Monday, February 20, 2012

Consequences To Expect If The U.S. Invades Iran

Brandon Smith, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Let’s be honest, quite a few Americans love a good war, especially those Americans who have never had to bear witness to one first hand.  War is the ultimate tribally vicarious experience.  Anyone, even pudgy armchair generals with deep-seated feelings of personal inadequacy, can revel in the victories and actions of armies a half a world away as if they themselves stood on the front lines risking possible annihilation at the hands of dastardly cartoon-land “evil doers”.  They may have never done a single worthwhile thing in their lives, but at least they can bask in the perceived glory of their country’s military might. 

This attitude of swollen ego through proxy is not limited to the “Right” side of the political spectrum as some might expect.  In fact, if the terrifyingly demented presidency of Barack Obama has proven anything so far, it is that elements of the “Left” are just as bloodthirsty as any NeoCon, and just as ready to blindly support the political supremacy of their “side” regardless of any broken promises, abandoned principles, or openly flaunted hypocrisies.  No matter how reasonable or irrefutable the arguments against a particular conflict are, there will always be a certain percentage of the populace which ignores all logic and barrels forward to cheerlead violent actions which ultimately only benefit a select and elite few.

They do this, though they rarely openly admit it, because of unbalanced and irrational biases which drive their decision making processes.  In the case of the wars in the Middle East, the common public argument boils down to one of “self defense”.  “They are coming to get us!”  At least, that is what we are constantly told.  And I’m sure that some Americans out there truly believe this.  However, in their heart of hearts, others instead relish the idea of imposing their world views and philosophical systems upon others, even if it means using cluster bombs and predator drones.

Some people simply hate Muslims, for one reason or another.  Some people believe that war will bring with it economic gain.  Some are so afraid of what they do not comprehend that they only feel secure by attacking it.  Some believe that the U.S. citizenry is morally obligated to become entangled with governments like Israel’s, and support them without question as if they are infallible, though they are often just as corrupt as the governments we are directed to despise.  And yet others (for religious purposes), actually clamor for Middle Eastern destruction in the desperate hopes that their version of biblical prophecy will be vindicated.  Ultimately, most Americans who support continued destruction in the Middle East, or anywhere else for that matter, do so out a selfish need for private absolution and elevation, not out of a sincere sense of patriotism, and not because nations like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Iran present a legitimate danger to their safety.

These men and women have invested their very identities into the mechanizations of collective war.  They will not be swayed by evidence or honorable arguments.  Any criticism of the actions of the collective will immediately be treated as a personal attack on their individual character, causing their minds to shut down completely.

As far as Iran is concerned, I am not here to convince the war-drum pounding zombie hordes infesting the mentally impotent sewage-soaked wastelands of my country that their rationalizations for raining laser guided death on the Third World is a “reprehensible thing”.  Given their impenetrable biases, which I listed above, that would be a complete waste of time. 

I could, indeed, point out how in 1953 the U.S. and Britain overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mossaddegh, because he refused to allow global corporate interests to exploit his country’s oil resources.  I could outline how the forced CIA installation of the Shah in Iran and the creation of his secret police led to the torture and murder of thousands of innocent people.  I could list similar covert activities over the past 100 years or so, in countries all over the world, which have created the now universal disdain the Third World has for the U.S. government.  I could even show them a PBS special from 1987 which effectively details this history and warns of what is now going on today.  The kind of mainstream news coverage that networks currently blacklist honest and daring journalists for:

But what about all the nuclear talk being shoved down our throats lately?  Doesn’t this supersede any historical concerns between Iran and the U.S.?  What if the terrorists get their hands on “the bomb”?! 

