusive weapons of mass destruction, officially confirmed by the Butler report and by this month's US Senate inquiry, has left Tony Blair's principal justification for last year's invasion in tatters.
But this is no mere matter of historical record. For these same embarrassing misconstructions by British and US spy agencies and their political masters may also jeopardise global efforts to prevent the spread of WMD.
But Iran and North Korea, to name two leading US "states of concern", may have drawn very different conclusions from the Iraq intervention. For influential Islamist factions in Iran, what happened to Saddam Hussein's regime is a powerful reason to acquire, rather than abandon WMD.
Thanks to Iraq and, principally, to US policy, the ultimate nightmare - that terrorist groups could obtain WMD - may have crept several shades closer.
Haaretz (IL), "MI official: Iran may provide Hezbollah with chemical weapons", 19 July 2004.
[ http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/453411.html ]
Israel must take into consideration the possibility that Iran might provide chemical weapons to Hezbollah, Military Intelligence research chief Brigadier-General Yossi Kuperwasser said Monday.
"The Insider" mailing list article, 17 July 2004.
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