Friday, April 28, 2006

Tumbling Dice

The US House of Representatives voted in favor of what it calls "Iran Freedom Support Act". Now, what is not known by the passage of this act is if the members of Congress who voted for it are ignorant, or if they hope that their constituents are ignorant. What it states is ludicrous:"hold Iran accountable and support a smooth transition to democracy." accountability? From this Congress? They can't even, or don't want to hold President Bush accountable for his many violations of the law and/or Constitution, now they want to hold Iran accountable for following the NPT?
But that's not even the best part! "..Support a smooth transition to democracy." Iran is a democracy, just like the US. They voted for their current President, just as we voted (kind of ) for ours. Of course, I'm sure they wouldn't have voted for such a hardliner if they hadn't felt crowded by the US Army, which is occupying countries to either side of it. But, that's beside the point. They are a democracy, so for Congress to vote to support a smooth transition to democracy is kind of like Congress voting to keep accepting favors from lobbyists.
All this is, is the same old rigoramole leading to the inevitable invasion of Iran. It's not that Iran has nuclear weapons, it's for three other reasons, the first and most obvious being it's vast oil reserves.
The second is the oil bourse that Iran is in the process of setting up that will trade in euros, not dollars. That's a big fuck you to the petrodollar that the US has been passing around for some thirty odd years, and will be sure to have a devastating effect on the US economy, much as the high fuel prices already are. Hope you've stocked up on canned tuna, powdered milk and bottled water, because hard times are coming if this comes to pass, or if the US attacks Iran and they effectively shut off the Straits of Hormuz.
But the third reason has to do with the axis of evil. Remember those countries that Bush mentioned shortly after September 11? Iraq, Iran and North Korea. While the first two are easily indentifiable as Muslim countries with lots of oils, their inherent evil is obvious. But North Korea? Here's a clue: draw a line connecting the three countries and what is immediately between them? China. The US is positioning itself to contain China, which is on it's way to becoming a major economic powerhouse. Courtesy of US corporations and at the expense of American workers. US corporations are addicted to Chinese labor like US citizens are addicted to foreign oil. All this has done is increase the trade deficit with China and weaken the dollar even more. But that's okay if you're a millionaire, not so okay if you don't make over $100,000 annually.
Fortunately, the corporate media is there to keep the US citizens in the dark. Bush just appointed FOX news correspondent Tony Snow as his new press secretary, effectively finishing Fox News' transition into the official propaganda arm of the Bush administration. Don't look for any objectivity now that each news media outlet struggles to curry favor with the White House, any more than we can look to Brewster-Jennings to monitor the number of centrifuges that Iran has to enrich it's uranium. The die has been cast, the dominoes will fall.

9 comments:

Left of Center said...

I am creating a commity called CTAD
the Commitee for the transistion to American Democracy. We will endeavor to figure out how to move the Inited states to a multiple party system, have fair and honest elections, and remove corporate lobbyist from the process.

Lily said...

I will join your "commity" LOC.

Kvatch said...

...hold Iran accountable and support a smooth transition to democracy.

Uh...how exactly is accountability an issue for a conquered people in an occupied land? I think I know whose accountable, and it ain't the Iraqis.

Lily said...

Good question, Kvatch.

I'm going to bug LOC for details...

The Biblical Voice Of Charlton Heston said...

Remove corporate lobbyists!!! HA! When! When we pry their money from our politicians cold fingers?

pissed off patricia said...

I like it LOC. Let's clean our own house first.

The Intellectual Prowess of Paris Hilton said...

Who needs Democracy when we can go shopping!

romunov said...

Sounds more like "Iran Don't Sell in Euros Or We'll Bomb You Just Like We Did With Iraq Act" to me.

Snave said...

I am also ready to join your committee, LOC.

"Smooth transition to democracy" probably means "get them to adopt democracy by whatever means necessary". What person from the Project for the New American Century came up with this crap!?