Alterman, who’s a Nation columnist and also a fellow at the Center for American Progress, hails the Stuxnet covert op as an Israeli triumph, and he claims that it is the chief reason Iran’s nuclear program has suffered setbacks. He couples his enthusiasm for this Israeli-engineered accomplishment with a tendentious slap at the Iranian government that resonates with the same bellicose rhetoric of the neoconservatives that he denounces. “This development ought to be a cause for joy among all people outside the Iranian leadership's anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying circles.” He goes on, including a gratuitous slap at “many of the left”: “The ability of the Israelis to find a peaceful, albeit temporary solution to the problem of Iran's nuclear ambitions—and contrary to the view of many on the left, it is a problem not only for Israel but for the entire world—ought to serve as a warning to Obama and company against listening to any of these incautious warmongers ever again.”
Let’s list the ways this column is wrongheaded:
First, and make no mistake, unleashing a computer worm against a country whose leaders have committed no aggressive act against either the United States or Iran’s neighbors is an act of war. To the extent that the United States is involved in it, and it’s not clear, it is grounds for an Iranian counterattack against America’s own vulnerable computer systems. Washington and Tel Aviv may not like what Iran is doing, but that doesn’t give them the right to conduct acts of war or covert actions against it. That means that not only are computer worms like Stuxnet acts of war but so are assassinations of Iranian scientists—presumably, according to Alterman, something else that ought to bring “joy” even to the churlish, international law–supporting left. (Alterman doesn’t praise the assassinations in his column, but it’s not clear why not, since like Stuxnet they’re presumably, too, joyous events, in his view.)
Tony Blair's war lust laid bare at Chilcot inquiry
It was a case of deja vu as warmonger Tony Blair put in his second appearance at the Iraq inquiry last Friday.
He was once again allowed to dodge question after question. Again, the inquiry did not press him on his lies.
And, like last time, he used the platform to call for the bombing of Iran.
“They disagree fundamentally with our way of life and will carry on unless met with determination and, if necessary, force,” he said.
As the hearing ended, Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon died in the war, said, “Your lies killed my son.”
That’s Blair’s real legacy—and if the murderer had his way, he’d do it all over again.
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