Is Another 9/11 in the Works?

If you were President George W.
Bush with all available US troops tied down by the Iraqi
resistance, and you were unable to control Iraq or
political developments in the country, would you also
start a war with Iran?

Yes, you would.

Bush`s determination to spread
Middle East conflict by striking at Iran does not make

First of all, Bush lacks the troops
to do the job. If the US military cannot successfully
occupy Iraq, there is no way that the US can occupy
Iran, a country approximately three times the size in
area and population.

Second, Iran can respond to a
conventional air attack with missiles targeted on
American ships and bases, and on oil facilities located
throughout the Middle East.

Third, Iran has human assets,
including the Shia majority population in Iraq, that it
can activate to cause chaos throughout the Middle East.

Fourth, polls of US troops in Iraq
indicate that a vast majority do not believe in their
mission and wish to be withdrawn. Unlike the yellow
ribbon folks at home, the troops are unlikely to be
enthusiastic about being trapped in an Iranian quagmire
in addition to the Iraqi quagmire.

Fifth, Bush`s polls are down to 34
percent, with a majority of Americans believing that
Bush`s invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

If you were being whipped in one
fight, would you start a second fight with a bigger and
stronger person?

That`s what Bush is doing.

Opinion polls indicate that the
Bush regime has succeeded in its plan to make Americans
fear Iran as the greatest threat America faces.

The Bush regime has created a major
dispute with Iran over that country`s nuclear energy
program and then blocked every effort to bring the
dispute to a peaceful end.

In order to gain a pretext for
attacking Iran, the Bush regime is using bribery and
coercion in its effort to have Iran referred to the UN
Security Council for sanctions.

In recent statements President Bush
and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld blamed Iran for the
Iraqi resistance, claiming that the roadside bombs used
by the resistance are being supplied by Iran.

It is obvious that Bush intends to
attack Iran and that he will use every means to bring
war about.

Yet, Bush has no conventional means
of waging war with Iran. His bloodthirsty
neoconservatives have prepared plans for nuking Iran.
However, an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran would
leave the US, already regarded as a pariah nation,
totally isolated.

Readers, whose thinking runs ahead
of that of most of us, tell me that another 9/11 event
will prepare the ground for a nuclear attack on Iran.
Some readers say that Bush, or Israel as in Israel`s
highly provocative attack on the Jericho jail and
kidnapping of prisoners with American complicity, will
provoke a second attack on the US. Others say that Bush
or the neoconservatives working with some “black ops”
group will orchestrate the attack.

One of the more extraordinary
suggestions is that a low yield, perhaps tactical,
nuclear weapon will be exploded some distance out from a
US port. Death and destruction will be minimized, but
fear and hysteria will be maximized. Americans will be
told that the ship bearing the weapon was discovered and
intercepted just in time, thanks to Bush`s illegal
spying program, and that Iran is to blame. A more
powerful wave of fear and outrage will again bind the
American people to Bush, and the US media will not
report the rest of the world`s doubts of the

Reads like a Michael Crichton plot,
doesn`t it?

Fantasy? Let`s hope so.



Paul Craig Roberts [email
] is the author


Alienation and the Soviet Economy


Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the author

with Lawrence M.
Stratton of

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



for Peter Brimelow`s

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