Targeting Iran: World War III and The Chain of Obedience

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The World is at dangerous crossroads”

“The holding of mass demonstrations and antiwar protests is not enough”

 

by Michel Chossudovsky

 

The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the World simultaneously.

Militarization at the global level is instrumented through the US military’s Unified Command structure: the entire planet is divided up into geographic Combatant Commands under the control of the Pentagon. According to (former) NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, the Pentagon’s military road-map consists of a sequence of war theaters: “[The] five-year campaign plan [includes]… a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.” 

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

A War on Iran has been on the drawing board of The Pentagon since 2004.

Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme is the pretext and the justification. Tehran is also identified as a “State sponsor of terrorism”, for allegedly supporting the Al Qaeda network.

In recent development, what is unfolding is an integrated attack plan on Iran led by the US, with the participation of the United Kingdom and Israel.





While the media has presented Israeli and British military planning pertaining to Iran as separate initiatives, what we are dealing with is an integrated and coordinated US led military endeavor.

In early November, Israel confirmed that it is preparing to launch air attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities, without however acknowledging that this would be carried out as part of a US led initative:

Reportedly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently sought to drum up cabinet support for a military strike against the nuclear sites of the Islamic republic of Iran. In joint efforts with the defense minister Ehud Barak, Netanyahu has succeeded in wringing support for such a reckless act from the skeptics who were already opposed to launching an attack on Iran. Among those he managed to convince was Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

There are still those in the Israeli cabinet who are against such a move including Interior Minister Eli Yishai of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor, Strategic Affairs Minister and Netanyahu confidant Moshe Yaalon, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, army chief Benny Gantz, the head of Israel’s intelligence agency Tamir Pardo, the chief of military intelligence Aviv Kochavi and the head of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency Yoram Cohen.

However, the support voiced by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considered an ace in the hole for Netanyahu who also enjoys the full-throated support of Washington.

In a show of military prowess and obvious brinkmanship, Israel test-fired a nuke capable missile on Wednesday which cannot be taken as a coincidence considering the threat made by Netanyahu. ( Ismail Salami.  An Israel Attack on Iran: Military Suicide , Global Research, November 3, 2011)

Meanwhile, the British government has also signified that it will participate in a US led attack on Iran:

The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government.

In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air and sea campaign.

They also believe the US would ask permission to launch attacks from Diego Garcia, the British Indian ocean territory, which the Americans have used previously for conflicts in the Middle East.  (The Guardian, November 2, 2011 http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27439)

The War on Syria

There is a military roadmap characterised by a sequence of US-NATO war theaters.

In the wake of the war on Libya, there are also war plans directed against under NATO’s Responsibility to Protect (R2P). These plans are integrated with those pertaining to Iran. The road to Tehran goes through Damascus. A US-NATO sponsored war on Iran would involve, as a first step, a destabilization campaign (“regime change”) including covert intelligence operations in support of rebel forces directed against the Syrian government

The World is at dangerous crossroads.

Were a US-NATO military operation to be launched against either Syria or Iran, the broader Middle East Central Asian region extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with China would be engulfed in the turmoil of an extended regional war.

There are at present four distinct war theaters: Afghanistan-Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine and Libya.

An attack on Syria would lead to the integration of these separate war theaters, eventually leading towards a broader Middle East-Central Asian war.

In turn, a war on Syria would evolve towards a US-NATO military campaign directed against Iran, in which Turkey and Israel would be directly involved. It would also contribute to the ongoing destabilization of Lebanon.

Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. A good versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled: “We must fight against evil in all its forms as a means to preserving the Western way of life.” Breaking the “big lie” which upholds war as a humanitarian undertaking, means breaking a criminal project of global destruction, in which the quest for profit is the overriding force. This profit-driven military agenda destroys human values and transforms people into unconscious zombies.

The holding of mass demonstrations and antiwar protests is not enough. What is required is the development of a broad and well organized grassroots antiwar network, across the land, nationally and internationally, which challenges the structures of power and authority. People must mobilize not only against the military agenda, the authority of the state and its officials must also be challenged.

This war can be prevented if people forcefully confront their governments, pressure their elected representatives, organize at the local level in towns, villages and municipalities, spread the word, inform their fellow citizens as to the implications of a nuclear war, initiate debate and discussion within the armed forces.

The objective is to forcefully reverse the tide of war, challenge the war criminals in high office and the powerful corporate lobby groups which support them.

Break the American Inquisition.

Undermine the US-NATO-Israel military crusade.

Close down the weapons factories and the military bases.

