Wants War With Iran?
by Patrick J. Buchanan: The
On Sept. 21,
1976, as his car rounded Sheridan Circle on Embassy Row, former
Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier was assassinated by car bomb.
Ronni Moffitt, a 25-year-old American women who worked with Letelier
at the leftist Institute for Policy Studies, died with him.
an ex-CIA asset in the hire of Chile's intelligence agency, confessed
to using anti-Castro Cubans to murder Letelier, in what was regarded
as an act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
a question: Are not the murders of four Iranian scientists associated
with that nation's nuclear program, by the attachment of bombs to
their cars in Tehran, also acts of terrorism?
Had the Stalin-
or Khrushchev-era Soviets done this to four U.S. scientists in Washington,
would we not have regarded it as acts of terrorism and war?
Iran has accused
the United States and Israel of murder. But Hillary Clinton emphatically
denied any U.S. complicity: "I want to categorically deny any United
States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran."
States had absolutely nothing to do with this," added National Security
Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, "We strongly condemn all acts of
violence, including acts of violence like this."
Clinton's spokeswoman at State, denounced "any assassination or
attack on an innocent person, and we express our sympathies to the
scientist was a supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility
that hosts regular inspections by the International Atomic Energy
Agency. If Iran is building a bomb, it is not at Natanz.
of involvement leaves Mossad as the prime suspect. Israel has not
denied it, and this comes at a sensitive time in U.S.-Israeli relations.
Policy magazine, author and historian Mark Perry, claiming CIA documentation,
alleges that Mossad agents in London posed as CIA agents and contacted
Jundallah, a terrorist group, to bribe and recruit them to engage
in acts of terror inside Iran.
conducted attacks in Sistan-Baluchistan province, killing government
officials, soldiers, and women and children.
Perry, when George W. Bush learned of the Mossad agents posing as
CIA while recruiting terrorists, he "went totally ballistic."
Yet Meir Dagan,
head of Mossad at the time, denies it, and, ironically, has called
any Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities "the stupidest thing
I have ever heard."
Who is telling
the truth? We do not know for sure.
What we do
know is that "Bibi" Netanyahu is desperate to have the United States
launch air and missile strikes to stop Teheran from becoming the
world's ninth nuclear power. And he is echoed not only by U.S. neocons,
but GOP candidates save Ron Paul.
we be surprised.
To bring America
into its war with Germany, Winston Churchill set up William Stephenson,
"A Man Called Intrepid," with hundreds of agents in New York to
engage in everything from bribery to blackmail of U.S. senators
to get the United States to enter the war and pull England's chestnuts
out of the fire.
This is what
desperate countries do.
And while America
First kept us out of the European war until Adolf Hitler invaded
Russia, ensuring that Russians, not Americans, died in the millions
to defeat him, eventually America was maneuvered into war.
assassinating these Iranian scientists, be it homegrown Iranian
terrorists, Jundallah at the instigation of Israel, or Mossad, the
objective is clear: Enrage the Iranians so they strike out at America,
provoking a U.S.-Iranian war.
Is such a war
in America's interests? Consider.
air and naval power would prevail, Iranian civilians would die,
as some of their nuclear facilities are in populated areas. Moreover,
we cannot kill the nuclear knowledge Iran has gained. Thus we would
only set back their nuclear program by several years. And a bloodied
and beaten Iran would then go all-out for a bomb.
behind which its people would rally, would emerge even more entrenched.
U.S. bombing did not cause Germans to remove Hitler or Japanese
to depose their emperor. And we lack the ground troops to invade
and occupy a country three times the size of Iraq.
U.S. ships, including carriers in that bathtub the Persian Gulf,
would be at risk from shore-based anti-ship missiles and the hundreds
of missile boats in Iran's navy. Any sea battle would send oil prices
to $200 and $300 a barrel. There goes the eurozone.
Lebanon, the Shia of the Saudi oil fields and Bahrain, home port
to the Fifth Fleet, and Iranian agents in Afghanistan and Iraq could
set the region aflame.
started up the road to Baghdad in 2003, Gen. David Petraeus is said
to have asked, "Tell me how this ends."
agent provocateur pushes us into war with Iran, Congress should
debate the wisdom of authorizing President Obama, or anyone else,
to take America into her fifth war in a generation in the Middle
and Near East.
J. Buchanan [send
him mail] is co-founder and editor of The
American Conservative. He is also the author of seven books,
the Right Went Wrong, and Churchill,
Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. His latest book is Suicide
of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? See his
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