The Anti-Empire Report
By: Tom Burghardt
The Bible speaks of a great "Latter Day"
nation that shall rise up at the "end of the age;"
a nation that will glorify herself as a dazzlingly beautiful
QUEEN (Rev. 18:7), but a nation that the Bible says is
"... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE, and STRONG EXCEEDINGLY
with great iron teeth: that DEVOURS and BRAKES IN PIECES,
and stamps the residue (i.e., those who remain) with
its feet ..." (Daniel 7:7)
Isaiah describes this nation as an "OVERFLOWING
SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - and the Bible goes on to say
that this "BEAST-NATION" (Dan. 7:7) will gain
mastery over the entire earth and establish a ONE-WORLD
EMPIRE that will bring ruin and poverty to the peoples and
nations of the world. [For a detailed Scriptural identification
of this great "Latter Day" nation, please see
our article, "In
Search of Babylon" What Does the Bible Say?]
An overflowing scourge
A one-world empire that will dominate the earth and
bring it under its control? - one that the Bible says
will be "DREADFUL!" "TERRIBLE!" "STRONG
EXCEEDINGLY!" - and one that "DEVOURS"
and "BRAKES IN PIECES!" What nation is that?
- Mozambique? Zambia? Costa Rica? Or
maybe - as many Christians would say - the European Union
(which is now in the process of
disintegration)? [Please see Chapter XII of
the New Antipas Papers, "The
Beast of Revelation 17;" please also see our article,
"America vs. Europe."]
The answer is obvious to anyone outside American Christian
circles, proving once again that -
"... the children of this world are in their
generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke
Come on now, can there be any doubt that it's America?
What other nation today can even come close to such a
description? For example, Thomas Donnelly, Deputy Executive
Director of the Project for the New American Century,
writing for the magazine, Foreign Affairs [a CFR
"THE FACT OF A (ONE-WORLD) AMERICAN EMPIRE
IS HARDLY DEBATED THESE DAYS. Even those who fear and
oppose it - in this country, the libertarian right and
the remnants of the new left; abroad, a variety of voices
from Paris to Baghdad to Beijing - define international
politics almost entirely in relation to U.S. power,
and especially U.S. military power."
TEND TO FORGET THAT - AS MAO TSE-TUNG SAID
- "POWER FLOWS OUT
OF THE BARREL OF A GUN" and America
has the "biggest and baddest" guns in the world.
The word "empire" is derived from the word
"imperialism," which Michael Parenti describes
"... a process whereby the dominant politico-economic
interests of one nation EXPROPRIATE for their own enrichment
the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another
Think about that! - imperialism is the process whereby
one nation ROBS, LOOTS, STEALS, and PILLAGES the land,
labor, raw materials, and markets of another nation. And
isn't that exactly what America is doing in Nicaragua,
Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina, Angola, Nigeria, Thailand,
Indonesia, the Philippines, ad nauseum? That's
certainly what the great majority of people in those nations
think - but I suppose they're all wrong, and Americans
are right in thinking that they are only being "little
angels" in these countries - and that the only purpose
their multinational corporations are there for is to "uplift"
these people economically and bring them "the blessings
of democracy?" If you think that, I have a life-time
membership in the Flat Earth Society I would like to sell
Moreover, the form of imperialism that the United
States practices today is a particularly vile and cruel
kind - "CAPITALIST IMPERIALISM." Parenti explains:
"Imperialism (itself) is older than capitalism.
The Persian, Macedonian, Roman, and Mongol empires all
existed centuries before the ... Rockefellers (and the
DuPonts). Emperors and conquistadors were interested
mostly in plunder and tribute, gold and glory ...
"Capitalist imperialism differs from these
earlier forms in the way it SYSTEMATICALLY accumulates
capital through the ORGANIZED exploitation of labor
and the penetration of overseas markets. Capitalist
imperialism invests in other countries, dominating their
economies, cultures, and political life, and integrating
(their) structures into an international system of CAPITAL
Imperialism is the process whereby one nation
STEALS, and PILLAGES
the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of
As William Blum says,
in America's crosshairs
"It can not be repeated too often: The
secret to understanding US foreign policy is that there
is no secret. Principally, one must come to the realization
that the United States strives to dominate the world.
