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Ramat Hasharon, Israel - In the late 1990s, a computer specialist from Israel's Shin Bet internal security service hacked into the mainframe of the Pi Glilot fuel depot north of Tel Aviv. It was meant to be a routine test of safeguards at the strategic site. But it also tipped off the Israelis to the potential such hi-tech infiltrations offered for real sabotage.

"Once inside the Pi Glilot system, we suddenly realised that, aside from accessing secret data, we could also set off deliberate explosions, just by programming a re-route of the pipelines," said a veteran of the Shin Bet drill." So began a cyberwarfare project which, a decade on, is seen by independent experts as the likely new vanguard of Israel's efforts to foil the nuclear ambitions of its arch-foe Iran.

The appeal of cyber attacks was boosted, Israeli sources say, by the limited feasibility of conventional air strikes on the distant and fortified Iranian atomic facilities, and by U.S. reluctance to countenance another open war in the Middle East. "We came to the conclusion that, for our purposes, a key Iranian vulnerability is in its on-line information," said one recently retired Israeli security cabinet member, using a generic term for digital networks. "We have acted accordingly." (Read the rest)

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Straight Thinking
On Iran Needed

By Willis A. Carto

Isn’t it amazing to see and hear all of the television experts on Iran who have suddenly sprung up like poison ivy? They’re all there. Blond beauties reading their lines, dimple-cheeked boys and of course, Mr. Ugly himself, Charles Krauthammer, a spokesman for a chronic national troublemaker.
They know everything there is to know about the internal situation in Iran, except, it seems, the fact that Iran is currently in a recession, with 30 percent unemployment and double- digit inflation.
Think that might have something to do with the demonstrations?
We have not witnessed any of these talking heads saying what is important, which is that we have no business telling the people there what to do. We should keep our dirty hands off their problems, exactly as they should not tell us what to do.
Judging by history, it is a sure bet that the CIA and its brains, Israel, are involved up to their snouts in fanning the flames of discontent.
Remember what happened the last time our genius CIA controllers messed around in Iran? We ousted Mohamed Mossadeq, put in the corrupt shah and many Iranians and Americans were killed. Now—following the law of unintended consequences—we are faced again with fundamentalist Islam.
Answer this. Can Americans in our polluted democracy conduct our own affairs any better than the Iranians conduct theirs?
Iran (Persia) has been around 10 times longer that the U.S. What do we have to teach them other than hypocrisy, arrogance, corruption and vainglorious folly?
As our country careens toward a worthless dollar, national bankruptcy and anarchy, maybe it’s time to follow the advice of George Washington (remember him?) and mind our own business before it’s too late.

Expect Disastrous Consequences
if U.S. Attacks Iran

By Willis A. Carto

Iran says that Israel controls the media in America. Well, anyone with reading ability or who watches TV knows that. Following the instructions of the Israel lobby, the corporate media doesn’t like Iran one little bit, and they seem to be doing their best to rouse the lust in the American media for Persian blood.

Yes, Israel wants the American people to give their democratic OK to a nuclear attack on Iran.

Should American policy makers follow this suicidal advice, it would be, of course, good for Israel because it would be a hit on Iran. But it would create the worst mess for the United States in our history. And considering our previous international misadventures, that’s saying a lot.

It’s time for patriots to wake up to this possible disaster before it’s too late.

For openers, it would be a war we could not possibly win. A mere air and naval bombardment (which is all we could possibly do) would satisfyingly murder lots of Persians, but that’s all.

It could not be decisive, no matter how many men, women and children we’d kill.

Numbskull armchair strategists do not realize that only a ground army capable of destroying the belligerent’s army and occupying the country can ever win a war. This is as true today as it was 3,000 years ago. And it must be evident to every American planner that a ground war against Iran and occupation of that country would be totally impossible. It would take a well-equipped army and navy of a million men. Men, not girls and fairies.

“A U.S. attack on Iran would
create the worst mess for America
in our history. And considering
our previous international mis-
adventures, that’s saying a lot.”


In short, to attempt it would be insane.

That’s some of the reasons why it would be an American disaster—the worst disaster ever that senseless American intervention into the problems of other countries has created since 1917.

And such wanton aggression would rightly find every country in the world except Israel opposed, be doing their best to rouse the lust in the American meaning that American prestige—already at an historic low—would plummet further.

George Washington said it: America should never intervene in the wars of other nations. Our true policy is to stay here, mind our own business and improve America. And to hell with the financial and ethnic lobbies that want war.

God knows we can’t run the world when we can’t even properly run the space we now occupy.