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Those advocating an attack on Iran now find themselves on the defensive after IAEA inspectors revealed that Iran's uranium enrichment program may have advanced very little in the past decade.  Neocons had hoped earlier reports of uranium enriched beyond the 5% necessary for power generation would be the "smoking gun" that would move their march toward war another big step forward, but that sample was traced back to material from China that had been sold to Iran in the early 90s.  It now appears, despite Iran's claims to the contrary, that Tehran's ability to enrich uranium for any purpose is quite limited.

Since that setback, the neocons have stepped up the disinformation campaign designed to incite war fever in the U. S., Israel and other nations like Canada and Australia who could be potential allies in an attack on Iran.  Some of the outrageous examples below the fold:

Iran to Force Jews to Wear Yellow Armbands

Right wing press outlet, The National Post of the CanWest news conglomerate, reported that the Iranian parliament had already passed a law requiring religious minorities to wear color-coded armbands.  The credibility of CanWest on war/peace issues was called into question by Robert Fisk as far back as the 2002 runup to the Iraq war:

Don't ask who is resisting forthcoming US censorship of the Iraq war. Ask who is first to climb aboard the bandwagon.

In Canada, the situation is even worse. Canwest, owned by Israel Asper, owns over 130 newspapers in Canada, including 14 city dailies and one of the country's largest papers, the National Post. His "journalists" have attacked colleagues who have deviated from Mr Asper's pro-Israel editorials. As Index on Censorship reported, Bill Marsden, an investigative reporter for the Montreal Gazette has been monitoring Canwest's interference with its own papers. "They do not want any criticism of Israel," he wrote. "We do not run in our newspaper op-ed pieces that express criticism of Israel and what it is doing in the Middle East..."

Despite the reputation for bias of the source, the Canadian Prime Minister, the Australian Prime Minister and the U. S. State Department, without waiting for further confirmation, all condemned Iran for its alleged policy and were quick to make comparisons to Nazis.

There was absolutely no truth to the report.  Even Murdoch's New York Post, which gleefully repeated the story yesterday, admits that:

The 13-article bill, which received preliminary approval a week ago, does not mention requiring special attire or markings for religious or other minorities.

Iran Already Has The "Bomb"

Today's YNet headline reads:

Expert: Iran May Already Have the Bomb

iranteeIt quotes Professor Zeev Alfassi, former head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University, who believes that Iran may already have a nuclear weapon.  To make matters even more melodramatic, Alfassi says:

However, he said, "even five to six bombs won't destroy Israel."

Alfassi told Ynet that a nuclear bomb could definitely hit an entire city, but not destroy a state.

That comment certainly makes the article less sensationalistic.

Later in the interview, Alfassi sounds like he may be a couple of fuel rods short of a reactor:

Alfassi called on the public to recognize the true proportions of the threat and claimed the bomb's most severe damages are not the radioactivity factor, but the heat and the shock waves. Radioactive material can even aid in the treatment of diseases like cancer, Alfassi purports, and even if a nuclear bomb scatters the poisonous matter, the danger in it is not great.

"It's like giving people over 50 a regular dose of aspirin. It would be reasonable if someone said - stand in a radioactive cell because it could eliminate the development of cancer," Alfassi said. As part of his research into the question, Alfassi experimented on rats and dogs, and he noted that in Japan the method is used to treat cancer patients.

And here we thought nuclear fallout was a bad thing.

YNet is not a right wing outlet like Debka.com but is the online edition of Yediot Ahronoth, Israel's largest daily newspaper.  They should know better than to publish such inflammatory material.  But then the Washington Post and The New York Times have been used similarly by the Bush administration in the U. S.

Expect Alfassi's pearls of wisdom to be spread all over the right wing press and Internet today.

In A White Room (But No Black Curtains)

Murdoch's London Times and Richard Perle have combined with a newly-escaped Iranian exile to demand regime change in Iran because of human rights abuses.  The escapee mysteriously appeared last week in Dubai where he was quickly met by Perle and whisked to Washington for an interview in which he reveals new, strange Iranian torture methods:

For almost eight months, Amir Abbas Fakhravar was held in solitary confinement in a soundproof cell in Iran. His bare, constantly lit surroundings were all a creamy white -- the walls, the floor, his clothes and the door, with a slit through which white rice would be delivered in a white bowl by guards wearing slippers to muffle their footfall.

Amnesty International calls his case the first known example of "white torture" in Iran and it nearly drove Fakhravar mad. He was stuck in a terrifying, real-life version of the George Lucas film, THX 1138, about a dystopia where dissidents are imprisoned in a white room.