Once one understands that, much of the apparent confusion,
contradiction, and ambiguity surrounding Washington's
policies fades away."
Zeroing in on America's predatory interest in Iran,
Blum goes on to say,
"Examine a map: Iran sits directly between two of
the United States' great obsessions — Iraq and
Afghanistan ... directly between two of the world's
greatest oil regions — the Persian Gulf and Caspian
Sea areas ...!"
That should make America's interest in Iran clear.
"There's no letup, is there? The preparation of
the American mind, the world mind, for the next gala
performance of D&D — Death and Destruction.
The Bunker Buster bombs are now 30,000 pounds each one,
six times as heavy as the previous delightful model
"But the Masters of War still want to be loved;
they need for you to believe them when they say they
have no choice, that Iran is the latest threat to life
as we know it, no time to waste.
"The preparation of minds
was just as fervent before the invasion of Iraq in March
2003. And when it turned out that Iraq
did not have any kind of arsenal of weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) ... well, our power elite found other
justifications for the invasion."
THEY SIMPLY LIED ABOUT IT!
That's what they are doing today regarding Iran - and,
sadly, there is Israel, right in
the midst of the lying - assisting the American New World
Order System in order to ingratiate themselves with the
elites who govern it. Naturally enough, that's
where today's church can also be found.
What follows is a blow-by-blow account by Tom Burghardt
of how America - with Israel's assistance - is setting
up Iran for attack, an attack that has very little to
do with Iran as a "nuclear threat" and everything to do
with seizing control of Iran's oil wealth.
The Iranian people know what it means
to earn the enmity of the global godfather.
The world's global Godfather.
As William Blum documented in Killing Hope: U.S. Military
and CIA Interventions Since World War II, 1953's CIA-organized
coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, guilty
of the "crime" of nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian
Oil Company, may have "saved" Iran from a nonexistent
"Red Menace," but it left that oil-rich nation in
proverbial "safe hands"--those of the brutal dictatorship
of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
Similarly today, a nonexistent
"nuclear threat" is the pretext being used by Washington
to install a "friendly" regime in Tehran and undercut
geopolitical rivals China and Russia in the process, thereby
"securing" the country's vast petrochemical wealth
for American multinationals.
As the U.S. and Israel ramp-up covert operations against
Iran, the Pentagon "has laid out its most explicit
cyber-warfare policy to date, stating that if directed by the
president, it will launch 'offensive cyber operations' in response
to hostile acts," according to The Washington Post.
America's and Israel's covert war against
Citing "a long-overdue report to Congress released late
Monday," we're informed that "hostile acts may include
'significant cyber attacks directed against the U.S. economy,
government or military'," unnamed Defense Department officials
However, Air Force General Robert Kehler, the
commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) told Reuters,
"I do not believe that we need new explicit authorities
to conduct offensive operations of any kind."
The Pentagon report, which is still not publicly available,
"We reserve the right to use all necessary means--diplomatic,
informational, military and economic--to defend our nation,
our allies, our partners and our interests."
which first and foremost include "securing its hegemony
over the energy-rich regions of the Middle East and Central
Asia" ... may lead the crisis-ridden U.S.
Empire "to take another irresponsible gamble to shore up
its interests in the Middle East ... as a means of diverting
attention from the social devastation produced by its austerity
agenda." [Please see our article, "ISRAEL:
Prostituting Herself out to the American New World Order System."]
Recent media reports suggest however, that offensive cyber
operations are only part of Washington's multipronged strategy
to soften-up the Islamic Republic's defenses as a prelude to
For the better part of six decades, terrorist proxies have
done America's dirty work. Hardly relics of the Cold War past,
U.S. and allied secret state agencies are using such forces
to carry out attacks inside Iran today. [Again, please see
our article, "ISRAEL: Prostituting
Herself out to the American New World Order System."]
