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MI6 Iran Disinfo: The Prelude to War?

Posted by Sasuntsi Anarchist on February 22, 2007

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INDYMEDIA reportsCampaign Iran has pointed out that the current media spin about Iran, some of which appears to originate from MI6, bears more than a passing resemblance to the WMD hype that preceded the ongoing slaughter of 650,000+ Iraqis. So are we on the verge of a massive escalation of the criminal US-UK imperial war???

There have been many warnings [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ] about the possible use of US or Israeli nuclear weapons against Iran. Furthermore, Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research has warned that this is just one part of the US “military roadmap” for the Middle East [ text | video | audio ], while Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed wrote last summer that the war had already started.

Needless to say, a war on Iran would be illegal, and would only add to the long list of war crimes that Bush, Blair and their conspirators are guilty of. But then, what would legality matter if we became a planet of the nuclear dead?

Read: Selected Articles on the Proposed US-Israeli Nuclear War on Iran | Articles on the looming war with Iran | Middle East: Cradle or Graveyard of Empire? | Indybay feature: The US gears up for war with Iran

 

      Daily Telegrams
On 24 April, 2006, John Pilger wrote in the New Statesman: “We now know that the BBC and other British media were used by MI6, the secret intelligence service. In what was called ‘Operation Mass Appeal‘, MI6 agents planted stories about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction – such as weapons hidden in his palaces and in secret underground bunkers. All these stories were fake.”
In an almost exact repeat of those events in 2002 and 2003, the British mainstream media are now reflexively boosting the US claim that Iran presents a threat to the West. Even as the staggering catastrophe in Iraq continues to be played out, the BBC and other media are yet again preparing the public mind for more war. If the public can be convinced that this latest ‘threat’ is real, then politicians can again unleash their bombers with impunity (see these examples: BBC’s support for US war propaganda on Iran | Is The Independent for or against a military attack on Iran?)

A report, put together by Campaign Iran and published at the end of 2006, revealed that Daily Telegraph’s political editor Con Coughlin, the man who ‘broke the story’ of Iraq’s 45 minute WMD capacity, was behind 16 articles containing unsubstantiated allegations against Iran over the past 12 months. The Press Complaints Commission has launched its third investigation into Coughlin in as many months after a number of high level complaints about his latest article on Iran. The investigation is looking at an article by Coughlin on 24 January relying on an unnamed “European defence official” alleging that North Korea is helping Iran prepare a nuclear weapons test.

Back in 2000, the British Journalism Review remarked that “officers of MI6… had been supplying Coughlin with material for years.” It is known that the MI6 has a shadowy programme called “I/Ops” (Information Operations), whose activities within Fleet Street have never before been so clearly exposed.

What is it really about?

Well, it’s clearly not about Iran’s nuclear plants that the US had sold to Iran in the first place. Nor is it about the alleged nuclear weapons development any more than the war against Iraq was about Iraq’s never-found WMD. No substantive evidence has ever been found by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suggesting that Iran has a covert nuclear weapons programme (see here for more details).
In December 2006, William Clark published a long article analysing the real reasons for a possible attack on Iran. Under the title “Hysteria Over Iran and a New Cold War with Russia: Peak Oil, Petrocurrencies and the Emerging Multi-Polar World”, it touched on some issues that are not often publicly considered as key motivations for the imperial war, namely the Iranian Oil Bourse and the threat to the petrodollar.

Until Saddam Hussein made his decision in the autumn of 2000 to switch to a petroeuro arrangement, efforts by the US and UK to maintain the global petrodollar system were very successful, due in large part to the “special relationship” between Washington and the Saudi monarchy. […] Following operation “Iraqi Freedom”, the other Persian Gulf oil exporter threatening to undermine US supremacy is Iran.I propose that, despite the ongoing subterfuge, the US and the UK establishment are far more concerned about Iran’s upcoming Internet-based oil exchange, or “oil bourse”, which over time could undermine the global supremacy of the petrodollar.

This assertion is based on the fact that Washington is quietly but actively engaged in economic warfare against Tehran. The goal is to undermine the proposed oil bourse via “smart sanctions.” Should this strategy fail, it appears that a military option is under serious consideration by the Bush administration.
 

     Criticisms of Campaign Iran
Campaign Iran was created in October, 2006, when Action Iran, Iran Solidarity and the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII UK) merged to form a single organisation. Some on the left, like Yassamine Mather, have been critical of Campaign Iran and its tactics of lobbying Downing Street.
“For Iranian socialists inside and outside the country,” Mather wrote, “neither the three components nor the new merged organisation address the essential issues concerning the plight of the Iranian people at a time when the threat of some form of imperialist intervention must be taken seriously. The accusation of appeasing a reactionary regime is echoed by many left activists in Iran.”