Adding to Fakhravar's credibility, at least among neocons, is what he reports about America's President who currently suffers from low ratings in the U. S.:

In Iran, Bush is regarded as a liberator, Fakhravar said. "People are afraid to express what is in their hearts, but in small, private gatherings, they see him as a saviour."

Maybe Bush still has a future--in an Iran "liberated" by the U. S. military--either as a politician or a Messiah.

There is, of course, only one prescription for Iran's problems--American bombs:

Fakhravar believes dialogue with Iran is useless. "The regime wants to have a nuclear bomb so it can wipe out a country it doesn't like," he said. "We don't understand why the rest of the world doesn't understand this."

He hopes to warn President George Bush and Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, in person not to be lured into talks with the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which he says is lying about its plans for peaceful nuclear energy.

Dial your bullshit detectors up to maximum, Kossacks.  Don't be fooled, as several diarists have been, by disinformation produced by pro-war factions determined to demonize not just loony Ahmadinejad but all Iranians, while paradoxically claiming that the country is full of Bush-lovers just waiting for a little U. S. air cover to revolt.  Check your sources.  Wait for confirmation from reputable journalists.

And when your local media outlets repeat the bullshit, write LTE's and call in to talk shows to set the record straight.

Cross-posted at MLW

Originally posted to goinsouth on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:43 AM PDT.

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  •  Ask the Iraqis how that worked for them. (17+ / 0-)

    Bush I made promises that were never kept.  Only the Kurds lucked out and I think that was partly because of pressure from Turkey.

    I think the Iranians have many reasons not to revolt

    1. Iraqis were promised 'support' to rise up against Saddam.
    1. Iraqis were 'liberated' and look at their country now.
    3) [others?]

    We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

    by Fabian on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:57:13 AM PDT

  •  Any country that plans to use a N-bomb (13+ / 0-)

    better have more than one.  Use one bomb to attack a country and the rest of the world will make damned sure that you don't get the chance to use another.  This goes for the United States as well.  WWII use of atomics was shock-and-awe.  Now it will be seen as deliberate provocation.

    We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

    by Fabian on Sun May 21, 2006 at 04:00:57 AM PDT

  •  Important, underreported topic (9+ / 0-)

    Keep it coming!

    Thanks!!

  •  How About a Richard Perle Road Trip! (17+ / 0-)

    Here's an idea to help Richard Perle see first-hand the results of Neocon Shock and Awe.

    We start a campaign to raise funds for a Richard Perle road trip in Iraq.  It won't take much money - enough to buy a non-descript car, the occasional litre of black market gasoline, some food, a driver, and an interpreter.  No housing allowance, however - there are no hotels in Iraq and he'll have to sleep in the car.

    Off he goes on a 60 day pleasure tour of Fallujah, Tel Afar, Mosul, Iskandariyah, Najaf, Basra, etc., with of course a bang-up finish in the many peaceful sections of Baghdad.  

    If he is not kidnapped, dismembered by an IED, caught in an aerial bombardment, or the unhappy victim of an American "mistake" at a checkpoint - he can come back to the U.S. and appear on all the television shows to explain how Iran should be the next beneficiary of American freedom and democracy.

    Maybe I'll listen to him then.

    •  Robert Young Pelton: Just the Man to do it! (2+ / 0-)
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      You need a driver?
      A man with in-country experience?
      A truthful correspondent?
      May I recommend Robert Young Pelton?

      He's a writer who goes into the war zones, before the Marines get there! Remember John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban? Well RYP found him in a truck full of prisoners and turned him over to the military in Afghanistan.
      See: National Geographic

      Check out his website: Come Back Alive
      I can hardly wait for the first dispatch from the road. At least we know one person will get home from this trip.

      Perle, that chickenshit chickenhawk has no excuse now.

  •  it is simply astonishing (11+ / 0-)

    to see how easily people fell for this piece of nonsense.  check out this, by ezra klein over at TAPPED.

    we're going to be seeing a lot of this sort of thing in the near future.

  •  Juan Cole has a great piece gutting... (15+ / 0-)

    the lies at Informed Comment.

    Great Diary, goinsouth.

    This isn't going away.

    BTW Did you catch my shameless plug for my bit on how Bush might pull this off?

    Do Dems Need to Stake Turf Now?

    Hope you'll check it out.

