Thursday, August 19, 2004

Look who's feeling froggy

Aggressive imperialist rhetoric has forced Iran to go postal.

Iran warns of preemptive strike to prevent attack on nuclear sites

DOHA (AFP) - Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

I'm not sure why, but this brings to mind images of Egypt's predident Nasser screaming "Death to the Jews! We'll throw them into the sea!" at TV cameras in 1967 (and while I'm thinking of it, thank you Nasser for inspiring great t-shirts, however inadvertantly).

Even though I have trouble taking this seriously - which could admittedly turn out to be a grave miscalculation - it does provide food for thought. Would a pre-emptive attack by Iran finish polarizing the split between the new west and the neosoviets?

4 Comments:

Blogger Jane said...

The neo-liberals and the near media would immediately break out in a chorus of "Its All America's Fault' or even the slightly more popular "Israel the Bad, but I'm Not Anti-Semitic."

9:26 PM  
Blogger Mondhieb said...

OF COURSE it's America's fault! Who else do you think could make Iran do this?? It's not like they would have thought of it without help! If they don't attack us, then we can't take their oil for Cheneyburton! NOVEMBER CAN'T COME FAST ENOUGH!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Yet another proof to my point: the left wing never got past the 1960's theory of the Military/Industrial complex and thus transformed it into The Military/Oil complex to explain the current world.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

You're spot on - and why not? The arguments supporting the theory are every bit as good, I think.

7:53 PM  

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