Today is the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attack on 9/11. And the United States is still bogged down in a tragic war against a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the attack. Still, yesterday, before a blue-ribbon congressional committee, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, said they need more time in Iraq. Is this much different than the old Bush mantra “stay the course”?
But did you notice how many times in their testimony the two witnesses emphasized the threat from Iran both in Iraq and in the wider region? They fear if the U.S. pulls out too quickly Iran will move in to fill a “power vacuum” in Iraq. Coincidentally, in the last few days the blogosphere has been buzzing with rumours about an imminent American attack on Iran.
Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Centre, says the Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive air strikes against 1.200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days. Last week President Bush himself intensified the rhetoric by accusing Teheran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.” (Isn’t that eerily reminiscent of the bluster just before “the shock and awe” attack on Iraq). Bush also warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too late.” Washington already believes Iran is fighting a proxy war with the Americans in Iraq.
It is said the State Department wants to intensify diplomatic talks with Iran. But the hard liners around Cheney favour a massive military strike.
Can you believe that the Bush administration, still bogged down in a protracted war against Iraq, would unilaterally begin another war against Iran?
And on the sixth anniversary of 9/11 do you agree with 81 per cent of Americans that it was the most significant historical event in our life time? That this terrorist attack, spectacular though it was, takes precedence over the Second World War, the Vietnam War and even the first Gulf War, boggles the old mind.
What do you think?