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Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Worryingly, the answers are: yes and yes. Even though Western Europe has lined up in opposition to any future conflict with Iran, even though Russia and China would rail against it, even though most Washington foreign policy experts would be horrified by the outbreak of such a war, it could happen.

Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington’s next shooting war. Years of politically charged anti-Iranian vituperation might blow up in the faces of President Trump and his two most hawkish aides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, setting off a conflict with potentially catastrophic implications.

Such a war could quickly spread across much of the Middle East, not just to Saudi Arabia and Israel, the region’s two major anti-Iranian powers, but Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and the various Persian Gulf states. It might indeed be, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested last year (unconsciously echoing Iran’s former enemy, Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein) the “mother of all wars.”

With Bolton and Pompeo, both well-known Iranophobes, in the driver’s seat, few restraints remain on President Trump when it comes to that country. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, President Trump’s former favorite generals who had urged caution, are no longer around. And though the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution last month calling for the United States to return to the nuclear agreement that President Obama signed, there are still a significant number of congressional Democrats who believe that Iran is a major threat to U.S. interests in the region.

During the Obama years, it was de rigueur for Democrats to support the president’s conclusion that Iran was a prime state sponsor of terrorism and should be treated accordingly. And the congressional Democrats now leading the party on foreign policy — Eliot Engel, who currently chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Bob Menendez and Ben Cardin, the two ranking Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — were opponents of the 2015 nuclear accord (though all three now claim to have changed their minds).

Deadly Flashpoints for a Future War

On the roller coaster ride that is Donald Trump’s foreign policy, it’s hard to discern what’s real and what isn’t, what’s rhetoric and what’s not. When it comes to Iran, it’s reasonable to assume that Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo aren’t planning an updated version of the unilateral invasion of Iraq that President George W. Bush launched in the spring of 2003.

Yet by openly calling for the toppling of the government in Tehran, by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposing onerous sanctions to cripple that country’s economy, by encouraging Iranians to rise up in revolt, by overtly supporting various exile groups (and perhaps covertly even terrorists), and by joining with Israel and Saudi Arabia in an informal anti-Iranian alliance, the three of them are clearly attempting to force the collapse of the Iranian regime, which just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

There are three potential flashpoints where limited skirmishes, were they to break out, could quickly escalate into a major shooting war.

The first is in Syria and Lebanon. Iran is deeply involved in defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (who only recently returned from a visit to Tehran) and closely allied with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite political party with a potent paramilitary arm. Weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu openly boasted that his country’s air force had successfully taken out Iranian targets in Syria. In fact, little noticed here, dozens of such strikes have taken place for more than a year, with mounting Iranian casualties.

Until now, the Iranian leadership has avoided a direct response that would heighten the confrontation with Israel, just as it has avoided unleashing Hezbollah, a well-armed, battle-tested proxy force. That could, however, change if the hardliners in Iran decided to retaliate. Should this simmering conflict explode, does anyone doubt that President Trump would soon join the fray on Israel’s side or that congressional Democrats would quickly succumb to the administration’s calls to back the Jewish state?

Next, consider Iraq as a possible flashpoint for conflict. In February, a blustery Trump told CBS’s Face the Nation that he intends to keep U.S. forces in Iraq “because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is the real problem.” His comments did not exactly go over well with the Iraqi political class, since many of that country’s parties and militias are backed by Iran.

Trump’s declaration followed a Wall Street Journal report late last year that Bolton had asked the Pentagon — over the opposition of various generals and then-Secretary of Defense Mattis — to prepare options for “retaliatory strikes” against Iran. This roughly coincided with a couple of small rocket attacks against Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and the airport in Basra, Iraq’s Persian Gulf port city, neither of which caused any casualties. Writing in Foreign Affairs, however, Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks, which he called “life-threatening,” adding, “Iran did not stop these attacks, which were carried out by proxies it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.” No “retaliatory strikes” were launched, but plans do undoubtedly now exist for them and it’s not hard to imagine Bolton and Pompeo persuading Trump to go ahead and use them — with incalculable consequences.

Finally, there’s the Persian Gulf itself. Ever since the George W. Bush years, the U.S. Navy has worried about possible clashes with Iran’s naval forces in those waters and there have been a number of high-profile incidents. The Obama administration tried (but failed) to establish a hotline of sorts that would have linked U.S. and Iranian naval commanders and so made it easier to defuse any such incident, an initiative championed by then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, a longtime opponent of war with Iran.

