For, well, years now, there has been plenty of reason to worry that the US was going to embark upon a war with Iran. And when I say “embark”, I mean “launch a full-fledged air assault that would inevitably kill thousands and thousands of innocent Iranians, inviting the retaliation of Iran, Iranian-supported terror groups around the world, the Shiite majority surrounding American troops in Iraq, and all angry Muslims on planet Earth.”
There has been even more reason to be scared lately, with the revelation by journalist Seymour Hersh that the Bush administration has already budgeted $400 million this year to “prepare the battlefield”, supporting various dissident/terrorist groups inside Iran to “destabilize” the government.
But now, the good news. Apparently, the Iranian government has “agreed to freeze its enrichment program for six weeks and begin negotiations with the P5+1 group of states as early as next week” (”P5+1″ being the US, France, Russia, China, Germany and the UK).
This is a positive direction, in that it takes away the major US excuse for invading Iran. Of course, the real reason that the US wants to invade Iran is to destroy its influence and power in the Middle East (”damn Iranians, thinking they’ve got the right to make decisions about their nation, their resources, and the general neighborhood they live in!”), so it might simply be a matter of moving on to the next excuse to put their plans of idiot stupid evil into action. I mean, when the US screeched about Iraq’s WMDs, Saddam Hussein’s move to allow weapons inspectors into the country should have cooled down the war fever. But goddamit, we were determined to bring
death daisycutters depleted uranium-tipped anti-tank shells torture DEMOCRACY to the not-suffering-enough-yet people of Iraq.
In conclusion, I am less scared tonight of an assault on Iran than I was this morning, possibly for no good reason.
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