While war is in nobody’s interest, Trump, egged on by Iran-hating strong men in Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE is provoking Iran for a fight through severe economic sanctions and accusations of attacks in the Persian Gulf.
The international community, instead of being silent observers must raise their voice against this brinkmanship that has the potential to cause misery to a great number of people and is a threat to global peace.
The US has a long history of false flag operations and provocations to create a false casus belli. The timing is suspicious.
American presidents like to describe the United States as a force for freedom but by any measure America has, from its early days, been an imperial power subjugating and ruling other people’s lands mainly through bloody conquests, often using false flags or provocation in order to have a casus belli.
“Indeed, the trajectory of the American Empire has relied so heavily on these types of attacks [false flag attacks] that one could describe it as a false flag empire,” writes David Griffin in ‘The American Trajectory: Divine or Demonic?’
Based on past American actions, it would not be surprising if people were to be very sceptical of the American claim of Iranian involvement in the recent attack on the tankers even though, like with its conquest of Mexican territory in the 19th Century, the US seems to be trying to provoke Iran.
In this recent case of ships in the Persian Gulf, why would the Iranians blow up ships when the Japanese PM was in Tehran, the first by a Japanese prime minister since the Islamic revolution in 1979 in a visit aimed at reducing tensions between America and Iran.
After a meeting with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, Mr Abe warned that the region could “accidentally” slip into conflict. Just hours before the attacks, Abe had publicly declared that, contrary to US accusations, Iran had “no intentions” to build a nuclear weapon.
Pompeo claimed that the US assessment was “based on intelligence,” but no details were given and sadly the UK government has fallen into line.
The facts are that two tankers suffered damage some 14 nautical miles from the Iranian coast after taking on cargoes in ports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Front Altair, a Norwegian-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, was carrying petrochemical feedstock. Following an explosion, the tanker caught fire.
The second tanker, the Japanese-owned, Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, carrying a cargo of methanol, suffered damage to its hull’s starboard side.
The 44 crew members of the two vessels were rescued by the Iranian navy and taken to the nearby Iranian port of Bandar-e-Jask.
The Japanese operator of Kokuka Courageous said the crew saw “flying objects” just before the attack, suggesting the tanker was damaged by something other than mines. Yutaka Katada, the company president, said reports of a mine attack were “false”.
Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out “40 years of unprovoked aggression against freedom-loving nations,” and declared that “Iran is lashing out because the regime wants our successful maximum pressure campaign lifted. No economic sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global oil markets, and engage in nuclear blackmail.”
However, the US seems to have ignored how Iran cooperated with the US in removing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
It was not Iran but the US that withdrew from the JCPOA with the P5+1, (US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany) that saw Iran curb its nuclear activities in return for relief from economic sanctions.
Iran has, it is true been intervening in Yemen as has Saudi Arabia with both countries causing enormous destruction. Both Saudi Arabi and Iran treat dissidents violently and implement cruel and barbaric punishments. Iran’s role in Syria has been to support the brutal Assad regime.
There is a very real danger that Iran, if attacked, could launch a kind of hybrid war – both directly and through its proxies – carrying out sporadic and widely dispersed attacks on shipping and other targets, sending oil prices and insurance premiums up and perhaps encouraging further punitive responses risking dangerous escalation.
If the US decides to go to war with Iran, it will be based on premises as false as Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” or the alleged attack on a US ship in Gulf of Tonkin used to justify the US war that killed over three-and-a-half million people in Indochina.
Pompeo conveniently ignores US interference in the region, particularly that there would have been no Islamic revolution if the US had not overthrown the democratically elected Prime Minister Mossadeq in 1954 and installed the dictatorial Shah in his place.
In the false flag chapter and throughout his book, David Griffin discusses many of the false flags the U.S. has engaged in, including Operation Gladio. This was a US/NATO terrorist operation throughout Europe that Swiss historian Daniele Ganser has extensively documented, an operation meant to discredit communists and socialists.
Such operations were directly connected to the OSS, the CIA and its director Allen Dulles, his henchman James Jesus Angleton. In the 1950s NATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and other European countries and blamed the communists in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism.
As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: “You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security”.
They also allegedly carried out terror attacks in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the UK, and other countries. In one such attack in 1980 at the Bologna, Italy railway station, these US terrorists killed 85 people and wounded 20 others.
As with the bombs dropped by Saudi Arabia today on Yemeni school children, the explosive used was made for the U.S. military.
Today, roughly 4 million people live in the American territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Island which Immerwahr discusses in his book ‘How to Hide an Empire’.
However, the first expropriation of land was that of the indigenous people much through false flag operations. It should not be forgotten that as late as 1750, 150 years after Britain established Jamestown and 250 years after Europeans first set foot in the continent the American Indians constituted a majority of the population.
