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US Recalibrating Iran War Plan

It is apparent that Washington and Tehran are at crossed swords now and one cannot recall a time when Tehran was so boldly defiant in the face of the US cudgel-brandishing policies.

War, Peace and Nature
'War, Peace and Nature'

(TEHRAN) - From the recent massacres happening in Iraq and Syria, one can gather that Washington has adamantly trodden on a path which is to be seen as a way to redefine the war in Iraq, an effective stratagem to bring the regime of Assad to its doom and recalibrate a comprehensive plan to topple the Islamic government of Iran.

Immediately coinciding with the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, a coordinated string of deadly explosions gripped Iraq, leading to the massacre of dozens of civilians. On December 22, 2011, multiple bomb explosions happened simultaneously in Baghdad, claiming the lives of tens of innocent civilians. Another series of explosions targeted Shia Muslim pilgrims on Friday (January 6) and killed at least 71 people.

Most of the explosions which targeted the Shia Muslims are maliciously meant to inspire the feeling and doubt that it is a matter of sectarian violence, a plot devised by the US and its allies to justify that the Iraqi politicians are intent to provoke a 'communal bloodletting' which is gradually tearing the country asunder.

In fact, Washington is capitalizing on tension in the country and playing the sectarian card on the one hand and sending a message that Iraq is not capable of maintaining security and stability in the country.

As the situation stands, Washington is redefining the war in Iraq by fomenting chaos and commotion in the ravaged country with three apparent motivations: 1. to create the impression that the withdrawal of US troops was a mistake and that the country is plunging into mayhem with incredible rapidity, thereby justifying their debacle in the country. 2. To sow the seeds of sectarian war in Iraq which is home to various ethnic groups and religious sects with the express intention of re-installing elements from the executed dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath regime which can undoubtedly safeguard the interests of the US government. 3. To devolve the war it lost to the care of the Saudi-backed Wahhabis, al-Qaeda members and Baathists who intensely champion and practice extremism, fanaticism and terrorism to the best interests of Washington. The pernicious trio, who work under the aegis of the CIA and Mossad, help tilt the scale in favor of insecurity, instability and division in the strategic Middle East region.

In parallel with the same fiendish practice, Washington has hired Saudi-funded mercenaries to orchestrate a selfsame scenario with more devastating consequences in Syria e.g. the toppling of the popular anti-Israeli government, eliminating one of the main Iranian allies and muscularizing the Zionist regime in the region. Needless to say, the more political and military muscle Israel flexes in the Middle East, the interests of Washington are guaranteed as they are both cut from the same cloth with common interests and political ideology.

On Friday (January 6), an unknown attacker detonated explosives at a traffic light in the densely populated neighborhood of al-Midan in Damascus, killing at least 25 people mostly civilians and injuring dozens of others. There is fear that the toll will increase as some of the injured are in critical condition. Syria blames al-Qaeda for the terrorist attack.

Another terrorist attack of this nature happened about two weeks ago (December 23, 2011) when two bombings killed at least 44 people outside Syrian intelligence buildings.

When scrutinized closely, one can see that the West has enough reason to contribute to violence in Syria as Arab League observers announced upon their inspection of the city of Homs which was portrayed to be the scene of extreme brutality by Assad's security forces, concluded that there was nothing 'frightening' in the city, implicating that Western media have inserted their familiar sensationalism into the issue. So, the Arab League's report frustrated and disillusioned the West as they had never expected a report of such substantial positivism.

Besides, the popular uprisings against US-installed despots have radically diminished the power of the US government and the Israeli regime. In fact, with Arab Spring gushing in any Muslim country in the Middle East or North African region, the Israeli regime is more entrenched in political isolation and alienation.

The truth is that the US is already destabilizing the Middle East region single-handedly and conducing to a regional crisis.

To crown it all, Washington is trying to downplay the constructive and peaceful role of the Islamic Republic in the region and shift all the blame for insecurity on Iran. Given the fact that the hawks in the White House are markedly toning up their war rhetoric against the Islamic Republic and Washington's indefatigable and multifaceted efforts to demonize Iran and author a nuclear fable of horror, it has now transpired that they have no intention other than launching a military strike against the country and consequently turning the Middle East into a graveyard and reaping the benefit of their ill intentions.

Violence breeds violence. With crisis brewing in the region, Washington will be better able to fish in troubled waters, fulfill their long-cherished dream of exercising control over the Middle East by eliminating Iran which still stands tall in the face of threats.