Yassamine Mather and others have set up another campaign called Hands Off the People of Iran.

Stop the War Before It Starts

The ‘godfather’ of Neocons, Zbigniew Brzezinski, recently warned that the war could be started with “some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran”. This is very similar to the ‘plan’ that Michel Chossudovsky wrote about back in August 2006: “Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have instructed USSTRATCOM to draw up a contingency plan,” which “used the pretext of a ‘second 9/11’, which has not yet happened, to prepare for a major military operation against Iran.”
Yet, as John Pilger wrote, “privileged journalists, scholars and artists, writers and thespians, who sometimes speak about ‘freedom of speech’, are as silent as a dark West End theatre. What are they waiting for? The declaration of another thousand year Reich, or a mushroom cloud in the Middle East, or both?”

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7 Responses to “MI6 Iran Disinfo: The Prelude to War?”

  1. nazarian said

    The minor problems in Iraq non-withstanding, Iran will probably be dealt with soon. We cannot let all those resources to be wasted by the mollahs.

  2. Nazarian, I hope you’re joking. Right?

    The way that I see it, is that it will either be a pre-emptive strike by proxy (not Israel!) or a war by proxy (most probably through Saudi Arabia). I cannot see how US could afford to involve itself directly: it’s forces are way overstretched, the UK will not join it in its next military adventur, the Iranian terrain is a lot different from that of Iraqi planes and deserts and the popular resitance by Iranians would be much more fierce, not to mention the effect it would have on US economy. A direct involvement could mean a type of defeat that would drastically alter the nature and extent of America’s future involvemnt in world politics.

    But whatever US tries to do, it mounts extra pressure on all surrounding countries to maintain fascist parties like HHK and Turkey’s “Justice & Development Party” and their values firmly entrenched.

  3. It is possible that proxy will be Iraqi papet government. They go war with Iran to stop Iranian intervention in “Country building”.
    That would be another example of Bushism (Թփուտիզմ)?

  4. kronstadt said

    Yea, war by proxi through Iraq, that’s a possibility too (especially considering the remaining hostilities since the previous 9-year US-funded war by Saddam). But, even though US spends more on training and arming the Iraqi military, this army remains corrupt and innefficient. Plus they’ve got their own civil war to deal with.
    In either case, all these moves by the imperialists are heating the atmosphere in Caucasus.

  5. nazarian said

    I am joking. But a little.

    The industrialized countries have to make sure they control the resources available. Perhaps the most important resource is oil as of now. An empire is a full fledged empire when it controls all the resources in its reach. Right now there are very few resources out of US reach. Iraq has been an easy nut to crack and their oil is now ours. Iran is going to be a little harder since their butts haven’t been kicked by sanctions.

    As for the troops being overstretched, it’s a myth. Yeah, there are some casualties but it’s not a deal breaker. A couple thousand troops killed is is probably acceptable for the empire. A very tiny segment of the American society is affected negatively while a large portion benefit from it.

    The main target for the US has always been, and is, Russia. But the golden opportunity of kicking the Russian butt has slipped away. High energy prices, while making the American elite rich, has brought increased cash flows to the Russians as well.

  6. Observer said

    My minimalist view of the state is this: 1. the state is the greatest (unchallenged) power in a given territory 2. it is there to protect only one form of property and method of economic production. The rest (values like democracy, freedom of speech, security for citizens, etc) is cosmetics…

    What US has been doing and is trying to continue doing, is acting as the Global Government – i.e. unchallenged/greatest power. And we have to recognize that it is THE GREATEST POWER on earth at the moment.
    The hype around Iran is not just about WMD, security, democracy, economic resources (oil, gas, etc.). If US attacks Iran and gets away with it – it will prove finally and unconditionally, that it is the Global Government. If however Russia, EU, China, (UN?) are able to oppose it – we will need to wait much longer and for a much more different type of Global Government. The bottom line is – we are living in the most interesting time in Human Civilization, when the first time ever the social-economic conditions have created the demand/necessity for a Global Government.

    Who will be that global government, how will its structure operate, will it be democratic or anarchistic (more probable) – is an issue yet to be seen.

    History teaches us, that when the times for the change of paradigm comes, many will suffer, and justice will not always be observed… but we, Armenians – the tiny little nation – can do nothing about it – just observe, and try to keep out of the way of the giants.

  7. Observer said

    …and it really doesn’t matter how US attacks Iran, via proxies or directly… everybody knows very well that the wars in Afganiastan, Iraq and possible Iran are about global hegemoney, so don’t waste time on discussing proxies… 😉

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