  •  I hope Americans have finally wised up (4+ / 0-)
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    and are not going to get fooled by our government's disinformation campaign.  This transparent manipulation is pure propaganda, and our media outlets oblige the government by repeating this stuff without critical examination, or like The New York Post, posting a correction several days, after the misinformation has accomplished it's objective.    
    I do not believe that those of us in the progressive community are doing enough to pressure our timid Democratic representatives to vigorously oppose military intervention in Iran.  If we don't speak out, who will?  Our silence implies consent. As Goinsouth recommends, be a skeptic, question the news stories, check sources, and then hit back hard when the media repeats them.

    One cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing one's own. James Baldwin

    by CarolynC967 on Sun May 21, 2006 at 05:33:48 AM PDT

  •  OK, OK, I'll go. (7+ / 0-)

    But this time, there'd better be flowers and candy!

  •  This is almost funny (7+ / 0-)

    For almost eight months, Amir Abbas Fakhravar was held in solitary confinement in a soundproof cell in Iran. His bare, constantly lit surroundings were all a creamy white -- the walls, the floor, his clothes and the door, with a slit through which white rice would be delivered in a white bowl by guards wearing slippers to muffle their footfall.

    Amnesty International calls his case the first known example of "white torture" in Iran and it nearly drove Fakhravar mad. He was stuck in a terrifying, real-life version of the George Lucas film, THX 1138, about a dystopia where dissidents are imprisoned in a white room.

    This is so bad, I wonder if it is true.  Then I remember who is putting it out and I say to myself, "They must be cracking up, pushing the envelope on what Americans will believe.  This is not only propaganda, it is absurd propaganda, put out to test the stupidity of America's 'subjects.'"

    My file on RedState.org: Adigal: Another one of them left wing girls way too smart for our own good. Her phones need to be monitored.

    by adigal on Sun May 21, 2006 at 06:00:58 AM PDT

  •  Psyops (14+ / 0-)

    The amazing thing is that the Canadian and Australian Prime Ministers, not to mention the State Dept. and the Simon Wiesenthal center were quick to comment on the charges before they were even substantiated. Most people will not follow up. That is how it works.

    In the early 1990's Ruder Finn Global Public Affairs, a Washington-based public affairs firm, was hired by Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Albanian opposition that hoped to win independence for Kosovo to lobby on their behalf against the Serbs in Washington. They were successful. In an interview on French TV, James Harff, the director of Ruder Finn said:

    “Speed is vital ... it is the first assertion that counts. All [subsequent] denials are entirely ineffective.”

    My point here is about PsyOps, not the Balkan war (which I don't know all that much about).

    I would rather vote for what I want and lose, than vote for what I don't want and win. Eugene Debs

    by tgs1952 on Sun May 21, 2006 at 06:47:49 AM PDT

  •  Great diary (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks!

  •  It's about money and fear (6+ / 0-)

    the Iran issue has been cooked up by the neocon-big business Cheney-Bushco thugs for several reasons.

    1. To drum up support fot the idea that we are in danger from Middle East countries, and to make the administration look as though they are protecting Americans from evil dark-skinned people that hate us. As Bush's poll numbers drop, look for tougher rhetoric and more cowboy posturing.
    1. Notice how oil company profits soar when rumors of war with oil producing countries fly. A strongly worded message or threat directed at Iran can send oil prices up 5-10 bucks a barrel overnight. This is nothing but stock market manipulation by those in power and should be a prison offense.

    Notice the tension between Bushco and Hugo Chavez the pres. of Venezuela. We get 17% of our oil from there, and if you want to see oil prices really soar, watch what happens when Busco stars making trouble down there. America is being run by greedy crooks who lie and kill for profit.

  •  I love the white room story (2+ / 0-)
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    Great fantasy stuff.  I suspect the Iranian prisons are a lot less complicated than that, in fact, are probably no more and no less weird that Guantanamo is.  Who in their right mind would waste all the white paint and buy the white slippers for the guards?  Great imagery, though.

    You really have to believe that someone has watched too many movies, don't you?  Great stuff, great post, valuable story.  Lordy, Perle has moved on to his next destabilization adventure.  Can anyone say "Mossad support"?   What the heck is Murdock doing in the middle of this?  Does he think that bombing or invading Iran would be a "Bully litte war"?  Do all of these guys have amnesia?

    •  i agree (0+ / 0-)

      i wrote a comment about this up in the thread before i saw yours.  designing such a "no hands on" torture center would be pretty expensive, why bother?  frankly (and i'm not minimizing the despicable nature of this type of torture), it sounds less awful than what we have done at gitmo and abu ghraib.

