The truth about Iran… not to be found with President Bush.

This is a good article from Alternet on the truth about Iran.  Here is an excerpt:

“Iran is a threat to world peace.” Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.” So declared President Bush in his recent trip to the Middle East. Iran, he said, is seeking to “intimidate its neighbors with ballistic missiles and bellicose rhetoric.”

By now most of us are familiar with the President’s feelings and rhetoric concerning Iran. They have a familiar ring. They sound a lot like the buildup to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Recently the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative reporting institution, published a report: “Iraq: the War Card.” The report documented 935 false statements made by President Bush and seven top administration officials in the two years following September 11, 2001 concerning the national security threat posed by Iraq to the US

The top liar was the President. He made, according to the report, 232 false statements about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links with al-Qaeda.

In this light we should examine carefully any statement the President makes concerning Iranian threats to world peace.

A look at a map of the region helps put things in perspective. We see that Iran has 13 “next-door neighbors.” Seven share land borders with Iran while six countries lie directly across the Persian Gulf.

Of these 13 all but five (Oman, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) contain US military bases. Of these five, Oman and the US negotiated a 10-year agreement in 2000 which gives the US access to three Omani air fields.

The other four neighbors are all recipients of US aid. Pending congressional approval, this will include President Bush’s recent offer to Saudi Arabia of a $20 billion arms package.

Two of Iran’s neighbors, Afghanistan and Iraq, have recently been invaded and occupied by the US. Another neighbor, Pakistan, is a nuclear power and a US ally in the “Global War on Terror.” Another nuclear power and US ally, Israel, lies within striking distance of Iran.

In the Persian Gulf, according to the US Navy Times, the US is currently deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and two expeditionary strike groups.

A partial list of this force includes an aircraft carrier; two amphibious assault ships; three guided-missile frigates; four guided-missile cruisers; six-guided missile destroyers; two dock landing ships; two amphibious transport dock ships; and two fast-attack submarines (one deployed independently of any strike group).

In sum, Iran is nearly encircled by the air, land and naval forces of the world’s most powerful military.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.alternet.org/audits/75218/

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