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Before any US Attack on Iran, itís Time to Ask a Few Questions

Bush himself is now openly referring to "World War Three" over the Iranian nuclear controversy, almost like that's an acceptable, possibly even a desirable, option.
Before any US attack on Iran, it's time to ask a few questions

President Bush has started the final reel of his White House blockbuster by beginning to turn away from the Iraq quagmire in favor of a new and more ambitious target, the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Working in close coordination with Israel, which holds a transcendent sway over the Middle East foreign policy of the current administration, look for Bush to pull the trigger on Iran by spring of next year, if not before. Of course, this assertion is nothing remotely new, with dozens of mainstream pundits and policy makers braying for an attack on Iran throughout the last several years. Bush himself is now openly referring to "World War Three" over the Iranian nuclear controversy, almost like that's an acceptable, possibly even a desirable, option.


Before this catastrophe comes to pass, however, the American public has to ask itself how an attack on Iran could be rationally justified. In an effort to help facilitate this process, I simply ask that people read and answer the following questions. They are not a be-all or end-all, just a place to start.


The answer to every question is either Israel or Iran.


--Which nation saw large spontaneous vigils in its capital city honoring the victims of 9/11?


--Which nation since WWII has forcibly expelled more than 1,000,000 people from their native lands into a destabilizing international refugee crisis that continues to this day?


--Which nation has taken in millions of destitute refugees from neighboring wartorn countries?


--Which nation possesses nuclear weapons, will not admit their existence, and is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act?


--Which nation's atomic facilities are still regularly visited by inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog unit, the International Atomic Energy Agency, under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?


--Which nation attacked the USS Liberty intelligence ship in international waters using fighter planes and torpedo boats killing 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173? The attack was the second-deadliest against a U.S. warship since the end of World War II, and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. intelligence community.


--Which nation's forbearers freed the Jews from slavery in Babylon (present day Iraq) and helped return 10's of thousands of them back to Zion?


--Which nation is the single largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, comprising nearly one-third of the entire direct bi-lateral American aid total, yet by some estimates it is one of the top 20 wealthiest countries in the world?


--Which nation has not attacked any of its neighbors in the last 250 years, and does not occupy any other country's territory?


--Which nation has prevented the return of millions of refugees to their native lands, people who have either been expelled or displaced by this occupying nation?


--Which nation has had boulevards named after Winston Churchill and Franklin D.
Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth and Bobby Sands?


--Which nation had a commercial passenger jet shot down by the U.S. Navy, killing all 290 passengers and crew aboard, including 38 foreigners and 66 children, while flying inside its territorial waters at the time of the downing?


--Which nation recently suffered a debilitating invasion and 8-year war at the hands of a US-supported neighbor? Casualties on both sides reached into the millions.



--Which nation is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act?



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Lawrence J. Maushard is a writer and journalist living in Portland, Oregon. His career abroad began during Nicaragua's Sandinistra-Contra civil war, which he experienced in 1987 during a solo overland trip that included Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. He has visited Iran twice, most recently in 2005.

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