      •  addendum (0+ / 0-)

        regarding murdoch's participation in this, for once they did a reasonably decent job with the story they did.  it ran in yesterday's ny post, but actually had a few forcefully worded caveats that called the authenticity of the story into question.  they quoted two iranian sources (including the one jewish PM) as saying the story was "a complete fabrication" and "a sheer lie."  true, they gave it an incendiary headline ("FOURTH REICH:  Iran Law Labels Jews") and put in on the front page, but compared to the uncritical way this tall tale was accepted in a number of left-of-center web sites, the post's performance here wasn't bad.

    •  That 'white business' (0+ / 0-)

      Would it work as described if your skin wasn't also "white?"

      Being albino and afflicted with plastic skin with no transluscence, I am terribly afraid. But I prefer "The Day of the Triffids" over "I Robot."

      What a great spooky story - Too bad the blithering idiots are attempting to pass it off as non-fiction. Even worse are the nincompoops that will buy into it.

      Kick his ass, Jesus (Cartman 3-6) -8.88 -5.08

      by SecondComing on Sun May 21, 2006 at 01:25:42 PM PDT

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  •  Utter Bunkum (7+ / 0-)
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    The level of unprofessionalism in the news media is shocking.  Wild, unsubstantiated rumors are solemnly handed out as facts - and the inevitable retractions are relegated to page 23.  (It's why I didn't get too excited about the Rove being indicted story - sounded like a rumor, and it was.)

    It all comes down to not falling for the Bush-stuff being handed out these days by partisans on both sides.  Wait for a week, see if it's still true.

    Meanwhile, we've got to work on improving the electorate's long term memory.  Remember back when Rummy was saying "Democracy is messy" and the conventional wisdom said if they didn't get control in 6 months, we'd be in trouble?  I read a blog today pointing out that it's been several years since that sage observation and observing how true it was and how nobody was repeating it.  Sounds like good LTE fodder to me... guess I'll get to work writing one.

  •  Great Diary. (5+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for bringing these Neocon disinformation games to our attention.

    I saw a special on the History Channel about Iran within the last 6 months, and it was inflammatory and intentionally scary.  It amazes me how many tentacles of the media are dominated by the Neocon nuts.

    BTW--Brian Ross of ABC News' The Blotter, who disclosed to the public news of the American government spying against major news organizations, was asked by Howard Kurtz on CNN this morning, why the "wiretapping against news organizations story" was not broadcast more on national TV.  Ross did not answer with the real reason; rather, he said that The Blotter discloses sketchy details before confirmed.  We all know that the REAL reason is that ABC News, like all major news organizations, CANNOT report most of the most damning news against the Republicans.  The parent corporations and advertisers, all Republican, will never allow the shocking truth to be reported.  

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 07:54:59 AM PDT

  •  The Israeli Prime Minister (11+ / 0-)

    is on CNN now, reporting that Iran is extremely close to having a nuclear bomb ("measured by months, rather than years").

    Wolf Blitzer, an AEI Institute man, seems to be cheering the Israeli politician on.

    This is such bullshit.  Why are we only getting our "information" from the politicians within Israel that would want us to attack Iran?

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:03:01 AM PDT

    •  If Israel wants war with Iran... (12+ / 0-)

      ...let them fight it themselves.

      Leave us out of it.

      It's Okay If You Are Armando. :)

      by cskendrick on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:27:56 AM PDT

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      •  Although I'd want to use diplomacy, (3+ / 0-)
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        and bring them both to the bargaining table.

        We as Americans have many friends in both Israel and Iran.

        Miltary action by any of these 3 nations is not going to solve anything.

        -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

        by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:40:22 AM PDT

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        •  nor will 'military' action, (1+ / 0-)
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          for that matter.

          -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

          by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:42:04 AM PDT

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          •  My thinking is that without a blank check from US (1+ / 0-)
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            such a war is less likely, not more.

            Imagine if John Foster Dulles, the former secretary of state, had some sort of super-superpower at his back when he engaged his Soviet counterpart in brinkmanship.

            Would he have stopped at the brink?

            Not nearly so easily, I should think.

            It's Okay If You Are Armando. :)

            by cskendrick on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:52:26 AM PDT

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            •  Dulles made a strategic mistake with Nassar, (2+ / 0-)
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              but for the most part, he was a good chess player.  I can't imagine his brinksmanship would have been "so far along the edge" that nuclear war would have been the most likely result.