Iran is planning to hold new military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz and their previous announcement that they would close the Strait if oil sanctions are imposed on the country is not to be taken lightly. Only recently, the European Union called for oil sanctions against the country, an act which has been interpreted by Iranian officials as 'economic war'. This comes at a time when Israel and the US are planning to conduct extensive joint maneuvers in the region. The naval commander for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said the drill to be carried out in February would be 'different compared to previous exercises held by the IRGC'. However, the details of the military drills have not yet been announced.

It is apparent that Washington and Tehran are at crossed swords now and one cannot recall a time when Tehran was so boldly defiant in the face of the US cudgel-brandishing policies.

However, it seems that Washington has never before relieved itself on solid ground. Iran is not Afghanistan; nor is it Iraq. Iran is a country with a super powerful military, many aspects of which are not yet known to Washington. So, the US hawks had better think twice before putting their diabolically expansionist plans into practice or else they will soon realize on what miscalculated, misguided, and misinterpreted grounds they had built their presumptions about Iran.

-- Dr. Ismail Salami is an Iranian writer, Middle East expert, Iranologist and lexicographer. He writes extensively on the US and Middle East issues and his articles have been translated into a number of languages.

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Anonymous January 7, 2012 3:24 pm (Pacific time)

"Of course people who call for war are NEVER the people who have been around one...." SO TRUE EDITOR, SO TRUE. ARE YOU A COMBAT VETERAN YOURSELF? OR ONE OF THOSE 911 TRUTHERS THAT IS BLINDED BY SELF-HATE AND HATE FOR AMERICA? Understand the thermal dynamics of the "softing point" of any kind of metal? What happens to it's loading capacity? YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO IDEA OF HISTORY NOR CURRENT AFFAIRS. I ASSURE YOU NEITHER CHINA NOR RUSSIA WILL GET INVOLVED IN THE COMING HOSTILITIES, BUT THE DOMESTIC ENEMIES WILL, AND THEY WILL NOT LIKE THE ENDGAME COMING THEIR WAY. GUT AND PIKED is what the North Vietnamese and VC did...of course you don't want to know anything about war crimes that have been committed against Americans...well the Iranians lead the pack there, and you support our enemies...rots of ruck. I see the future of America's enemies foreign and domestic.

Editor: I didn't say combat veteran, I said time in war.  Yes, I have three months in Iraq and Afghanistan as a reporter, and I was a peacetime Marine before that.  Civilians in war can say far more substantial things about it anyway because they aren't fighting, they are witnessing.  Iran has almost no history of  aggression toward any other countries, why don't you just come out and say it, you want Americans to die for Israel and you hate all people who you don't understand.  End of story.  

Daniel January 7, 2012 5:48 am (Pacific time)

You can call Iran's military powerful or anything else you want but do you know anything about our military? Have you read what took place during world war ii? That was decades ago! Ask Germany what they think about our military. You Iranians for some reason have convinced each other that if you are able to inflict a few casualties then you are somehow the superior of the two militaries. I can not recall numbers but I think we lost at least 1,200 airmen over Germany. Do you think that made us quit? If you delusional little religious wingnuts want a war than stop practicing in the strait and let's do this! We have 30 years built up so we should start and get it over with.

Editor: That's funny, a guy from the warmongering US flexes his country's muscles.  In WWII one type of plane, the B-17, saw almost 13,000 airplanes manufactured and almost two thirds of those lost in combat.  Shit, I wouldn't be surprised if the Americans lost close to 1200 air service personnel in a single day, the number has nothing to do with the tally.  But this has zero to do with anything, the US was attacked, remember?  The Germans were slaughtering Jewish and Gypsy people and the whole world was losing its mind.  Then the US reluctantly stepped in and because it was for a real cause, a point of legitimacy, there was massive support.  You friend are living in another age.  The crimes Americans believed Iraqi people guilty of.... just didn't turn out to be true.  The war in Afghanistan is stupidly tied to the 911 attack with is more pure bullshit.  Now the Iranians are in our sites, we will lose if for no other reason, than the fact that we deserve to.  If a war is launched on Iran, regardless of what takes place, I will not back it., will not back it.  We covered Iraq and Afghanistan in person, for months, and we know what is and is not taking place.  You're from the land of evil deeds little friend, it has nothing to do with WWII or anything you reference.  The Iranians do have superior military technology and their friends are the Russians and the Chinese.  This is an end-game scenario.  I hope that if a war starts that you are the first one drafted and sent to  the zone.  Of course people who call for war are NEVER the people who have been around one....  

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