by RON JACOBS
Rumors of war and echoes of 2003 are once again proliferating in the press. From left organs like CounterPunch to the Jerusalem Post and the New York Times, stories about Israeli intentions against Tehran and US/Europe plans for Syria continue to pepper newspaper pages.
I hope I’m wrong, but it might be prudent to begin mobilizing against a potential war in the Middle East again. The ongoing civil war in Syria (which Washington and other capitols are just itching to get into) and the upswing in threats against Iran from Tel Aviv makes this time crucial. Furthermore, the upcoming US election means that military action could be as close as November no matter who wins the White House.
In recent months there has been a flurry of bills, all of them designed to isolate Iran (and the current Syrian regime) in the name of regional security and democracy. When Washington addresses regional security in the Middle East, what is really meant is Israel’s security. When Washington says it wants democracy in the Middle East, it means that Washington wants easy access to the Middle East’s energy resources and its markets. Since the inception of Israel, Washington has been convinced that the best way to achieve this is by supporting Israel and its expansionist blueprint.
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