Louise Mensch and American Republicans Demand War with Iran

Mike over at Vox Political has this piece reporting an article in the Canary commenting on the latest frenzy of sabre-rattling and jingoism from former Tory MP and full-time airhead motormouth, Louise Mensch: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/01/15/this-renowned-tory-wants-to-blunder-into-full-blown-war-with-iran/. Yesterday, an American ship strayed into Iranian waters and was duly captured. Its crew were later released. According to the Canary, the American military ain’t bothered by the incident. They’ve said it was a genuine mistake. So, from their point of view, it’s ‘My bad, no problem, guys!’

This isn’t good enough for the Repugs by far, and the usual suspects have worked themselves into a frenzy demanding Obama bomb them back into the Stone Age. The pro-war party naturally includes the usual recidivists like Tom Cruz. Cruz is almost as bad as Trump in his hatred of Muslims, but it more concealed about it. And in some of his proposed policies, he’s actually worse. He also has absolute no clue about affairs in the Middle East. He got very huffy with a group of Middle Eastern Christians he was addressing a few years ago, when they responded very badly when he started telling them they should support Israel. He really didn’t know that, although they’re Christians, the people to whom he was talking were also the indigenous peoples of the Middle East, Arabs and Assyrians. They share the comment resentment towards Israel across the Middle East as a modern settler state. Moreover, Christian Palestinians in Israel are monitored and have suffered discrimination by the Israeli authorities. They’ve also been attacked by their Muslim compatriots as collaborators. So the Christian population of the Holy Land has declined from about 25 per cent to 1 per cent.

As for attacking Iran, this would be a monumentally bad move. The article in the Canary, to which Mike’s piece is linked, list a number of very good reasons why attacking Iran would be a very bad idea. Not least is the fact that any attack in Iran would be countered by more military force and determination than the other campaigns in the Middle East, and would result in a nightmarish war would that would last for many, many years.

Iran is the Shi’a state, and so is the leader and protector of region’s Shi’a Muslims. Any attack on Iran would provoke the rest of the Shi’a into hostilities against America. The result would be that America and the West would end up fighting everyone in the Middle East, with the Israel and Turkey. As Shi’a, the Iranians are also the enemies of al-Qaeda and ISIS, who under the command of the Saudis have targeted and massacred Shi’a in Iraq and Syria as ‘rejectionist heathens’. By attacking Iran, America would be deliberately alienating and provoking a potentially useful ally.

Of course, the Republicans also hate Obama for what they consider to be his betrayal of America by signing a deal on nuclear power with Iran. If you listen to them, Obama has allowed the Iranians to develop nuclear missiles. A year or two ago they were running ads against the President’s negotiations with the Iranians, frightening Americans with pictures of America suffering a nuclear attack. In reality, Obama’s deal has actually ended any Iranian programme to develop a nuclear weapon, while still leaving them space for the peaceful development of nuclear power.

This is particularly a blow to Netanyahu, who was also trying to scare everybody with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, using pretty much the same scare tactics that were used in the ‘dodgy dossier’ about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction that could be deployed within 45 minutes. Netanyahu claimed that Iran was only a year away from building an atomic bomb. This was absolute rubbish, and senior Israeli generals and intelligence officers said so.

Netanyahu would like a war with Iran, because of the Iranian regime’s poisonous hatred of Israeli and its very ostentatious support for the Palestinians. The American Republicans publicly share these sentiments. But the reality is more likely it’s another, grubby attempt to nick their oil. Back in the 1950s, the Americans and Britain overthrew the Iranian Prime Minister, Mossadeq, after he dared nationalise the Iranian oil industry. This meant the seizure of the property of Anglo-Persian Oil, now BP. The oil industry was renationalised by the Iranians, who have made the date of this a national holiday. And while Iran is keen to sell its oil and other industrial products, it won’t allow foreigners to invest or own Iranian industry.

This has driven the plutocrats berserk. Forbe’s has place the country very high up in its list of countries lacking ‘commercial freedom’. Which seems to mean in their case, countries that won’t allow mega-rich multinationals to buy up their firms.

This is the real reason Cruz and the other Republicans want a war with Iran. It’s about more than American pride and jingoism, though that’s also one of the powerful drivers. It’s about more than defending Israel. It’s the same reason America and his poodle, Bliar, invaded Iraq: oil, and the seizure and looting of whatever industries and companies Haliburton and the rest of the American multinationals think worth getting their mitts on.

Bush at the beginning of the Iraq invasion convinced himself and his fellow Neocons that somehow, the American and western forces would be hailed as liberators by the Iraqi people. As events have shown, that has manifestly failed to occur. The result has been a further destabilisation of the country, along with the radicalisation that has spawned ISIS. The same would happen again if America went to war with Iran.

Like Iraq, Iran is a mosaic of different ethnic minorities. 51 per cent of the population speak Farsi, modern Persian. Other ethnic groups include Kurds, Various Turkic-speaking peoples, peoples speaking languages related to Persian, and Arabs in the West of the country. The Kurds have been fighting a war with the Iranian government to have their own, autonomous homeland since the 1970s. There have also been jihads by the Turkish peoples, after the government began seizing their land to give to Farsi speakers. If central government in Tehran was shattered, the result could be another bloody mess of ethnic conflict and cleansing such as has occurred in Iraq.

And all so that big oil can get its hands on yet another country’s supplies.

Cruz and co. are ignorant stooges for the big corporations. Mensch is also, though in this case I wonder if some of it’s the result of all the E she was trying to get her colleagues to take when she was a shop assistant in the 1980s. These people have nothing to offer the world except more blood, pain and suffering, all so that big business can once again boost their profits.

