February 26, 2012
Following the Money
propagates tension while US & China broker deal over Iran
Submitted by B. Krawczyk, Cumberland
morning I tuned into Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition radio show (Feb. 19)
and was sorry. I don’t know what to think about Michael these days. Or CBC
Radio. I understand that Stephen Harper considers CBC Radio the enemy but I
am increasingly perplexed as to why.
As far as international news reporting goes, it seems to me that the
Canadian media, including the CBC, is doing Harper’s job for him by keeping
the Canada public so tense with threats of imminent war that we will be
willing to accept more restrictions on our basic freedoms. These threats
center on the so-called possibility of a US-Israeli invasion of Iran.
On the program Michael utters the threatening words in a deeply
authoritarian voice: “How close is Iran to building a nuclear weapon? What
should be done? Should the US and Israel make a preemptive strike?”
Michael’s first two guests demure about a strike, but at least his third
guest, Hirsh Goodman from National Security Studies from Tel Aviv University
in Israel gives Michael the answer he seems to be hoping for. The answer is
yes. Mr. Goodman would think a preemptive strike would be proper action if
Iran continues with nuclear development.
The other two guests, Barbara Slavin (Atlantic Council Think Tank) and Paul
Rogers (University of Bradford, England) weren’t so sure about what to do.
But what I find so troubling is this… there was a lengthy discussion with
these three scholars concerning Iran and a possible invasion and not a
single one of them, including Michael himself, mentioned the magic
word…China. I couldn’t believe it. It was as if China didn’t exist. As if
China hadn’t announced to the world that she would protect Iran. As if China
hadn’t announced to the world just recently that she was preparing for war
if need be (Commodity On Line 1/7/12) and that she was troubled by remarks
coming from the White House. Voila! An immediate change in Obama’s attitude.
“Okay,” Obama and the bankers seem to say to China, “if you won’t let us
invade Iran without getting your kickers in a knot, will you please loan us
some more money? “Well,” China seems to say in response, “we would like to
see a negotiated settlement on the restrictive measures against Iran”.
“Okay, we’ll get to work on that,” Obama seems to have responded and the
bankers appear to have nodded in agreement. And China seems to have accepted
this kind of a compromise because suddenly China and the US are big buddies.
Really big buddies. And the talk coming from the While House appears to be
leaning toward a negotiated settlement with Iran rather than an invasion.
Just as Stephen Harper also appears to have been “born again” on the Chinese
“We’re not really looking for trouble over Iran,” Stephen Harper seems to
have explained to China. “We just have to get rid of some of this bitumen
we’re digging out of our tar sands, and as we are disfiguring and poisoning
the entire landscape, we need more investment in the tar sands and we also
have these other big plans for fracking shale gas that we need investment
for, and in return and with a little luck maybe we can get the liquid gas
over to your shores without explosions, how about it?”
“Fracking right on”, the Chinese seem to have replied.
There will be no invasion of Iran. China buys most of Iran’s oil. And while
China is not expansionist she will protect her own interests. Harper and
Obama and the banks all know this.
However, the saber rattling by the Western media keeps their citizens on
edge. Nervous citizens will allow erosion of civil rights that they wouldn’t
entertain without the stabbings of continuous war anxiety. The CBC is
certainly doing its share of exaggerating or outright falsifying the dangers
of an imminent invasion of Iran. And while I’m at it, I have another bone to
pick with Mr. Michael Enright’s reporting, this time about legalizing the
sale of body parts. For another time.
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