Reality Check:

Who Is Being “Provocative” and Threatening War in the Middle East?
Iran? Or the Trump Fascists?

February 1, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper |



Today National Security Advisor Michael Flynn burst into the White House daily press briefing and threatened Iran* for have “provocatively” tested a non-nuclear ballistic missile, and for backing the Houthi rebels in Yemen.* “The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk,” he declared, warning, “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.” Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared that the U.S. won’t “sit by and not act on those actions.”

This is naked imperialist aggression justified by lies, like everything else Trump is doing that has nothing to do with any life aside from the predatory, earth-killing system Trump embodies. Trump brags about building up the U.S. military and then condemns another (much smaller) country for even testing military equipment. Missile tests are not prohibited under the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement or even UN Security Council resolutions, which only prohibit Iran from testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. The Houthis, who are waging a civil war against pro-Saudi forces in Yemen, have been subjected to a criminal, murderous bombing campaign by Saudi Arabia, made possible by U.S. planes, bombs, and support. Now, the Trump-Pence regime appears to be threatening even more murderous attacks.

Escalating already savage U.S. aggression around the world is yet another horrendous feature of the fascist regime now rapidly being consolidated under Trump-Pence. This is yet further proof of the urgency of driving this fascist regime from power!

*See previous issues of for in-depth coverage of the U.S., Iran, and Yemen.


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