On this issue, I could easily interject the fact that countries supposedly hostile to the U.S., like North Korea, have long had nuclear capability, and certainly the means to use infiltrators to deliver that technology, yet, we haven’t sent the Western war machine after them.  I would also set the record straight by mentioning that the only country in the world that has used a nuclear weapon against another is the United States.  I could educate these people on the exposure of secret Israeli nuclear weapons programs since the 1970s, and the fact that Israel even attempted to illegally sell this technology to Apartheid South Africa. (Source)

I could try to clear the air by reminding the uninformed that Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, recently admitted that Iran has no nuclear weapons capability.  And, that this fact was repeated by an Iranian nuclear scientist, Sharhram Amiri, who defected to the U.S. in 2010 with the help of the CIA in the hopes that he could be used to disseminate propaganda on “secret” nuclear weapons programs in his former homeland.  Instead, he only reinforced the assertion that there are no such programs. (Source)

With the CIA made to look foolish, they have now decided that Amiri is “peripheral” to the Iranian nuke programs, and is no longer a solid source of information.  I could follow by pointing out how decidedly convenient this is….

What about all the similarities between the lies on WMD’s in Iraq and the rhetoric against Iran today?  What about the disinformation put forward by the IAEA and its cadre of foreign policy yes-men?

What about the fact that back when Iran was run by our own puppet leader, the Shah, an iron-fisted sociopathic dictator, we were more than happy that the country was developing nuclear power plants.

Sorry, but sharing this information with the warmongering percentage of our American culture is futile.  None of this data means a thing to them.  For these people, it’s not about facts; it’s about foggy perception, uncontrolled emotion, and false identity.  Understanding the situation only complicates their pursuit of the next collectivist high; that frenetic freak frenzy that takes hold of a population and makes them swarm like mad bees, or hungry piranha, poisoning and devouring everything in their path.

With this in mind, the only recourse I could possibly think of to wake them up to their philosophical and moral folly is to expose them to very real and debilitating consequences they will face in their everyday lives in the wake of expanded conflict on the part of the U.S.  That is to say, you may hate Iran, you may hate Iranians, you may despise Muslims, you may be driven by a childish need to live vicariously through the exploits of your government, or, you might actually believe the hype that Iran is in league with Al-Qaeda, that they really are after nuclear weapons in a diabolical plot to harm Americans, and you might truly believe that Israel is that “beacon of freedom” in the Middle East and that all its neighbors must be pacified for the sake of democracy.  At bottom, whatever your deepest intentions, and whatever you might think, this is irrelevant in the face of the inevitable costs of war.  If you support such a war, here is how it will affect you when it breaks loose:

Exploding Oil Prices

The U.S. has had a ban on Iranian oil imports since 1979, however, Iran still supplies about 5% of the global oil market.  This might not seem like much, but Iran also has the means and ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of two major petroleum choke points in the world.  Around 17 million barrels of oil per day are shipped through the Straight of Hormuz, or about 20% of all oil traded worldwide.

In 2006, during the last major Iran war scare, experts predicted gasoline price increases in excess of $10 a gallon if Iran was invaded. (Source)

This would devastate the U.S. economy, which is already hanging by a thin thread.  Iran has announced this past weekend it will cease all oil shipments to Britain and France in protest of their support of economic sanctions.  This alone is causing oil to spike today.  A global energy crisis will financially decimate average citizens who will have their savings sapped by extreme price inflation, not just in gasoline, but in all goods that require the use of gasoline in their production and shipping.  If you like this idea, then by all means, support an invasion of Iran.

War Domino Effect

In January of 2010, I wrote an article for Neithercorp Press entitled “Will Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War”.  In that article, I warned about the dangers of an invasion of Iran or Syria being used to foment a global conflict, in order to create a crisis large enough to distract the masses away from the international banker created economic collapse. (Source)

In 2006, Iran signed a mutual defense pact with its neighbor, Syria, which is also in the middle of its own turmoil and possible NATO intervention.  Syria has strong ties to Russia, and even has a revamped Russian naval base off its coast, a fact rarely mentioned by the mainstream media.  Both Russia and China have made their opposition clear in the case of any Western intervention in Iran or Syria.  An invasion by the U.S. or Israel in these regions could quickly intensify into wider war between major world powers.  If you like the idea of a world war which could eventually put you and your family in direct danger, then by all means, support an invasion of Iran.