              But I do agree that Israel is unlikely to go all-out against Iran without our active military support in war planning and execution.

              If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, Israel would be unhappy about it, but we would be like an alligator parent, watching carefully any animals that approach our offspring.  I just don't see the danger that the Neocons do.

              If Iran produced and then used a nuclear bomb, we'd wipe them off the fucking map.  The USA can engage Iran in dialog directly, and the USA does not have to make it easy for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, but military action is just not needed unless Iran actually attacks someone.

              There IS no danger.  Iran's own people won't allow their own goverment to use military or nuclear force against other countries, unless attacked.

              Fucking Neocons here in America.  I hope Americans finally get wise to them.

              -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

              by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

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              •  Dulles gave us the radicalized Iran (8+ / 0-)

                of the Revolution - remember, he engineered the overthrow of Mossadegh because he was an enemy of the oil barons (with British help) and replaced him with the Shah and his SAVAK CIA-trained torture/death squads. So don't praise him too much - he and his enablers are why we're where we are today.

                It's called blowback - aka "the mills of God grind slow, but they grind exceedingly small"--

                "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

                by bellatrys on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:22:31 AM PDT

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                •  Yes, the Shah was terrible. (0+ / 0-)

                  In fact, if you look at many of the regimes the USA has backed over the last 100 years, our government and CIA have not, in general, picked our friends well.

                  One wonders if the USA would be a lot better off right now if we'd dealt with the governments inside countries that took power without our operatives funding and training thugs.

                  What if America's foreign policy had been more similar to foreign policies of other Western World countries?

                  -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

                  by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 11:21:33 AM PDT

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  •  Check this out (4+ / 0-)
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    The National Review Online gives us a new glass of kool-aid:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/...

    Where we can read this inspiring account of the youth or Iran who are apparently already gathering the flowers they hope to throw at our troops. We can also take pride in the quick actions of members of the Bush administration, looking for a Spokesmodel to publically support their plans for Iran.  Thank God the neo-cons didn't let the recent little "set-back"  (cough, Iraq) shake their nerve!  


    NRO: What do Iranians think of George W. Bush?

    Fakhravar: The people of Iran, especially the youth, are so admiring of Bush and his administration for siding with the people of Iran rather than the government of Iran. No other leader of any government, even the Europeans, took this stand. All the youngsters support him and love him, and we want to express our deepest gratitude for him and his administration and what they are doing to liberate us.

    NRO: Are you receiving any support from the U.S. government?

    Fakhravar: I cannot mention who, but I'm definitely communicating with some people in the U.S. government and have established contacts with people in the Bush administration.

    •  The truth: (8+ / 0-)

      Although the Iranian people like Americans, they do not trust that warmongering idiot George W. Bush.

      Iranians know that the Bush administration makes money for its energy and defense companies by going to war.

      The Iranians WILL NOT forgive America if we invade.

      Would WE forgive the Iranians if they invaded US to replace our current government?  What if THEY killed 100,000 of our innocent civilian people here in the USA in the process (as we did in Iraq)?

      -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

      by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:12:09 AM PDT

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    •  A FANTASY easy to see through (0+ / 0-)

      The Iranians "love" Bush?  Please someone write a light opera on this.  The young people admire him?  And our latest refugee exile was already trumpeting he had established contacts with Bush Administration before he went into exile.

      Sounds like he enjoys the attention.  And definitely he has a sense of self-importance given that teenagers have his writings on the wall...most teens have pictures of rock stars taped up.

      I can't find his book's title referenced in Amazon or the Santa Clara University library databases.  Just refs. to the plant article in National Review.  A plant is a plant.  I wonder whose handiwork this is?  The CIA or one of Rumsfeld's shops?

  •  For those needing a positive story-- (4+ / 0-)
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    Yesterday JecklInHyde pointed me to a National Journal article that takes seriously the idea that nuclear co-existance with Iran is possible. Since genies don't go back in bags, this is something that all of us are eventually going to live with (are living with actually) so it is very worth reading. The National Journal author's contention is that nuke weapons have so far accompanied moderating policies in developing powers. And that this will eventually be a multi-polar world.

    •  thanks for that (2+ / 0-)
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      i'll add something that i've believe for a few years:  nuclear weapons will probably be as uncommon as jet fighters by the middle of this century.  either everyone agrees to get rid of them, or we simply accept that anyone who can develop these things will, and while we can do things to frustrate their efforts, we can't prevent them from developing these things if they really want them.  hell, brazil and argentina could probably build these things a lot faster than the iranians can, not to mention the germans and japanese.

