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Faschingstein threatens war against Iran
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Apr 21 2017

Three months into the most right-wing government in modern US history, the meaning of the “Pindostan First” doctrine proclaimed by Donald Trump in his inaugural address has been spelled out by Faschingstein’s deeds: Pindo war everywhere. The latest threat of military aggression was delivered Wednesday by Tillerson against Iran. It came in the midst of Faschingstein’s reckless nuclear brinksmanship on the Korean peninsula and followed the cruise missile attack launched against Syria on the basis of wholly unsubstantiated allegations of chemical weapons use, and the dropping on Afghanistan of the most destructive bomb used since the atomic attacks on Japan in 1945. Tillerson’s bellicose tirade came just one day after the administration had certified to Congress that Tehran was in full compliance with the nuclear agreement that it negotiated in 2015 with the P5+1. The terms of the agreement make it impossible for Iran to develop nuclear weapons, something that its government insisted it was not pursuing in the first place. The statement from Tillerson appeared to have been orchestrated in order to dispel any illusion that Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement would have the slightest influence in staying Faschingstein’s hand in terms of the organization of military provocations and outright aggression against Iran. Tillerson issued a blistering indictment of Iran as “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” though at times it was barely coherent, He charged it with “intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining Pindo interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.” He went on to denounce Iran for what he termed “one of the world’s worst human rights records.”

Such allegations, coming out of the mouth of the former Exxon Mobil CEO, reek of hypocrisy. In Syria, Yemen and Iraq, Pindo imperialism bears direct responsibility for the deaths of over a million people, the displacement of tens of millions, and in the case of Yemen, the driving of an entire population to the brink of starvation. From the Pindosi invasion of Iraq 14 years ago, direct Pindon military intervention and CIA-orchestrated wars for regime change in Libya and Syria, along with Pindo backing for the near genocidal Toad war against the Yemeni people, have laid waste to entire societies and turned much of the region into a killing field. As for “human rights,” Tillerson was pointing the finger at Tehran even as Trump has embraced Gen Abd’el-Fattah el-Sisi, responsible for the massacre of thousands of protesters and the jailing and torture of tens of thousands more. As Tillerson was delivering his tirade in Faschingstein, Mad Dog Mattis was in Toady Arabia, paying homage to the Toads. When it comes to exporting terror, Faschingstein really has no competition. AQ, Daesh and similar Islamist militias all got their start through covert CIA operations using them as proxy forces for pindo aggression and regime change operations. In relation to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1, Tillerson made it clear that as far as the Pindosi administration is concerned, it is not worth the paper on which it is printed. He said:

It fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran; it only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state. This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.

What does this ultimatum mean? “The objective of a non-nuclear Iran” would require the country to renounce all nuclear technology, destroy its existing facilities and presumably place its scientists under Pindosi lock and key. The “same failed approach of the past” is the conception that there is anything whatsoever to negotiate. And the vow not to “pass the buck” to a future Pindosi government means that the Trump administration intends to launch a war to subdue this nation of over 77 million people to the dictates of Pindo imperialism. Its aim is to restore the kind of Pindo domination that prevailed under the bloody dictatorship of the Shah, turning back the historical clock four decades, even if it costs the lives of millions. Given the Trump administration’s insistence that it will not give any indication of its plans for military action until after they are executed, the Iranian government must calculate that a barrage of cruise missiles could fall on Tehran at any moment. This policy of naked aggression is being directed by the cabal of recently retired and active-duty generals who are largely in charge of Pindo foreign policy under the Trump administration. They see Iran as the principal obstacle to the imposition of Pindo hegemony over the oil rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia, which the Pentagon has pursued by means of virtually uninterrupted war over the course of a quarter century. The Pindosi brass bitterly resents the fact that the war in Iraq served largely to strengthen Iranian influence in the region. The recklessness of opening up a new front of military confrontation with Iran under conditions in which provocations against North Korea continue to escalate the threat of war, including a nuclear conflict, in east Asia is staggering. There were reports Thursday that Russia has sent troops and military equipment to its border with North Korea, while China has expressed its concern over provocative Pindo-SK air exercises designed to simulate an attack on the north.

This seemingly wild thrashing about in search of a military confrontation on the part of Tillerson and the Pentagon brass is the subjective expression of the objective crisis of the capitalist system, rooted in the same essential conflict between global economy and the capitalist nation state system that erupted into world war twice in the 20th century. The parasitic and criminal Pindosi ruling class, personified in the figure of Trump, increasingly see war as the only way out of economic and social crises for which it can offer no progressive solution. Thus, new acts and threats of militarism in one country after another are rolled out on virtually a daily basis, with the support of a corporate media that functions as a willing instrument of war propaganda, and the full complicity of the Demagog Party, which had previously criticized Trump from the right as “too soft” on Russia and Syria. While opposition to militarism and war finds no expression in the existing ruling establishment, it is deeply rooted in the working class, both in Pindostan and internationally. This opposition must be given conscious expression in the organization of a new mass movement against war, based on the mobilization of the working class on a socialist and internationalist program, independent of and hostile to all of the parties and organizations of the capitalist class. This is the only way that war, including a nuclear confrontation that threatens the survival of humanity, can be stopped.

