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Everything Old is New Again:
Our generation's Gulf of Tonkin is about to
drag us further into endless war
Synopsis: -US writer Daniel Patrick Welch reports on the war fever now
being whipped up for an attack on Iran, and fears unimaginable
consequences if the war is not stopped--if it is not already too late.
I'm putting my mother into bed and the high-pitched urgency of
MSNBC's 'this just in' crisis reporting cuts through evening calm.
Same on CNN, and I don't even bother to check the other channels.
Iran, we are being told, is to blame for the Kerbala attack. We have
always been at war with Eastasia. I can't believe it is happening so
neatly, so on cue and so cutely bundled in such a familiar package.
There is absolutely nothing credible about anything that comes out of
Iraq either through the administration or the mainstream press. War-weary Americans, who spoke loudly and clearly about the question of
more war, are known suckers for official lies. In the aftermath of the
Cold War, two long-term adversaries were waxing nostalgic about their
governments' respective propaganda. "Yes, but the difference," said
the Russian, "is that your people believed yours." And now, having
been lied to by a stream of shameless governments, having swallowed
their leaders' crap about our 'destiny' and 'greatness,' is it even
possible to imagine that we are going to let ourselves get sucked in
Aside from the shrieking of the press echo chamber tonight, the other
relevant headlines of the day include a report that the US is poised
to attack Iran from Bulgarian bases (Turkish Daily News), or that a US
Navy strike group is steaming through the Suez canal to join the
general buildup of US forces in the Middle East (Jerusalem Post). The
Guardian reports that Bush is 'spoiling for a fight with Iran.'
Leave aside the fact that the US government recently tried to fund a
project that admitted-- admitted, mind you--to planting fake news
stories to achieve national policy ends. This, of course, would be in
addition to myriad black ops projects denied over the years. Never
mind that the Israeli right wing has been openly clamoring for war
with Iran, leaking stories about how it was prepared to go it alone.
Don't compare the timing of this story with the pending--albeit
nonbinding--anti-escalation resolution now being prepared or 'rigorous
debate' in Congress.
Just look at Cheney's smug Untouchable smirking face as he tells Wolf
Blitzer that Congress "won't stop us," even as Scooter Libby is
throwing everyone in his Blackberry under the bus. Do pay attention,
too, to Blitzer's complete inability to perform his function as a
journalist. That is a very bad sign. Also notice the $10 billion joint
project announced today between Iran and a Spanish concern for
development of energy resources, and the multi-billion dollar arms and
energy agreements Iran already has with Russia and China. Are the
neocons completely crazy? Never mind--we already know the answer.
And what the hell is wrong with us? Are we really going to let
ourselves be lied into yet another war, a much bigger one, with a much
more dangerous opponent and with even farther reaching consequences?
The answer seems to be yes. The Democrats and the press will not save
us from this one. They didn't before, and they won't now--they're in
on the game, and they will do nothing without an enormous shove. The
fact that they are getting ready to debate a toothless solution while
the ships are sailing is chillingly out-of-touch. Our lives and our
future are at stake, and they are looking for sound bites.
The made-in-USA tinderbox is unstable and about to blow, and the war
profiteers and their puppets lighting the fuse have no concern for us.
The enormous and dangerous forces against them only means more war,
more contracts, and more profits. There is no way the world is going
to sit back and let the US have its way with world energy resources
without a fight, and we stand warned that we are being dragged into a
virtual Armageddon. The antiwar movement made a good show this weekend
demanding an end to the Iraq war. It will be too little, too late
unless the people wake up and demand a halt to the war already under
way against Iran.
© 2007 Daniel Patrick Welch. Reprint
permission granted with credit and link to danielpwelch.com.
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Writer, singer, linguist and activist Daniel Patrick Welch lives and writes in Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife, Julia
Nambalirwa-Lugudde. Together they run The
Greenhouse School. Some of his articles have been broadcast on radio, and translations are available in up to 20 languages. Links to the website are appreciated at