They should never be allowed anywhere near public office. Boot them out.

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8 Responses to “Louise Mensch and American Republicans Demand War with Iran”

  1. Michelle Thomasson Says:

    Your comments get to the point, brill.

    I have mentioned this as a comment on Mike’s post re the Canary article but it’s awaiting moderation, (hasn’t yet shown up after I commented on The Canary either) so here it is, it’s important.

    I thought that the writer was erudite, but that one thing needed clarifying, Oso (pen name) mentioned “if we actually thought we could end all human rights abuses through war, consistency would see us committing ourselves to conflicts around the world almost perpetually. In simple terms, we would just run out of money”

    However, I would like remind / to point out that the banking system never runs out of money it is created at will electronically, often as negative integers on the gamble that it will be repaid and when bankers back a battle of powers they know they will ‘make’ money!

    All they need are warmongering spokespeople to talk a non-thinking group of MPs and a bulk of the public into supporting their cruel and devastating moneymaking, racket!

    • beastrabban Says:

      You’re right about the massive amounts of money the banks can throw at the issues and politicos they want to promote. However, there’s a problem in that the current austerity and clamp down on the poor, working class and unemployed is based on the lie that all this debt has to be paid off. The banksters therefore have to be careful not to do anything that would show all this to be a lie, like create more debt starting a war.

      On second thoughts, that wouldn’t cause them any restless nights at all. They’d simply hire a few more spin doctors and let their paid whores in the Tory party and the media put out more lies.

  2. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. 61chrissterry Says:

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    The West and especially America should stop meddling in Middle East affairs to which they have no comprehension.

    Much of the creation of ISIS and other like organisations as been due to the Wests involvement. To follow the path of Republicism and Louise Mensch will invoke WWIII from which very few of the Worlds population are likely to survive.

    • beastrabban Says:

      That’s really what I’m afraid of, Chrissterry. Reagan surrounded himself with a Domesday cult of Christian ministers and personalities, who believed that the end was coming and America should prepare for the Apocalypse. He was really impressed by the book, The Late, Great Planet Earth, it’s only because events in Ethiopia didn’t match the book’s predictions that we’re here today.

      And in 1983 three members of the Israeli extremist group, Gush Emunim, were caught plotting to blow up the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem. Many commenters were afraid that if they had succeeded, they would have set up World War III with the Islamic world. And guess what? The three plotters themselves said that’s exactly what they were planning to do.

      And ISIS is based on Muslim expectations that the End Is Nigh. These are scary times, and we need politicians with intelligence and diplomatic skill. Not another bunch of hawks and warmongers.

      • Michelle Thomasson Says:

        An FYI, just under 5 months ago The Times wrote an obituary on Patricia Crone and her research into the influences that created the writings said to belong to the Koran: ‘Hagarism: the Making of the Islamic World 40 years ago.’

        “She and Michael Cook, a fellow researcher, suggested that Muhammad was not a prophet of a new religion but rather the leader of an Arab-Jewish messianic movement, which traced itself back to Abraham’s concubine Hagar. They argued that Islam was, in essence, a tribal rebellion against incursions by the Byzantine and Persian Empires… Her research was based on the exhaustive study of contemporary non-Muslim sources, especially archaeological finds and the records of Greek, Syriac, Aramaic, Armenian and other communities that were thriving as Islam evolved.” As you can imagine Patricia Crone did not have an easy journey with that line of research. Obituary ref: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4550077.ece

        Her book: https://ia902300.us.archive.org/7/items/Hagarism/Hagarism%3B%20The%20Making%20of%20the%20Islamic%20World-Crone,%20Cook.pdf

        Please note I have only read short pieces of this book and do not have the resources to accurately check out her theories on the influences that helped form Islam, but re Regan I have read up on some of the eschatological viewpoints of various brands of Christianity over the last couple of hundred years and found that many of them used alchemist’s teachings and strange number calculations from Solomon’s temple to try and predict an end times, madness on steroids!

      • beastrabban Says:

        Thanks for the links. I’ve heard of Hagarism, but never actually read it. On the other hand, a copy of the Qu’ran was found recently in the library of Manchester University, which actually seems to date back to the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammed, so it seems that the revelations recorded in the Qu’ran really do belong to him.

        As for the bizarre numerological calculations used to predict the date of the Apocalypse, they’re very strange indeed. Years ago the Fortean Times published their Book of the Millennium, which went into some of the daft predictions and doomsday cults, which had emerged over the centuries. These included not only movements based on bizarre readings of orthodox Christian and Jewish texts, but also what now constitute ‘alternative religious movements’. These include various UFO cults, supposed revelations contained in the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, and other bizarre theories.

  4. Michelle Thomasson Says:

    The thirst for knowledge with out moral.. the bizarre helped to found modern science e.g. Issac Newton who who’s head was full of occultist, mad-hatters mercury was into predicting the end times and used the book of Daniel and calculations from the pyramid (like the non-Freemason’s), he originally had a 1940’s prediction (I always wondered if that secretly drove an agenda to re-establish Israel) but recent found papers apparently show that he had revised that date to 2060. REF: http://isaac-newton.org/statement-on-the-date-2060/

    Not a pleasant man, very dominating, and was reliant upon alchemy (as was many a learned so-called Christian centuries before him), here is more on him communing with Jupiter to create scientific theories: Newton’s Notebook: The Life, Times, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton by Joel Levy

    Newton’s influence using Babylonian maths went in many directions e.g. his use of 0 to make calculus work was quite contentious at the time as he used it to help parts of his calculations vanish into nothingness, ‘just like that’ (imagining Tommy Cooper 🙂

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