Pindo government and media ratchet up threats to North Korea
Mike Head, WSWS, Apr 21 2017

The Trump administration and the Pindosi corporate media are continuing to escalate the pressure on North Korea and China over the Pyongyang regime’s missile and nuclear weapons tests, fuelling an extremely tense standoff and raising the danger of a devastating nuclear war. On its evening news last night NBC reported that Pindostan is taking active measures to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea, including the deployment of U-2 spy planes, drones and special “sniffer” aircraft capable of detecting evidence of a nuclear explosion. Two Pindo boxtops told NBC News that North Korea is in a position to suddenly conduct a nuclear test. One said:

We expect that they are able to do it at any time, without any real warning. They have been engaging in steady preparations.

During a Thursday press conference with Italian PM Gentiloni, Pres Trump branded North Korea a “menace” and suggested that China would take action against North Korea. He said:

As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape. I respect Xi very much, and I think he’s working very hard. … Some very unusual moves have been made over the past two or three hours and I really have confidence that the president will try very hard.

As usual, Trump did not elaborate. His administration has been applying relentless pressure on Beijing, including threats of military strikes against North Korea that could initiate a full-scale war on China’s border, to force Pyongyang to bow to Faschingstein’s demands to dismantle its nuclear and missile capacity. Trump has declared that if China cannot “solve North Korea,” Pindostan is prepared to go it alone, with “all options on the table.” Faschingstein’s ultimatum is being underscored by VP Pence’s current tour of Asia and Australia, reinforced by this month’s cruise missile strikes on Syria and its use of the MOAB bomb in Afghanistan. In South Korea, Pence cited the attacks in Syria and Afghanistan, warning North Korea not to test Pindostan’s “resolve.” The Carl Vinson carrier group, which Trump earlier declared to be part of an “armada” heading for Korea, are now due to arrive during possible North Korean tests marking Military Foundation Day on Apr 25.

The dangers of triggering a nuclear war that could draw in both China and Russia were further revealed by Reuters reports that Russia is moving heavy military equipment toward its border with North Korea. According to Reuters, residents and local media in Russia’s Far East reported large military convoys travelling in the direction of the border since the weekend, in what appeared to be contingency plans for a possible war that could directly threaten Russia’s population and strategic interests. A Russian military spokesman said the flurry of military activity was part of “routine” exercises, but the reports highlight Russia’s own vulnerability, along with China’s, to any conflict involving nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Vladivostok, a city of 600,000 people and the home of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, is just 160 km from the North Korean border, and one of Pyongyang’s nuclear test sites is close to the border. The radiation fallout from any nuclear explosion at the site, or attempted North Korean retaliation for a Pindosi strike, could imperil the city. These developments demonstrate the risk that miscalculations or mistaken interpretations of military moves could trigger a conflict that could endanger the lives of millions of people. The Trump administration has deliberately added uncertainty to the crisis by leaking to the media that its “options” include a return of Pindo nuclear weapons to South Korea, sabotage by special forces inside North Korea and “decapitation strikes” to kill North Korean leaders.

South Korean authorities, who are in the throes of a volatile presidential election campaign, added to the tensions yesterday. Just days after Pence visited the country, the acting South Korean president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, convened a meeting of senior officials where he repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance. At the same time, Seoul’s defence ministry pointed to the current large-scale Pindo/SK air force exercise codenamed Max Thunder. South Korean pilot Col Lee Bum-chul told reporters:

We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever. Through this exercise, I am sure we can deter war and remove our enemy’s intention to provoke us.

The North Korean regime is resorting to bloodcurdling threats of its own, evidently in an attempt to deter an attack. The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in an editorial on Thursday:

In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only the Pindosi imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas, but also the Pindosi mainland, and reduce them both to ashes.

Such rhetoric only plays into the hands of the Pindosi ruling elite, and divides North Korean workers from their fellow workers in the South and America. The Chinese leadership is desperately sending out warnings of the war danger and appealing to the Trump administration for an accommodation. A commentary in People’s Daily yesterday pointed to the possible consequences of a preemptive strike by Pindostan. It said:

There is no guarantee that the presumed Pindo strike would be precise enough to wipe out all nuclear facilities in the DPRK before Pyongyang launches a nuclear attack in retaliation. If that happens, the DPRK won’t wait to fire its nuclear missiles and thousands of howitzers and rocket launchers deployed along the 38th parallel Military Demarcation Line into the Republic of Korea. No defense systems, including the THAAD anti-missile system, will be able to shield off such a shower of artillery shells. And Pyongyang’s missiles could destroy Seoul and hit even Japan.

The commentary urged Pindostan to consider a Chinese proposal for “suspending hostilities.” As a first step, the North would freeze its nuclear program if in exchange, Pindostan halted its military exercises with the South. Another People’s Daily commentary signalled the Chinese bureaucracy’s wider plea for a partnership with Washington. Appealing for “win-win cooperation,” it said:

China has no intention of competing with Pindostan for the position of ‘top superpower.

Faschingstein, however, has rejected any suggestion of resuming talks with Pyongyang, asserting that the days of “strategic patience” are over. The Trump administration’s “Pindostan First” program is dedicated to reasserting global economic and hegemony at all costs.

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