Dollar Collapse

Make no mistake, the U.S. dollar is already on the verge of collapse, along with the U.S. economy.  Bilateral trade agreements between BRIC and ASEAN nations are sprouting up everywhere the past couple months, and these agreements are specifically designed to end the dollar’s status as the world reserve currency.  An invasion of Iran will only expedite this process.  If global anger over the resulting chaos in oil prices doesn’t set off a dump of the dollar, the eventual debt obligation incurred through the overt costs of war will.  Ron Paul has always been right; it doesn’t matter whether you think invasion is a good idea or not.  We simply cannot afford it.  America is bankrupt.  Our only source of income is our ability to print money from thin air.  Each dollar created to fund new wars brings our currency ever closer to its demise.

This combination of disastrous economic policy and disastrous foreign policy has actually been used before.  Great Britain once sat in the position of economic authority that the U.S. sits in today, and the pound sterling was once considered the world reserve because it was required in the global trade of oil, just as the dollar is now.  However, British intrigues in the Middle East, and more specifically in Egypt, led them into extreme debt.  In the 1940s and 1950s, international banks led by America and France threatened to dump British Treasury Bonds in response to their efforts to dominate Middle Eastern oil.  Does any of this sound familiar? 

This ultimately led to considerable devaluation of the pound.  In 1967, the death blow was finally delivered when Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, artificially reduced the British exchange rate by 14% overnight!  Meaning, in the span of a single evening, British citizens lost 14% of their buying power, and every product they went out to buy the next day would cost them 14% more.

It would be practical to mention that the move to destroy the British pound came right in time for the implementation of new programs for the construction of the European Union, and the Euro, the new supranational currency which would later become the standard.  The EU and the Euro never could have come about while the Pound Sterling remained a world reserve.  Just another amazing coincidence I’m sure, and one that couldn’t possibly have any relation to what is happening to the dollar in 2012, right…? 

So, if you like the idea of losing 14% or more of your buying power overnight, and having that financial loss blamed on the tides of war, rather than on the corporate bankers who actually created the mess, then by all means, support an invasion of Iran.

Civil Liberties Destroyed

Do you like being able to walk down the street without having to suffer through constant pat-downs by low-wage brain-dead cretins in blue gloves?  Does it make you feel good to know that if you are ever arrested, whether you are guilty or not, you are guaranteed by law to receive a fair trial by your peers in a civilian court with a lawyer by your side?  Do you enjoy taking a long drive with the family without facing checkpoints, and predator drones constantly overhead every time you put the top down to feel the wind in your hair?  Don’t get too comfortable, folks!  These “luxuries” will soon be a thing of the past, especially as the U.S. financial situation deteriorates and war escalates.  Think of all the new threats the elites in our government can use to rationalize the usurpation of Constitutional protections when war with Iran, or Syria, or Russia, or China, or all of them at once, breaks out.

The term “terrorist” will take on a whole different dynamic.  Great national dangers often facilitate broader definitions of who is and who is not an “enemy of the state”.  Crisis gives wings to legislation like the NDAA.  In this kind of despotic environment, no one, even those citizens who support the state in nearly all of its enterprises, is safe.  Maybe you love the idea of war with Iran, but at the same time, hate the idea of having a TSA goon manhandling your wife or daughter in a train station or on a street corner.  Good luck with that.  Speaking out could be treated as disruption of national security measures.  Off to the gulag with you!

The “greater good” somehow always entails the dissolution of civil liberties for the common man.  Invariably, the establishment in power favors no one, save a highly connected few.  Being pro-establishment does not necessarily protect you from a government given free reign to do whatever it pleases in wartime.  In the end, everyone is fair game.

If this is the kind of America you want to live in, by all means, support an invasion of Iran.

If You Can’t See The Big Picture, You Can’t See A Thing…

The relentless drive for war in the Middle East is not about “spreading democracy”.  It is not about terrorism.  It is not about oil (at least for the most part).  It is not about Israel (at least, not the Israeli people).  It is not even about corporate profiteering by the Military Industrial Complex.  War in the Middle East is about changing the way our country and our world operates, culturally, socially, financially, and politically.  War opens doors to social re-engineering that could never be accomplished otherwise.  War creates fear, panic, rage, and allows dystopian fallacies to reign supreme.  War, unjust and dishonorable war, makes countries weak, and ripe for violent change. 

