Saturday, January 07, 2012
Stephen Harper Goes To War Again
He's always been a nerdly chickenhawk. Posing as a Great Warrior Leader, inflating and deflating like a blimp, depending on the prevailing political winds.
He's never seen a war he didn't like, from the one in 1812 to the one in Libya, and now Stephen Harper is frantically flapping his stubby wings again, trying to pump up a war against Iran.
Which is particularly alarming, since tensions in the region are escalating, and the more political leaders talk about war the more likely it becomes.
The really frightening thing about the situation is not so much the military preparations but that so many are ready to discuss war as if it was a perfectly rational, and indeed likely, possibility.
Even though Iran can't cut off the flow of oil, not only because it depends on it to survive.
Blocking the straits would result in a total shutdown of Iran’s exports and imports; with 60 percent of Iran’s economy coming from oil exports, it would bring the government to a standstill.
But also because it can't.
Even though Iran has plenty of reasons to feel threatened.
And all this crazy war talk could play into the hands of that country's fascist theocracy, even as it teeters on the verge of collapse.
At the moment the regime's deep internal contradictions could be leading towards a revolutionary climax, the US and its allies are giving Khamenei a possible way out by allowing him to externalise the problem and claim that the Iranian nation is under attack from hostile foreign forces, rather than definitively changing from within.
Which not only would be an act of monumental idiocy, but could trigger a war that would set the Middle East on fire, lead to another wave of global terrorism, turn western countries into police states, and plunge us all into a brutal recession.
But of course, don't expect Stephen Harper to be concerned about any of the above eh? Or expect him to act responsibly, at a time when overheated rhetoric is the last thing we need.
Because he's just a tool of Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing settler regime. Benny and his gang want an excuse to attack Iran's nuclear installations. And Great Warrior Leader would do ANYTHING to please them.
And what more can you say eh? Except Stephen Harper is a dangerous leader.
Canada, and the world, won't be safe until he is defeated.
And of course, as always.
Oh oh oh it's a lovely war...