Day One - The War With Iran
By Douglas Herman
The war began as planned. The Israeli pilots took off well before dawn and streaked across Lebanon and northern Iraq, high above Kirkuk. Flying US-made F-15 and F-16s, the Israelis separated over the mountains of western Iran, the pilots gesturing a last minute show of confidence in their mission, maintaining radio silence.
Just before the sun rose over Tehran, moments before the Muslim call to prayer, the missiles struck their targets. While US Air Force AWACS planes circled overhead--listening, watching, recording--heavy US bombers followed minutes later. Bunker-busters and mini-nukes fell on dozens of targets while Iranian anti-aircraft missiles sped skyward.
The ironically named Bushehr nuclear power plant crumbled to dust. Russian technicians and foreign nationals scurried for safety. Most did not make it.
Targets in Saghand and Yazd, all of them carefully chosen many months before by Pentagon planners, were destroyed. The uranium enrichment facility in Natanz; a heavy water plant and radioisotope facility in Arak; the Ardekan Nuclear Fuel Unit; the Uranium Conversion Facility and Nuclear Technology Center in Isfahan; were struck simultaneously by USAF and Israeli bomber groups.
The Tehran Nuclear Research Center, the Tehran Molybdenum, Iodine and Xenon Radioisotope Production Facility, the Tehran Jabr Ibn Hayan Multipurpose Laboratories, the Kalaye Electric Company in the Tehran suburbs were destroyed.
Iranian fighter jets rose in scattered groups. At least those Iranian fighter planes that had not been destroyed on the ground by swift and systematic air strikes from US and Israeli missiles. A few Iranian fighters even launched missiles, downing the occasional attacker, but American top guns quickly prevailed in the ensuing dogfights.
The Iranian air force, like the Iranian navy, never really knew what hit them. Like the slumbering US sailors at Pearl Harbor, the pre-dawn, pre-emptive attack wiped out fully half the Iranian defense forces in a matter of hours.
By mid-morning, the second and third wave of US/Israeli raiders screamed over the secondary targets. The only problem now, the surprising effectiveness of the Iranian missile defenses. The element of surprise lost, US and Israeli warplanes began to fall from the skies in considerable numbers to anti-aircraft fire.
At 7:35 AM, Tehran time, the first Iranian anti-ship missile destroyed a Panamanian oil tanker, departing from Kuwait and bound for Houston. Launched from an Iranian fighter plane, the Exocet split the ship in half and set the ship ablaze in the Strait of Hormuz. A second and third tanker followed, black smoke billowing from the broken ships before they blew up and sank. By 8:15 AM, all ship traffic on the Persian Gulf had ceased.
US Navy ships, ordered earlier into the relative safety of the Indian Ocean, south of their base in Bahrain, launched counter strikes. Waves of US fighter planes circled the burning wrecks in the bottleneck of Hormuz but the Iranian fighters had fled.
At 9 AM, Eastern Standard Time, many hours into the war, CNN reported a squadron of suicide Iranian fighter jets attacking the US Navy fleet south of Bahrain. Embedded reporters aboard the ships--sending live feeds directly to a rapt audience of Americans just awakening--reported all of the Iranian jets destroyed, but not before the enemy planes launched dozens of Exocet and Sunburn anti-ship missiles. A US aircraft carrier, cruiser and two destroyers suffered direct hits. The cruiser blew up and sank, killing 600 men. The aircraft carrier sank an hour later.
By mid-morning, every military base in Iran was partially or wholly destroyed. Sirens blared and fires blazed from hundreds of fires. Explosions rocked Tehran and the electrical power failed. The Al Jazeerah news station in Tehran took a direct hit from a satellite bomb, leveling the entire block.
At 9:15 AM, Baghdad time, the first Iranian missile struck the Green Zone. For the next thirty minutes a torrent of missiles landed on GPS coordinates carefully selected by Shiite militiamen with cell phones positioned outside the Green Zone and other permanent US bases. Although US and Israeli bomber pilots had destroyed 90% of the Iranian missiles, enough Shahabs remained to fully destroy the Green Zone, the Baghdad airport, and a US Marine base. Thousands of unsuspecting US soldiers died in the early morning barrage. Not surprisingly, CNN and Fox withheld the great number of casualties from American viewers.
