So I'm listening to Bob Baer on Matthews' show and he's speculating on why Israel would be escalating its covert war on Iranian nuclear scientists.
(If anyone has a reasonable alternate theory as to who killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and others connected with Iran's nuclear program, I'm all ears--very skeptical ears).
Baer, ex-CIA op, now media consultant and possibly the most knowledgeable American on matters Middle Eastern, casually says, "It's almost as if the intention is to get the Iranians to fire a missile at an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz which would cause a wider war... The Israelis would force us into hitting the Iranians, hitting back."
They say it's going to get cold tonight, but don't ask me. My blood's already frozen.
When I heard about Roshan's assassination, I figured, like every person not currently in a vegetative state, that the Israelis had done it, but I figured these Mossad attacks were actually aimed at slowing Iran's development of a weapon. Call me naive.
The idea that Bibi and his hawklings would actually be trying to egg Ahmadinejad and Company into starting what would surely be a disastrous hell of a war, spreading through assets like the Kuds forces, Hezbollah and Hamas throughout the region, sickens me.
Let me be clear. This is NOT an I/P issue. This is not the screed of an antisemite. This is a hard, cold warning from a citizen of a country weary of stupid wars and the stupid, strutting peacocks who start them.
Chill. The. Fuck. Out.
Oh, make no mistake. There are millions here who would shout themselves hoarse to unleash our fire on "them ragheads who took our embassy." Millions of others who would frame their words more coolly, speaking of "existential threats to our closest ally." They will have their cheerleaders and mouthpieces.
But my gut says there are millions more who've had it with the Great Game, with Blood for Oil, with amputees and PTSD and broken promises to veterans and the eternal blowback.
So chill out.
We're doing our damnedest to try and save our own country right now. We don't have time for your stupid fucking games.