[Marxism] Re: Bush Will Nuke Iran
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sun Oct 1 16:44:48 MDT 2006
Mark Lause writes:
> While we can't rule anything out, I guess, this frankly sounds like
> a silly bit of hysterical vilification.
Fred Feldman writes:
> Thus all signs point to an attack and to be credible about
> achieving its purpose -- the destruction of Iran's nuclear
> "potential" -- I think they have to use "tactical" -- but probably
> very "dirty" -- nuclear weapons.
> We really have no way of knowing whether the US is entertaining war
> with Iran as a serious possibility at this stage or whether it is
> using the threat to apply pressure on the Europeans and Chinese so
> they can in turn pressure the Iranians to submit to controls on
> their nuclear program. Probably both, in the same way that unions
> contemplating strike action don't typically know until the last
> moment whether they will need to exercise the option and whether
> they have the support and power to impose their will on the other
> side. Such situations are fluid and unpredictable.
> If the US decides it can't "contain" Iran and opts for a war which
> would be deeply unpopular at home and around the world, I agree
> it's unlikely they would then shrink from employing nuclear weapons
> to get at the underground installations and force a quick
It is clear that Bush is in deep political trouble and that despite
the desire to set Iran back the way Serbia was by Clinton and Iraq
and Lebanon by Bush, similar action against Iran would politically
damage both the Bush administration and the Republican Party. My own
view is that there will be no action before the election. Bush will
try to time military action when it may help the Bush administration
or at reduce the damage to it.
My own view is that direct nuclear weapons will not be used, although
Fred's observation that "dirty" weapons will be used is may well be
However, the bombing will not be limited to Iran's nuclear potential.
What the U.S. government wants to do is reduce the social and
economic power. In fact, this may be the real goal. The public
criticism of Iran's nuclear actions may be a cover for a general attack.
The bombing would go well beyond nuclear sites. It may be part of the
initial attack, or an answer to Iran's response to the U.S. attack,
or a mixture of both, i.e., beyond bombing nuclear sites in order to
draw Iran into a greater response. What the U.S. will do is attack
electric sites, water dams, railroad connections, airports, ocean
ports. In other words, it will reduce the economic power of Iran as
much as possible.
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