Forever Under Construction

Where is the Target?

Posted in Iran, Middle East, USA by homeyra on March 9, 2007

In May 6, 2004, after a visit to Iran Nicholos D. Kristof wrote Finally, I’ve found a pro-American country. Here is an excerpt, emphasis is mine:

” … One opinion poll showed that 74 percent of Iranians want a dialogue with the United States – and the finding so irritated the authorities that they arrested the pollster. Iran is also the only Muslim country I know of where citizens responded to the Sept. 11 attacks with a spontaneous candlelight vigil as a show of sympathy.

Iran-U.S. relations are now headed for a crisis over Tehran’s nuclear program, which appears to be so advanced that Iran could produce a bomb by the end of next year. The Bush administration is right to address this issue, but needs to step carefully … Left to its own devices … there is a better chance of a strongly pro-American democratic government in Tehran in a decade than in Baghdad …”

Please note: “..Tehran’s nuclear program, which appears to be so advanced that Iran could produce a bomb by the end of next year...” This is NYT and this was 2004. So much for the accuracy in such a sensitive matter.

In her book, Deborah Campbell confirms much of Kristof’s observations. “…Sitting at a plastic table surrounded by sirens in tight jeans and form-fitting manteaus … busy smoking cigarettes and reapplying lip gloss, I found it impossible to imagine that this giant boarding school might be on the brink of war …”. Over half of the population is under 25.

In Iran in Congress Sights, David Swanson reports a hearing on Iran: ” … there is apparently universal bipartisan agreement in the committee that Iranians feel kindly toward Americans and welcome them as friends, and that Iranians should be brutally punished by the toughest economic sanctions possible. This simple truth went unstated: sanctions kill …” Further Swanson recalls the following interview in 60 minutes about the sanctions imposed on Iraq:

We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.”

So how do you make sens of all the above, plus what is written about the recent years’ collaborations and the similarity of interests of the two countries, Iran and the USA?

One can only notice that the obvious is willfully ignored.

All that is said about the nuclear lacks accuracy.

A faulty translation is repeated day after day by the “trustworthy” mainstream media, affiliates and subsidiaries.

Spreading democracy, human rights concerns and the like have no place in the current debate and both, Iraq and Lebanon, which qualified as pro-Western societies — whatever this means – took a sever blow.

According to Seymour Hersh, brands of extremists are on the payroll of the US government to become the undertakers of another spread of Democracy in the Middle-East before their expiration date.

So what is the target?

Update: An explanation: The Story before the Story


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  1. 99 said, on March 14, 2007 at 12:05 am

    The vast majority of experts, weapons inspectors, people of that ilk say there is no basis for the assertions about the speed with which Iran could build a nuclear weapon. Most of them state that if there is any program at all, and any intent to build one, Iran is at least ten years from achieving it.

    There is a media blitz of disinformation that is designed to pave the way for attack.

    Madeline Albright has repeatedly, and loudly, and unequivocally, denounced herself for that quote. She says she has no idea what possessed her to say that, that her brain was not functioning at that moment, that it was a STUPID and indefensible thing to say, etc. I think she should be let off the hook for it now.

  2. 99 said, on March 14, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Oh, and that faulty translation was probably purposefully faulty, and it makes me so crazy I want to strangle people who spout it. I just had to beat up a radio show host for spreading that lie further. He’s, I think, amending himself on it today.

  3. homeyra said, on March 14, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    A Wall Street Journal headline was:
    ‘President’s Dream: Changing Not Just Regime but a Region: A Pro-US, Democratic Area Is a Goal that Has Israeli and Neo-Conservative Roots.’
    It is all really confusing!!

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