Even a century later, in 1850, they still retained formal possession of much of the western half of the continent. The final assault on indigenous land tenure, lasting roughly from the mid-19th century to 1890, was rapid and murderous.
After John Sutter discovered gold in California’s Central Valley in 1848, colonists launched slaving expeditions against native peoples in the region. ‘That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between races, until the Indian race becomes extinct, must be expected,’ the state’s first governor instructed the legislature in 1851.
In the Great Plains, the US Army conducted a war of attrition, with success measured in the quantity of tipis burned, food supplies destroyed, and horse herds slaughtered.
The result was a series of massacres: the Bear River Massacre in southern Idaho (1863), the Sand Creek Massacre in eastern Colorado (1864), the Washita Massacre in western Oklahoma (1868), and many others.
In Florida in the 1850s, US troops waded through the Everglades in pursuit of the last holdouts among the Seminole peoples, who had once controlled much of the Florida peninsula. In short, in the mid-19th century, Americans were still fighting to reduce if not to eliminate the continent’s original residents.
America’s history of using false flags to start wars
Mexican wars 1819, 1846-48
Florida, Texas, New Mexico and California were Spanish possessions which revolted for independence. The US built a fortification 150 km inside the Mexican border.
Annexation of Hawaii 1893
Queen Liliukokalani proposed changing the Hawaiian constitution and U.S. Marines aided the leaders of a pro-American coup and a provisional government was proclaimed. In the last days of the Harrison Presidency a Treaty of Annexation was drawn up.
Spanish-American war, 1898
The surprise explosion of the battleship Maine at Havana, Cuba. 255 of the crew died. The Hearst press accused the Spanish, claiming that the explosion was caused by a remote-controlled mine. The USA declared war on Spain, and conquered Philippines, Guam and Cuba. Subsequent investigations revealed that the explosion originated inside the Maine and that it was either an accident, such as a coal explosion, or some type of time bomb inside the battleship. Divers investigating the shipwreck found that the armour plates of the ship were blown bending outwards, not inwards
Korean War, 1950-1953
South Korean incursions into North Korea (1949) led to war. It involved leaders of Taiwan, South Korea and the US military-industrial complex (John Foster Dulles has been mentioned as an organizer of the hostilities.)
Vietnam War Tonkin Incident 1984
The NSA admitted that it lied about what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 by manipulating data to make it look like North Vietnamese boats fired on a U.S. ship so as to create a false justification for the Vietnam war.
The reason for the invasion given by the US was that American medical students studying in the Grenada were in danger due the Cuban presence. The US supported a new right-wing leader.
An incident between American and Panamanian troops led to invasion. The leader Noriega was changed and the earlier Carter administration plan to hand the control of the canal over to Panama was cancelled. The strategic importance of the canal has surpassed any more just thinking in the US global domination policy.
US-Israeli sponsored war between Iraq and Iran, 1980-1988:
The CIA-organised coup of 1953 replaced Iranian prime minister Mossadeq with the dictatorial Shah who was given the best western military equipment but after the revolt against the Shah the US supported Saddam Hussein to attack Iran with strategic support and weapons including gas warfare agents . “Too bad they both cannot loose” is how Kissinger evaluated this situation
Bombing of Lybia 1984
A Mossad agent admitted that in 1984, Mossad planted a radio transmitter in Gaddaffi’s compound in Tripoli, Libya which broadcast fake terrorist transmissions in order to frame Gaddaffi as a terrorist supporter. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya immediately thereafter
Desert Storm (First Gulf war) 1991
Saddam Hussein asked for permission from the US (via their ambassador April Gillespie) to attack Kuwait which had been asked by the US to put pressure on Saddam to pay back money lent to fight against Iran. Kuwait was also illegally syphoning off oil from Iraqi fields. Saddam was told by Gillespie that the US does not care Arab quarrels. That was a trap, and after Saddam occupied Kuwait, George Bush Sr. mobilised a coalition of some 40 nations to “liberate Kuwait” and to smash the recently-built Iraqi military power base. This also involved a media hoax, where the daughter of Kuwaiti US ambassador played nurse on TV and testified to “witnessing” Iraqi soldiers throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait
Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan invasion), 10/7/01
Without any evidence, the former CIA-asset, a Saudi-Arabian Osama bin Laden was claimed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 strikes at the WTC and the Pentagon. The leaders of Afghanistan were willing to hand over Osama for trail to a neutral nation but the US refused this compromise.
Enduring Justice (Second Gulf war), 3/20/03
The claimed reason of the attack was that Iraq was a clear and present danger to the US with WMD’s available within less than an hour after the decision to assemble them has been made.
Sorry America we don’t believe you. Please return to the comprehensive treaty negotiated with Iran and try diplomacy for a change.