Along for the Ride
Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:33 AM
The best place to keep up-to-date about the ongoing Tel Aviv-Washington-EU project to destabilize and wreck Iran is «RaceforIran.com». Of course, most of us don't have the time or inclination to get involved in that subject, because we have other more pressing, personal concerns. That's a major reason the powers-that-be can get away with what they have been doing. They do much of it in the background and under the radar, so to speak, because few pay attention.
Recently, there was a posting (October 18th) entitled "Iran as a Threshold Nuclear State". It is informative, as usual, and highlights an article by an ex-British diplomat named Peter Jenkins. I like his comments, but I like the comments of one of the readers, Steven Hack, even better. It is reproduced below. He is a computer geek, operating out of San Francisco, whom I do not know. He makes some very important, depressing points.
The major thrust is: Middle East experts like Flynt Leverett of "The Race For Iran" and diplomats like Peter Jenkins and scholarly professors of international affairs--as well as non-expert commentators like me--can write about such warmongering activities and expose what is happening all they want. It hardly matters, if at all. Under the present circumstances, there is nothing that anyone can do about it. We are along for the ride.
My emphasis in red.
Richard Steven Hack says:
A concise and well-expressed article. Unfortunately, nothing we didn’t already know.
Which means it changes nothing. The US and Israel are hardly going to be persuaded by these concepts and no one else has any significant influence on those two countries’ governments.
More importantly, it continues the false notion that the Iranian nuclear issue is in fact an issue of any real significance. For the reasons stated that Iran is unlikely to ever actually deploy nuclear weapons or benefit greatly from a breakout capability, it makes it clear once again that there is no more legitimacy to the Iran “crisis” than there was to the Iraqi “WMD crisis”.
The problem is how to expose the real agenda of the United States and Israel. This, too, is almost a dead issue, like the two state solution, and for the same reason: the facts on the ground have destroyed any ability to turn back the clock.
First. the bulk of the US and Israeli population have been brainwashed into believing Iran is a threat just like they were brainwashed – and still believe according to most polls – that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and was connected to Al Qaeda and 9/11.
Second, regardless of what the civilian population of the US believes, it has absolutely no control over what its government actually does. An election every couple of years which removes a handful of Congressional members and replaces them with new ones totally subservient to the same campaign contributors provides no means to actually enforce “democratic control” of the state.
Third, even if it did have such control, the US electorate is so unconcerned about the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, due to the current economic conditions, that US threats to start another war in Iran – and perhaps even Pakistan – seem to be completely off their radar. I can assure you that the average American really has NO accurate idea what is going on in terms of Iran. Given the total control of the mainstream media by the Israel Lobby and the military-industrial complex, there is absolutely no way the US electorate is going to be persuaded to take the kind of massive action it would require to force the US government to not pursue the course it is pursuing.
It’s nice to be correct, but if that doesn’t change your position vis-a-vis your enemies, one should look at other options.