By September 2002 every would-be mover and shaker
in our nation's capital knew that Gulf War II would begin shortly after President
Bush could claim, however implausibly, that international "diplomacy" had failed
to get Saddam Hussein to give up his pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Many of them knew that Saddam had given up his pursuit of nukes a decade earlier.
Worse, many of them knew that Gulf War II had already secretly begun, months
before, with Operation Southern Focus, a massive preemptive, "suppressive" air
assault against more than 400 "key" targets in Iraq, some of them military.
That massive air assault a war crime, if unauthorized began before Bush
even sought the "fig leaf" protection of a congressional or Security
Council authorization to use U.S. armed forces if necessary to "disarm" Saddam.
Now, September 2006, every would-be mover and shaker in our nation's capital
knows that Gulf War III will begin shortly after President Bush can claim, however
implausibly, that international "diplomacy" has failed to get the Iranian mullahs
to give up their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Many of them know that there is no "indication" that the mullahs have ever
had a nuclear weapons program.
Worse, many perhaps all of them know that Gulf War II was never about nukes.
Gulf War II was, and Gulf War III will be, about "regime change."
But, the Cheney Cabal discovered early on that the only rationale acceptable
to you soccer moms for invading Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, et al. would
be (a) their developing nukes and (b) giving them to terrorists.
So the Cheney Cabal and their media sycophants launched an unrelenting propaganda
campaign, falsely claiming that Iran, Iraq, Syria, and North Korea had illicit
Unfortunately, at the time, according to inspectors of the International Atomic
Energy Agency, there was no "indication" that any of them did.
So the Cheney Cabal and their media sycophants launched another unrelenting
propaganda campaign, attacking the competency and honesty of IAEA officials.
In the process, the Cheney Cabal corrupted the IAEA Board of Governors, resulting
in the passage of several resolutions by the Board that violated the IAEA Statute,
the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and the UN Charter itself.
Next, the Cheney Cabal corrupted the Security Council, resulting in at least
one resolution that also violated the UN Charter.
Now comes Iran's President Ahmadinejad to address the UN General Assembly for
the second time.
Well, it's barely possible that Ahmadinejad's televised performance before
the UN General Assembly last Tuesday (excerpted below) in conjunction with
his half-dozen televised interviews may put a hitch in the Cheney Cabal's
You see, although the movers and shakers in our nation's capital claim to have
address as very helpful to the Cheney Cabal, and disastrous to Iran's cause,
that does not seem to be the view of the rest of the world.
"Apparently, the Security Council can only be used to ensure the security
and the rights of some big powers.
"When the oppressed [Lebanese, Palestinians] are crushed by bombardment,
the Security Council must remain aloof and not even call for a cease-fire. Is
this not a tragedy of historic proportions for the Security Council, which is
charged with maintaining security for all countries?
"The question needs to be asked: If the governments of the United States
or the United Kingdom, who are permanent members of the Security Council, commit
aggression, occupation, and violation of international law, which of the organs
of the UN can take them to account?
"Can a Council in which they are privileged members address their violations?
Has this ever happened?
"In fact, we have repeatedly seen the reverse. If they have differences
with a nation or state, they drag it [Iran] to the Security Council and as claimants
arrogate to themselves simultaneously the roles of prosecutor, judge, and executioner.
Is this a just order?
"Can there be a more vivid case of discrimination and more clear evidence
"How long can such a situation last in the world? It is evident that
the behavior of some powers constitutes the greatest challenge before the Security
Council, the entire organization, and its affiliated agencies.
"Today, it is undeniable that the Security Council, most critically
and urgently, needs legitimacy and effectiveness. It must be acknowledged that
as long as the Council is unable to act on behalf of the entire international
community in a transparent, just, and democratic manner, it will neither be
legitimate nor effective."