Revolution #248, October 23, 2011


There is currently much talk of a supposed "plot" cooked up by Iran inside the U.S. The U.S. government is accusing Iran of trying to carry out an assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington, DC—and based on that, American officials are ratcheting up gangster-like threats against Iran. The U.S. claims that an Iranian-American man, who they've arrested, was working with the Quds Force—a special armed force within the Iranian regime—to contract a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi diplomat. Obama is talking of heightened sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Clinton declared Iran had "crossed a line," and Vice President Biden said Iran would be "held accountable." Major media and think tank "experts" are further whipping up the atmosphere with belligerent calls for retaliation and even military action.

All this should ring loud alarm bells—about the whole history of the U.S. using pretexts and outright lies to start wars and other acts of aggression around the world… with the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) affair around Iraq being one of the most notorious. Remember how George W. Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney, said, "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." Remember how Colin Powell, the "reasonable" one in Bush's cabinet, stood before the UN to display "evidence" of WMD in Iraq and used that to push for war. And remember how after the U.S. invaded Iraq and caused horrible death and suffering, the world found out that not a single U.S. claim about Iraqi WMD was true.


As Bob Avakian points out, “The people who run this country wouldn’t recognize the truth if they had a head-on collision with it.” (BAsics, 4:9) Nobody should believe anything these imperialists say.


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