Iran is not a threat to our way of life, and never has been.  But, war in Iran could easily upset the core of our entire country, and leave us wayward strangers in the land we were born.

While much of the rhetoric of preemptive invasion that America has been awash in these past few months is carefully crafted and disseminated by government entities whose intentions are far from honest, its effectiveness is mute without the helping hand of a thoughtless subsection of the public.  Every decade or so, a new generation of idiot spawn comes of age to be willingly sacrificed on the chopping block of globalist conquest.  This new decade brings with it the promise of not just more of the same, but perhaps the most costly tithe to the gods of war ever made in our country’s history.  This is not our fight.  This is a fight we are being conned into undertaking for the profit of others, and thus, it is a fight we cannot win.  Perhaps when the blind mobs of this nation feel the abrupt sting of their foolishness in their narrow day-to-day existence, they will finally understand….

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Anonymous said...

You were doing REALLY well until you mentioned" israels nuclear weapons programs from the 70`s " Try the 50`s and 60`s. What do you think was the main reason JFK was murdered ? GET IT RIGHT

Anonymous said...

Salamis. Bear in mind that outcomes can be other than the expected. Probably Iran will submit, but nobody can say for sure what will happen.

Anonymous said...

The same day as the next false flag to invade Iran is the same day Amerikka will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO. Oct 10. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now by Planet X, its effects, and the chemtrails that hide it every day globally.

Anonymous said...

At the age of 71 years I finally now know the meaning of "Inperialist Warmongering Yankees", and it makes me really sad to know that what was our great country will never be great ever again..."No Export = No Recovery"... Ponce

Ron Paul is our last hope...not for recovery, but to avoid WWIII...MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Rob said...

We are, as a society, bombarded every minute of the day through our media, both actively and subliminally, of all the bad news, all the negativity. Fear mongering and war. The video games our kids play, the daily concoction of half truths and lies on the TV and news print. The constant threat of war and terrorism. All these means keep the vibration of consciousness very low. We need to raise the vibration of consciousness to get what we all want. The Occupy movement has certainly been a breath of fresh air and has woken a lot of people up, but the cops and the provocateurs are trying to bring the protests down to physical confrontation and therefore bring it to a low vibration which the media can point to with disdain and dissuade the timid and uninformed.
There’s a better way! We can raise the vibration of mass consciousness in a non confrontational way by using what each one of us posses as an integral part of our multi dimensional being. LOVE! On mass or individually, we can change things BIG TIME! Everything consists of vibration and if we want to raise the vibration, then let us use something that is of a very high vibration. And let’s do this around the world. We are all brothers and sisters and we all have the ability to affect positive change through mass consciousness without violence and bloodshed. We have tried the violence method for thousands of years and it obviously hasn’t worked because here we are back at square one. If we can unite on mass and take the time to send Love to all the world, we can effect change faster than we could by shaking our fists at the tyranny that is presently cloaking and choking us. How difficult would it be to try this? We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We can do this on our own time in the comfort of our homes or at mass events coordinated around the world. We have the power within us!

Anglo Saxon said...

Anonymous #1. Calm down my friend, and stop poking someone else in the ribs just to make yourself feel a little better.

Brandon Smith is correct. Israeli Nuclear Weapons programmes were well under-way only during the 1970s. The 1960s was the construction and research phase, greatly assisted by the French. There was no programme in the 1950s to speak of, except one of subterfuge and behind the scenes haggling. JFK was murdered for any of 3 different and principal reasons: (1) re-issuing Greenback 'real' dollars in order to phase out Federal Reserve Notes, (2) demanding nuclear inspections of Israel's brand new Dimona facility, and (3) demanding to see the UFO files.

Claims the Cubans killed him is just a smokescreen. Or if you prefer ... total and utter b*llsh*t.

