For days now, the news has been full of stories about Iranian speedboats threatening U.S. Naval War Ships. If the linked article is correct, those stories were much ado about nothing. ("Iran: Bush's Tonkin Gulf Tale Unravels," by Gareth Porter. Alter Net. IPS News. January 11, 2008.) It is more than highly likely the whole thing has been deliberately mischaracterized for the sake of saber rattling by neocons exerting their propaganda on the mainstream media in the U.S., owned and operated by those with a huge vested interest in the U.S. military-industrial complex and imperial ambitions. It's probably the same kind of garbage reporting as when the British were taken by Iran for illegally entering Iranian waters.

How dumb it was to try to paint the Iranians as being so dumb themselves.

We have the NIE on Iran for 2007 saying that the Iranians haven't been doing what the neocons claimed. We have the top U.S. general in Iraq saying that the Iranians aren't arming the insurgents. We have the Iranians letting the British captives go after treating them vastly better than Iranians are treated by the U.S. or British. We have the Iranians having offered to work with the U.S. We have the Iranians not invading any other countries for a couple of hundred years. We have them passing the U.N. inspections, just as Iraq had done. The list could go on and on.

This is not to say that Iran is perfect, far from it. What they aren't being is belligerent. They don't want an Israeli nuke or nukes falling on their capital.

What the U.S. needs to do is stop listening to the war- and fear-mongers. The Likudniks (born of liars and terrorists themselves and still practicing the dark arts) are troublemakers for all concerned.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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