Members of the armed forces should disobey orders and refuse to participate in a criminal war.

Bring home the troops.

Break the chain of shameful obedience

“The death squads and concentration camps of history were never staffed by rebels and dissidents. They were were run by those who followed the rules.”

Sit back and behold, in the following video, how we subscribe to doomsday through our shameful acquiescence and willing ignorance.

[youtube 6NcLNoxiPBk Chain of command vs Chain of obedience]

Sources: global research.ca & StormClouds Gathering

For more articles by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat visit his website

Mardi Gras madness

The Herald News – Joliet (IL) February 5, 2002 | Annie Alleman Even though we’re 922 miles from New Orleans, we can still celebrate the most popular day on the Southern calendar. Dig out the beads and king cake recipe, it’s time for Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras, which means Fat Tuesday, will be Feb. 12 this year.

It falls early, but is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is all about parades and pageantry, parties and pomp.

And food.

Lots of food.

Tracie Tobin owns Cafe Orleans, 500 W. Lockport Road, Plainfield.

The restaurant closed for daily dining in August, but is open for catering, banquets, bakery items and, of course, to the public for Fat Tuesday.

Tobin grew up in New Orleans and was once a Krewe Queen during a Mardi Gras parade.

Mardi Gras, she explained, has its origins in the Catholic faith.

“The Epiphany is Jan. 6, and that starts the Mardi Gras season,” she said.

“It goes up to Fat Tuesday, and that’s the day you pig out before Ash Wednesday.” It’s a day to go to excess before the sacrificial season of Lent starts.

One of the most popular and traditional Mardi Gras foods, Tobin said, is king cake.

“It’s a constant at all the parties,” she said.

“It’s like a luscious coffee cake, with purple, green and gold sugars on it.

Those are the colors of Mardi Gras, and they symbolize power, faith and loyalty.

And there’s a little (plastic) baby in there, signifying the baby Jesus, and whoever gets the baby must host the next party.” At Cafe Orleans, they’re still taking orders for king cakes, named such for the king of Mardi Gras and also for Jesus, the king.

In the past, the employees of Cafe Orleans have formed their own Krewe and done parades on Lockport Street, throwing doubloons (big, fake coins) and waving strings of colorful beads.

“Where did the beads come from? One theory I liked the best, is that New Orleans was supposedly a port city, and sailors — actually, pirates — would come into town, and to stop the pirates from pillaging and taking their women, citizens starting throwing shiny trinkets and coins to distract them,” she said.

She’s seen it all at Mardi Gras, first hand.

“I used to be in a Krewe at one time, I got into the Krewe of Thoths,” she said.

“I was a maid one year and the queen the next.

That was in ’76 and ’77.” Krewes are clubs that host parades — masked, of course.

They are masked at balls, parades and parties all year.

She tries to bring a little bit of New Orleans into Will County every year at this time, and will help others do the same. here king cake recipe

“You can do boiled crawfish with shrimp, potatoes and corn, and sometimes you can put sausage and hot dogs in it, too,” she said.

“We always do a buffet here.

We do crawfish, catfish, and usually we do some traditional foods because not everyone’s into it.

We’ll have red beans and rice, fried okra, jambalaya and usually some kind of chicken.” The restaurant will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. and they aren’t taking reservations.

The tables are put together so no one has their own table, and the menu is strictly buffet.

Every so often, they’ve even have their own little parades, Tobin said.

Another buffet opportunity is at Joliet Junior College’s Renaissance Center Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet.

Every year, the culinary arts students prepare a Mardi Gras feast for anyone who is looking for a Mardi Gras fix.

The lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15. On the menu, said Susan Stockwell, Renaissance Center events and marketing specialist, is seafood gumbo, creole country ham, marinated pan-fried alligator, crab meat au gratin, occasion red beans and rice, smothered okra, eggplant and tomato, bourbon street chicken galantine, and shrimp and artichoke salad. site king cake recipe

There’s also a variety of homemade breads and desserts.

The JJC students are also making king cakes, and are taking orders for them through the week.

For a king cake, call (815) 280-2786.

At Milano’s Bakery, 2019 Essington Road, Joliet, folks there are gearing up for Fat Tuesday as well, with their annual making of the Polish delicacy, Paczkis (poonch-kies.) Paczkis are just one of Mardi Gras pastry traditions.

It’s a round, jelly-filled doughnut created in honor of Mardi Gras. Milano’s fills their Paczkis with raspberry, prune, custard and other fillings.

