American Media Drums Up Support for War … Again
Even After Mea Culpas For Horrible Iraq War Coverage, American Media Does the Same Thing With Iran
The American people are being bombarded with messages that Iran will launch an attack unless it is bombed.
For example, this is a top AP headline from today:
The headline is being parroted by virtually every media outlet:
Only upon a closer reading
of the AP article can we see what Iran actually said:
In other words, Iran is saying if you attack us first
, we’ll fight back.
That’s a little bit different from the misleading headline … isn’t it? As I noted
in August, this is the old bully’s trick of pretending he is the victim:
Police have recently stated on the record that:
Indeed, in modern America, even being worried
that the government is acting in a bullying manner can literally get one arrested
, committed to a psychiatric ward or labeled as a terrorist
In other words, the government is using the age-old bully’s trick: pretending that the victim is the attacker, and the bully is merely defending himself.
The same is true in terms of our foreign policy. For example, when we accidentally kill foreigners, we pretend that they were armed
or pretend that they were “militants”
The government invaded Iraq because it claimed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and that he had a hand in 9/11 … but everyone knew that both claims were false
In fact, the American media is always pro-war
, and happily trumpets disinformation
about supposed enemies to drum up support for new wars. Indeed, some think that war is fun
The people pushing for war against Iran are the same people who pushed for war against Iraq
… and said it would be a “cakewalk”.
But even after all of the mea culpas for their horrible Iraq coverage – by the New York Times
, Washington Post
and others – the media are doing the exact same thing
Israel Versus Iran: What’s REALLY Going On …
The Conflict Only Makes Sense With Historical Perspective
Israeli prime minister Netanyahu and Iranian president Ahmadinejad both seem like hotheads. Israel and Iran are making fiery accusations against each other. There have been religious wars in the Middle East for thousands of years (think Crusades) ... are we drifting towards WWIII? What's really going on? It is only apparent when you learn the historical context:
- The people pushing for war against Iran are the same people who pushed for war against Iraq, and said it would be a “cakewalk”. See this and this
- In 2002, for example, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu helped convince the American Congress that Saddam was making weapons of mass destruction:
(Of course, American intelligence already knew that Saddam didn't really possess WMDs
. And see this
- The CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the secular, moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran's oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies. As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister
- If the U.S. hadn't overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over. (Moreover, the U.S. has had a large hand in strengthening radical Islam in the Middle East by supporting radicals to fight the Soviets and others)
- The U.S. armed and supported Iraq after it invaded Iran and engaged in a long, bloody war which included the use of chemical weapons. Here is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam Hussein in the 1980's, several months after Saddam had used chemical weapons in a massacre:
- Hotheads within the U.S. and Israeli have been claiming for more than 30 years that Iran was on the verge of nuclear capability
- The U.S. actually helped fund Iran's nuclear program
- The decision to threaten to bomb Iran was made before 9/11
- The war against Iran has already begun. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.
Postscript: Top American and Israeli military and intelligence officials say:
- Despite its heated rhetoric – Iran is a “rational actor”. For example, in 2011, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress that “we continue to judge Iran’s nuclear decision-making is guided by a cost-benefit approach.” In February 2012, General Ron Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress that “the agency assesses Iran is unlikely to initiate or provoke a conflict.” Also in February, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: “We are of the opinion that Iran is a rational actor”
And despite the fact that Iran is a Muslim country, it actually treats Jews
pretty well ... much better than
close U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.