Asia Times Online reported that "deadly explosions at
a military base about 60 kilometers southwest of Tehran, coinciding
with the suspicious death of the son of a former commander of
the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Dubai in the
United Arab Emirates, have triggered speculation in Iran
on whether or not these are connected to recent United States
threats to resort to extrajudicial executions of IRGC leaders."
And Time Magazine, a frequent outlet for sanctioned
leaks from the Pentagon, reported that the blast at the Iranian
missile base west of Tehran, which killed upwards of 40 people
according to the latest estimates, including Major General Hassan
Moqqadam, a senior leader of Iran's missile program, was
described as the work "of Israel's external intelligence
service, Mossad." [Again, please see our article,
"ISRAEL: Prostituting Herself
out to the American New World Order System."]
The high-profile status
of Brigadier General Hassan Moghaddam will add to speculation
that the explosion was an act of sabotage aimed at the
country's nuclear weapons programme.
An unnamed "Western intelligence source" told reporter
"'Don't believe the Iranians that it was an accident,'
adding that other sabotage is being planned to impede the
Iranian ability to develop and deliver a nuclear weapon. 'There
are more bullets in the magazine,' the official says."
While Iranian officials insist that the huge blast was an "accident,"
multiple accounts in the corporate press and among independent
analysts provide strong evidence for the claim that Israel and
their terrorist cat's paw, the bizarre political cult, Mojahedin-e
Khalq (MEK) were responsible for the attack.
Aharonot, the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper, reports
that the MEK is a pawn of the Mossad and the CIA - despite
its appearance on various terrorist "watch sites."
Citing "an Israeli source with extensive senior political
and military experience," Silverstein's correspondent provided
"... an exclusive report that it was the work of
the Mossad in collaboration with the MEK."
Hardly a stranger to controversial reporting, Silverstein published
excerpts of secret FBI transcripts leaked to him by the heroic
whistleblower Shamai Leibowitz. Those wiretapped conversations
of Israeli diplomats caught spying on the U.S. -
"... described an Israeli diplomatic campaign in
this country to create a hostile environment for relations
In a Truthout piece, Silverstein wrote that Leibowitz, a former
IDF soldier who refused to serve in the Occupied Territories
"... explained that he was convinced from his work
on these recordings that the Israel foreign ministry and its
officials in this country were responsible for a perception
management campaign directed against Iran. He worried that
such an effort might end with either Israel or the US attacking
Iran and that this would be a disaster for both countries."
Unfortunately, while Leibowitz sits in a U.S. prison his warnings
are all but ignored.
According to Silverstein's latest account,
"... it is widely known within intelligence circles
that the Israelis use the MEK for varied acts of espionage
and terror ranging from fraudulent Iranian memos alleging
work on nuclear trigger devices to assassinations of nuclear
scientists and bombings of sensitive military installations."
Silverstein noted that "a similar act of sabotage happened
a little more than a year ago at another IRG missile base which
killed nearly 20."
Terrorist attacks targeting defense installations coupled with
the murder of Iranian scientist, five "targeted killings"
have occurred since 2010, aren't the only aggressive actions
underway. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that
"... a series of mysterious incidents involving explosions
at natural gas transport facilities, oil refineries and military
bases ... have caused dozens of deaths and damage to key infrastructure
in the past two years."
According to the Post, "suspicions have been raised
in Iran by what industry experts say is a fivefold increase
in explosions at refineries and gas pipelines since 2010."
With Iran's oil industry under a strict sanctions regime by
the West, maintenance of this critical industrial sector has
undoubtedly suffered neglect due to the lack of spare parts.
However, "suspicions that covert action might already
be underway were raised when four key gas pipelines exploded
simultaneously in different locations in Qom Province in April,"
the Post disclosed.
"Lawmaker Parviz Sorouri told the semiofficial Mehr News
Agency that the blasts were the work of 'terrorists' and were
'organized by the enemies of the Islamic Republic'," hardly
an exaggerated charge given present tensions.