By 9:30 AM, gas stations on the US east coast began to raise their prices. Slowly at first and then altogether in a panic, the prices rose. $4 a gallon, and then $5 and then $6, the prices skyrocketed. Worried motorists, rushing from work, roared into the nearest gas station, radios blaring the latest reports of the pre-emptive attack on Iran. While fistfights broke out in gas stations everywhere, the third Middle Eastern war had begun.
In Washington DC, the spin began minutes after the first missile struck its intended target. The punitive strike--not really a war said the harried White House spokesman--would further democracy and peace in the Middle East. Media pundits mostly followed the party line. By ridding Iran of weapons of mass destruction, Donald Rumsfeld declared confidently on CNN, Iran might follow in the footsteps of Iraq, and enjoy the hard won fruits of freedom.
The president scheduled a speech at 2 PM. Gas prices rose another two dollars before then. China and Japan threatened to dump US dollars. Gold rose $120 an ounce. The dollar plummeted against the Euro.
CNN reported violent, anti-American protests in Paris, London, Rome, Berlin and Dublin. Fast food franchises throughout Europe, carrying American corporate logos, were firebombed.
A violent coup toppled the pro-American Pakistan president. On the New York Stock Exchange, prices fell in a frenzy of trading--except for the major petroleum producers. A single, Iranian Shahab missile struck Tel Aviv, destroying an entire city block. Israel vowed revenge, and threatened a nuclear strike on Tehran, before a hastily called UN General Assembly in New York City eased tensions.
An orange alert in New York City suddenly reddened to a full-scale terror alarm when a package detonated on a Manhattan subway. Mayor Bloomberg declared martial law. Governor Pataki ordered the New York National Guard fully mobilized, mobilizing what few national guardsmen remained in the state.
President Bush looked shaken at 2 PM. The scroll below the TV screen reported Persian Gulf nations halting production of oil until the conflict could be resolved peacefully. Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, announced a freeze in oil deliveries to the US would begin immediately. Tony Blair offered to mediate peace negotiations, between the US and Israel and Iran, but was resoundingly rejected.
By 6 PM, Eastern Standard Time, gas prices had stabilized at just below $10 a gallon. A Citgo station in Texas, near Fort Sam Houston Army base, was firebombed. No one claimed responsibility. Terrorism was not ruled out.
At sunset, the call to prayer--in Tehran, Baghdad, Islamabad, Ankara, Jerusalem, Jakarta, Riyadh--sounded uncannily like the buzzing of enraged bees.
USAF veteran, Douglas Herman correctly predicted the aftermath of the attack on Iraq in his column: Shock & Awe Followed by Block-To-Block. He is the author of The Guns of Dallas, available at Amazon.com. Contact him at email@example.com.
Prophets come and go, i never heard of Mitar Tarabich, but after reading this article, and the fact so many of his words allready have come to pass, some of you might be interested to learn more of this 19th century serbs words on future wars and customs... quite asthonishing.
"The mass poisoning of humanity: an exploration of human stupidity " thats the full title of this great article , the whole site would make an excellent addition to your bookmarks list, it sure made mine.
Get the picture..
1) Powerful and continuing nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are patriotic symbols on clothing,public displays, and cars.
2) Disdain for the recognition of human rights
Because of the fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights and civil liberties can be ignored in certain cases because of “need”. The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, long incarcerations of prisoners without trial, etc.
3) Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived a common threat or foe: ethnic or religious minorities, liberals, communists, terrorists,etc
4) Supremacy of the military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected.
5) Rampant sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high as is homophobia, and anti-gay legislation as national policy.
6) Controlled mass media
Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is common.
7) Obsession with national security
Fear is used as a motivational tool over the masses.
8) Religion and government are intertwined
Governments in fascist regimes tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies and actions.
9) Corporate power is protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship for the power elite.harto, Pinochet, and yielded these 14 common traits.
10) Labor power is suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government. Labor unions are either eliminated entirely or are severely suppressed
11) Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
Fascist regimes tend to promote and tolerate hostility to higher education and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
12) Obsession with crime and punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13) Rampant cronyism and corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures, to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14) Fraudulent elections
Sometimes elections in fascist regimes are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of
legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and the manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also tend to use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
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Well the terrorists are winning all right- thats what you get when you vote them in office- Ive wondered before what the hell was wrong with the aussies, how could they not recognise what a creep Howard is. This new legislation should be called state-terrorism bill 2005 , not even the nazis had such laws. Beyond belief !
