Bush`s War Heating Up—Attack on Iran Imminent

Most Americans believe that Bush`s
Iraqi misadventure is over. The occupation has lost the
support of the electorate, the Congress, the generals
and the troops. The Democrats are sitting back waiting
for Bush to come to terms with reality. They don`t want
to be accused of losing the war by forcing Bush out of
Iraq. There are no more troops to commit, and when the
"surge" fails, Bush will have no recourse but to
withdraw. A little longer, everyone figures, and the
senseless killing will be over.

Recent news reports indicate that
this conclusion could be an even bigger miscalculation
than the original invasion.

On January 7 the London Times
reported that it has learned from "several Israeli
military sources"
that "Israel has drawn up
secret plans to destroy Iran`s uranium enrichment
facilities with tactical nuclear weapons
." [Revealed:
Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran
by Uzi
Mahnami and Sara Butler]

The Israeli Foreign Ministry denied
the report.

The Times reports that

"Israeli and American officials have met several times
to consider military action. Military analysts said the
disclosure of the plans could be intended to put
pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America
into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an
Israeli attack."

In other news reports (Israeli
general suggests to use Azerbaijan`s airbases in strike
against Iran
) Israeli General Oded Tira is

as follows:

"President Bush lacks the political power to attack
Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our
existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the
Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly)
and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to
turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated
to the Iraq failure."

General Tira gives the Israel Lobby
the following tasks: (1) "turn to Hilary Clinton and
other potential presidential candidates in the
Democratic Party so that they support immediate action
by Bush against Iran,"
(2) exert influence on
European countries so that "Bush will not be isolated
in the international arena again,"
and (3)
"clandestinely cooperate with Saudi Arabis so that it
also persuades the US to strike Iran."

Israel`s part, General Tira says,
is to "prepare an independent military strike by
coordinating flights in Iraqi airspace with the US. We
should also coordinate with Azerbaijan the use of air
bases in its territory and also enlist the support of
the Azeri minority in Iran."

British commentators report that
"the British media appears to be softening us up for an
attack on Iran."
Robert Fox writing in The First
(January 6) says, "Suddenly the smell of
Britons being prepared for an attack on Iran is all
war in the script for Iran?

On January 7 the Jerusalem Post
reported that Democratic House Majority Leader Steny
Hoyer told the Israeli newspaper that "Iran with
nuclear weapons is unacceptable"
and that "the
use of force against Teheran remained an option."

The Jerusalem Post notes that "Hoyer is
considered close to the Jewish community and many
Israeli supporters have hailed his elevation in the
Nuclear Iran unacceptable

Hoyer was the Israel Lobby`s first
victory over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who preferred
Rep. John Murtha for the post. Murtha was the first
important Democrat to call for withdrawal of US troops
from Iraq.

On November 20 the Israeli
newspaper, Haaretz, reported that President Bush
said he would understand if Israel chose to attack Iran.

Bush showed that he was in Israel`s
pocket when he blocked the world`s attempt to stop
Israel`s bombing of Lebanese civilians and civilian

Many commentators believe that the
failure of the neoconservatives` "cakewalk war"
has destroyed their influence. This is a mistaken
conclusion. The

are long-time allies of Israel`s
right-wing Likud Party and are part of the

Israel Lobby
in the US. The Israel Lobby represents
the views of only a minority of American Jews but
nevertheless essentially owns both political parties and
most of the US media. As the neoconservatives are an
important part of this powerful lobby, they remain
extremely influential.

The Lobby works to increase the
neoconservatives` influence. To appreciate the Lobby`s
influence, try to find columnists in the major print
media and TV commentators who are not apologists for
Israel, who do not favor attacking Iran, and who support
withdrawing from Iraq.

Recently, Billy "One-Note"
Kristol, a rabid propagandist for war against Muslims,
was given a column in Time magazine. Why would
think its readers want to read a war
propagandist? Could the reason be that the Israel Lobby
arranged for Time to receive lucrative advertising
contracts in exchange for a column for Kristol?

Neoconservatives have called for
World War IV against Islam. In Commentary
magazine Norman Podhoretz called for the cultural
genocide of Islamic peoples. The war is already opened
on four fronts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iran.

The Bush administration has used
its Ethiopian proxies to overthrow the Somali Muslims
who overthrew the warlords who drove the US from
Somalia. The US Navy and US intelligence are actively
engaged with the Ethiopian troops in efforts to hunt
down and capture or kill the Somali Muslims. US Embassy
spokesman Robert Kerr in Nairobi said that the US

has the right to pursue Somalia`s Islamists
as part
of the war on terror.

For at least a year the Bush
administration has been fomenting and financing
terrorist groups within Iran. Seymour Hersh and former
CIA officials have exposed the Bush administration`s
support of ethnic-minority groups within Iran that are
on the US State Department`s list of terrorist
organizations. Last April US Representative Dennis

wrote a detailed letter to President Bush
about US
interference in Iran`s internal affairs. He received no

The Israeli/neoconservative plan,
of which Bush may be a part or simply be a manipulated
element, is to provoke a crisis with Iran in which the
US Congress will have to support Israel. Both the
Israeli government and the American neoconservatives are
fanatical. It is a mistake to believe that either will
be guided by reason or any appreciation of the
potentially catastrophic consequences of an attack on

US aircraft carriers sitting off
Iran`s coast are sitting ducks for Iran`s Russian
missiles. The neoconservatives would welcome another
"new Pearl Harbor."

The US media is totally unreliable.
It cannot go against Israel, and it will wrap itself in
the flag just as it did for the invasion of Iraq. The
American public has been deceived (again) and believes
that Iran is on the verge of possessing nuclear
armaments to be used to wipe Israel off the map. The
fact that Americans are such saps for propaganda makes
effective opposition to the neoconservatives` plan for
WW IV practically impossible.

Large percentages of Americans
still believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for
the 9/11 attack. Recent polls show that 32% still
believe that Iraq gave substantial support to al-Qaeda,
and 18% believe that Saddam Hussein was directly
involved in the 9/11 attack. WXIA-TV in Atlanta posted
viewers comments about Hussein`s execution on its web
site. Atlantan Janet Wesselhoft was confident that
Saddam Hussein

is "the one who started terrorism in this country, he
needs to be put to rest."

Even the London Times is in
the grip of Israeli propaganda. In its report of
Israel`s plan to attack Iran with nuclear weapons, the
Times says that Iranian president "Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has declared that `Israel must be wiped off
the map.`"
It has been shown by a number of credible
experts that this quote is a made-up concoction taken
completely out of context. Ahmadinejad said no such

In a world ruled by propaganda,
lies become truths. The power of the Israel Lobby is so
great that it has turned former President Jimmy Carter,
probably the most decent man ever to occupy the Oval
Office and certainly the president who did the most in
behalf of peace in the Middle East, into an anti-Semite,
an enemy of Israel. The American media, from its
end to its "liberal" end did
its best to turn Carter into a pariah for telling a few
truths about Israel`s mistreatment of the Palestinians
in his book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.

If truth be known, there is nothing
to stop the Israeli/neoconservative cabal from widening
the war in the Middle East.

As I previously reported, the
neoconservatives believe that the use of nuclear weapons
against Iran would force Muslims to realize that they
have no recourse but to submit to the Israeli/US will.
The use of nuclear weapons is being rationalized as
necessary to destroy Iran`s underground facilities, but
the real purpose is to terrorize Islam and to bring it
to heel.

Until the US finds the courage to
acquire a Middle East policy of its own, Americans will
continue to reap the evil sowed by the Israel Lobby.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.