Walking Ghosts: Obama Steps up Nuclear Threat

October 15, 2010

“The walking ghost phase of radiation poisoning is a period of apparent health, lasting for hours or days, following an acute dose of radiation. As its name would suggest, the walking ghost phase is followed by certain death.”

Webster’s Online Dictionary

When the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union back in 1991, it was supposed to signify that the threat of nuclear holocaust was over. No longer would the world suffer under the consciousness that nuclear extermination might occur at any moment. Little did we suspect that, like the walking ghost phase of radiation poisoning, the illusion of safety was but a temporary reprieve; that the use of nuclear weapons would again become not only a renewed possibility, but even quite likely. Recent noises emanating from The White House regarding the issue of Iran’s continued uranium enrichment, in which the Obama administration has refused to rule out the option of a preventive nuclear strike against Iran, have brought the threat of nuclear warfare closer to home than at any other time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Perhaps the end of the Cold War was really nothing other than the walking ghost phase of the nuclear threat, a temporary respite before impending death.

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John Bolton Excited by Prospect of Nuking Iran

October 16, 2009
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Neo-con lunatic John Bolton urges Israel to launch preventive nuclear strike

“John Bolton is the kind of man whom I would want to stand at Armageddon, or what the Bible describes as the final battle between good and evil”

    – Former US Senator and arch-conservative crackpot, Jesse Helms

Good old John R. Bolton. Everybodys’ favourite bushy-lipped neo-con psychopath has just gone on the record to state that the only way to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons is for Israel to go ahead and nuke the shit out of them. The way he see’s it, containing a nuclear armed Iran is simply out of the question, so Israel better hurry up and do it now, before those demented Persians get their hands on an A-bomb and hit the button first. Y’see, in the deformed thought processes that pass for sound reason in the fevered, bloodthirsty neo-con nerd fantasies of a man like John Bolton, all roads lead to nuclear mayhem. Talk like this would’ve had even Dr. Strangelove peddling his wheelchair furiously towards the fire exit. Does Bolton have a hard-on for the A-bomb or what? What is it JR?  Is the thought of unleashing the destructive power of all those big, hard, 10 metre tall nuclear cocks getting you all hot and bothered?

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Iran: So Are They Gonna Get The Bomb?

September 16, 2009

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On October 1, Iranian negotiators are set to meet with representatives from six nations (the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) to address concerns over Iran’s uranium enrichment program. This comes to a backdrop of Iran already stating their refusal to suspend any such program – which it stresses is strictly for civilian energy purposes – while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbies the international community for stricter sanctions against the Persian nation. As far as the US and Israel are concerned, there is no question that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, although rather pointedly, they have yet to present any evidence that this is the case.  Amid the atmosphere of mutual distrust and recrimination, it appears  likely that the opposing parties will leave the conference in much the same stance that they went in: deadlocked over the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment and firmly convinced that there is no common point of consensus. All too predictably, the ominous possibility of military conflict – with all the dire consequences for the world that this might entail – looms in the background. But the means for a diplomatic resolution are readily at hand – if pursued seriously. As the six nations approach negotiations with Iran, the wider issues contributing to a new and ever more dangerous era of nuclear proliferation for the world are going unaddressed.

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Despot of the Week #3 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

August 12, 2009


In this edition of the Despot of the Week, The Grand Inquisitor examines one of the favourite foreign policy tactics of powerful Western democratic states: conspiring to establish vicious dictatorships in third world nations for fun and profit. The Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was on the point of being ousted by Mohammed Moseddeq’s emerging parliamentarian government, before the CIA, in collusion with British Intelligence, acted to incite a military coup, restoring Pahlavi to power. Once he was back in the driving seat, Pahlavi established the sinister SAVAK agency of secret police as his instrument of control, terrorising the Iranian population with brutal methods of repression for the next quarter of a century. The lion’s share of Iran’s rich oil reserves were divided among British and US corporations, while Pahlavi propped up his regime with a steady flow of Western support, effectively becoming a puppet ruler for his imperial masters.

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Iran: Latest Developments

July 15, 2009

Iran Developments

Twists and turns in the fallout from Iran’s disputed election just keep coming thick and fast at the moment. Combined with the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and the continued frostiness of US – Iran relations, there’s no more newsworthy nation on the planet right now. For better or for worse, Iran is a state that will have its voice heard in international affairs. The news summary in brief:

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Desert Storm Detritus: Revisiting the 2nd Gulf War

July 10, 2009

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Six years on from the launch of the Coalition invasion of Iraq – a brutal war of attrition that has left at least half a million dead and rendered much of the nation a smoking ruin – it’s all too easy to forget about the last time the US locked horns in the Persian Gulf. But the Second Gulf war – ostensibly fought to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation – prepared the ground for the next two decades worth of US led military intervention in world affairs. It taught us valuable lessons about manufacturing a case for war – largely ignored by the US public; and the blueprint for a successful military strategy in Iraq – largely forgotten by US war planners. It left behind an unresolved crisis situation that, one way or another, led directly to Iraq’s present state of disastrous civil war. Let’s rewind back to the year 1990, a time when George Bush I was the most powerful man in the world, and Saddam Hussein was considered a trusted lieutenant of the White House administration.

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Compelling Developments in Iran’s Election Protests

July 7, 2009


Just as the street protests in Iran begin to die down in the face of ruthless suppression by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a new and potentially significant step in the disputed election saga is underway. Representatives of the Assembly of Seminary  Scholars – a pro reform clerical group based in the city of Qom – have openly defied the authority of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Iran’s supreme leader – and declared the election results illegitimate. Coming as it does just days after Iran’s Guardian Council – the legislative body of Iran’s government – officially certified the election in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favour, the announcement represents an unprecedented challenge to the Iranian government’s authority from the nation’s influential clerical class.

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Iran: Was the Election Stolen?

July 2, 2009

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Yesterday, the Iranian government stepped up its crackdown of popular protest over the allegedly fraudulent June 12 elections. Pro reform newspaper “Yas No” – originally banned six years ago – was suddenly relaunched and appeared on news-stands in Tehran, only to be immediately shut down by authorities. This follows on from the temporary closure of universities, the arrests of over 1,000 dissidents, and at least 20 people confirmed dead during the Iranian government’s ruthless repression of the election protests over the last 20 days. But was the election actually stolen?

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