I guess its back to the stoneage again for some, or is it ? Last weekend i read an interview with Ben Livingston, now 77, he has a master's degree in cloud physics from the Naval Weapons Center and Navy Post Graduate School in California, a degree he later used in the battlefields.
Jameske posted this under the ' poetic' title boiling frog in his 12th of october TDG news post, im not sure this attracted the much needed interest. Attention needed not only from americans but from everyone on the planet. The tenure of the article maybe somewhat anarchic at times, nevertheless awareness is the first step to improvement.
This morning i was confronted by the news the deadly birdflue manifested in turkye, followed by blabla about the EU telling countries to stockpile vaccins..yeah right. Filling the pockets of the quak industry better known as pharmaceutical illuminati. May their souls burn in the lake of fire. Yes, im that angry.. these people (?) make the nazi holocoust look like a poisoned picnic.
But why should you agree, worry or believe me. Well there are others like Leonard G. Horowitz, DMD, MA, MPH a Harvard-trained Author of Fifteen Books Including the American bestseller, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional ? A man who's testified before congress in these matters.
Now then there are those that ' think' anything posted on rense is dubious, myself i look for the authors first and this article can be found elsewhere on the net, as such its not a rense article. Enough intro, read for yourself. A warning, it could ruin your day reading about the monsters that will ruin your life for profit and to cull the human race..
' Toxilogical propaganda'
Imagine dubya scoring the no1 christmas hit 2005, imagine no possesions..imagine all the people living for today, oh well must be the tune that stuck in my head these days. It' s from " thepartyparty" album, 10 tracks available as free mp3 download. Go and score imagine- (track 2 ) other hot tips my generation, who's the nigga, partyparty- even arnold puts in a word. Have a laugh, load your mp3 players.
Unfortunately as these things seem to go, specially in the states, there's no middle ground in sight in the battle between the two IDeologies, too much bigotry on both sides. Science i must say lets itself down (once again) by maintaining an impossible position and throwing themselves- or their standards- in, very very foolish and dare i say without method.
There are three issues, the creation of the universe -or what we think it is anyway, the evolutionairy path earths nature has taken since say half a billion years ago, and most contested the 'arrival' of man.
On the latter the scientists are caught between a rock and a hard place. Observing nature and its intracate balances and adaptations it is o so obvious man is out of place here, man has no real roots. It shouldn't have come as a surprise when the geneticists found our genetic make up lacking, that and a large (4000) amount of genetic faults , something unheard of in earth nature- certainly in our closest 'cousins' bonobo's/chimps. Aren't there any other genetic oddities ? Certainly, mais, wheat, rice, dogs even. Wait a minute, these seem to be rather closely related to human needs? .. Indeed.
Now i'm not making this stuff up, these are scientific facts, but scientists dare not to extrapolate or even speculate.
My turn then... as i said a rock and a hard place, it surely wasn't god that created us. Humans are too faulty, a genetic mess, hardly the result of a divine effort, compared to the beauty all around us on this planet, not that we haven't been trying to bring it down to our level, fortunately there's still plenty of spheres with limited human impact.
Even disregarding the cuneiform stories of Sitchen, it ain't no leap of faith to recognise external interference, going on for 200,000 years at least, off our tiny human timescale, but we should be able to understand that goals and priorities evolved aswell during that time, not to mention earths climate.
So where does all this leave those scientists.. indeed tell it like it is and get hammered for claiming the human race is a created hybrid, - Why ? By whom ? Whats our 'current'status ? ... etc. Questions all would rather evade.
Those that talk god every other minute are not better off, they'll have to come to terms with the fact that our imperfection and the continual effort to adapt (upgrade ?) humanoids can not be the work of the allmighty, no sir. A small comfort, at least the rest of us can finally get an unhindered perspective on the religious writings that have been molded.
It's save to say that 'officially' recognising humans for what they are would create an enormous vacuum, more than room enough for the pseudo gods- and certainly for those that claim to represent them- to take control. It is in this light that the current 'battle' should be seen.
" do unto others as you would have them do unto you "