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Before the War With Iran Begins

It is abundantly clear that war between the United States and Iran is approaching. Paleo-conservatives at BATR and the complete political spectrum of antiwar columnists at Eric Garris's Antiwar.com correctly read the tea leaves of Neo-Con perfidy well before Mr. Bush's preemptive attack on Iraq in March of 2003. One of those tea leaves, was clearly the Project of the New American Century (PNAC) project as outlined in 1996, which laid out the corporate vision for war of Zionist Israel, the Oil Barons, the Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, Central Bankers, and the British government in partnership with our own cabal inside the Washington Beltway.

At this juncture in late 2005, even the captive passive American consumers of Corporate Media propaganda are beginning to suspect that not all is well with the future. Mr. Bush, in keeping with the words of his predecessor in War for Empire, the 16th President of the United States, is proving once again that "you can't fool all of the people all of the time." As Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald bears down on Libby, Rove, Stephen Hadley, Michael Ledeen, David Wurmser, and the entire cadre responsible for stove-piping fraudulent intelligence from the Neo-Con Office of Special Policy (OSP) to the clandestine White House Intelligence Group on Iraq (WHIG), concern is rising about what desperate men will do when cornered. Perhaps a false-flag incident precipitating a wider war is the ace in the hole yet to be played.

For its part, the Islamic Republic's theocratic President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, proved this past week that it is indeed possible to be dumber and more dangerous than Pat Robertson if one really tries. Robertson's public musings about assassinating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are now joined by Ahmadinejad's international proclamations advocating "wiping Israel off the map."

The New York Times gets it correctly this weekend in tagging the ex-mayor of Tehran as a demagogue of epic proportions.

The Times has plenty of choral voices to corroborate its verdict on the Iranian President. The International Committee to Save the Archeological Sites of Pasargadae chronicles the plans of Ahmadinejad and the IRI regime to eradicate historical memory of pre-Islamic Achaemenid Persia by building Sivand Dam in dangerous proximity to the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae and the ruins of Persepolis. Iran Focus posts an excellent running archive of the latest documentation of the worst crimes of the Mullahs in Tehran, ranging from the routine incarceration and torture of political dissidents, to the public execution of minors and the targeted killings of journalists. Persian Journal chimes in with its discussion of the despicable and burgeoning sex-slave industry in Iran. Human Rights Watch provides a summation of the human rights scene under Mullah rule which is succinctly grim, even in isolation from the reports of other verifiable sources. And as the sick saga of the last 27 years continues to run its course, Persian expatriates like Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan await the merciful day when Islamic theocracy in Iran will end, and its survivors reunited with a nation reconstituted under the rule of law and the reestablishment of a Constitutional Monarchy harkening back to the echoes of the days of Cyrus.

Thereby Hangs a Tale: The dangerous dichotomy of Ahmadinejad's theocratic regimen of fascism on the one hand, and the War for Empire American Neo-Cons on the other. In the case of the latter, The Project for a New American Century road-map of 1996 is now joined by what Philip Giraldi of The American Conservative and Cannistraro Associates indicates is a Cheney/CENTCOM plan to employ tactical nuclear weapons on Iranian nuclear plants, regardless of what the IAEA inspections conclude, or what the UN Security Council authorizes. The draconian consequences of seismic political blowback, massive civilian casualties, and Iranian retaliation in Iraq and around the world are not up for discussion or reasonable debate. Condoleeza Rice states publicly that Bush may preemptively strike Iran without the authorization of Congress. Congress itself is depressingly silent. And The Baltimore Chronicle now carries news that the real agenda behind a military attack on Iran is not the latter's nuclear program, but the IRI's plan to create an international oil bourse based on the Euro, not the dollar.

And if all of this isn't bleak enough, Dr. Kaveh Farrokh of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver indicates that the Neo-Con strategy for the destruction of Iran is not simply a preemptive military one--but one of quiet subsidy of ethnic separatist elements designed to Balkanize the country and destroy its autonomy and independence. Even after the demise of the IRI theocrats in Tehran, the Gnomes of Zurich, London, Tel Aviv, and Washington want a series of small tribal states which may be neatly managed by Oil Barons. Farrokh uses Azerbaijan as one test case. The publicized tensions in Kurdistan and oil-rich, Arab-populated Khuzestan province in Iran are similarly suggestive of what has been proffered as a warning to expatriate Iranian human rights activists around the world: trusting the Neo-Cons may well get rid of the IRI regime, but at what cost? The radiation-laden deaths of thousands of innocents? The occupation of Iran by thousands of American troops mimicking earlier tragedies at the hands of Alexander the Great, the Arabs, Mongols, Turks, Russians, and British? The dissection of Iran into ethnic enclaves for Western manipulation and dominance?

The days are slipping away toward catastrophe. Bush's desperation in Iraq beckons him to new adventures in Syria and Iran. Ahmadinejad has matched his genocidal rhetoric toward Israel with diplomatic moves in Moscow and the deployment of Islamic Republic Revolutionary Corps troops in Khuzestan province at levels of strength not seen since the days of the Iran-Iraq War in 1980-88.

And for freedom-loving, peaceful Americans and Iranians tonight, the question must be this: with the present leadership in Tehran and Washington, is there an alternative to the seemingly inevitable and energized Winds of War? Or is a Category 5 cataclysm just over the horizon?

We may well know in the next year.

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   (Mark Dankof is a Lutheran pastor and free-lance journalist, occasionally contributing to Iran Dokht, Al Bawaba, Nile Media, CASCFEN, and other Internet news sites. Once a 3rd party candidate for the United States Senate in Delaware [2000], he maintains the web-site Mark Dankof’s America while pursuing post-graduate theological education at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His commentary may be found regularly on SARTRE's Old American Right and Republic news site, Breaking All the Rules.