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THE BUSH REGIME: PART 2
[Col. Writ. 1/17/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
It is much better for a prince to be feared than loved, if he is to fail in one of the two.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), The Prince
The second inauguration of U.S. President
George W. Bush has not yet occurred, and
already, the rumors of war are echoing throughout
the halls of Washington, through the cracked walls
of the Pentagon, and from the well-sourced pen of
*The New Yorker's* Seymour Hersh.
According to Hersh, Bush administration
officials in the Defense department are finalizing
plans to strike a series of targets in the Islamic
Republic of Iran, ostensibly because of reports
that Iran possesses weapons-grade nuclear
materials. Hersh also reports that U.S. covert
forces have been inside Iran for nearly a year,
searching for good sites to 'paint' for air strikes.
If so, then the country is on the brink of engaging
in a war that will make Iraq look like a picnic.
This imminent war should surprise no one ---
for the recent election results have been
interpreted by the administration as an
endorsement of their mishandling of the Iraq
war; and if it "worked" in Iraq, the thinking goes,
why not Iran?
It's almost as if the administration echoed
that line from an old Western: "WMD's? We
don't need no proof of no stinking WMDs!" And, in fact, they don't.
The 2004 elections, which ratified the Iraq
War as a facet of the facetious 'War on Terror',
has opened the door to what is, in actuality,
a war on the world. Iran appears to be next.
That's because Iraq was pre-ordained for
U.S. attack, based upon the Project for a
New American Century, a blueprint of the
neocon faction of the American right wing.
It is from this project that the idea of
'preemptive war' arises. Its basic thrust
is that no nation will be allowed to acquire
weapons that may constitute a threat, and no
nation will ever be allowed to rival the U.S.
If the Iraq War gave Americans cause for
alarm, than Iran will be a doozy. For Iraq,
with its population of about 23 million, has
land area of about the size of California.
Iran, on the other hand, has about three
times that population, and about five times the
land area. Where Iraqi deserts lie in its
southwest, much more of Iranian territory
Moreover, it appears that the neocons are
trying to sell the Pentagon on the old, 'if we
invade, the citizens will hail us as liberators'
That didn't work in Iraq. Its doubtful in
the extreme that it'll work in Iran.
This may prove to be Bush's Bay of Pigs
(the CIA promised Kennedy that Cubans would
rise up against the Castro government -- of
course, that didn't happen).
But, Americans, after the disastrous example
of Iraq, like to learn things the hard way.
Prepare for a wave of press reports about
the 'imminent threat' posed by mullahs in Tehran.
Perhaps that they paid Osama Bin Ladin to hit
the twin towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11th,
2001. Or, that good old standby, democracy. I
can already hear it: "We are bringing democracy
to the oppressed Iranians."
(Can't you already hear it?)
And once again, American imperial mania will
have driven people into desperate straits, into
the treacherous embrace of war.
Prepare for it. For it is coming as surely
as the dawn.
The Empire needs to feed -- on blood.
Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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