Sunday, July 30, 2006

Make. It. Stop.

A former CSIS informant living in Iran reports that the Iranians are gearing up for war. On Tehran streets, there are posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah with anti-Israel slogans such as "wipe it off the map" and posters of Iranian president Ahmadinejad with the slogan "This war is our war".

Further, former CIA agent Ray Close says intelligence being produced by the Pentagon supports the theory that Hezbollah is controlled by Iran... laying the groundwork for war? It's not that simple. Nasrallah, while he has a lot of support in Arab nations, is not an agent of Iran; it sounds like he's very much his own guy and answers only to Hezbollah. But the Bush administration can't sell another war against an amorphous entity like Hezbollah (think al qaeda), so they're oversimplifying the middle east crisis in order to reduce it to a black & white "Iran is a rogue state that supports terrorism and therefore must be dealt with" position.

And Israel wants this. Israel is trying to push the US into a war with Iran because it's Israel's biggest threat. That's likely been the goal of the Lebanon offensive all along, to drag Iran and the US into a war. And why it's always appeared to be such an over the top, disproportionate response to Hezbollah's actions: Israel is fighting Hezbollah as if it's Iran.

Make it stopmakeitstopmakeitstop.