Don't know if you've followed stories about it, but there are those in the internet world that believe that 9/11 and 7/7 were staged events to foment war. On 9/11, a "terror drill" was(coincidentally) being staged in NYC. On 7/7, the Brits were going through a "terror drill"(coincidentally) as well. Tomorrow, there is a scheduled "terror drill" in Charleston, SC. Some believe that an actual nuclear device will be detonated and used as a pretense to attack Iran. Read the links below (from Monkey). Maybe I'll pick you up and we'll head to Lake Chapala.
From Monkey (in Prague):
I know I'm a paranoid conspiration fella, but I think it's time for you all to go.
I don't like the fact that the Russians and Chinese are holding joint "exercises" (8.18-25) at the same time that America is on high alert and has a nuclear terror "drill" (8.17-?).
Why the hell are these warmongering idiots wanting to take on a country that is twice the size of Texas and home to some 68 million people? Vice President Cheney said recently that the next terror attack on the U.S. will result in a retaliation against Iran? Huh? Come again?
Their grandiose idea goes something like this (from the Global News Matrix) :
The conventional wisdom is that, even if diplomacy fails, the US is so bogged down in Iraq that it could not take on Iran. However, this misunderstands the capabilities and intentions of the Bush administration. America's devastating air power is not committed in Iraq. Just 120 B52, B1 and B2 bombers could hit 5,000 targets in a single mission. Thousands of other warplanes and missiles are available. The army and marines are heavily committed in Iraq, but enough forces could be found to secure coastal oilfields and to conduct raids into Iran.
A US attack is unlikely to be confined to the suspected WMD locations or to involve a ground invasion to occupy the country. The strikes would probably be intended to destroy military, political and (oil excepted) economic infrastructure. A disabled Iran could be further paralyzed by civil war. Tehran alleges US support for separatists in the large Azeri population of the north-west, and fighting is increasing in Iranian Kurdistan.
The possible negative consequences of an attack on Iran are well known: an increase in terrorism; a Shia rising in Iraq; Hezbollah and Iranian attacks on Israel; attacks on oil facilities along the Gulf and a recession caused by rising oil prices. Advocates of war argue that if Iran is allowed to go nuclear then each of these threats to US and Israeli interests becomes far greater. In this logic, any negative consequence becomes a further reason to attack now - with Iran disabled all these threats can, it is argued, be reduced.
Even more scary is another article outlining the actual diablolical plan set forth by Count Cheney himself on using nukes against Iran:
The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.
Let's hope that nothing like this happens tomorrow or at any other time in the future, but if it does I'll be emailing ya'll my new address in the province of Jalisco, Mexico---the home of tequila, white sand Pacific beaches and the largest lake in Mexico (Lake Chapala).
Hasta luego muchachos!