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08/13/2006 Archived Entry: "Israel-Hezbollah war is a practice run for U.S.-Iran war, God forbid"

GOD FORBID, BUT NO SURPRISE, the Israel-Hezbollah war is turning out to be what many susptected: a practice run for a disastrous U.S. attack on Iran. Jim Bovard notes the latest Seymour Hersh findings:

Israel is following its own agenda. But a Pentagon consultant informed Hersh that the Bush White House “has been agitating for some time to find a reason for a preëmptive blow against Hezbollah.” Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers last month provided the pretext for a massive bombing campaign than had been planned long before.

The Bush team is chomping at the bit to use the “lessons” from Israel’s war for its own on Iran. A former intelligence officer told Hersh: “We told Israel, ‘Look, if you guys have to go, we’re behind you all the way. But we think it should be sooner rather than later—the longer you wait, the less time we have to evaluate and plan for Iran before Bush gets out of office.’” The Bush team apparently believes that they are entitled to create a few more catastrophes before Bush’s time runs out.

Scariest of all is the giant elephant-in-the-living-room that the power-maddened fanatics in D.C. refuse to see:

Hersh highlights the harebrained notion underlying the Israeli bombing campaign: “Israel believed that, by targeting Lebanon’s infrastructure, including highways, fuel depots, and even the civilian runways at the main Beirut airport, it could persuade Lebanon’s large Christian and Sunni populations to turn against Hezbollah, according to the former senior intelligence official.”

This has backfired massively. And yet the Bush administration appears to still believe that a U.S. bombing campaign in Iran would turn the Iranian people against the Iranian government.

Posted by Claire @ 10:38 AM CST

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