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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
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RED LINE IRAN: How will the US sell a war with Iran now that Netanyahu has failed to portray Iran as a nuclear threat?Netanyahu's bomb chart has become an object of ridicule in the alternative media. Because of that, plus a memory of the lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, public perception that Iran is a direct military threat to the United States is on the wane. Iran historically is not in the habit of starting wars. Indeed they have not done so in over 200 years.
But while Israel may no longer be useful in selling a new war with Iran to the American people, the war is still desired by many inside the US Government and Wall Street. There is that little insult back in 1979 when the people of Iran kicked out the US-backed Shah, who had ruled Iran for US and British interests since the CIA overthrew Iran's elected government in 1953. Having Iran break free of covert US rule cannot be allowed to stand, lest it give other puppet states bad ideas.
Beyond that, of course, is the petro-dollar issue. At the end of WW2, the Bretton-Woods agreement made the dollar the international trade currency. This gave the United States a dictinct financial advantage in the world. Originally, the US promised to not over-print dollars and that all dollars were convertible to gold at $35 to one ounce of gold.
But the US went right on over-printing the dollars, and as a result, oil producing nations started to move away from the dollar into other currencies. In 2000, Iraq received UN approval to sell their oil for Euros rather than dollars. This was a hammer blow to the US because if Iraq was able to sell their oil for currencies other than the dollar, other nations would follow suit. And indeed many OPEC nations, inclidng Iran, started to plan to accept multiple currencies for their oil. Without a currency monopoly in the oil trade to bolster the dollar, it would collapse, since the US had no other way to support the dollar, with US manufactured exports already in decline.
It was at that point that war with Iraq was adopted as the best option by the US Government to force the oil-produing nations back onto the dollar system; not just Iraq but every upstart oil producer in the region that dared accept alternative currencies. A year later, 9-11 was staged to kick off a campaign to invade and conquer or covertly regime change every oil producing nation and force them back into only trading in the dollar.
It is not going well, of course. The US is already four years past the end of the original timeline revealed by Wesley Clark. Americans are bankrupted and war-weary, and the biggest prize of all, Iran, remains free to sell their oil for whatver they choose to accept for it. China is buying oil from Venezuela and re-selling it around the world, trading in the Yuan. The CIA aided by Mossad attempted a coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, but failed. In 2009, the CIA tried a coup in Iran, to restore the son of the Shah to the throne under the guise of a popular rebellion, but that too failed.
The US Government, having over-committed to the conquest and "dollerification" of the Arab oil states, cannot back off now without it being perceived as a defeat. Worse, having bankrupted the American people, the failure to complete the plan to force the oil-producing nations back onto the dollar will destroy the US economy as global demand for dollars evaporates.
The US Government must have war with Iran. But how to convince the American people?
Presenting Iran as a nuclear threat to the US has failed. The Amnerican people know they were told lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and hopes of the government propagandists to the contrary, Americans clearly remember how they were lied to and how their children died for those lies. Claiming that Iran is a threat to Israel has lost traction with the American people as well. Even American Jews are distancing themselves from Israel and its self-made troubles. Claiming that US intervention in Iran supports a popular revolt against a "tyrant" is also not going to work, because the world sees the similar lies used in Libya and Syria. Not enough time has passed since the 2009 failed attempt to pass off an overthrow as a popular uprising for that to work again in Iran.
That leaves the US Government with a major problem. Once the November elections are over, how will they sell yet another war against yet another oil-producing nation to the American people? They very well cannot ask for children to be blown to bloody bits to prop up the international value of the dollar. Even though that appears to be the major agenda, that is not something parents will allow their children to fight and die for.
So, once again, we come back to a false flag attack, like 9-11, something that makes Americans feel threatened enough to send their cxhildren off to war.
The most likely false-flag perpetrated by the US and Israel to be blamed on Iran has been "announced" in the sudden flurry of media stories and statements by people like Joseph Lieberman about how Iranian hackers are attacking the US financial system computers. (Senator Lieberman has also been pressuring Obama to sign an executive order to take over the internet.) Of course, the common sense approach still applies. Why would Iran, which wishes to avoid a war, do something that provocative.
But we know that the US and Israel are behind the cyber-weapons like STUXNET, DUQU, FLAME, etc., taht these cyber-weapons were directed against Iran, and that one variant specifically targeted banks in Lebanon and Iran. We also know that the US financial system is stretched to the breaking point, and we know that if the government of either Greece of Spain is driven from office by angry protests, credit default swaps sold by Wall Street against those debts come due, and there is no money to pay the claims. The Euro might even collapse, and that would trigger even more Credit Default Swaps. So the final option, one that strikes me as very likely, is that Israel will take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran. This also gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks over the last two weeks, to set the stage. And this would also explain why the US corporate media has paid scant attention to the riots in Spain and Greece so that Americans still dependent on ABCNNBBCBS will remain oblivious to the fact that the Euro is falling apart.
This scenario also explains the testing of means to interfere with DNS to silence websites that may offer opposing interpretations of events (this too will be blamed on Iran).
Such a cyber false-flag also gives the US Government the excuse to take total control of the internet so that those pesky truth-seeking bloggers don't give the slaves uppity ideas that this is just another war-starting hoax like the attack on the USS Liberty or 9-11.