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The Truth About Iran

Tom Engelhart wrote a great but lengthy article called The Urge to Bomb Iran.  I summed up the key points here:

1) Why does the US want to go to war with Iran?

       Because Iran reputedly has the fourth largest reserve of oil in the world, which is largely closed off to us.  It also has the ability to shut off the Strait of Hormuz, closing off one of the world’s major energy arteries. 
       Because we are cultural enemies.  Revolutionaries overthrew our puppet regime there in 1979 and stormed the US Embassy in Tehran.  They make comments about us being evil and fund our enemies. 
       “Nukes.” The US government does not want Iran to have access to nuclear energy or weaponry, because they would be able to stand up to the US and tell us to stay out of their country.  Until then, they are helpless against our threats and interference. 
        Opportunity ($$$) for the Military-Industrial Complex.  The fear of an attack from Iran justifies their “missile defense” and gives the Pentagon opportunity for new budget spending on bombs, ships, etc.
       Prolonged conflict opens the door for construction, occupation, private security contracts, etc for years afterwards.  Just look at Iraq and Afghanistan. 

2) Why does our population seem complacent and accepting of entering a war with Iran?

       A large majority of Americans falsely believe that Iran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program, despite the National Intelligence counsel affirming that it once had a program, but was closed down in 2003.  US, European, and Israeli officials all confirm that Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program and doesn’t intend to start one, either.  Iran’s supreme leader has even issued a “Fatwa” against building nukes. 

3) Why does our population falsely believe Iran has a threatening nuclear weapons program?

    Wording and Propaganda:  The media and government repeatedly refer to “Iran’s nuclear program.”  Which, as I mentioned earlier, does not appear to exist.  Iran does, however, have a civilian nuclear power program- which was started with the support of Eisenhower in 1957 as part of an “Atoms for Peace” program.  Obama and Romney both refer to the non-exist weapons program, or at least mislead the entire public by excluding terms such as “civil” and “energy”.

    Imagined fear of attack: Since 9/11, politicians have created and persisted with the “threat” of what would happen if Iran did gain nuclear weapons.  Recently, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney have all made comment proclaiming the greatest danger to Americans being a “nuclear Iran” and have threatened that 9/11 would occur again, on a much larger scale. (“imagine 300,000 dead, half a million wounded…)  Despite the leader of Iran openly stating that only an idiot would try to attack the US in the face of our military might, they continue to ensure Americans perceive Iran as bloodthirsty and murderous despite the odds against them. 

    Neo-Conservative Think-Tanks: The Heritage Foundation, AEI, Claremont Institute, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and other strong voices have all suggested or stated that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, and also repeatedly implied that no peaceful means will ever be able to prevent Iran from attacking the US.  Source to the articles and information shared by these groups can be found linked in the original article at Anti-War.com (link above.)  These well-known and well-read groups continue to spread the above two conditions of improper wording and propaganda as well as fear and justification for violence.

4) What’s the truth of the matter?

    No one likes the idea of a cultural enemy gaining access to nuclear weapons.  But the truth is that even if Iran were to pursue them (which they are not currently), it wouldn’t present a threat to us, or anyone.  Tehran’s leaders know, and have stated as I mentioned before, that an attack on America or its allies is simply going to result in their entire country being obliterated. 
    The only reason Iran would pursue nuclear weapons is for their own protection and as a deterrent for other countries (like ours…) to invade them.  They would have the ability to stand up to us and refuse our stifling international trade regulations, especially in regard to oil.
    In conclusion, the truth of the matter is that both Romney and Obama support a war with Iran and we are already on the very-near brink of it.  A war with Iran is unjustified and will only promote more animosity towards the US, more blowback, more innocent casualties, and less freedom worldwide.  We must oppose this propaganda and refuse the government’s motto: “War is Peace”. 

-Voca

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self-ownership:

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That’s exactly what my sister said, to the point I thought she’d posted this for a moment. Hah.Yes.

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That’s exactly what my sister said, to the point I thought she’d posted this for a moment. Hah.
Yes.

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enemyofthestatist:

Where the fuck do these people come from? Here we go.

tharkun:

stephenburnsred:

self-ownership:

Why I’m in:

  • Drone strikes
  • NDAA
  • Deportation of “illegal” immigrants
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • Anwar al-Awlaki
  • Raids on medical marijuana dispensaries
  • Military force in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, …

But don’t worry guys. Obama has swag.

It’s almost amazing. These people are so bored with their lives that they have actually deluded themselves into living out a V for Vendetta fantasy.

Let’s answer this systematically 

1. Works, and I don’t care

Works in what way? In the way that it kills who it’s supposed to kill? Because it certainly doesn’t do that. If you mean we kill some people that are bad sometimes, sure. Does that excuse killing innocent human beings? No ma’am it does not.