  •  Hmmmmm.... (2+ / 0-)
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    So the "White House" has driven Bush mad?  ;)

    We'll see you at Yearlykos!!!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:08:50 AM PDT

  •  Canada Keeps Showing Up In These Stories (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope our friends to the north are considering the wider global neocon/theocon cabal and not feeling safe from a few individual figures who seem easy to contain.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:08:52 AM PDT

  •  An Iranian bomb? (2+ / 0-)
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    I thought that several people of different persuasions had already laid this matter to rest.

    'Be the change you want to see in the world.' Mahatma Gandhi

    by maracatu on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:23:25 AM PDT

  •  don't forget Perle (4+ / 0-)
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    ...has been in bed with Manichur Ghorbanifar, the arms merchant at the center of Iran Contra guns-for-hostages (whom the CIA has long considered 'an intelligence fabricator and nuisance'), for several years; it is reported that Perle, Douglas Feith, and fellow scuzzball Michael Leeden since at least 2003 scuttled attempts by the State Department to open talks with Iran about terrorism, nuclear weapons, etc.

    Deja vu, anyone?

    •  Did these guys have anything to do with the Niger (1+ / 0-)
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      forgeries?  If so, it appears that they love war in the Middle East, and will do anything to create war.

      -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

      by sunbro on Sun May 21, 2006 at 08:50:55 AM PDT

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      •  indubitably, yes (5+ / 0-)
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        See his SourceWatch entry for Michael Ledeen's connections to some shady types in Italian Intelligence, going back to the 80s:.

        Federico Umberto D'Amato, a top Italian security official known as "the J. Edgar Hoover of Italy," testified before parliament in 1982 that "Ledeen had collaborated with the Italian services" and that Ledeen and two former CIA agents taught Italian agents. Gen. Giuseppe Santovito, the head of SISMI and Mr. Pazienza's superior at the time, gave similar testimony. Mr. Pazienza said Ledeen received at least $120,000, at least some of which was paid into a Bermdua bank account. Ledeen denied providing training to SISMI.

        And see this page at Bella Ciao, KARL ROVE, MICHAEL LEDEEN SPIES PROCURED FORGED NIGER DOCUMENTS

        Michael Ledeen organized a meeting in Rome to gather evidence to support the planned war. Present were:

        1. Michael Ledeen, Karl Rove’s foreign policy advisor and organizer of the meeting
        1. Nicolo Pollari, head of the the Italian equivalent of the CIA, the SISMI
        1. Italy’s Minister of Defense, Antonio Martino (no relation apparently to the spy Rocco Martino), Pollari’s boss
        1. Larry Franklin, an American who presently is being prosecuted in the US for giving classified information to an Israeli front group, AIPC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) -- which some would call "spying," even though he has not been charged with espionage
        1. Harold Rhode: member of Dick Cheney’s Office of Special Plans, protege of Ledeen, go-between with Iraqi exile and CIA asset (at the time) Ahmed Chalabi.

        if i make them very tiny, may i have more letters for my sig?

        by subtropolis on Sun May 21, 2006 at 09:39:43 AM PDT

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  •  I actually really want one of those t-shirts (0+ / 0-)

    if it says what I think it does. That's an extraordinary exhibit of extremist political rhetoric that will end up in a museum some day.

    Does anyone know where I can steal one?

    •  The link to the ad... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...is here.  You'll find a nutty "symposium" with Woolsey, McInerney and a guy named Timmerman who heads up one of the Iranian "democracy" groups that the Iran Freedom Support Act would fund.

      Sick folks.

      •  Timmerman was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not making this up.  Timmerman put it on his website.

        http://www.kentimmerman.com/...

        His co-nominee was John Bolton.

        And there's a link to the Nobel Prize for Bolton and Timmerman story from the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.  

        Nevermind that this group isn't interested in democracy for Iran, but they worked hard just to have a ring to the name  of Timmerman's group to funnel funny money from whatever intelligence group will pay for their slapstick writings.  It's a front to find a pretext for attacking Iran without the U.S. ever being serious about diplomacy or recognizing them as a country.  

        Of course the story below it (as of Today's date 5/21) is the religious minority special clothing badge article derived from Jerusalem Post, UPI, and the National Post.  In the last paragraph, Timmerman's group acknowledges the yellow clothing stripe story may be bogus:

        Sam Kermanian, of the Iranian Jewish Federation in Los Angeles, urged Jewish activists to caution in a mass email today. "So far the two reports we managed to obtain from our own independent sources from inside the country suggest that the original reports are false," he wrote. "Both Mr. Morris Motamed the Jewish member of the Iranian Parliament and Mr Parviz Yeshaya the former head of the community have strongly denied the reports."