Whether or not these attacks were the handiwork of Mossad,
their MEK proxies or even CIA paramilitary officers and Pentagon
Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) commandos, as Seymour
Hersh revealed more than three years ago in The New Yorker,
it is clear that Washington and Tel Aviv
are "preparing the battlespace" on multiple fronts.
'Collapse the Iranian Economy'
Along with covert operations and terrorist attacks inside
the Islamic Republic, on the political front, a bipartisan consensus
has clearly emerged in Washington in favor of strangling the
Indeed, congressional grifters are threatening to crater Iran's
Central Bank, an unvarnished act of war. IPS reported that neocon
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), "a key pro-Israel senator,"
has offered legislation "that would effectively ban international
financial companies that do business with the Central Bank of
Iran (CBI) from participating in the U.S. economy."
"Dubbed the 'nuclear option' by its critics," Jim
Lobe reported that "the measure, which was introduced Thursday
in the form of an amendment to the 2012 defence authorization
bill, is designed to 'collapse the Iranian economy'... by making
it virtually impossible for Tehran to sell its oil."
However, "independent experts," Lobe wrote, "including
some officials in the administration of President Barack Obama,
say the impact of such legislation, if it became law, could
spark a major spike in global oil prices that would push Washington's
allies in Europe even deeper into recession and destroy the
dwindling chances for economic recovery here."
That amendment was introduced as tensions were brought to a
boil over allegations by the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) in its latest report that Iran may be seeking to develop
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano claims the Agency has
"identified outstanding issues related to possible military
dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme and actions required
of Iran to resolve these."
"Since 2002," Amano averred -
"... "the Agency has become increasingly concerned about
the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related
activities involving military related organizations, including
activities related to the development of a nuclear payload
for a missile, about which the Agency has regularly received
However, despite the fact that the "Agency continues
to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at
the nuclear facilities," to whit,
that such materials have not been covertly channeled towards
military programs, Amano, reprising former Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld's famous gaff that "the absence
of evidence is not the evidence of absence,"
the IAEA "is unable to provide credible assurance about
the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in
Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in
Iran is in peaceful activities."
Far from being an independent "nuclear
watchdog," the IAEA under Amano's stewardship has been
transformed into highly-politicized and pliable organization
eager to do Washington's bidding.
As a 2009 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks revealed,
U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies cheerily reported:
"Yukiya Amano thanked the U.S. for having supported his
candidacy and took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic
objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded Ambassador on several
occasions that he would need to make concessions to the G-77,
which correctly required him to be fair-minded and independent,
but that he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic
decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling
of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program."
Although the new report "offered little that was not already
known by experts about Iran's nuclear programme" IPS averred,
"it cited what it alleged was new evidence that 'Iran has
carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear
device' since 2003--the date when most analysts believe it abandoned
a centralized effort to build a nuclear bomb'."
But as the United States, with the
connivance of corporate media, bury the conclusions of not one,
but two National Intelligence Estimates issued by the U.S. Director
of National Intelligence, it is clear to any objective observer
that "nonproliferation" is a cover for aggressive
geopolitical machinations by Washington.
Both estimates, roundly denounced
by U.S. neoconservatives and media commentators when they were
published, insisted that "in fall of 2003, Tehran halted
its nuclear weapons program," a finding intelligence analysts
judged with "high confidence."
In contrast, the highly-politicized IAEA report is a provocative
document whose timing neatly corresponds with the imposition
of a new round of economic sanctions meant to crater the Iranian
economy. Never mind that even according to the IAEA's own biased
reporting, they could find no evidence
that Iran had diverted nuclear materials from civilian programs
(power generation, medical isotopes) to alleged military initiatives.
Indeed, with sinister allusions that hint darkly at "undeclared
nuclear materials," the agency fails to provide a single
scrap of evidence that diverted stockpiles even exist.
Another key allegation made by the Agency that Iran had
constructed an "explosives chamber to test components of
a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion,"
was denounced by former IAEA inspector Robert Kelley as "highly
misleading," according to an IPS report filed by investigative
journalist Gareth Porter.
