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Oil, not nukes, behind Iran war threats

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President Trump, the chest-thumping draft dodger, seems determined to start a war with Iran via Twitter — and Congress appears to be going along for the ride. So does the obsequious mainstream press. The pretexts are that Iran can develop nuclear weapons overnight, and unsubstantiated Iranian aggression against ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But scratch the surface of this “threat to U.S. national security” and it’s clear that control of Middle East oil resources is what’s at stake, just as former President George H.W. Bush declared in National Security Directive 45 in 1990 to justify the first Gulf War.

The U.S. is the largest oil producer in the world. Venezuela ranks first and Iran fourth in largest oil reserves. That’s why the U.S. is actively threatening regime change in both countries, as it simultaneously blocks their oil sales and imposes severe trade and financing sanctions to starve and terrorize Venezuelan and Iranian peoples into submission.

No one has forgotten that it was George W.’s lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which fed the terrible U.S. invasion of Iraq, the second Gulf War. It’s now looking like Trump’s lies could touch off a similarly deadly war as European imperialists fall into line with Washington, trying to convince the world that Iran is a rogue state.

It was not the Iranian government that broke the imperialist-brokered nuclear deal. It was Trump. Furthermore, Iran does not currently have nuclear weapons or the materials to make them. Even if it did, they wouldn’t be as perilous as U.S. nuclear weaponry, which includes 1,365 warheads stationed around the world and 3,800 stockpiled. Add to that eight other nuked-up countries and several NATO members that “host” American nuclear weapons. How does the United States, the only nation that has used nuclear bombs and is the world’s largest arms dealer, get off waxing superior on this issue? Super power arrogance is the only possible answer.

Stop the next war. The world is weary of endless military infernos and all the suffering, destruction, displacement and inhumanity they breed. But unless U.S. vets, peace activists and radicals can revive the antiwar movement, it looks like Trump and his special advisor John Bolton, ultra-hawk against both Iran and Venezuela, will have their way.

There is no time to waste. We know how the Big Lie works. Say it often enough and people believe it. We must present the counter narrative — loudly and in the streets.

No war with Iran! End all sanctions! U.S. out of the Middle East! For a nuke-free world!

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