  •  The Atlanta Journal Constitution... (7+ / 0-)

    printed a op-ed last week from Prof. Tanter saying all our problems would be solved if we just funded the MEK and let them do the nasty bits of regime change.

    I had an LTE written in 27 nanoseconds.

    I just thought he worked for a think-tank that solely dealt with the MEK, until I read this:

    New York Book of Reviews

    One key part of the network is the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. AIPAC helped to create this think tank in 1985, with Martin Indyk, AIPAC's research director, becoming its first director. Today, the Washington Institute is fully independent of AIPAC, and there is some diversity among its fellows (Dennis Ross is one). Overall, though, its policies mirror AIPAC's. Its executive director, Robert Satloff, is a neoconservative with very hawkish views on the Middle East. Its deputy director of research, Patrick Clawson, has been a leading proponent of regime change in Iran and of a US confrontation with Tehran over its nuclear program. (AIPAC features him as an expert on its Web site.) Raymond Tanter, an adjunct scholar at the institute, has been championing the MEK, or People's Mujaheddin, a shadowy group of Iranian guerrillas who want to overthrow the government in Tehran (and whom the State Department regards as terrorists). Members of the Washington Institute's board of advisers include Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, James Woolsey, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Mort Zuckerman, and Max Kampelman; its single most important source of funding is Larry Weinberg, one of AIPAC's Gang of Four, and his wife Barbi.

    •  MEK (3+ / 0-)
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      yes they have been designated a terrorist organization. But now they ain't.

      As Saddam, Noriega and others have found out, you can be the golden boy one day and on the shit list the next when you deal with us. As we see with the MEK, the reverse can happen as well.

      My point is that the term 'terrorist' (and its derivatives) is used in a completely ideological way. When I hear that someone is a 'terrorism expert' I know the bullshit will be flying.

      The problem with the so-called 'People's Mujaheddin' is that they have no support from 'the people'. According Iranians I know and what I have read, they are pretty well despised by the people of Iran.

      I would rather vote for what I want and lose, than vote for what I don't want and win. Eugene Debs

      by tgs1952 on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:00:56 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        My LTE stated they have no backing in Iran and no chance whatsoever of governing. It is crazy to fund them to try for regime change. One doesn't get a lot of space in an LTE to describe complex issues.

        And as a member of drunks for Hizballah, I despise the US use of the word terrorism. I don't think we should be friends with organizations like this, but our intense hatred of Hamas and Hizballah has had a negative effect. We are strengthening and radicalizing them.

        Attempt to Disarm Hizballah is Ruining Reform in Lebanon

        But we don't want the Iranian people to be in power, only a compliant person beholden to the US. So the Washington 'think-tanks' are coming up with solution after solution to the 'problem' of not having a compliant leader in Iran.

  •  It's been done (0+ / 0-)

    before

    The revelation is embarrassing for the Bush administration and appears to bolster the contention that it used dubious intelligence in a partisan manner in the critical few weeks before the invasion of Iraq.

    Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. - Edmund Burke

    by ukrich on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:02:08 AM PDT

  •  Where's Plame when you need her? (0+ / 0-)

    PSYOPS in the 21st Century...the new Dept of Disinforamtion.

    by mattes on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:02:50 AM PDT

  •  Awesome diary (1+ / 0-)
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    I thank the original diarist, as well as the excellent comments, for making such a great article here.

    Trust them? Have you really chosen to put your faith into politicians because of their angelic integrity? Why should I trust you?

    by mrcoder on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:45:18 AM PDT

  •  BS detector sensitivity (0+ / 0-)

    "Dial your bullshit detectors up to maximum, Kossacks."

    There's so much bullshit coming out of this administration, you could dial your BS detector all the way down to minimum, and the needle would still be pegged.  

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle

    by Susan1138 on Sun May 21, 2006 at 11:17:21 AM PDT

  •  Israeli PM Olmert is on his way to D.C. to meet . (3+ / 0-)
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    with Bush and the neocons. He is now saying that  Iran could have a bomb in mere months. Olmet is just like Sharon, in that he talks a centrist line, but then walks a Likudian political path. See Olmert's comments today on this here.

