Saturday, August 21, 2004

Great. Just bloody great
The Iranian government has announced that it might be willing to start Bush’s next war for him.
Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.


Shamkhani, who was asked about the possibility of an American or Israeli strike against Iran's atomic power plant in Bushehr, added: "We will consider any strike against our nuclear installations as an attack on Iran as a whole, and we will retaliate with all our strength.

Very few of us on the left would be able to protest against a war in response to another country attacking our armed forces, even if was perfectly clear that they were manipulated into doing so. I’m sure Wolfowitz and the other planners at the Pentagon are grateful to Minister Shamkhani for laying out just what they need to do in order to have a war with Iran and make it Iran’s fault.

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