Junious Ricardo Stanton said...

The one thing most AmeriKKKans fail to consider is the US could easily lose a regional or world war. The US has the armaments and weapons but wars cost money. The US is broke. Who is going to pay for such a war other than by issuing worthless digital money from the Federal Reserve a private bank that uses the US IRS as their collection agency/enforcer. This means the banksters will tax us for generations to pay off the war debt. Japan is in no position to side with the US and lend us money. Will China keep lending the US money? I don't think so. Look at the writing on the wall already.
We don't teach in our schools that Russia was our WWII ally and helped defeat Hitler (it goes against the Cold War propaganda the US used to brainwashed us to hate them) when Hitler foolishly invaded Russia for the oil in the Caspian region. That move set the stage for Hitler's demise because it over extended him and his forces. NATO/US/Israel attacking Iran will be just like Hitler invading Russia, a doomed misadventure where the costs outweigh any benefits other than from a psychopathic perspective.
The fact is since the USA's defeat and retreat from Southeast Asia in the 1970's it only picks on small unarmed countries they have weakened through neo-colonial economic sanctions or covert ops they know they can easily beat: Haiti, Grenada, Bu$h I's invasion of Panama, Iraq, Libya etc. But a war with a well armed, fiercely nationalistic and heartened foe is another thing. (Think Vietnam) A war by proxy or otherwise where not only Muslims around the world but the Chinese and perhaps Russia are on Iran's side is another matter. The Neo-Con Chicken-hawks, the international banksters and psychopaths may bite off more than they can chew even if one of their goals is global depopulation. An attack on Iran will lead to the bankruptcy and collapse of the AmeriKKKan Empire and way of life as we know it. The original Tea Party (prior to being co-opted by the Koch brothers) and Occupy Movements were correct and on point,perhaps more people should pay attention to what they said.

Anonymous said...

IF Isreal does attack Iran, the vast majority of
piloted aircraft will never leave Iran airspace!
No bombast, just Jane's info.

Anonymous said...

Same as it ever was...

Dave said...

What a great article! A ish more people would understand what's going on!

Christine Erikson (aka Justina) said...

"However, in their heart of hearts, others instead relish the idea of imposing their world views and philosophical systems upon others, even if it means using cluster bombs and predator drones."

with all respect, I think you got it backwards. In their heart of hearts they like using cluster bombs and predator drones, even if it means they have to come up with some good excuse like imposing views and philosophy on others, and take the trouble to formulate such and take the trouble to engage in something resembling this.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if the solution of all the problems of the world's conflicting philosophies
and just plain greed would be something as simplistic as decrying war. Conflict whether over religious phisophy, manipulation of wealth for gain of the elite few by depriving the masses is just as unconchinable as a blood bath. A simple solution would be to love one another and lose yourself in service to others. Ask not what you can gain but ask yourself what you can give. Greed superceeds the need to give charity to your brother. Peace and strength comes only from giving of self.

Anonymous said...

When the President of Iran comes out and tells the world his main objective is to kill all jews. We have no say in any action Israel takes. And to all who keep calling America with all these KKKs If you don't like it or respect it enough to call it correctly. You can leave at any time....

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Anglo Saxon said...

To Anonymous #8 (February 20, 2012 7:10 PM). I have a simple request for you. Grow Up you silly little boy! You are like a big-girl's blouse: spreading naughty little lies about people and events you know little or nothing about.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad NEVER said (in any shape or form) that his "main objective is to kill all jews." You are taking your cue from the Rothschild "controlled Media" and by doing so you will inevitably get it all wrong.

If you take time to search for the exact time, place, and better still, a recording of him 'saying' what you claim he said, you will come out empty handed. No material evidence exists that would confirm Ahmadinejad actually stated his "main objective is to kill all jews." But, you will find endless links to articles by New York Jews (and the like) filling Internet servers with gigabytes of shameless bile and hysterical warmongering. Those 'Jews' who shriek like this are not men. They are pansies.

