02 January 2012

This Means War

Where’s Groucho* when you need him?

Perhaps the reason for that unpopular move were some of the more nuanced contents of the Bill, among which is the decision to fully boycott not only Iran, but any bank, including central bank, and other financial institution found to deal with Iran. Which incidentally means most of Russia and China, and probably half of Europe, as all petrodollars generated by the country's petroleum export industry first have to make their way via the international financial community back into the country. The history buffs out there will realize that this form of couched antagonism is nothing short of the US approach to Japan during World War II, which was essentially provoked into attacking Pearl Harbor - read the details of the October 7, 1940 McCollum Memo here, and especially bullet point 10. And unfortunately, it appears that within 24 hours or so, Iran may have already taken the bait. As Reuters and BBC report, Iran has both test-fired a medium-range SAM during the ongoing wargames exercise previously discussed here, as well as made a formal announcement it has made and tested domestically made nuclear fuel rods: precisely the event that the Israel or US-borne Stuxnet was designed to prevent. So as the tennis match of escalation keeps on growing the ball is now once again in the US' court. [Emphasis in the original.]

While I generally oppose free trade in light of the current domestic regulatory regime and the economic hamstringing that has accompanied it, I see no reason to not acknowledge the political ramifications of free trade.  Specifically, it seems obvious that free trade can be used as a policy to further peace by giving other nations a reason to literally invest in our future.  Incidentally, there is one candidate who supports both domestic deregulation and free trade with Iran.  We all know who he is.

Another point worth noting from this is how the federal government often creates the problems it calls on itself to solve.  There is no reason to antagonize Iran with economic sanctions, nor is there any reason to meddle with how the Iranian leaders manage their country.  Yet that is precisely what the federal government is attempting to do at this time, and needless to say this does not bode well.  Really, this policy seems positively Orwellian, wherein war is used as a pretext for encouraging national pride and the general erosion of freedom that accompanies it.  Thus, the proposed war with Iran should be viewed as nothing more than propaganda for the destruction of rights.  After all, we all have to make sacrifices for our country during times of war.

* In the event that you, dear reader, do not know who (or what) Groucho is, let me first say:  shame on you.  There is simply no excuse for being ignorant of the Marx Brothers.  To rectify this ignorance, I recommend watching Duck Soup (this being the scene from which the title of this post is taken), which is a brilliant, scathing political satire.  This song from the movie is both prescient and hysterical.

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