Socialist Worker

US gearing up to attack Iran

by Simon Assaf
Issue No. 2067

The US is planning a huge propaganda blitz to prepare the ground for a strike on Iran.

The Sunday Times quoted Alexis Debat, the director of terrorism and national security at the right wing Nixon Centre in the US, as saying, 'The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days.'

Other reports leaked from the US talk of a propaganda 'roll-out' for war modelled on the one used before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

A source claims that the campaign will 'be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects.

'It will be a heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained.'

Unfounded

The build-up for an attack on Iran began with unfounded claims that Iran is arming the Iraqi resistance and backing Al Qaida groups inside Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The US has been building up its fleets of aircraft carriers and warplanes in the Persian Gulf.

According to some commentators, George Bush's decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organisation clears the last legal hurdle for an attack on Iran.

The guards, the logic goes, are under the command of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, therefore any attack on Iran can be justified as part of the 'war on terror'.

Although there is much speculation in the reports, they are being taken seriously by the puppet Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.

He announced earlier this week that Iraq should not be 'become a base for regional or international powers to settle scores'.

Last month the US approved massive arms shipments to its allies Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.


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