    No doubt Olmert will also be meeting with AIPAC and other establishment neocons as well, in an effort to firm up their agenda/propaganda to push the U.S. to bomb/invade Iran.

    This is going to get ugly, and it's going by the tried and true Iraq script. I wonder how many Dems are going to jump on this one too, pushed by AIPAC and the neocon-run parts of the media?

    Insanity rules, and it will until we get these goddamn neocons out of our government and our media. That said, I am not hopeful, especially when I see Dems like Hillary, Joementum, Bayh, and a lot of others, shaking the "war tree", and kissing the feet of the neocons.

    -7.00/-4.77 "Public campaign financing for every election, media reform, and ballot integrity, are all necessary ingredients for a democracy.

    by Hornito on Sun May 21, 2006 at 11:30:45 AM PDT

  •  More than this... (2+ / 0-)
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    They started with outright lies months ago.  FOX reported then, "Has war with Iran already started?"   It was then reported that Ahmadenijad said he would destroy the US, when he said nothing of the sort.  It was reported he said he was going to make nuclear weapons when he said he wanted nuclear energy.  It was then reported that Ahmadenijad said he would wipe Israel off the map, when he was actually questioning how the country came to exist in the first place.  They are catapulting the propaganda with zeal, and it's working.  

    "Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by reef the dog on Sun May 21, 2006 at 12:10:35 PM PDT

  •  So they're doing the old 'escaped Iranian (1+ / 0-)
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    exile" trick.

  •  Actually... (0+ / 0-)

    A nuclear bomb can destroy an entire state. At one point during the cold war, one of our military types ordered up a bomb that could destroy the Soviet Union. And when he said "the Soviet Union", he meant all of it in a single blow.

    The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

    by Shapeshifter on Sun May 21, 2006 at 12:24:29 PM PDT

  •  white prison cells are in US supermax prisons (0+ / 0-)

    and were first used against Puerto Rican nationalist women prisoners in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

    I have no idea whether this is something done in Iran, and there is a ton of disinfo out there, but if it is done in Iran it's also done here.

    •  the torture is real (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not buying into anything anyone says who's sponsored by Richard Perle, and anyone who calls for the "liberation" of their country by way of military attack by Bush's government is deeply dishonest or deranged.

      But the prison info is not necessarily disinformation. This is the Amnesty report from two years ago on Fakhraver's treatment. (Yes, the guy now speaking may or may not be Fakhraver, etc.)

      I don't find it at all unbelievable that a prisoner has been subjected to this treatment in Iran, because the conditions (aside from the guards in slippers) are only slightly more extreme than those in the many supermax prisons in this country. Conditions there amount to torture, and cruel and unusual punishment, in my opinion. (And not only mine; read the Amnesty link.)

  •  Another Exile Being Passed Around (0+ / 0-)

    For almost eight months, Amir Abbas Fakhravar was held in solitary confinement in a soundproof cell in Iran. His bare, constantly lit surroundings were all a creamy white -- the walls, the floor, his clothes and the door, with a slit through which white rice would be delivered in a white bowl by guards wearing slippers to muffle their footfall.
    Amnesty International calls his case the first known example of "white torture" in Iran and it nearly drove Fakhravar mad. He was stuck in a terrifying, real-life version of the George Lucas film, THX 1138, about a dystopia where dissidents are imprisoned in a white room.

    I would love to find the Pentagon and CIA Press kits that list "Promoting stories of exiles to the mainstream press" are an effective means to create public opinion favorable to  launch Phase 3 of the 21st century Middle East Oil Wars.

    Anything that Richard Perle says is exactly the opposite of the situation at hand.  When he speaks, switch on your Captain Midnight decoder ring to get the underlying reasons for what he is pushing.  He has replaced Edward Teller as the most dangerous advocate of nuclear adventurism.  His purposes for military expeditions within American Foreign Policy are an outgrowth of Oil industry objectives; these purposes becoming transparent.  He speaks like a bird using two harmonics for its songs: On the lower one, you hear what he wants you to believe.  On the higher one (not heard in the human range of hearing), he speaks what his true intentions are.

    What credibility does he have left after his last stint in the Pentagon and after accusations of conflict of interest and war profiteering?

  •  Yellow arm bands (1+ / 0-)
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    From the very beginning of this story I intuitively sensed it was planted news with a neo-con origin. I'm sure many others at this site did also.

    Thanks much to goinsouth for putting the facts together and presenting them in a logical fashion for all to see. Expect to see more disinformation in the coming weeks as the hardline neo-cons and their friends at AIPAC push for war with Iran.

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