Russians, Saudis Expect U.S. Attack On Iran


The US Congress, the US media, the American people,
and the United Nations, are looking the other way as
Cheney prepares his attack on Iran.

If only America had an independent media and an
opposition party. If there were a shred of integrity
left in American political life, perhaps a third act of
naked aggression–a third war crime under the Nuremberg
standard–by the Bush Regime could be prevented.

On March 30, the Russian News & Information Agency,
Novosti,

cited
a high-ranking security source: "The latest
military intelligence data point to heightened US
military preparations for both an air and ground
operation against Iran."

According to Novosti, Russian Colonel General Leonid
Ivashov said "that the Pentagon is planning to
deliver a massive air strike on Iran`s military
infrastructure in the near future."

The chief of Russia`s general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky,

said
last November that Russia was beefing up its
military in response to US aggression, but that the
Russian military is not "obliged to defend the world
from the evil Americans."

On March 29, OpEdNews cited a report by the Saudi
Arabian newspaper Okaz, which was picked up by the
German news service, DPA. The Saudi newspaper reported
on March 22, the day following Cheney`s visit with the
kingdom`s rulers, that the Saudi Shura Council is

preparing
"national plans to deal with any sudden
nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the
kingdom following experts` warnings of possible attacks
on Iran`s Bushehr nuclear reactors."

And Admiral William "there will be no attack on
Iran on my watch"
Fallon has been removed as US
chief of Central Command, thus clearing the way for
Cheney`s planned attack on Iran.

The Iranians don`t seem to believe it, despite the
dispatch of US nuclear submarines and another aircraft
carrier attack group to the Persian Gulf. To counter any
Iranian missiles launched in response to an attack, the
US is deploying anti-missile defenses to protect US
bases and Saudi oil fields.

Two massive failures by the American media, the
Democratic Party, and the American people have paved the
way for Cheney`s long-planned attack on Iran. One
failure is the lack of skepticism about the US
government`s explanation of 9/11. The other failure is
the Democrats` refusal to begin impeachment proceedings
against President Bush for lying to the Congress, the
American people, and the world and launching an invasion
of Iraq based on deception and fabricated evidence.

If an American president can start a war exactly as
Adolf Hitler did with pure lies and not be held
accountable, he can get away with anything. And Bush and
his evil regime have.

Hitler launched World War II with his invasion of
Poland after staging a "Polish attack" on a
German radio station. On the night of August 31, 1939, a
group of Nazis disguised in Polish uniforms seized a
radio station in Germany. Hitler announced that "last
night Polish troops crossed the frontier and attacked
Germany,"
a claim no more true than the Bush
Regime`s claim that "Saddam Hussein has weapons of
mass destruction."
Hitler`s lie failed, because his
invasion of Poland, which began the next day allegedly
in reprisal for the Polish attack, had obviously been
planned for many months.

Iran is a beautiful and developed country. It is an
ancient civilization. It has attacked no one. Iran is a
signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Iran
is permitted by the treaty to have a nuclear energy
program. The Bush Regime`s case against Iran is based on
the Bush Regime`s desire to deny Iran its rights under
the treaty.

The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors
have repeatedly reported that they have found no
evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Despite
all the disinformation from US Gen. Petraeus and other
Bush Regime military lackeys, Iran is not arming the
Iraqis who are resisting the American occupation.

If Iran were arming insurgents, the insurgents would
have two weapons that would neutralize the US advantage
in the Iraqi conflict: missiles to knock down US
helicopter gunships and rocket-propelled grenades that
knock out American tanks. The insurgents do not have
these weapons and must construct clumsy anti-tank
weapons out of artillery shells. The insurgents are
helpless against US air power and cannot mass forces to
take on the American troops.

Indiscriminate American violence has reduced Iraq to
rubble. The civilian infrastructure is essentially
destroyed–electricity, water and sewer systems, medical
care and schools. Depleted uranium is everywhere
poisoning everyone, including US troops. There is no
economy, and half or more of Iraqis are unemployed.
Literally no Iraqi family has escaped an injury or a
death as a consequence of the US invasion. Millions of
Iraqis have become displaced persons. A developed
country with a professional middle class has been
destroyed because of lies told by the President and Vice
President of the US. The Bush Regime`s lies are echoed
by a

neoconservative
media, and have gone unchallenged by
the opposition party and an indifferent American public.

In Afghanistan, death and destruction rains on even
the smallest village from the air. America`s wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan are wars against the civilian
populations.

Just as the world could not believe Hitler`s next
horror and thus was always unprepared, the Iranians
despite all the evidence cannot believe that even the
Great Satan would gratuitously attack Iran based on
nothing but lies about non-existent nuclear weapons.

Iran`s only chance would be to strike before the US
delivers the first blow. Instead of using its missiles
to take out the Saudi oil fields and to sink the US
aircraft carriers, instead of closing the Strait of
Hormuz, instead of arming the Iraqi Shi`ites and moving
them to insurgency, Iran is perched like a sitting duck
in denial even as the US and its Iraqi puppet Maliki
move to eliminate Al Sadr`s Iraqi Shi`ite militia in
order to avoid supply disruptions and a Shi`ite
rebellion in Iraq when the US attack on Iran comes.

It is important to emphasize that Iran is making no
moves toward war. Having tamed, blackmailed, and
purchased Congress, the US media, and US allies and
puppets, Cheney might delight in the arrogance with
which he can now attack Iran free of any restraint or
fabricated provocation.

On the other hand, he might cover himself by
orchestrating an "Iranian provocation" to justify
his attack as a response. But like Hitler`s planned
attack against Poland, Cheney`s attack on Iran has long
been in the works.

On March 29 the Associated Press reported that Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi "poured contempt on fellow
Arab leaders"
at the Arab summit that day. Gadhafi
told the Arab "leaders," many of whom are on the
American payroll, that their American masters would turn
on them all, just as America turned on Saddam Hussein
after using him to fight a proxy war against Iran.

Saddam had once been an ally of Washington, Gadhafi
reminded the Arabs, "but they sold him out."
Gadhafi told the American puppets, "Your turn is
next."

Gadhafi asked, "Where is the Arabs` dignity, their
future, their very existence?"
If Arabs remain
disunited, he predicted, "they will turn themselves
into protectorates. They will be marginalized and turn
into garbage dumps."

Indeed, it is this disunity that permits the US to
bomb and murder at will in the Middle East.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Wall
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of


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

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

here
for Peter
Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.