2. Does less than you think

Right, it just gives the president the power to turn off the bill of rights at will. Not a big deal.

3. Paranoia on your part

Paranoia? What kind of shitty excuse is that? He’s deported more than a million “illegals” That’s just fact.

4. Don’t care

You don’t care that he broke a campaign promise that was pretty key to his election? Never mind the fact that he made that promise in a year where he had a re-election campaign to consider four years later that might call back to his track record. I can’t imagine the amount of promise breaking a lame duck Obama will do.

5. There’s no way I could care less about this then I already do

You don’t care that American citizens can be assassinated extra-judicially? Actually…I’ll let this one go. If you don’t mind that citizens can be killed without trial, maybe we can arrange you being next.

6. Not the President’s fault i.e. you don’t understand how government works

The president may not have issued the order himself, but he sure as hell could have put policy in to place that would have stopped it. Barney Frank seems to think it’s a problem. I’m sure he just doesn’t understand how government works too.

7. All those countries are borderline insane, so again….wait for it….I don’t care

What does this even mean? How can an entire country be insane? Some how I feel like that’s an incredibly extreme generalization. I would assume you mean the governments, but the governments aren’t the ones being attacked in all but one of those cases.

Do you actually live in the real world?

Yes, we do, we just understand it slightly better than you seem to.

Liberals, formerly of the tolerant and anti-war crowd, have now become the giant racists? Good to know.
I couldn’t care less about those brown people over there or their innocent children because man their Governments are insane while ours clearly isn’t even though we’ve been ten times more aggressive than most of them? Verbally? Maybe not, depending on the country. Through action? ‘Ten times more’ might not cover it.
With all this person ‘doesn’t care’ about I imagine they must support Bush, too. Unless we’re saying taxes and abortion issues are more important than lives.

Who owns your “news”?

disobey:

NBC / MSNBC

Owned by a weapons and military hardware manufacturer. Donated over  $3.5 million to George Bush’s 2000 election campaign. Donated over $1 million to Obama’s 2008 election campaign, and over $127,000 to his 2012 campaign thusfar.

Time Warner

Donated over $1.6 million to Bush’s 2000 campaign. Ten Time Warner Executives donated the maximum amount allowed by law to Bush’s 2004 campaign. Donated nearly $1 million to Obama in 2008, and has already given over $100,000 to his 2012 election campaign.

Westinghouse / CBS

Owned by the Carlyle Group, which includes both George Bush Senior and G.W. Bush, as well as Obama Federal Reserve Board of Governors apointee, Jerome Powell. Additionally former Secretary of State James Baker; former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci (who currently owns CBS); former Clinton Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, and former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt.

ABC

Owned by Disney, a longtime opponent of environmental protections. Donated over $600,000 to George Bush’s 2000 election campaign. Donated $100,000 to Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Donated over $600,000 to Congressmen in 2012 alone, and has donated over $60,000 to President Obama thusfar in 2012.

Wall Street Journal and FOX Networks

Owned by Rupert Murdoch (board of directors of Phillip Morris). Donated $2.9 million to George Bush’s campaign in 2000. 

Politico

The President and CEO of Politico is Frederick J. Ryan Jr., who is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, and former personal special assistant to President Reagan. Owned by Allbritton Communications, an affiliate of Disney/ABC since 1997. 

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is owned by The Washington Post Co. and the Graham family. The news outlet itself does not generate revenue for the company, but has been actively losing money for several years. However, its other division, the education company Kaplan, generates over 61% of The Post Co.’s revenue. In turn, over 90% of Kaplan’s revenue is made up of federal funding and loans. Any wrong moves by the Washington Post’s reporting could suddenly end them as a company.


logicallypositive:

thecheekylibertarian:

neightkelly:

theantistatist:

Ron Paul would obliterate that war mongering statist in a debate.

Any question on foreign or economic policy would result in endless amounts of tears. Joyous tears.

YES.

It’d be a debate actually worth watching. Ron Paul would tear Obama a new one

I thought he’d already debated Romney.I kid.I’d want to see it, because it would be shameful for Obama.Obama, the peace candidate, now the warmonger having to debate the next peace candidate. He’d have to focus on things like healthcare to avoid that but you know, foreign policy would have to be brought up.

logicallypositive:

thecheekylibertarian:

neightkelly:

theantistatist:

Ron Paul would obliterate that war mongering statist in a debate.

Any question on foreign or economic policy would result in endless amounts of tears. Joyous tears.

YES.

It’d be a debate actually worth watching. Ron Paul would tear Obama a new one

I thought he’d already debated Romney.
I kid.
I’d want to see it, because it would be shameful for Obama.
Obama, the peace candidate, now the warmonger having to debate the next peace candidate. He’d have to focus on things like healthcare to avoid that but you know, foreign policy would have to be brought up.