Editorial: Truth a Weapon for Peace
Chicken Hawks’ Call for War on Iran Must Be Resisted
Efforts by Washington chicken hawks and Israel-first groups to push the United States into a war with Iran can and must be rejected. How much more blood of our young men and women must be spilt before we understand, again, that we must fight only for America’s interests—not those of foreign countries or fat-cat war profiteers?
The military-industrial-banker-media complex must be squarely confronted and stopped from further devastation in our name.
Armed with the weapon of truth, we can win this crucial fight for peace.
This means educating your two senators, your congressman and the president.
Let’s dispose of the current pro-war propaganda first. We are being told every day that Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons is a threat to the security of the United States. That’s a lie.
For years, scores of cooler-headed experts on the Middle East have been saying that, for very practical reasons, Islamic states are seeking nuclear weapons, to deter an attack by Israel. Israel has been building up its nuclear stockpile since at least 1963, according to the late George Ball, a Bilderberg luminary and No. 2 man in the State Department under presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Today it is estimated Israel possesses 200 to 400 nuclear weapons and the means with which it can launch them. Israel is currently the only nuclear power in the Middle East.
Iranians, for example, know that if they have a few of their own nukes, Israel might hesitate before launching another “preemptive strike”—the modern euphemism for starting an undeclared war. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Israel has attacked another country in order to ensure it remains the only regional state to possess nuclear weapons. It was in 1981 that Israeli forces launched an attack against Iraq, destroying the Osirak reactor at Tuwaitah.
A nuclear-armed Iran knows that it would possess a great deterrent if it has nuclear weapons. That is why it is clear that the Middle East will never be free of nuclear weapons until Israel gets rid of its stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.
Now, Israel and its supporters in the United States want American taxpayers and banks to finance an attack on Iran so it can remain the sole nuclear power in the Middle East. And we hear Israeli sycophants and neo-conservatives making the ridiculous argument that Iran is a threat to U.S. security.
There is reason to hope peace will prevail. So far, President Bush has resisted the war cries. Paul Wolfowitz, the chief architect of the invasion of Iraq, has been kicked upstairs as president of the World Bank where he can fondle gold all day.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was reluctant to go to war in Iraq but too loyal to Bush to resist, is now out of government. So is chicken hawk neo-conservative Douglas Feith. And, as the American body count in Iraq mounts up—well over 2,200 at this writing—even Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is doing less chest-thumping.
The awful mess in Iraq has had a sobering effect on every patriotic American, and hopefully it has even taught American war planners a lesson against wanton aggression all over the globe.
We must win this fight for peace, for that is truly what is in the interests of this country.
(Issue #4, January 23, 2006)