If you know anything Anonymous #8, you will know that MEMRI is no friend of Islam or of Iran. But it is still worth quoting them from time to time. As regards what Ahmadinejad did say (as translated imperfectly into English) we have the following info to guide us.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translates the phrase as: "be eliminated from the pages of history."


"Ahmadinejad was quoting the Ayatollah Khomeini in the specific speech under discussion: what he said was that "the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time.

No state action is envisaged in this lament; it denotes a spiritual wish, whereas the erroneous translation——'wipe Israel off the map'——suggests a military threat.

There is a huge chasm between the correct and the incorrect translations. The notion that Iran can 'wipe out' U.S.-backed, nuclear-armed Israel is ludicrous."

~~ Shiraz Dossa, a professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

FURTHERMORE ... Ahmadinejad did NOT refer to Israel the country, or Israel the land mass; he correctly referred directly to the "Israeli regime". This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).

And another thing. There is a long-established and thriving Jewish community inside Iran, and they have never been harmed or touched, in any way, shape, or form by any Iranian regime for centuries. And the community leaders of Iran's Jews actually meet with President Ahmadinejad on a fairly regular basis.

AmeriKa?? No, we don't respect AmeriKa. Very few people anywhere in the world would stoop so low as to do so. That corrupted and utterly paranoid AmeriKa is NOT of the people. AmeriKa is a Corporate state allied to the Zionist Lobby and funded by a foreign banking cartel called the Federal Reserve.

You ask people to leave?? For most, it is near impossible to 'leave' AmeriKa because its reach has now become global. It even has the arrogance to send squadrons of remote controlled drones armed with Hellfire missiles for the specific purpose of hovering over sovereign nations in order to wipe out individuals or groups some faceless goon or bitch in Manhattan / Washington DC doesn't like.

If you wish to die on the Plantation defending your slave masters bwaana, then go do it. But don't bother us with your childish bile meantime.

Anonymous said...

We won't have war with Iran, thus there will be no consequences. Arrest of the global elite is well on the way, stop the fear mongering, get back to living.

Wombat said...

There need not be an "invasion" of Iran. They can do the dirty deed with drones and needle the country half to death in any number of ways that will leave the aggressors less subject to the charge of territorial occupation. This will still cause all the troubles Brandon Smith has outlined above, and then some. But it won't be the problem of the ruling will be the problem of Joe and Jane Blow, who will be mostly helpless. The real crunch will come when the US$ falls so low that it won't buy jack **** for the average battlefield soldier. Then the elite will have to resort to the time-honored trick of letting fighters scrounge whatever they can from the spoils of war. Then the next problem will be...these "men of war" will be far from home, disconnected from defensive cover, and overwhelmed by seething masses of enraged local people whose hatred they have done everything to earn. The locals will make souvlaki out of American GI's and Blackwater mercenaries, who will then finally turn on their evil masters. Yeah.

Anonymous said...

Nuclear Iran is dangerous as any country with Nukes. This time you have a Totalitarian ideology hell-bent on annihilating Israel and the West. A new Hitlerian nigthmare lurking called The Third Jihad.

Oh sorry, wrong blogsite. Seems that here they support peace and a free non-existent Palestine.

Apparently, you have not read your Bibles, if you have any. It is all int here, I assure you.

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Anonymous said...

I think people should read "War is a racket" by retired marine major general Smedley Butler. This guy knew what was up as far back as the 30s.

Anonymous said...

Brandon, really good job. Well done.

Bluestocking said...

What's rather ironic about this is the fact that in 1987 (when the Bill Moyers report embedded above aired on PBS), the US government was again indirectly attacking Iran -- by providing both military and financial support to Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War which he instigated.

Anonymous said...

Visit to see who profits from the wars and interventions of these small countries.

Michael Kinsey said...

The big question here is what the next world reserve currency and how is it funded, Vat tax via chip with carbon credit tax on every breath you take. Collected by IMF and World Central Bank in cashless fiat currency,fractional reserve banking system in a reboot of the Fed scam which is played out.

Anonymous said...

Well said

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