Thursday, May 10, 2018

So, Let's Get this Straight.

Trump, despite the advice and warnings of America's security/intelligence agencies and his country's major allies, gives in to Netanyahu's propaganda campaign against Iran, and walks away from the Iran nuclear weapons deal.

Iran, therefore, in an act of crushing military stupidity, fires a missile barrage at Israeli targets in the occupied Golan Heights. So lethal is the Iranian barrage that no one is even hit.

Israel immediately retaliates, bombing the shit out of Iranian military installations in Syria.

This couldn't possibly be a set-up, could it? The timing of these events is pure coincidence, right?

Why does Reichstag Fire keep coming to mind? There's just that powerful stench of someone really spoiling to start a war.

Meanwhile, today's Guardian editorial contends that Trump is sowing the seeds of war on Iran. Foreign Policy columnist and Harvard prof, Dr. Stephen Walt, sees the same war clouds gathering.


rumleyfips said...

I think I just saw a CBC reporter, on the spot amidst the smoke, say that Syrian ground to air defenses downed most of the Israeli missiles. Coupled with the Hezbohla success in the Lebanese elections should terrify Bibi.

The Mound of Sound said...

It almost makes me yearn for the good old days of Cold War I when the Middle East was divided into two camps under the control and protection of their respective superpowers. Trump can't stomach the idea of a bi-polar ME. He wants the whole place dominated by Sunni Saudi Arabia. That means neutralizing Tehran and prying Iraq from Shiite control.

Once again it's white guys deciding how the ME should look. We've been doing that since Napoleon.

Anonymous said...

You're missing something there, Mound. You've got 1) Trump backs out of Iran deal, 2) Iran stupidly fires at Golan Heights.

In fact, the sequence was as follows: 1) Trump backs out of Iran deal, 2) Bibi takes advantage of American media preoccupation with Trump to launch an air attack on Iranian positions near Damascus and orders residents of the Golan Heights into shelters fearing retaliation, 3) Iran fires on the Golan Heights.

The Israeli attack was well covered in the Israeli press, but ignored in our own. This has the effect of making the Iranians appear irrational or "stupid" when in fact they're led by one of the Middle East's best strategists, Qassem Suleimani.


Anonymous said...

The lack of media coverage over here also makes Israel appear to be retaliating, when as the Haaretz article makes clear, it's the aggressor hiding behind unsubstantiated claims of an imminent attack.


rumleyfips said...

Erdogan just came out saying the US will lose from Trump's silliness. Combine this with the new Lebanese parliament, the balance is shifting away from Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Jay Farquharson said...


Jay Farquharson said...

Double yup.

The Mound of Sound said...

I can't help wondering if Netanyahu, with some rather serious corruption/bribery charges coming his way, doesn't need this war as a distraction. Netanyahu's dishonesty may not be on par with Trump's but he's a damned close second.Meanwhile it'll be a week of fitful sleep and wet dreams for Trump's evangelical base as they imagine Armageddon in their own lifetimes.

Anonymous said...

While public is led onto a garden path of Russia-Gate, the real underwriter of Trump has always been Bibi.

Trailblazer said...

Re; Trump can't stomach the idea of a bi-polar ME. He wants the whole place dominated by Sunni Saudi Arabia.

Trump is not that smart or devious.
It is more likely the work of Mike Pence.

A compliant Israeli centred,western, press does not help the matter.
When more accurate reporting comes from the Israeli press it makes me shudder to think of just how much censorship and bias we have.

Unfortunately not too many westerners read Haaretz , aljazeera ; their news input is limited to views that do not challenge the status quo.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for no censorship on truthdig;
"Will enough American people, including knowledgeable retired national security and military officials, stand up to stop this slide toward another conflagration...?"

Northern PoV said...

Reports of Iranian strikes against Israel are about as rock-solid as...
the reports of the recent "gas" attack in Douma.