Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?
The Four Horsemen, coming to a neighbourhood near you soon…
I was going to post a nice science post about Fritz Zwicky and dark matter, but alas, once again I read the headlines. Maybe later Fritz. The US has announced that the Iranian government, at the “highest levels” has been providing sophisticated IEDs to the insurgents in Iraq. The proof? Um, they’ll get back to us on that, apparently the president’s dog ate it. The mind reels. Coming ten days before the UN deadline for Iran to suspend its entirely legal uranium enrichment program, I can’t help but think this is a declared intent to attack Iran in all but name.
The same way that Bush went to great lengths to mention Saddam and 911 in the same breath ad nauseam before the invasion of Iraq, his administration is now doing the exact same thing with Iran. Every time they mention our failed occupation in Iraq, Iran gets mentioned. And thus millions of Americans come to believe that it’s Iran’s fault that the “mission” in Iraq is failing. No, it’s the fault of the people in Washington who have been pretending for years that a few hundred thousand troops could do a job that required at least a half a million troops. The unwavering ability of pro war politicians to find someone else to blame when things don’t go their way has been a hallmark of American politics for decades. At least people like Nixon and Clinton knew it was BS, the current administration appears to actually believe its own propaganda.
It’s especially galling that this is happening now, at the very same time that the lies and cooked intelligence used to “justify” the illegal conquest of Iraq are being exposed. And just in case anyone takes umbrage of my characterization of the invasion of Iraq as illegal, let me explain. Iraq did not attack the United States, the United States unilaterally invaded and occupied the sovereign nation of Iraq. The invasion of Iraq was a war crime and it was no more legal than Hitler’s invasion of Poland. No piece of paper arm twisted or manipulated from the UN or Congress, no foreign coalition mercenaries, no quisling Iraqis changes this fact. The United States attacked Iraq, not vice versa.
And tragically, it appears like the proverbial one-trick pony, Bush is going to to the exact same thing again. Except of course this is far stupider than the invasion of Iraq, and may very well result in a world war or a world wide depression or both. When the US invaded Iraq, I said mark my words: In ten or fifteen years the end result of the invasion of Iraq will be UN armies marching into the ruins of Washington to arrest Bush and company as war criminals. Attacking Iran is another milepost on this road to ruin. Thinking and acting like you are invincible is the surest way to find out you aren’t.
End rant. God help us all.
(The above image of the apocalypse pre-dates 1923 and is public domain under US copyright law.)