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September 13, 2007

Noam Chomsky On Attacking Iran

Here's Noam Chomsky, emailing Alexander Cockburn on how he's changed his mind on the likelihood of the Bush administration attacking Iran:

Yes, I was quite sceptical. Less so over the years. They're desperate. Everything they touch is in ruins. They're even in danger of losing control over Middle Eastern oil -- to China, the topic that's rarely discussed but is on every planner or corporation exec's mind, if they're sane. Iran already has observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization -- from which the US was pointedly excluded. Chinese trade with Saudi Arabia, even military sales, is growing fast. With the Bush administration in danger of losing Shiite Iraq, where most of the oil is (and most Saudi oil in regions with a harshly oppressed Shiite population), they may be in real trouble.

Under these circumstances, they're unpredictable. They might go for broke, and hope they can salvage something from the wreckage. If they do bomb, I suspect it will be accompanied by a ground assault in Khuzestan, near the Gulf, where the oil is (and an Arab population -- there already is an Ahwazi liberation front, probably organized by the CIA, which the US can "defend" from the evil Persians), and then they can bomb the rest of the country to rubble. And show who's boss.


Posted at September 13, 2007 10:53 AM | TrackBack

ooh! ooh! i included china! and so did syriana! but, so, there's motive, there's opportunity, there's cornered-rodentiality — what cards do we have now? joint-chiefs ex machina?

no kurds. i guess they're better off keeping turkey guessing. and they're raising money for kurdezuela.

Posted by: hapa at September 13, 2007 11:43 AM

hello. i would like to say that i wonder if mr chomsky thinks cheneyco are planning to create a new arab state on top of iran's oil. thx.

Posted by: hapa at September 14, 2007 09:58 PM