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by Pepe Escobar
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running out of rhetorical ammunition in the US’s  Holy War against Syria. Perhaps it’s the strain of launching a NATO war bypassing the UN Security Council. Perhaps it’s the strain of being eaten for breakfast routinely by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  Hillary has just called on “Western powers” and their Arab stooges – the NATOGCC compound [1] that passes for the “international community” – to “make it clear that Russia and China will pay a price because they are holding up progress” regarding weaponized regime change in Syria.
In non-newspeak, this means, “If you block our new war, there will be payback”.
Why do we give positions of power to such immature, war mongering sociopaths?  – naked wayne

AT A meeting of South-East Asian nations in 2010, China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi, facing a barrage of complaints about his country’s behaviour in the region, blurted out the sort of thing polite leaders usually prefer to leave unsaid. “China is a big country,” he pointed out, “and other countries are small countries and that is just a fact.” Indeed it is, and China is big not merely in terms of territory and population, but also military might. Its Communist Party is presiding over the world’s largest military build-up. And that is just a fact, too—one which the rest of the world is having to come to terms with.

As the Obama administration claims to welcome the peaceful rise of China on the world stage, recent policy shifts toward an American Pacific Century indicate a desire to maintain the capacity to project military force toward the emerging superpower. In addition to maintaining a permanent military presence in Northern Australia, the construction of an expansive military base on South Korea’s Jeju Island has indicated growing antagonism towards Beijing. The base maintains the capacity to host up to twenty American and South Korean warships, including submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers once completed in 2014 – in addition to the presence of Aegis anti-ballistic systems. In response, Chinese leadership has referred to the increasing militarization in the region as an open provocation.



Existential– 1. Of existence, 2.of existentialism

Threat– 1. An expression of intention to hurt, destroy, punish, etc.

Sabre rattling at Iran is at a fever pitch. Israel and the U.S. keep repeating the same phrase over and over that Iran is an existential threat, but according to the head of the Israeli spy agency, the Mossad, chief Tamir Pardo, A nuclear-armed Iran wouldn’t necessarily constitute a threat to Israel’s continued existence. 

Yet it goes on and on, in talk radio, network news, all over  the web. Some how, no matter how much evidence is presented that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, people still think Iran is building a nuclear weapon. 

The IAEA and all 16 United States Intelligence Agencies are unanimous in agreement that Iran is not building and does not possess nuclear weapons. Iran allows IAEA inspections of all its facilities.  Iran’s formal notification to the IAEA of the planned construction of the backup fuel-rod facility underscores that Iran is playing by the rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed.

Soooooooooooooo, if Iran, according to all these different sources, (including Israel), is not building nukes, what is the problem?

According to the Brookings Institute on pages 24 and 25 of their “Which Path to Persia?” report, that the real threat is not the deployment of these weapons, but rather the deterrence they present, allowing Iran to counter US influence in the region without the fear of an American invasion.

As i have written in an earlier post, “By controlling Iran, the projection of NATO power into Eurasia can proceed, Russia can be reduced to an impotent backwater or ‘Black Hole’ and China dealt with on stronger political terms”.

American media have an agenda, almost a compulsion to promote war with a country we don’t need to invade. With Russia and China possibly backing Iran, this is a possible extinction level event, for you, me, EVERYBODY!!! And for what? LIES, LIES, LIES!!!!!!

I don’t know how this can be prevented. I hope that our government shows common sense and compassion, and just for once just let the people of Iran be.

Some facts about IranIran has never invaded a country, ever. Iran allows IAEA inspections of all its facilities. In the past, the IAEA and all of the US intel agencies have agreed that Iran does not posses nukes, nor are they in the process of building any. They are signatory to the NPT. The newest documents from the IAEA have not been verified, and are peppered with alot of ifs and maybes.

So why are they a threat?

What reason would the US government and Israel have in declaring war? Well Iran is head of OPEC, they are a sovereign nation not in the grip of the IMF, it’s a country of massive oil wealth, and has alot of influence in the mid-east, the US helped put the Shah in power for just that reason.

Iran also has some pretty BIG friends. The Dragon and the Bear, aka China and Russia.

 Beijing, relies heavily on Iranian oil imports, and Moscow has close commercial ties and built Iran’s only nuclear power plant. This coupled with each countries individual rise on the global stage, as well as cooperation with each other have upset Washington.

 China on the one hand is fast becoming the predominant superpower, with some analysts predicting that China will surpass the US economy as soon as 2016. Russia has and abundance of oil and natural gas, for some months Russian production of crude oil has surpassed Saudi Arabia’s to be the world’s largest oil producer with over 10.3 million barrels daily, nearly one million barrels more.[1] And in terms of known reserves of natural gas Russia is far away the world leader according to industry data.

Whats the endgame?

Between the both of these countries, the once dominant American Empire faces a big challenge. Iran is important because whoever controls Iran controls the flow of up to 40% of the worlds oil wealth, not to mention other energy reserves and mineral wealth, putting an economic stranglehold on China and Russia’s interests.

By controlling Iran, the projection of NATO power into Eurasia can proceed, Russia can be reduced to an impotent backwater or ‘Black Hole’ and China dealt with on stronger political terms.

This is all leading up to another war no one wants, but will be forced to endure, under that always clever line of making the world