Iran: A Manufactured Threat

America planing false flag pretense to attack Iran

Stephen Lendman
OpEd News

Iran attacked no other country in over 200 years. It threatens none now. It’s neighbors know it. So do Washington and Israel. 

Nonetheless, saber rattling warnings continue. At issue is making an independent state a client one. It’s why Washington orchestrated Syria’s insurgency and continues anti-Iranian propaganda.

Tehran won’t tolerate losing its sovereignty, nor should it. It suffered a generation of repression under Washington’s installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi after the CIA’s first ever coup ousted democratically elected Mohammad Mosaddegh.

It also knows how America and Israel reign terror throughout the region. As a result, it’s prepared to defend itself if attacked.

America’s business is war, permanent war for unchallenged global dominance. Post-9/11, multiple ones raged and continue. Ordinary people want them stopped.

On February 4, dozens of anti-war organizations held a “Day of Mass Action to Stop a US War on Iran.” Among others, The World Can’t Wait announced it headlining, “NO war! NO sanctions! No intervention! No Assassinations.”

A press release listed dozens of participating US cities, large and small. Other known countries involved included Canada, Britain, India, Ireland, Turkey, Norway, and Bangladesh.

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark participated. In 1992, he founded the International Action Center (IAC). Calling itself “anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist,” it’s committed against wars, racism, economic exploitation, and other forms of injustice.

Its web site urged worldwide participation in an “emergency” protest day of action.

Thousands across America alone participated. Follow-up actions are planned. People are fed up and want America’s war machine stopped. Vital resources are squandered while growing needs go unaddressed.

Major media scoundrels misreported about Saturday’s pro and anti-government protests in Moscow, but ignored anti-war ones in their own cities and across America.

In fact, they cheerlead Washington’s wars. For months, they regurgitated hostile Syrian/Iranian propaganda. Their drumbeat continues daily.

Their misinformation promotes war, mass killing, vast destruction, and human misery. Their reports exclude these and other key facts. Instead they feature agitprop and bald-faced lies about a nonbelligerent state, threatening on one, including America and Israel.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) on Anti-Iranian Propaganda

On February 2, FAIR’s Peter Hart headlined, “Iran: This is What Propaganda Looks Like,” saying:

Like crabgrass infests lawns, it’s “everywhere, thanks to a Senate appearance yesterday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.”

Yet his comments fell far short of justifying heightened anti-Iranian propaganda in response. “His main point was that Iran could launch attacks if it felt threatened.” He also cited falsified claims that should have been condemned, not repeated as alleged facts.

For example, he said:

“The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iran officials – probably including (Ayatollah) Ali Khamenei – have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime.”

At the time, CBS News called the report “dire,” saying “Iran would likely launch terrorist attacks on US soil as pressure mounts against the regime in Tehran.”

NBC’s Matt Lauer asked if an Israeli “preemptive nuclear strike” was justified in response.

Only the Wall Street Journal couldn’t stomach the ludicrous charge. Obama officials claimed it was “authorized at the highest levels in Tehran,” according to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace” analyst Karim Sadjadpour and many other paid-to-lie commentators, reporters, and opinion writers.

In fact, the allegation didn’t pass the smell test or others about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program and wanting to wipe Israel off the map.

On February 3, ABC News reported a spurious accusation about potential Iranian strikes in North America, including against Israeli facilities. It cited an Israeli “internal security document,” saying:

“We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase….on both our guarded sites and ‘soft’ sites.”

Israel’s Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States Eliran Avitan circulated the allegation. Recently in Tel Aviv, Shin Bet’s Yoram Cohen told an audience that Iran plans targeting Israeli sites in retaliation for Mossad’s assassinations of its nuclear scientists.

All accusations are baseless. Yet ABC TV, other broadcasters, and cable channels featured them to generate anti-Iranian hostility.

On January 31, ABC’s Diane Sawyer introduced Pentagon correspondent Martha Raddatz’s propaganda piece complete with alarmist graphics and unrelated belligerent video footage, saying:

“The saber rattling from Iran has been constant.” Tehran “may be more ready than ever to launch terror attacks in the United States.”

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  1. Without a war, the miltiary has a hard time getting tax payer money & then some. We don’t need to be a facist country with the military in charge. In Downey CA. A very deep former base for bomb making & shuttles is still making stuff that is toxic to our health. The rumor is that federal employees are applying at kaiser(a medical complex on the toxic site) for secret military jobs for the underground secret base(been there for many years). This base/brownfield goes about 26 stories as the story is heard. The owner of the Downey, CA. movie studio also on the toxic dump site filed a slapp suit on kaiserpapers , the webhost, an injured owrker advocate & two injured worker swho worked at the DOwney studios. The SLAPP suit was dismissed with prejudie because Stuat Lickter refused to answer his own deposition. WHY? Because we wanted to know about the 250+ mad made toxins made down below! Talk about cronyism, he’s a former fed GSA official who also builds on brownfield’s in OHIO, which was one of the former manufacturing states in the Midwest & also one of the most toxic states in the U.S. But that also includes shipyards, railroads, gas stations & former manufacturing plants from all over, This is also known as GENTRIFICATION. Gentrification going ON with building playgrounds first & IF NO ONE FILES AN
    INSURANCE CLAIM first on the toxic brownfield sites, then businesses & then homes. This is being done all over the U.S. AND YOU JUST HAVE TO WONDER WHY SO MANY AMERICANS ARE GETTING SICK WITH SO MANY CANCERS & OTHER DISEASES like MS, but lets not forget the mold exposures because mold thrives on dead things made from poisons & there’s plenty of mold everywhere now.
    This is why HMO’s & healthcare industry(oxymoron)is now a profitable business as well as pharmaceuticals & chemical companies just have to make all that chemo with radiation. KAISER ACTUALLY GOT TO BUILD A MEDICAL COMPLEX ON A TOXIC DUMP SITE! NOW EVERYBODY WHO GOES THERE IS EXPOSED TO GOD KNOWS WHAT. Lets not forget bio fare products too that are made at the underground Downey site… but CA is full of unregulated bio labs with Mexico.
    AND those who work(including many children)in the Downey studio site(like liminey snicket) are also exposed to GOD only knows what. Such a deal for our future generations. Even Ted Kennedy & Arnold Schwartzenegger little ones exposed as they were both told!
    President Obama promised in his State of the Union address that he would he clean up toxic dumps, well that would employ THE many millions of people who now need a job with all the toxic dumps we have here in the U.S. would suffice asap. The T.V. camera then went to John McCain who instituted the brownfield/Superfund legislation IN 2003. This is what happens when our representatives take money & listen to lobbyists and or our representatives become lobbyists for vile corporations (military included) that profit off of making sure we pay for it all before we suffer & die..
    Most do not give one iota about the American people. Agency officials form all over are raking in the dough by selling us out in oh so many ways, so many ways like with the FDA, EPA, both state & federal, but look to many still in these agencies from the Bush years. How many ways can you kill someone? There are hundreds of thousands & most you cannot see, hear, taste or smell and made by our very own “protectors”!

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