With "information provided by Member States," presumably
Israel and the United States, the IAEA said it "had 'confirmed'
that a 'large cylindrical object' housed at the same complex
had been 'designed to contain the detonation of up to 70 kilograms
of high explosives'. That amount of explosives, it said, would
be 'appropriate' for testing a detonation system to trigger
a nuclear weapon."
"Kelley rejected the IAEA claim that the alleged cylindrical
chamber was new evidence of an Iranian weapons programme,"
Porter wrote. "We've been led by the nose to believe that
this container is important, when in fact it's not important
at all," the former nuclear inspector said.
But as Mark Twain famously wrote, "A
lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is
putting on its shoes." This is certainly proving to be
the case with the IAEA under Yukiya Amano.
Another player "solidly in the U.S. court" is
David Albright, the director of the Institute for Science and
International Security (ISIS), a Washington, D.C. "think
tank" funded by the elitist Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller
In an earlier piece for IPS, Porter demolished Albright's
"sensational claim previously reported by news media all
over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist
had helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be
used for a nuclear weapon."
"But it turns out that the foreign
expert, who is not named in the IAEA report but was identified
in news reports as Vyacheslav Danilenko, is not a nuclear weapons
scientist but one of the top specialists in the world in the
production of nanodiamonds by explosives,"
"In fact," Porter averred, "Danilenko, a Ukrainian,
has worked solely on nanodiamonds from the beginning of his
research career and is considered one of the pioneers in the
development of nanodiamond technology, as published scientific
'Nanodiamonds ain't nuclear bombs'
A report reveals that a scientist accused of helping
Iran in its nuclear program has been working on the production
of nanodiamonds via detonations and not weapons production
or nuclear science.
This is a detonation tank to create nanodia-monds, not a nuclear device.
The Washington Post claimed that Ukrainian scientist
Vyacheslav Danilenko allegedly tutored Iranians on building
high-precision detonators to be used to trigger a nuclear
chain reaction. Danilenko, however, has worked on the
production of nanodiamonds via detonations since 1962,
invented new methods used in the process and is related
with Alit, a Ukrainian company that produces nanodiamonds,
the Moon of Alabama website reported. The diamonds produced
in this process are useful for many purposes, like polishing
optics or PC hard disks. Iran is researching on detonation
nanodiamonds after launching a Nano Technology Initiative.
Iran is officially planning to produce nanodiamonds on
an industrial scale. The country also holds regular international
conferences and invites nanotechnology experts from all
over the world, said the report. It added that it is quite
likely that famous international scientists in that field,
such as Dr. Danilenko, have been invited, gave lectures
in Iran and cooperated with Iranian scientists.
According to the report, producing nanodiamonds via detonations
uses large confined containers with water cooling, for
which Danilenko seems to have a patent. The detonation
nanodiamond explanation thereby dismisses another allegation
from the IAEA report: The Associated Press reported that
UN officials have acquired satellite photos of a bus-size
steel container used by Iran for some of the explosives
testing. Having a "bus-size steel container"
for explosive testing and research cooperation with Danilenko
both fit very well with Iran's plans for nanodiamond production.
They do not fit well with anything nuclear, the report
"It now appears that the IAEA and David Albright ... who
was the source of the news reports about Danilenko, never bothered
to check the accuracy of the original claim by an unnamed 'Member
State' on which the IAEA based its assertion about his nuclear
It is no small irony, that Albright, corporate media's go-to
guy on all things nuclear, penned an alarmist screed in 2002
entitled, "Is the Activity at Al Qaim Related to Nuclear
Efforts?", an article which lent
"scientific" credence to false claims made by the
Bush White House against Iraq.
As investigative journalist Robert
Parry pointed out on the Consortium News web site, "Albright's
nuclear warning about Iraq coincided with the start of the Bush
administration's propaganda campaign to rally Congress and the
American people to war with talk about 'the smoking gun in the
form of a mushroom cloud'."
