Fallout from Another War

Fallout from Another War
The grimmest scenario from the WEF.

The U.S. launches a military strike on Iran's nuclear plants in 2009. Iran's counterattack on U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf countries ruins the oil bidness and causes a global recession. Oh, and terrorist attacks step up around the rest of the globe.

I'm not the only one imagining pre-emptive attacks on Iran by the U.S. or Israel or both.

That's the "Sandstorm" scenario for the so-called Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE). Such grim scenarios are emerging from behind the scenes at World Economic Forum headquarters.

Bomb a nuclear plant or two and you'll see what mass destruction looks like. We'll all be tuned in to the Weather Channel to track the radioactive cloud drifting around the planet.

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Don't pay attention to what's said at the forum's gatherings of bigwigs (the next main one is in late January in Switzerland), but read the reports (HTML, PDF), which of course are grossly underplayed in the Western press.

These aren't the reports manufactured by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who may yet go down in history — if there are any historians left on Earth to write about them — as Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy.

Colin Powell was being a good soldier for the Bush-Cheney regime in February 2003 when he spread the administration's lies at the U.N. about Iraq's WMD.

Now that he's out of the administration, he's just being a good soldier by telling what he really thinks is the truth about the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

At least we hope so, because Powell is dismissing the idea that Iran is a nuclear threat. The AP, reporting Sunday from a Kuwait confab:

"I think Iran is a long way from having anything that could be anything like a nuclear weapon," Powell told a gathering of bankers, businessmen and diplomats.

Tehran rejects claims by the United States and some European Union countries that its nuclear program is aimed at secretly producing weapons and insists it is for peaceful purposes only.

"I think the Iranians are being very foolish," Powell said. "When I look at Iran, I see the needs they have. They have not globalized, they have not come up in the international economic community. They are faced with 40 percent unemployment."

Lucky for us that all of our domestic problems are in good enough shape for us to launch another war.

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