Sunday, January 28, 2007

Global Research

My friend Homeyra alerted me to a number of morbid titles coming out of ma belle provence. This website appears to be filtered in Iran.

The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars and activists. It is a registered non profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.

The Global Research webpage at based in Montreal publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.

Here are the titles Homie sent:
Iran Must Get Ready to Repel a Nuclear Attack by General Leonid Ivashov

Iran: Pieces in Place for Escalation by Colonel Sam Gardiner; (retired USAF)

The endgame in Iraq that can't succeed: Half the military establishment believes that an attack on Iran is likely - By Adrian Hamilton from the Independent, UK.

Israel versus Iran: It's down to Dr Strangelove - By Igal Sarna

Israel's War with Iran, Unabridged version by James Petras

Hegemony and Appeasement: Setting Up the Next U.S.-Israeli Target
(Iran) For Another "Supreme International Crime" 1
- By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Here's an excerpt of this one:
The ease with which a supposedly independent media in a supposedly democratic society like the United States can demonize enemies and convert third- and fourth-rate official targets into major threats is almost beyond belief. And the collective amnesia of the establishment media enables them to do the same thing over and over again; they never learn, and most important never have to learn, because the collective amnesia they help instill in the society protects them against correction—an unending series of victories over memory in the exercise of "reality-control" (Orwell). This enables the media to serve as de facto propaganda agents of their state while still claiming to be independent watchdogs. Less than three years ago, in 2004, the New York Times and Washington Post were hardly alone in offering partial mea culpas for having swallowed and regurgitated Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Powell-Rice lies about Saddam Hussein’s menacing weapons of mass destruction (WMD),2 thereby making a major contribution to the criminal and costly quagmire they now bemoan (but, along with Bush, still declining to urge any quick exit or meaningful withdrawal.) And yet they had barely gotten out their apologies before they eagerly climbed aboard the Bush-Cheney-Rice-Olmert bandwagon on the Iran menace and urgent need to do something about that grave threat.

And what a threat it is! Admittedly, Iran doesn’t possess a single nuclear weapon, and won’t have one for some years even if it is trying to get one, which its religious leaders vigorously deny. If it got a nuclear weapon it couldn’t use it except in desperate self-defense as both Israel and the United States have many nuclear bombs and superior delivery systems, so that any offensive use of its nuclear weapon(s) would entail Iranian national suicide. It may be recalled that Saddam used his WMD only against Iran and his Kurds, but not even in self-defense during the 1991 Persian Gulf war attack on Iraq by the United States and its “coalition”—the former use was with U.S. approval, the latter case of non-use was because Saddam would have suffered disproportionate retaliation by the United States and his restraint followed. This point is not made in the establishment media, possibly because it would seem to qualify the Iran nuclear menace.

1 comment:

homeyra said...

For some reason - probably my own did - Firefox turns off-line from time to time. I saw this post only today, will link properly this time!