"Yet," Parry noted, "when the Washington
Post cited Albright on Monday, as the key source of a front-page
article about Iran's supposed progress toward reaching 'nuclear
capability,' all the history of Albright's role in the Iraq
History be damned. Congressional warmongers and corporate
media who cite these fraudulent claims, are "spurred by
Israel's whisper campaign to create a sense of urgency on Capitol
Hill where the Israel lobby, acting mainly through the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee, exerts its greatest influence,"
as IPS noted, and punish Iran for the "crime" of opening
its nuclear facilities to international inspection!
America's and Israel's whisper campaign
That "whisper campaign"
has now bloomed into a full court press for war by "liberal"
Democrats and "conservative" Republicans alike, even
as public approval of Congress's work by the American people
tracks only slightly higher than the popularity enjoyed by child
molesters or serial killers.
As tensions are dialed up, the United States is spearheading
a relentless drive to throttle Iran's economy. The New York
Times reported that "major Western powers took significant
steps on Monday to cut Iran off from the international financial
system, announcing coordinated sanctions aimed at its central
bank and commercial banks."
A strict sanctions regime was also imposed on Iran's "petrochemical
and oil industries, adding to existing measures that seek to
weaken the Iranian government by depriving it of its ability
to refine gasoline or invest in its petroleum industry,"
the Times reported.
In a move which signals that even-more stringent sanctions
are on the horizon, the U.S. Treasury Department "named
the Central Bank of Iran and the entire Iranian banking system
as a 'primary money laundering concern'."
That's rather rich coming from an administration which slapped
Wachovia Bank on the wrist after that corrupt financial institution,
now owned by Wells Fargo Bank, pleaded guilty to laundering
as much as $378 billion for Mexico's notorious drug cartels
as Bloomberg Markets Magazine reported last year!
Going a step further, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy called
on the major imperialist powers "to freeze the assets of
the central bank and suspend purchases of Iranian oil."
The Guardian reported that Britain "went the furthest
by, for the first time, cutting an entire country's banking
system off from London's financial sector."
Playing catch-up with war-hungry Democrats and Republicans,
President Obama stated that the "new sanctions target for
the first time Iran's petrochemical sector, prohibiting the
provision of goods, services and technology to this sector and
authorizing penalties against any person or entity that engages
in such activity."
"They expand energy sanctions, making it more difficult
for Iran to operate, maintain, and modernize its oil and gas
sector," Obama said.
"As long as Iran continues down this dangerous path, the
United States will continue to find ways, both in concert with
our partners and through our own actions, to isolate and increase
the pressure upon the Iranian regime."
Last summer, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), a strong backer of
punishing sanctions, echoed Richard Nixon's vow to "make
the economy scream" prior to the CIA's overthrow of Chile's
democratically-elected socialist president, Salvador Allende,
and wrote in The Hill that "critics ... argued that these
measures will hurt the Iranian people. Quite frankly, we need
to do just that."
With a new round of crippling economic sanctions on tap from
the West, "liberal" Democrat Sherman might just get
Targeting Civilian Infrastructure
While the Obama administration claims that their aggressive
stance towards Iran is meant to promote "peace" and
"help" the Iranian people achieve a "democratic
transformation," ubiquitous facts on the ground betray
a far different, and uglier, reality.
Anonymous U.S. "intelligence officials" told The
Daily Beast "that any Israeli attack on hardened nuclear
sites in Iran would go far beyond airstrikes from F-15 and F-16
fighter planes and likely include electronic warfare against
Iran's electric grid, Internet, cellphone network, and emergency
frequencies for firemen and police officers."
According to Newsweek national security correspondent
Eli Lake, "Israel has developed a weapon capable of mimicking
a maintenance cellphone signal that commands a cell network
to 'sleep,' effectively stopping transmissions, officials confirmed.
The Israelis also have jammers capable of creating interference
within Iran's emergency frequencies for first responders."
But Israel isn't the only nation capable of launching high-tech
attacks or, borrowing the Pentagon's euphemistic language, conduct
"Information Operations" (IO).
