[News] Iran - The return of the Keyboard Warriors
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Fri Feb 10 16:37:32 EST 2012
The return of the Keyboard Warriors
By Pepe Escobar
Waiting for the end of the world,
Waiting for the end of the world,
Waiting for the end of the world.
Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you're coming
'cause you really started something.
Elvis Costello, Waiting for the end of the world
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The Return of the Keyboard Warriors - a
prized Return of the Living Dead spin-off - is at hand. From
Republican chicken hawks to public intellectuals, right-wing America
is erupting in renewed neo-conservative revolt. The year 2012 is the
new 2002; Iran is the new Iraq. Whatever the highway - real men go to
Tehran via Damascus, or real men go to Tehran non-stop - they want a
war, and they want it now.
Go ahead and jump
Exhibit A is an op-ed piece at the Wall Street Journal  - similar
to countless others popping up virtually everyday not only in this
Masters of the Universe vehicle but also in the Washington Post and
myriad rags across "Western civilization".
The festival of fallacies ranges from the usual "diplomacy has run
its course" to "the sanctions are too late" - culminating in the
right-wing weapon of choice; "Iran is within a year of getting to the
point when it will be able to assemble a bomb essentially at will."
Why bother to follow what the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) is doing, not to mention the National Intelligence Estimates
released by the US intelligence community?
And why not add imperial disdain tinged with racism, as in "Iran is a
Third World country that can't even protect its own scientists in the
heart of Tehran". Of course not; they are being killed by the Iranian
terror group Mujahideen-e-Khalq, merrily trained, financed and armed
by Israel's Mossad, as US corporate media has just discovered. 
Everybody in Iran has known this for months.
As a climax, still another fallacy - "the Islamic Republic means to
destroy Israel" - unveils the real agenda; "the broader goal of
ending the regime." Oh, if we could only have our Persian gendarme of
the Gulf back.
This is what passes for geopolitical analysis in Rupert
Murdoch-controlled US corporate media - read and relinked daily by
the Masters of the Universe. Scary monsters, super freaks
Exhibit B is an op-ed piece at Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, 
signed by Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard, senior
research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and senior fellow at the
Hoover Institution, Stanford.
Recently, I actually took the trouble of reading Ferguson's latest
book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, during my favorite
West-to-Rest flight, the 16-hour New York to Hong Kong (from the
American century to the Asian century).
Ferguson sets out to refute the reasons why Israel should not attack
Iran. He assumes "the Saudis stand ready to pump out additional
supplies" of oil (wrong). He assumes a "military humiliation" will
lead the regime in Tehran to collapse (wrong). He claims that Tehran
will not "become a sober, calculating disciple of the realist school
of diplomacy ... because it has finally acquired weapons of mass
destruction" (multiple wrong; Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
is very sober and calculating, and he has banned nuclear weapons as
Former US vice president Dick Cheney would have been proud to hire
Ferguson as an apparatchik, as he states that "preventive war can be
a lesser evil" and duly advocates "creative destruction".
Ferguson ranks Israel as "the most easterly outpost of Western
civilization"; not bad for an isolated, supremacist
theocracy/ethnocracy armed with at least 200 (undeclared) nuclear
weapons whose favorite sport is to terrorize Palestinians and now
Iranian scientists. Talk about a sponsor of terror state springing
from the womb of "Western civilization".
Ferguson's toxic fusion of arrogance and ignorance - about the Middle
East, about Persian culture, about Asia, about the nuclear issue,
about the oil industry, about, in fact, "the Rest" - would be just
innocuous hadn't he be hailed as a top public intellectual. The best
thing about his piece are actually the comments, ranging from "I'm
shocked that a research fellow at Jesus College would advocate the
bombing of Muslims" to "What's with all these Brits that look to the
USA as a platform to re-inflate their dreams of Empire?"
If this is what passes for intellectual analysis in the upper strata
of the Anglo-American axis, no wonder the whole business of Empire is doomed.
Far more insidious than The Invasion of the Keyboard Warriors is its
effect on the warrior-in-chief, US President Barack Obama. Recently,
Obama has been conducting product placement for Robert Kagan's new
book, The World America Made. Kagan, a neo-con stalwart, advises Mitt
Romney - who may, or may not, become the Republican presidential
nominee, assuming he wins over the visceral repulsion he provokes in
extreme right-wing circles.
As Andrew Levine from the Institute for Policy Studies has shrewdly
observed,  Obama the neo-con may be a very clever move to pre-empt
Mitt and win even more votes. But it may be an exercise in
transparency, as Obama, even before his State of the Union address,
has been reciting Kagan to the letter, as in forget Asia, this will
be another American century, and I will be at the helm; thus
remember, it is I that coined the only change you can believe in.
And that's when this really becomes a scary movie; if Obama the
neo-con concludes that to get to his new, dominant American century
first he needs to do some vacuum-cleaning in Southwest Asia, blowback
or not, he'll do it - to the delight of the Keyboard Warrior brigade.
Should Israel Bomb Iran? by Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, February 7.
teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S.
officials tell NBC News, February 9.
and Iran on the Eve of Destruction in a New Six-Day War February 6.
the Neo-Con Turn? by Andrew Levine, Counterpunch, February 9.
Pepe Escobar is the author of
How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books,
Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His most recent
book, just out, is
does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at pepeusa at mac.com
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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