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Forcing Armageddon


While the world’s people want peace, world leaders have created a situation of persistent
violence. The horrible, deranged act of a Chinese man against Minnesotan Todd Bachman
and his wife in Beijing’s Drum Tower pales in comparison to the scale of violence
that is now taking place in South Ossetia, a region caught in the crosshairs of
a power struggle between U.S.-backed Georgia and Russia that is important to maintaining
supplies of oil.

Now there is evidence that the United States Government is hell-bent on precipitating
a crisis with Iran. Granted, the information that comes to me from the Internet
may not be totally reliable, but there is enough evidence from many different sources
to suggest that armed conflict is not a “last resort”, as is often claimed, but
an active, urgent imperative for powerful persons and groups in the Bush administration,
notably Vice President Cheney.

Consider this: “Seymour Hersh says Bush administration officials held a meeting
recently in the Vice President's office to discuss ways to provoke a war with
Iran, Think Progress reports. During the meeting, an idea was considered to dress
up Navy Seals as Iranians, put them on fake Iranian speedboats, and shoot at them
... This idea, intended to provoke an Iran war, was ultimately rejected ‘because
you can't have Americans killing Americans,’ Hersh says.”

Now comes another report from the blog of Timothy Alexander, the Earl of Stirling,
regarding an American “armada” that had recently conducted war games in the north
Atlantic and was heading to the Persian Gulf to impose a naval blockage. This report,
if accurate, is highly alarming. (Alexander’s blog can be found at

The blogger, who holds the title of Lord High Admiral of Nova Scotia, names
many of the ships in this multinational armada. He writes: “The build up of naval
forces in the Gulf will be one of the largest multi-national naval armadas since
the First and Second Gulf Wars. The
intent is to create a US/EU naval blockade (which
is an Act of War under international law) around Iran (with supporting air and land
elements) to prevent the shipment of benzene and certain other refined oil products
headed to Iranian ports. Iran has limited domestic oil refining capacity and imports
40% of its benzene. Cutting off benzene and other key products would cripple the
Iranian economy. The neo-cons are counting on such a blockade launching a war with

Iran, apparently, has an ace in the hole which it may well use, if attacked. According
to the earl of Stirling’s report: “The two-ton elephant in the living room of the
neo-con strategy is the advanced biowar (ABW) that Iran, and to a lessor extent
Syria, has. This places the motherlands of the major neo-con nations (America, France,
the United Kingdom), as well as Israel, in grave danger. When the Soviet Union fell
the Iranians hired as many out-of-work former Soviet advanced biowar experts as
possible. In the last 15 or so years they have helped to develop a truly world class
ABW program utilizing recombination DNA genetic engineering technology to create
a large number of man made killer viruses. This form of weapon system does not require
high tech military delivery systems. The viruses are sub-microscopic and once seeded
in a population use the population itself as vectors. Seeding can be done without
notice in shopping malls, churches, and other public places. The only real defense to an advanced global strategic biowar attack is to lock down the population as rapidly as possible and let those infected die off.”

I use the term, “Armageddon”, metaphorically to suggest what may be emerging at
this time - a Middle Eastern hell hole of mass extermination created by those in
the U.S. government and elsewhere who think that frequent use of military can improve
our national security. Some Christian fundamentalists, perhaps including President
Bush, may perceive the situation literally. (In the book of Revelation, heathen
armies surround and attack the Jewish people as a prelude to Christ’s triumphant
return.) When I see photographs of President Bush surrounded by clergy looking
out over the sea of Galilee, I shudder to think what grandiose thoughts must be
running through the President’s head.

Jewish fundamentalists, as last night’s CNN “God’s Jewish warriors” program pointed
out, are also a factor in the Middle Eastern conflict. They are among those political
elements pushing the United States into war. The so-called “neo-cons”, who got
us into war with Iraq, clearly belong to this group. Their cause has little to
do with America’s true security interests and much to do with the naked, ruthless
power which the “Israeli lobby” exercises in U.S. domestic politics. That’s just
how it is. If there was ever a need for strict interpretation of the “separation
between church and state”, it would be in a situation like this. The state of Israel
is a quasi-religious experiment.

In any event, we seem to be headed toward a wreck of colossal proportions. The
question is what average U.S. citizens, such as you and I, can do about it. We
can urge our members of Congress to impeach Bush and Cheney. While I have had some
sympathy for the attitude of the Democratic leadership in Congress that we should
wait it out until a new President is elected, now it appears that the Bush administration
is poised to do major, irreparable damage before it leaves office; and John McCain,
who supports the President’s war policies, has become a strong contender in the
race with Barack Obama. But it is virtually impossible that the Administration
leadership could be taken out by such means. So what do we do? I’ve run out of
good ideas.

As a candidate for Congress in the 5th district of Minnesota representing the Independence
Party, I prefer to focus on economic questions. The United States is sinking economically
while it struts its military stuff on the world stage. Far from enjoying “exceptional”
status as a world power, we are fast following the example of other military empires
that have bit the dust. It’s sad to see what our great nation has become under its
present misguided leadership in eight short years.

William McGaughey
Harrison, Minneapolis

Posted on Minnesota e-democracy forum August 10, 2008


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