Before You Write Off This Threat … Read This
Russia and China have previously stated that an attack on Iran would be considered a direct threat to their national security.
And Iran and Syria have had a mutual defense pact for years. China and Russia might also defend Syria if it is attacked. So an attack on Syria could draw Iran into the war … followed by China and Russia.
The House approved a resolution Thursday preventing containment as a method of making sure that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Specifically, the house rejected:
any policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran.
The next day, the House authorized the use of force against Iran to keep it from developing nukes.
Of course, while the Middle Eastern wars are mainly driven by oil (and perhaps protecting the dollar) – and while real conservatives (and progressives) are anti-war - many in the U.S. military view the wars as a literal crusade, and see Islam itself as their mortal enemy.
For example, Wired reported last week:
The U.S. military taught its future leaders that a “total war” against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists, according to documents obtained by Danger Room. Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of “Hiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary.”
If this sounds nuts, remember that millions of evangelical Christians want to start WWIII to speed the “second coming” … and atheist neocons and neolibs are using religion to rile them up to justify war against Iran.
And Professor Michel Chossudovsky documents that the U.S. is so enamored with nuclear weapons that it has authorized low-level field commanders to use them in the heat of battle in their sole discretion … without any approval from civilian leaders.
What could possibly go wrong?