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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