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An Attack on Iran Must be Stopped

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    An Attack on Iran Must be Stopped

    As the US and UK gear up for another senseless war in the Middle East, one thing is certain – it will end in disaster

    By Andrew Murray "
    The Guardian"
    The Anglo-American aggression addicts haven't kicked the habit. The team that brought you shock and awe and Operation Infinite Justice is gearing up for yet another crack at winning a senseless war in the Middle East.

    This time the target is Iran, the pretence the regime's imminent possession of nuclear weapons. But some things will remain the same – it will lead to slaughter and end in disaster.

    A brief recap of the Anglo-American "war on terror" in the Middle East, 2001 to date: Afghanistan was occupied to "eliminate terrorism" but, many thousands of dead later, terror has spread to Pakistan and beyond, leaving Kabul with the most corrupt government on earth.

    Iraq was invaded to disarm Saddam of weapons he didn't have. US troops have finally withdrawn, leaving millions dead or displaced and the country broken in dysfunctional sectarian misery.

    Libya, far from being the war that went well, was bombed to "protect civilians" with the result that 30,000 died and thousands more remain in prison reportedly being tortured by the regime Nato installed.
    "They couldn't be so crazy" is therefore not an unreasonable response to the speculation about yet another Middle East war. But here we go again.

    The US national intelligence director James Clapper's unsubstantiated claim that Iran is preparing attacks in the US itself – without even a 45-minute warning, apparently – is one sign among many that the familiar spook-media propaganda coalition is in overdrive again, selling another cock-eyed conflict.

    An attack against Iran will not stop the regime acquiring nuclear weapons if it wishes to do so. It can only make it more likely that it will decide to acquire them, and will eventually surely succeed.

    Along the way thousands more will die, conflict will extend across the region, oil supplies will be disrupted and the Iranian regime will be strengthened domestically.

    Iran is not a liberal democracy. That is an issue which, as the Arab spring shows, is more likely to be addressed by the Iranian people themselves than by a foreign attack sponsored by Saudi Arabia, most recently the butchers of Bahraini democracy.

    The central case for attacking Iran is animated by the determination that Washington and its allies have the right to dominate the Middle East come what may.

    That is the argument offered by Matthew Kroenig, until six months ago the Pentagon's special adviser on Iran, in an article in Foreign Affairs baldly titled Time to Attack Iran: "A nuclear-armed Iran would immediately limit US freedom of action in the Middle East … Iran could threaten any US political or military initiative in the Middle East with nuclear war, forcing Washington to think twice before acting in the region."
    The pragmatic case against war is overwhelming. But the principled case is even stronger. Britain and the US have launched a series of wars across the Middle East for no better purpose than maintaining their control over a region whose peoples they dare not allow to be self-governing and independent.

    Can an attack be stopped? If Britain can be detached that would help derail the war drive. Five British warships sail alongside the US navy in the Gulf, and we can be sure that Diego Garcia will be a base for the bombing onslaught – it was ethnically cleansed by the Wilson government for precisely this sort of purpose.
    William Hague has made plain government support for US policy so far. The delight of the Commons exchanges on the issue was Jack Straw, whose only contribution to diplomacy was marketing the novel concept of the "unreasonable UN veto" at the time of the Iraq aggression, insisting that Britain should not act without clear UN authority now.

    Millions of British people peacefully and democratically opposed the Iraq war and were ignored by Tony Blair. He got his war but lost his political momentum, reputation and job, in that order, as a result.
    Today's anti-war campaign must learn from the Occupy movement and UK Uncut, as well as breaking that bipartisan parliamentary consensus for war which proved so calamitous in 2003, if the cycle of war is to end. A nationwide day of action on Saturday 11 February against attacking Iran is the start.

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    Khamenei kasema vita vitakuwa na madhara zaidi kwa US kuliko Iran, so yes wengine tunaweza kusema hatupendi vita, lakini vipi kuhusu misimamo ya matafa husika?

