- "The continued presence of all options on the table";
this is the disappointing message which a Nobel Peace Prize laureate dispatches
internationally. In his latest interview with CBS news, American President
Barack Obama refused to rule out the possibility of a military strike against
Iran by harking back to the famous catchphrase of former U.S. President
George W. Bush who once devised, regarding Iran's nuclear program, the
popular sentence of "all options are on the table".
- Putting the quality and quantity of these options aside,
the very "table" on which the options should be placed is as
well a matter of controversy. Who is in the position to decide the destiny
of Iran's nuclear program? Which table is the U.S. President referring
to? What's wrong with Iran's nuclear program in lieu of which a 70-million
nation should go on with crippling sanctions, continued threats of military
strike, isolation and economic embargo? What's the definite answer to the
simple question that "why should the U.S., France and Israel possess
nuclear weapons"? Which one is more offensive and violent? Iran's
nuclear program which has been demonstrated again and again that does not
have anything to do with military purposes, or the adventurous, aggressive
trajectory Washington and its European allies have begun to go across?
- Robert Parry, an award-winning American investigative
journalist austerely answers the questions we have in mind. In an April
2 article in Consortium News, he notes: "if two countries with powerful
nuclear arsenals were openly musing about attacking a third country over
mere suspicions that it might want to join the nuclear club, we'd tend
to sympathize with the non-nuclear underdog as the victim of bullying and
- As Robert Parry notes, the "bomb bomb Iran Parlor
Game" has much to do with the regular psychological operations the
U.S. government ruthlessly directs against its victims and it has been
seen several times during the post-World War II era that the U.S. government
has resorted to the most brutal methods of black propaganda to demonize
and demoralize its opponents.
- In order to thwart Iran's efforts to achieve the zeniths
of high technology and prevent the country from becoming an influential
player in the Persian Gulf region and beyond, Washington has mobilized
a large number of conservative think-tanks and pundits to direct psychological
warfare against Iran multilaterally. Although the New York Times by itself
suffices to wage a spotless and perfect psy-op by running misleading and
untruthful articles which get circulated, syndicated and believed globally,
numerous websites, blogs and community portals have also been activated
to function as the podium of White House so as to disseminate illusive
and deceptive stories regularly and misrepresent what's happening in Iran.
- Over the past three decades and especially following
the eruption of nuclear dispute with Iran, U.S. has been carrying out media
operations to incite anti-Iranian sentiments vigorously. Some recent efforts
include the establishment of websites such as "United Against Nuclear
Iran" and the production of Hollywood-sponsored movies "300"
and "The Wrestler".
- The American psychological warfare, however, is not limited
to mainstream media outlets, NY Times and Fox News-like stuff, campaign
websites and TV shows. A number of bloggers also have been mobilized to
take part in the cyber maneuver against Iran. It means that the wave of
American psychological operation against Iran has become so extensive and
far-reaching that even involves bloggers and independent commentators who
run e-zines and online publications.
- Above all, carrying out psychological operations is one
of the most sensitive and delicate responsibilities of the U.S. Army, CIA's
Special Activities Division (SAD) and National Clandestine Service (NCS).
SAD is in charge of providing the U.S. President with "special"
options where diplomacy and military action is likely to fail. U.S. President
has the authority to order the commencement of a new clandestine operation
- Covert and intangible intervention in foreign elections
is one of the main tasks of SAD. It also carries out missions to undermine
or even overthrow a regime which does not comply with the interests of
the U.S. administration. SAD has a long history of carrying out inconceivable
and paralyzing missions of psychological propaganda against different countries
including Bolivia, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Somalia,
Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.
- In Iran, where people still remember the bitter memory
of U.S.-backed coup d'etat of 1953 which brought down the democratic government
of Dr. Mosaddeq and inaugurated the tyranny of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, SAD
has accomplished numerous operations, several of which have been revealed
by the investigative journalists.
- In July 2008, for example, the renowned American journalist
Seymour Hersh published an article in the New Yorker and revealed that
the Bush administration had taken practical steps, including the authorization
of a Presidential Finding to legitimize the illegal entry of paramilitary
troops into Iran, through the borders of Iraq, so as to help overthrow
the government of Iran. Based on the documents he had obtained, Hersh wrote:
"Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush
to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran. [...] These
operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars,
were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed
to destabilize the country's religious leadership."
- Hersh cited the federal law of America which brands a
Presidential Finding as highly classified and only available to the Democratic
and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and the ranking members
of their respective intelligence committees. This greatly highlighted the
significance of his discovery of the documents. "The Finding was focused
on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government
through regime change, working with opposition groups and passing money"
Hersh quoted an informed, anonymous source as saying.
- SAD has also carried out globally significant actions
such as preventing the Italian Communist Party (PCI) from winning the parliamentary
elections in 1948 and 1960s, overthrowing the government of Guatemala in
1954 and staging the 1957 coup d'etat of Indonesia which removed from power
the popular, democratically-elected President Ahmad Sukarno and led to
a terrible massacre in which almost 1 million people lost their life.
- Anyway, history seems to be repeated once again. White
House and its numerous teams, departments, groups, unions and forces of
psychological operation, under the decree of someone who right after winning
a Nobel Prize of "Peace" began to drum for a war of bloodshed
in the Middle East, are gathering together to launch a new scenario of
war game and violence; however, they've simply forgotten an undeniable
reality: Iran is a different country; different from all of the countries
throughout the world.
- Dear President Obama; we know that whoever rises to presidency
in your country should be first an expert of psychological warfare and
a dexterous pamphleteer; you've done your job successfully by teaching
us that you have the potentiality to be a duplicate of Mr. George W. Bush.
Now you've satisfied your Zionist supervisors excellently. The only thing
which you should know is that you had better take the options off the table
and save more space consequently!