Revolution #101, September 16, 2007


Over the last month, U.S. preparations for attacking Iran have taken a leap, and war—in the near future—is a real possibility.

In mid-August, the Bush administration announced plans to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organization.” This would be the first time any state organization had been so designated and could be an effort to prepare a "legal" basis for attacking Iran. Former CIA operative Robert Baer wrote in Time (8/18) that "Officials I talk to in Washington vote for a hit on [Iran] maybe within the next six months."

On August 28, Bush made a belligerent case for war to the reactionary American Legion, charging Iran with threatening a "nuclear holocaust" and murdering Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops. He warned, "I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities."

The same day, a British think tank released a study concluding that the U.S. was preparing a "massive" military assault on Iran which could "destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order." On September 2, London’s Sunday Times reported that the Pentagon had plans for a three-day bombing blitzkrieg against 1,200 Iranian targets.

It’s estimated that half the U.S.’s warships are now poised near Iran, which means an attack could come very quickly – with little if any warning.

Far too many are either unaware or in denial about this extreme danger, and the capitalist media refuses to report it.

People need to call attention to and resist this U.S. escalation, including by joining World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime and building anti-war protests scheduled for September 15 and 29. (See for details.)

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