The U.S. Air Force Cyberspace & Information Operations
Study Center (CIOSC) describe IO as "The integrated employment
of the core capabilities of electronic warfare, computer network
operations, psychological operations, military deception and
operations security, in concert with specified supporting and
related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp
adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting
The U.S. Air Force Cyberspace & Infor-mation Operations
Study Center (CIOSC)
In this light, The Daily Beast disclosed that "Israel
also likely would exploit a vulnerability that U.S. officials
detected two years ago in Iran's big-city electric grids, which
are not 'air-gapped'--meaning they are connected to the Internet
and therefore vulnerable to a Stuxnet-style cyberattack--officials
The anonymous officials cited by Lake informed us that "a
highly secretive research lab attached to the U.S. joint staff
and combatant commands, known as the Joint Warfare Analysis
Center (JWAC), discovered the weakness in Iran's electrical
grid in 2009," the same period when Stuxnet was launched,
and that Israeli and Pentagon cyberwarriors "have the capability
to bring a denial-of-service attack to nodes of Iran's command
and control system that rely on the Internet."
But as Ralph Langer, the industrial controls systems expert
who first identified the Stuxnet virus warned in an interview
with The Christian Science Monitor, the deployment of
military-grade malicious code is a "game changer"
that has "opened Pandora's box."
Among a host of troubling questions posed by Stuxnet, Langer
said: "It raises, for one, the question of how to apply
cyberwar as a political decision. Is the US really willing
to take down the power grid of another nation when that might
mainly affect civilians?"
But as we have seen, most recently during the punishing
air campaign that helped "liberate" Libya--from their
petrochemical resources--the U.S. and their partners are capable
of doing that and more.
Future targeting of Iran's civilian infrastructure may in fact
have been one of the tasks of the recently-discovered Duqu Trojan,
which Israeli and U.S. "boutique arms dealers" are
suspected of designing for their respective governments.
And whom, pray tell, has the means, motives and expertise to
design weaponized computer code?
As BusinessWeek disclosed in July, when one of America's
cyber merchants of death, Endgame Systems, pitch their products
they "bring up maps of airports, parliament buildings,
and corporate offices. The executives then create a list of
the computers running inside the facilities, including what
software the computers run, and a menu of attacks that could
work against those particular systems."
According to BusinessWeek, "Endgame weaponry
comes customized by region--the Middle East, Russia, Latin America,
and China--with manuals, testing software, and 'demo instructions'."
"A government or other entity," journalists Michael
Riley and Ashlee Vance revealed, "could launch sophisticated
attacks against just about any adversary anywhere in the world
for a grand total of $6 million. Ease of use is a premium. It's
cyber warfare in a box."
Kaspersky Lab analyst Ryan Naraine, writing on the Duqu
FAQ blog averred that Duqu's "main purpose is to act as
a backdoor into the system and facilitate the theft of private
information. This is the main difference when compared to Stuxnet,
which was created to conduct industrial sabotage."
In other words, unlike Stuxnet, Duqu is an espionage tool
which can smooth the way for future attacks such as those described
by The Daily Beast.
As The Washington Post disclosed last May, while the
military "needs presidential authorization to penetrate
a foreign computer network and leave a cyber-virus that can
be activated later," it does not need such authorization
"to penetrate foreign networks for a variety of other activities."
According to the Post, these activities include "studying
the cyber-capabilities of adversaries or examining how power
plants or other networks operate," and can "leave
beacons to mark spots for later targeting by viruses."
Or more likely given escalating tensions, Iranian air defenses
and that nation's power and electronic communications grid which
include "emergency frequencies for firemen and police officers"
who would respond to devastating air and missile attacks.
Countdown to War
We can conclude that Israel, NATO and the United States
are doing far more than placing "all options on the table"
with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Along with ratcheting-up bellicose
rhetoric, moves to collapse the economy, an assassination and
sabotage campaign targeting Iranian scientists and military
installations, cyberwarriors are infecting computer networks
with viruses and "beacons" that will be used to attack
air defense systems and civilian infrastructure.
After all, as Dave Aitel, the founder of the computer security
firm Immunity told BusinessWeek, "nothing says you've
lost like a starving city."
