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Iran: bizarre media fantasies « Previous | |Next »
February 20, 2012

The report below by Erin Burnett on CNN---"Is Iran planning an attack in America?" ----indicates that the war drums in the US are being played in the US media. It's the 2002 Iraq war script being replayed. The standard stories in the US media suggesting that Iran is on track to build a nuclear bomb have been broadened by using anonymous official sources to speculate that the Iranian regime may strike the United States, perhaps in collusion with terrorists.

The media drum beats sound so familiar. The script is one of misinformation and scary storylines whose logic is regime change in Iran. Why even New York city is under threat from Iran or Hezbollah. The media's fantasies are bizarre.

The reality is that though Iran might acquire a nuclear weapon, and is capable of doing so, according to the IAEA there is no definitive proof that they have yet decided to try. Moreover, it is Israel that is talking about a preventative war (bombing Iran before Tehran moved its nuclear facilities beyond reach, deep underground); hyping the Iranian threat; and sabre rattling. The US continues its efforts to restrain Israel as it implements UN sanctions against Iran.

There are American attempts to persuade Iran's Asian customers -- China, India, Japan, South Korea -- to stop buying Iranian oil by persuading them that the only alternative is war. The formula is portray the supposed threat as dire and growing; try to convince people that if we don't act now, horrible things will happen down the road; then say that the costs and risks of going to war aren't that great.

Glenn Greenward calls the media campaign against Iran for what it is. He observes:

Many have compared the coordinated propaganda campaign now being disseminated about The Iranian Threat to that which preceded the Iraq War, but there is one notable difference. Whereas the American media in 2002 followed the lead of the U.S. government in beating the war drums against Saddam, they now seem even more eager for war against Iran than the U.S. government itself, which actually appears somewhat reluctant.

The American media depict Iran as the threatening, aggressive party. Iran’s aggression must be contained, and it is leaving the U.S. and Israel with no choice but to pre-emptively attack it. The reality is that it is Israel that is seriously considering preventive war whilst Iran's threats are retaliatory: if you attack us, we will attack back.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:04 PM | | Comments (2)
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But rest assured... whatever way America swings on this, Field Marshal Gillard will have us in the thick of the action.

Israel is a nuclear power, and not a member of IAEA, unlike Iran. And unlike Israel, Iran seems to be able to get along with its neighbours, most recently summit meeting with Pakistan and Afghanistan. It would be simply too embarrassing to note Iran-Iraq relationship post the invasion and partial withdrawal of the imperial overlords. It appears the right wing government of Israel sets the frame of reference for media discussion.

It would make much more sense to persuade the Iranians to adopt solar, wind and other similar means for energy production, while limiting their nuclear ambitions to medical technology. Similarly, as non-proliferation measure, it would highly desirable to encourage all nuclear powers, not excluding India, Pakistan and Israel to abandon their nuclear weapons. So why does not the media frame the story in those terms?