Thursday, October 25, 2007

Just what does it take to start a war around here?

[Insert country of choice] is involved with [weapons of mass destruction-related program activities; a big scary mustached leader; illegal immigration; brown people; voodoo] and even though we are using [all; some; none] of our [well-trained; partisan hack; not sure where the United States is on a map] diplomatic personnel, we need to keep [all options on the table; only one option on the table; total and endless war]:
The US today branded Iran's elite revolutionary guards as a supporter of terrorism as it imposed the toughest sanctions on Tehran since the Islamist revolution of 1979.

The al-Quds unit within the guards corps is accused of providing powerful bomb-making equipment to fighters in Iraq that has led to the deaths of US soldiers. The revolutionary guards as a whole, which have business interests ranging from newspapers to cars, were branded "proliferators of weapons of mass destruction" in reference to its alleged role in developing nuclear weapons.

Three major state-owned Iranian banks, which Washington claims help fund Tehran's alleged support for the Taliban in Afghanistan, Shia militants in Iraq, and Hamas and Hizbullah, are also targeted.

The unprecedented sanctions, which also target the country's defence ministry, will cut off more than 20 Iranian entities, including individuals and companies owned or controlled by the revolutionary guards.

The secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, said today: "What this means is that no US citizen or a private organisation will be allowed to engage in financial transactions with these persons and entities."

"These actions will help to protect the international financial system from the illicit activities of the Iranian government. They will provide a powerful deterrent to every international bank and company that thinks of doing business with the Iranian government."

Ms Rice said the US was "fully committed to a diplomatic solution with Iran" and had "no conflict" with the Iranian people.

But she added: "Unfortunately the Iranian government continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations, instead threatening peace and security by pursuing nuclear technologies that can lead to a nuclear weapon, building dangerous ballistic missiles, supporting Shia militants in Iraq and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, and denying the existence of a fellow member of the United Nations, threatening to wipe Israeli off the map."
It's deja vu all over again. Now we get to watch how stupid the media really is as they fall all over themselves to agree with the catapulted propaganda.


Hecate said...

It's like deja vu all over again.

Sorghum Crow said...

My favorite part:
"Ms Rice said the US was "fully committed to a diplomatic solution with Iran" and had "no conflict" with the Iranian people."

How in the holy adjectival heck can you have a diplomatic solution if you don't, make that won't, talk to the other side?

pygalgia said...

How Rice can say that Iran "continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations" when the U.S. is the one refusing open talks is beyond Orwellian. You would think the media might notice.
Great post.

ellroon said...

Damn right, Hecate. The next question is have we learned anything or do we get to do it all over again?

C'mon, Sorghum Crow. Swear a little. And Condi is hoping you don't notice we are refusing to talk to Iran until they abjectly crawl, naked and bleeding and kiss King Georgie's ass.

Thanks,Pygalgia. Good stuff on your blog as well!

Sorghum Crow said...

Go to my place and see what Pootie Poot has to say...

ellroon said...