Don't Expect the Democrats to Stop an Attack on Iran!
July 15, 2008 - 7:47am ET
It’s very early in the morning and I’m here writing about the possibility of my country attacking another nation in the Middle East for no real reason except to put some capitalistic fears to rest. The major reason that the United States desires to attack Iran isn’t because they believe that they will build an atomic weapon, it is the fear that Iran will switch from the dollar and embrace the Euro which will send our currency into free fall and bring about a possible recession or depression in this country as our dollar becomes worthless.
Make no mistake about why wars are fought. The central reason is almost always about resources, markets or threats to an economy. The rhetoric that precedes a war is usually never about the real reasons a nation desires to attack another. The reasons for war are veiled in talk about freedom or principles, but warring nations usually have neither. This nation, built on a system of values called capitalism or a market economy is always ready to use its armed forces as a means to force their economic needs on other nations.
The simple truth is that other nations usually allow the United States to succeed in their aim of basically influencing the world economy in their favor. The one exception to the rule if the last 50 years has come from our neighbors to the south, Latin America, the victim of American economic and military aggression has finally refused to be intimidated. Nations in Latin America are embracing aspects of socialism in their quest to raise their people’s living standards and to throw of the yoke of American Imperialism and Western Hemisphere hedgeonomy.
The first nation in Latin America to rebuke the US, Cuba, has managed to continue its Marxist doctrine despite American attempts to isolate the nation from the rest of the world. Venezuela is another country that has battled back from an aborted coup staged by the United States in 2002 and has managed to raise the standard of living of their people and institute industrial and agrarian reforms. Brazil has become the nominal head of the South American organization that is in the process of replacing the US led OAS called MERCOSUR. This organization does not accept free trade agreements (FTA’s) with the United States. Brazil as well as Venezuela are both modernizing their militaries to protect themselves from American domination. This has caused the US to revive its 4th Fleet in the wake of military modernization by Latin America. The prospect of US “gunboat diplomacy” is rearing its ugly head in the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, while nations scramble for strategic advantages over one another, especially to protect themselves from the world’s premier superpower, the American people are focused on its government’s moves towards Iran. Many American citizens are counting on the supposed “opposition” party of the Democrats to stop the right-wing Republicans from engaging in an unprovoked attack on Iranian nuclear reactors, filled with nuclear fuel. Their confidence in expecting that the Democrats in Congress will halt an attack by the Bush Administration is totally unwarranted. The Democrats have yet to stand up to Bush on anything.
Americans are realizing that the policy and substance of American foreign policy is doing great damage as far as other countries view of the American agenda. There are many Americans that would like to put an end to the cowboy diplomacy of the Bush administration but they are powerless to stop it as long as the Democrats and the Republicans are colluding with this administration in Congress. Americans are still placated by Democratic promises to return to a more benign foreign policy, and this hope is one of the fundamental causes of why the American people are not out en masse in the streets protesting the policies of the Neo-Cons.
The answer to avoiding more bloodshed and horror as missiles tear into Iranian nuclear reactors filled with nuclear fuel and contaminating large areas of Iran while getting into the atmosphere and doing environmental damage to the entire planet is up to the American people. Citizens of America can no longer accept the premise that the Democrats or any other political party will stop the future carnage in the Middle East. The time for protests and demonstrations replete with examples of civil disobedience on the scale of the protests of the early 1970’s is called for. We should understand that the professional, corporate-led politicians in Congress will do nothing to stop an attack on Iran. That’s just the way it is.
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