Saturday, March 18, 2006

Scott Ritter: Iran War

Scott Ritter, the former U.S. weapons inspector, recently spoke on the SUNY New Paltz campus.
One of the main topics he mentioned was the potential war with Iran. The follow is a summary, based on the notes I took during Ritter's presentation.

Iran is the world's 4th largest supplier of oil. Americans make up less than 5% of the world's population but we consume 1/4 of the world's fossil fuels. Americans are addicted to a lifestyle that our own natural resources cannot sustain. Going to war with Iran would temporarily solve America's oil problem and it would also transform the region to be more compliant with United States interests.

The American government controls the population through fear. They will compare a potential nuclear weapon threat from Iran to order to raise the same fears. The American people will take this at face value and rally behind Bush once again.

Yet, we need to look deeper than what is portrayed on the evening news. Iran is not capable of creating substantial nuclear weapons. Their uranium contains a heavy element called Molybdenum. If this Molybdenum ridden Uranium is put in a centrifuge for enrichment, the Molybdenum would actually destroy the centrifuge. Since they do not have the funds to separate the elements, Iran is not capable of creating high grade nuclear weapons.

But the President and his Administration does not want you to know the facts above. They want you to believe their lies about Iran so they can go forward and control the last of the world's dwindling oil supply.

Since Congress gave the President unlimited power after 911, don't think that he is going to ask their permission to go to war with Iran. He already stated, "I am not bound by Congress, the Supreme Court or the Constitution when it comes to defending this country." As Ritter stated, four years ago, this country no longer fit the definition of a Representative Democracy. It became more like an Oligarchy-one nation with all the power, our status defined by our military and lately, it's become closer to Fascism; an Imperial Presidency.

Again, the war with Iran will be brought on, pre-emptively and unilaterally, with the same hype as seen after 911. Iran will be depicted as a threat to national security, potential terrorists ready to attack America, possessors of weapons of mass destruction, etc. With our military already absorbed in Iraq, Afghanistan and countless other countries, there will be a very small ground force available. In 2004, the Bush Administration outlined that an attack on Iran would involved sustained bombing, attacking military targets and once these were destroyed, it is assumed that the people will rise up and overthrow their ruler.

But what if the Iranians do not act according to Washington's plan? Ritter states that Bush wouldn't reinstate the draft because we have a professionally trained army; recruiting citizens would be a disaster. Instead, Bush would fist use nuclear weapons against Iran. Killing thousands, maybe even millions of people and creating an environment of devastation and cancer which will last for generations.

Ritter states that the Bush administration will strike against Iran only when it is convient. Definitely not before the 2006 elections, but possibly sometime in the Spring of 2007.

So please, keep aware of the situation in Iran. Do not trust reports you hear on mainstream media, or the bullshit spewing from President Bush's mouth. Know the facts, do your own research and keep talking to each other. If there is anything that is going to keep us out of Iran, it will be our knowledge and unity.

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