As Global Research analyst Michel Chossudovsky warned last
year, now confirmed by CIA and Pentagon leaks to corporate media:
"It is highly unlikely that the bombings, if they were
to be implemented, would be circumscribed to Iran's nuclear
facilities as claimed by US-NATO official statements. What is
more probable is an all out air attack on both military and
civilian infrastructure, transport systems, factories, public
With the global economy in deep crisis as a result of capitalism's
economic meltdown, and as the first, but certainly not the last
political actions by the working class threaten the financial
elite's stranglehold on power, the ruling class may very well
gamble that a war with Iran is a risk worth taking.
As Chossudovsky warned in a subsequent Global Research report,
"there are indications that Washington might envisage the
option of an initial (US backed) attack by Israel rather than
an outright US-led military operation directed against Iran."
"The Israeli attack--although
led in close liaison with the Pentagon and NATO--would be presented
to public opinion as a unilateral decision by Tel Aviv.
It would then be used by Washington to justify, in the eyes
of world opinion," Chossudovsky wrote, "a military
intervention of the US and NATO with a view to 'defending Israel',
rather than attacking Iran. Under existing military cooperation
agreements, both the US and NATO would be 'obligated' to 'defend
Israel' against Iran and Syria."
This prescient analysis has been borne out by events. As
regional tensions escalate, the USS George H.W. Bush, "the
Navy's newest aircraft carrier, has reportedly parked off the
Syrian coast," The Daily Caller reported.
Earlier this week, the financial news service Zero Hedge
disclosed that "the Arab League (with European and US support)
are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria."
"But probably the most damning evidence that the 'western
world' is about to do the unthinkable and invade Syria,"
analyst Tyler Durden wrote, "and in the process force Iran
to retaliate, is the weekly naval update from Stratfor."
According to Zero Hedge, "CVN
77 George H.W. Bush has left its traditional theater of operations
just off the Straits of Hormuz, a critical choke point, where
it traditionally accompanies the Stennis, and has parked...
right next to Syria."
In an earlier report, citing Kuwait's Al Rai daily, Zero Hedge
warned that "Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes,
backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly
zone in Syria's skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision,
under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians."
The BBC reports that the Arab League "has warned Syria
it has one day to sign a deal allowing the deployment of observers
or it will face economic sanctions."
"Meanwhile," BBC averred, "France has suggested
that some sort of humanitarian protection zones," à
la Libya, "be created inside Syria."
American moves towards Syria are fraught
with dangerous implications for international peace and stability.
As analyst Pepe Escobar disclosed in Asia Times Online the Arab
League, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia and repressive
Gulf emirates, dances to Washington's tune.
"Syria is Iran's undisputed key ally in the Arab world--while
Russia, alongside China, are the key geopolitical allies. China,
for the moment, is making it clear that any solution for Syria
must be negotiated," Escobar wrote.
"Russia's one and only naval base in the Mediterranean
is at the Syrian port of Tartus. Not by accident," Escobar
notes, "Russia has installed its S-300 air defense system--one
of the best all-altitude surface-to-air missile systems in the
world, comparable to the American Patriot--in Tartus. The update
to the even more sophisticated S-400 system is imminent."
"From Moscow's--as well as Tehran's--perspective, regime
change in Damascus is a no-no. It will mean virtual expulsion
of the Russian and Iranian navies from the Mediterranean."
"In other words," Zero Hedge warned, "if indeed
Europe and the Western world is dead set upon an aerial campaign
above Syria, then all eyes turn to the East, and specifically
Russia and China, which have made it very clear they will not
tolerate any intervention. And naturally the biggest unknown
of all is Iran, which has said than any invasion of Syria will
be dealt with swiftly and severely."
Despite, or possibly because no credible
evidence exists that Iran is building a nuclear bomb as a hedge
against "regime change," belligerent rhetoric and
regional military moves targeting Syria and Iran simultaneously
are danger signs that imperialism's manufactured "nuclear
crisis" is a cynical pretext for war.
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