    Ni wazi kuwa hata Iran hawajali kuingia vitani na wamejiandaa na wanaendelea kujiandaa...
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    Halafu kuna a "Nasrallah" factor...

    Nasrallah–”Hezbollah ready to confront Israel”

    Nasrallah, rarely appearing in public for fear of assassination, makes first public address since 2006, to mark Muslim holy day of Ashoura.Associated Press

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally on Tuesday, saying his group was building its military capabilities and is always ready to confront Israel.

    “Day by day our arsenal is developing and our numbers are growing and we are always ready to confront the Zionist enemy and their allies the United States to protect our land,” Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in his group’s Dahiyeh stronghold in Beirut.

    An image grab taken from the Hezbollah-run Manar TV shows Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech in southern Beirut on December 6, 2011 in first public appearance since 2008. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since his

    Shiite Muslim group battled Israel in a month-long war in 2006, fearing Israeli assassination. Since then, he has communicated with his followers and gives news conference mostly via satellite link, and his last public appearance was in 2008.

    But on Tuesday, the black-turbaned Nasrallah was seen walking through a throng of people in a southern Shiite stronghold in Beirut and then greeted crowds from the podium.
    “I wanted to be with you for few minutes … to renew our pledge and for the world to hear us,” Nasrallah said. His public appearance, he said, was a message to those who believe they can “threaten us,” he added.

    A smiling Nasrallah then left the podium, telling tens of thousands of supporters he will reappear in few minutes on a giant screen for a longer speech.
    “See you in few minutes,” he joked to his followers before he left.

    In his speech, Nasrallah told the crowds that, “The Lebanese opposition carries a power whose breadth the enemy does not know, and it will surprise it in any future clash. Since 1982 we are the ones taking the imitative, and we do not pay attention to international criticism.”

    Nasrallah mainly spoke about internal Lebanese criticism of Hezbollah, and the calls for it to disarm.
    “Whoever tries to go against Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal, is doing a great service to Israel,” Nasrallah said. “We will continue to hold our weapons day after day, we are only adding strength and improving our military capabilities.”
    Nasrallah hinted at the situation of neighboring Syria’s President

    Bashar Assad. “If there is someone who is counting on the fact that our weapons are going rusty, we say to them that our arsenal is constantly renewing.

    We have a clear message to all those who are weaving conspiracies and are waiting for changes in the area – we say to them that the opposition will remain and will stay active and you will not manage to break us.”

    He also talked about Israel, saying that “The main threat to us is the Israeli threat and we are committed to preserve the triangle of the military, the nation and the opposition.”
    His appearance is meant to portray confidence at a time of upheaval in the Middle East and particularly in Syria, which along with Iran is Hezbollah’s backer.

    Syrians and Arabs around the region have in recent years elevated Nasrallah to the status of a nationalist hero after his guerrillas’ 2006 war with Israel.

    Since the Syrian uprising, however, Syrians have unleashed their anger at Hezbollah over its blunt support for the regime of President Bashar Assad. Some protesters in Syria have set fire to the yellow flag of Hezbollah and pictures of Nasrallah.

    Ashoura marks the anniversary of the death in the seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein. His death in a battle outside of the Iraqi city of Karbala sealed Islam’s historical Sunni-Shiite split, which still bedevils the Middle East.
    Ashoura is one of the holiest days of the Muslim Shiite calendar.
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    mnaona jinsi maghaidi hutafuta njia ya kupiga muisrael. hesbollah, wantaka waungane na taliban na alqaeda. msimamo wa mataifa husika sana sana Waarabu na dini yao ni kauli moja kuondoa israel. Bashad anaua wananchi wake, lakini sababu kuu hesbolaah wankuwa na tahadhari na Isreal haieleweki. hesbollah wana unafiki mtupu. marekani na NATO lazima wakae kando na haya machafuko mashariki mwa kati, lau sivyo tutaona mupersian akichukua fursa kuanza vita.