World War III should remain a work of fiction
Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Updated: Monday, October 24, 2011 13:10
The Nobel Peace Prize should fool no one. President Barack Obama is not an antiwar president.
Accomplishing what neoconservatives in the previous administration only dreamed of, Obama continues to expand neocolonial aggression abroad, toppling third-world despots and imposing so-called democratic revolutions.
Now the drums of war beat louder with recent allegations of terrorism aimed at Iran.
Obama's Department of Justice is claiming an Iranian-American used-car salesman plotted to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to carry out a mafia-style hit on the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Washington. The man is also accused of conspiring along with a member of the Quds Force, a secretive Iranian special forces unit, to plan the assassination along with attacks on Israeli and Saudi embassies.
Not coincidentally, these fresh accusations of Iranian-sponsored terror came within hours of Attorney General Eric Holder receiving a Congressional subpoena concerning Operation Fast and Furious, a scandal that is starting to look like the Iran-Contra affair.
Although the foiled terror plot admittedly sounds like a "B" movie and doesn't fit Iran's modus operandi, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called it an "act of war" and said troops should be on standby. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) warned that the U.S. and Iran are on a "collision course."
This kind of rhetoric is the same squawk heard during the run-up to the war with Iraq, a country that turned out to pose no existential threat to the American homeland. A reliance on possibly fabricated intelligence still remains a terrible reason to incite a conflict that could ignite a brutal regional war, certainly one involving Iran, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia and others.
War with Iran could also grow divisions between its trade partners like China, Russia and India, and the West. It is not unreasonable to imagine a global conflict if Iran is invaded by a foreign military.
Earlier this month, Russia and China showed solidarity in opposition to the U.N. by vetoing a Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria. Considering the prospective return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency and his calls for a Eurasian Union, Cold War-era tensions appear to be resurfacing. Another war between superpowers is clearly not the path toward peace.
However, the West's occupation of Africa and the Middle East shows no sign of easing, and Iran has long been considered an obstacle in the path towards a new order in the world. A permanent U.S. and NATO military presence in the region is quickly becoming a reality.
Libya and Egypt are now left in turmoil; their uncertain futures may require further intervention. Yemen and Somalia are targets of unmanned drone operations by United States Africa Command.
Obama even announced last week he is sending about 100 special forces troops to Central Africa to combat the Lord's Resistance Army, a militant group that is active in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo, according to the Los Angeles Times.
And of course, the occupation of Afghanistan remains without limits and is leeching into Pakistan. The situation is reminiscent of the spread of conflict into Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
According to Fox News, "U.S. forces are reportedly now ‘massing' on the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan in anticipation of a drone attack against the Haqqani network."
This prolonged warfare at the expense of American blood and treasure, especially while our fragile economy teeters on the precipice of collapse, is unpardonable when waged on behalf of multinational corporations. It is the big banks, big oil and big defense contractors who benefit most from Western imperial progression. The overriding strategy to secure valued resources from emerging powers is obvious, but not necessarily in the interest of the American public.
If Obama administration officials are really itching to duke it out with the Russians in the streets of Tehran any time soon, maybe they should just pick up a copy of the video game launching Tuesday, Battlefield 3.
Let's try to keep World War III reserved for works of fiction.