Pepe Escobar has written that Iran is being targeted because it wants to stop dealing in petro-dollars and that the Chinese, who own at least a trillion in US debt, wish to do so, as well, but he offers no suggestion as to what currency exists to replace the dollar. This idea was first floated when the euro was strong but now a switch to the euro is out of the question and Iranian rials were never a consideration. We heard this argument first when it was raised as the reason we attacked Iraq. Then we were told that Qaddafi’s threat to establish some sort of a gold standard within Africa was seen as threat to the oil economy as if the late colonel and Libya had such power and that any African state would challenge US hegemony.
The current state of the US-Israel-Iran triangle raises more questions than it does definitive answers. What has been obvious is that the Israeli leadership and its agents in the US Jewish establishment and Congress have been pressing the US to launch a military attack on Iran, not willing to publicly recognize that through economic sanctions, the US war on Iran has already begun.
It would seem, for solid economic reasons, that the Obama administration is NOT looking for it to escalate into a shooting war but his power seems to be limited. Given the undeniable influence of the Jewish establishment over Congress–in which members of his own party vote against his wishes whenever Israel’s demands are on the table–he may no longer be the “decider” when it comes to going to war.
The meaning of what is going on at the moment we can only speculate because none of us has all the pieces to the puzzle, nor do we know how many are missing. What we can and must do is make it abundantly clear that should the US sanctions escalate to a fighting war, that war will be for Israel.
In 1990, while Iraq was still occupying Kuwait and the neocons were pressing Bush Sr. to stop hesitating and go after Saddam, a friend who owned a large truck and a Chinese junk with a large sail, knocked on my door at 1 am, telling me that he wanted to make an anti-war banner out of the sail and display it on the side of his truck which he planned to park on a major overpass of Hwy 1o1 leading out of San Francisco.
Without a moment’s hesitation, I said, “No War for Israel!,” and we got another friend who had made posters for the Fillmore in the 60s, to make the letters for the 17 ft banner. Our effort was a major success, although it didn’t stop the war. We heard many sympathetic honks and only one loudly shouted , “F–k you!,” which, incredibly, could be heard above the din of traffic. At nightfall, after being told by the highway patrol that we were creating a traffic hazard, we drove the truck into the Mission District where it became the head of an anti-war march. (For those who don’t believe this was a war for Israel, see Eric Alterman’s “Sound and Fury,” Harper-Collins, 1992).
I next used the banner in 2003 on the overpass and at anti-war protests and I am planning to drape it on my old Toyota pickup and drive down to SF and do it again. I would encourage MW readers here in the states to make your own signs with the slogan of the day: “No War for Israel! Given the tenor of the times, it needs to be done soon, very soon.