- Cartoon illustration: Paresh Nath
- The lead-up to the first U.S.-Iran talks in three decades
saw a replay of the same modus operandi that induced the U.S. and its allies
to invade Iraq in March 2003. Then as now, the invasion of Iran is consistent
with a regime change agenda for Greater Israel described in a 1996 strategy
document prepared by Jewish-Americans for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
- As with Iraq, the threat of weapons of mass destruction
is again marketed as a causa belli. As with Iraq, the claim is disputed
by weapons inspectors and intelligence analysts. The Iraqi program had
been shut down a dozen years before the invasion. In Iran, there is no
evidence that uranium is being enriched beyond the low levels required
for energy and medical purposes.
- Reports of a "secret" processing plant failed
to note that Iran suspended uranium enrichment from 2003 until 2005. Seeing
no change in the political climate except more sanctions and more Israeli
threats to bomb its nuclear sites, Iran began building and equipping a
- As with Iraq, there is no direct threat to the U.S. As
with Iraq, mainstream U.S. media focused not on Israel-the only nation
in the region known to have nuclear weapons-but on Iran. Enrichment is
relatively easy compared to the steps required to design, build and reliably
deliver a nuclear warhead. Activity around each of those steps can be readily
- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that
even if Iran were attacked, that does nothing to alter Iran's nuclear prospects-except
provoke them to develop the very weapons that the evidence suggests are
not now being produced. Is this a calculated move to exert pressure on
Tehran? Or to provoke them? Or is this a move by Washington to buy time
from an "ally" that threatens an attack-with disastrous effects
on U.S. interests and those of its genuine allies?
- To catalyze a climate of insecurity among Jews, pro-Israelis
periodically claim that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes
to "wipe Israel off the map." A correct translation confirms
that what he urged is that "this occupation regime over Jerusalem
must vanish from the pages of time." Akin to the widely sought demise
of the oppressive Soviet regime, that proposal enjoys the support of many
moderate, secular and non-Zionist Jews who have long recognized the threat
that Jewish extremists pose to the broader Jewish community.
- No one can explain why Iran, even if nuclear armed, would
attack Israel with its vast nuclear arsenal estimated at 200-400 warheads,
including several nuclear-armed submarines. In mid-July, Israeli warships
deployed to the Red Sea to rehearse attacks on Iran. As in the lead-up
to war with Iraq, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is again
beating the war drums. This is the same adviser who, four days after 9-11,
advised G.W. Bush to invade Iraq.
- Citing Iran's "covert" facility, Wolfowitz
claims it is "clear that Iran's rulers are pursuing nuclear weapons.Time
is running out." Without a hint of irony, he argues that Iran (not
Israel) "is a crucial test of whether the path to a nuclear-free world
is a realistic one or simply a dangerous pipe dream." In calling for
"crippling sanctions," Howard Berman, Jewish chairman of the
House Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed similar concerns as did Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, senior Republican on the Committee and also Jewish.
- If pro-Israelis cannot induce a war with Iran, the ensuing
stability will enable people to identify who fixed the intelligence that
deceived the U.S. to invade Iraq. Only one nation possesses the means,
motive, opportunity and stable nation state intelligence to mount a covert
operation over the lengthy period required to pre-stage, staff, orchestrate
and successfully cover-up such an act.
- The evidence points to the same network of government
insiders and media proponents now hyping Iran. Who benefitted from war
with Iraq? Who benefits from war with Iran? Not the U.S. or its allies
unless, despite the evidence, Israel is viewed as an allyrather than
an enemy within.
- Can the U.S. Muster a Breakthrough Strategy?
- Like Afghanistan, Iran does not have a military solution.
Nor does Iraq. Geopolitically, the greatest casualty of war in the region
was the United States its credibility tattered, its military overextended
and its finances devastated by a debt-financed war that Nobel laureate
economist Joseph Stiglitz projects could reach $3,000 billion. Compare
that with the speedy exit and a $50 billion outlay that Wolfowitz assured
policy-makers could be recovered from sales of Iraqi oil.
- Those who induced that invasion persuaded Americans to
commit economic and geopolitical hari-kari. Noexternal force could
have defeated the sole remaining super power. Instead the U.S. was deceived-by
a purported ally-to defeat itself by an ill-advised reaction to the provocation
of a mass murder on U.S. soil.
- The only sensible and sustainable solution is one that
serves unmet needs in the region while also restoring the credibility of
the U.S. as a proponent of informed choice and free enterprise. While making
transparent the common source of the deceit that induced the U.S. to war,
policy-makers can also lay the foundation to preclude such duplicity in
the future. That requires consultation among the U.S., its true allies
and those nations in the region most affected by this treachery.
- Only a design solution can counter today's systemic sources
of conflict, including the extremism fueled by extremes in education, opportunity,
wealth and income. As with the fixed intelligence that induced the U.S.
to war in Iraq, those sources of conflict are obscured by a compliant and
complicit media with an undisclosed pro-Israeli bias.
- A transnational network of think tanks could expose in
real time how facts are displaced by what "the mark" can be deceived
to believe. With the media dominance of pro-Israelis in the U.S., Canada,
the U.K., Germany and other Western allies, that task must include the
capacity to show how this deceit operates in plain sight yet, to date,
with impunity. Absent such transparency, systems of governance reliant
on informed consent will continue to be manipulated to their detriment
by those who hide behind the very freedoms that such systems are meant
- Running parallel with that transparency initiative must
be an education program that deploys the best available technology to close
the gaps in learning that sustain extremes in opportunity. Only a truly
international effort can succeed in that essential task. Only trans-cultural
education can preempt the mental manipulation that induced war in Iraq
and now pursues war with Iran as proponents of The Clash of Civilizations
gradually transform that concept into a reality.
- What we now see emerging is yet another example of how
wars are induced in the Information Age. Why would anyone expect modern
warfare to be waged in any other way? As the common source of this duplicity
becomes transparent, the solution will become apparent.
- Lasting peace requires a Marshall Plan able to accelerate
the transition to the Knowledge Society. This systemic challenge cannot
be addressed absent a systemic strategy. The restoration of friendly and
cooperative relations must include the practical steps required to heal
this widening divide with education at the core.
- See also:
- Israel's Fifth Column: The People in Between
- How the Israel Lobby Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy
- How Israel's Nuclear Arsenal endangers Us All
- Appeasing Israel At What Cost?
- Jeff Gates
- A widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker,
educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide,
Jeff Gates' latest book is Guilt By Association-How Deception and Self-Deceit
Took America to War (2008). His previous books include Democracy at Risk:
Rescuing Main Street From Wall Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward
a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century. For two decades, an adviser to
policy-makers worldwide. Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87).
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