Last year, said owner Mario DeBenedetti, they sold 5,000 Paczkis.

They also sell king cakes.

“King cakes are great, but people buy Paczkis to bring into the office,” he said.

Cafe Orleans is also taking orders for king cakes.

Last year, she sold about 60 of them.

“We make a sweet dough and braid it, and put a filling of fruit, cinnamon, almond or cream cheese in,” she said.

“Each cake is three breads braided together, and they come in small, medium and large.

We decorate them with masks and doubloons and beads.” Shrimp Creole 1/2 pound fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined and washed 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 bay leaf 1 small piece of bell pepper, cut fine 1/4 lemon 1/8 teaspoon sweet basil 1 1/2 cups water pinch nutmeg 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 small piece of bay leaf 1 small onion, chopped 1/8 teaspoon red pepper 1 clove garlic, mashed 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 1 cup whole tomatoes, fresh or canned A small amount of green onion 1/2 cup tomato sauce Liquid from boiled shrimp In a stew pan, add water, salt, bay leaf, lemon and shrimp.

Cook over medium heat.

When water comes to a boil, cover and cook 5 minutes.

Drain and reserve liquid.

Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.

Add tomatoes, shrimp broth, sugar, and bell pepper, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Add sweet basil, nutmeg, red pepper and salt to taste.

Cook a few minutes more.

Make a paste with corn starch and 2 tablespoons water.

Stir it into the sauce; stir and cook until it thickens.

When ready to serve, add the boiled shrimp, parsley and green onion.

Serve with cooked rice.

Cooking tip: For improved flavor, cook shrimp, and make sauce, but do not add shrimp to sauce until ready to serve, chill. Source: www.louisianafoods.com/recipes/index.html Red Beans and Rice 1 pound dried red beans or kidney beans 1 large hamhock from leftover ham, or sausage 2 tablespoons margarine or ham fat 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 or 2 clove garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon red pepper 1 small piece bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon oregano powder 2 large ripe tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes Pick and wash red beans.

In a large sauce pan boil 1 1/2 quarts water, drop in the beans, boil 1 minute.

Set aside until they cool.

Cook onion in fat until tender and add to beans, with garlic, hamhock, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper.

Cook over high heat, then reduce to simmer until tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Take out hamhock, cut meat away from bone and add to pot of beans.

Add oregano.

Discard the bone.

Serve in soup plates over rice.

Tip: If using sausage, do not cook them longer than 1 hour.

If there are leftover beans, chill in individual servings and freeze. Source: www.louisianafoods.com/recipes/index.html Creole Green Beans 1/2 pound fresh snap beans 3 tablespoons bacon drippings 4 or 5 new potatoes, soaked in water with a little soda, then scraped.

1 small onion, chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup boiling water Combine all the ingredients in a small stew pan; cover with a tight fitting lid; cook over medium heat 5 minutes.

Reduce heat; cook about 15 minutes longer.

The beans should be tender crisp. Source: www.louisianafoods.com/recipes/index.html Mardi Gras Queen Susan Frick Carlman, a columnist for Sun Publications, will be Mardi Gras Queen at the Feb. 12 party at Cafe Orleans, 500 W. Lockport Road. Tickets cost $15 for the party with a $5 cover charge.

Carlman, a Plainfield resident, is also a reporter for the Plainfield Sun, which is a Hollinger publication. Mardi Gras recipes Annie Alleman

Author Details
Ashraf Ezzat is an Egyptian born in Cairo and based in Alexandria. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University. Keen not to be entirely consumed by the medical profession, Dr. Ezzat invests a lot of his time in research and writing. History of the ancient Near East and of Ancient Egypt has long been an area of special interest to him. In his writings, he approaches ancient history not as some tales from the remote times but as a causative factor in our existing life; and to him it’s as relevant and vibrant as the current moment. In his research and writings Dr. Ezzat is always on a quest trying to find out why the ancient wisdom had been obstructed and ancient spirituality diminished whereas the Judeo-Christian teachings and faith took hold and prospered. Dr. Ezzat has written extensively in Arabic tackling many issues and topics in the field of Egyptology and comparative religion. He is author of Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites. He writes regularly at many well-known online websites such as Dissident Voice and What Really Happened. Dr. Ezzat is also an independent filmmaker. His debut film was back in 2011 The Annals of Egypt Revolution and in 2012 he made Tale of Osiris a short animation for children. In 2013 his short The Pyramids: story of creation was screened at many international film festivals in Europe. And he is working now on his first documentary “Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites”. Visit his YouTube Channel
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