Under Trump, however, all bets are off. Last year, he requested that Mattis prepare plans to blow up Iran’s “fast boats,” small gunboats in the Gulf, reportedly asking, “Why don’t we sink them?” He’s already reinforced the U.S. naval presence there, getting Iran’s attention. Not surprisingly, the Iranian leadership has responded in kind. Earlier this year, President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country had developed submarines capable of launching cruise missiles against naval targets. The Iranians also began a series of Persian Gulf war games and, in late February, test fired one of those sub-launched missiles.

Add in one more thing: in an eerie replay of a key argument George Bush and Dick Cheney used for going to war with Iraq in 2003, in mid-February the right-wing media outlet Washington Times ran an “exclusive” report with this headline: “Iran-Al Qaeda Alliance may provide legal rationale for U.S. military strikes.”

Back in 2002, the Office of Special Plans at Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, under the supervision of neoconservatives Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, spent months trying to prove that al-Qaeda and Iraq were in league. The Washington Times piece, citing Trump administration sources, made a similar claim — that Iran is now aiding and abetting al-Qaeda with a “clandestine sanctuary to funnel fighters, money, and weapons across the Middle East.” It added that the administration is seeking to use this information to establish “a potential legal justification for military strikes against Iran or its proxies.” Needless to say, few are the terrorism experts or Iran specialists who would agree that Iran has anything like an active relationship with al-Qaeda.

Will the Hardliners Triumph in Iran as in Washington?

The Trump administration is, in fact, experiencing increasing difficulty finding allies ready to join a new Coalition of the Willing to confront Iran. The only two charter members so far, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are, however, enthusiastic indeed. Last month, Prime Minister Netanyahu was heard remarking that Israel and its Arab allies want war with Iran.

At a less-than-successful mid-February summit meeting Washington organized in Warsaw, Poland, to recruit world leaders for a future crusade against Iran, Netanyahu was heard to say in Hebrew: “This is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.” (He later insisted that the correct translation should have been “combating Iran,” but the damage had already been done.)

That Warsaw summit was explicitly designed to build an anti-Iranian coalition, but many of America’s allies, staunchly opposing Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord, would have nothing to do with it. In an effort to mollify the Europeans, in particular, the United States and Poland awkwardly renamed it: “The Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.”

The name change, however, fooled no one. As a result, Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo were embarrassed by a series of no-shows: the French, the Germans, and the European Union, among others, flatly declined to send ministerial-level representatives, letting their ambassadors in Warsaw stand in for them. The many Arab nations not in thrall to Saudi Arabia similarly sent only low-level delegations. Turkey and Russia boycotted altogether, convening a summit of their own in which Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iran’s Rouhani.

Never the smoothest diplomat, Pence condemned, insulted, and vilified the Europeans for refusing to go along with Washington’s wrecking-ball approach. He began his speech to the conference by saying: “The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.” He then launched a direct attack on Europe’s efforts to preserve that accord by seeking a way around the sanctions Washington had re-imposed: “Sadly, some of our leading European partners… have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions. We call it an effort to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime.”

That blast at the European allies should certainly have brought to mind Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s disparaging comments in early 2003 about Germany and France, in particular, being leaders of the “old Europe.” Few allies then backed Washington’s invasion plans, which, of course, didn’t prevent war. Europe’s reluctance now isn’t likely to prove much of a deterrent either.

But Pence is right that the Europeans have taken steps to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In particular, they’ve created a “special purpose vehicle” known as INSTEX (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges) designed “to support legitimate trade with Iran,” according to a statement from the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Great Britain. It’s potentially a big deal and, as Pence noted, explicitly designed to circumvent the sanctions Washington imposed on Iran after Trump’s break with the JCPOA.

INSTEX has a political purpose, too. The American withdrawal from the JCPOA was a body blow to President Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and other centrists in Tehran who had taken credit for, and pride in, the deal between Iran and the six world powers (the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China) that signed the agreement. That deal had been welcomed in Iran in part because it seemed to ensure that country’s ability to expand its trade to the rest of the world, including its oil exports, free of sanctions.

Even before Trump abandoned the deal, however, Iran was already finding U.S. pressure overwhelming and, for the average Iranian, things hadn’t improved in any significant way. Worse yet, in the past year the economy had taken a nosedive, the currency had plunged, inflation was running rampant, and strikes and street demonstrations had broken out, challenging the government and its clerical leadership. Chants of “Death to the Dictator!” — not heard since the Green Movement’s revolt against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection in 2009 — once again resounded in street demonstrations.

At the end of February, it seemed as if Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo had scored a dangerous victory when Zarif, Iran’s well-known, Western-oriented foreign minister, announced his resignation. Moderates who supported the JCPOA, including Rouhani and Zarif, have been under attack from the country’s hardliners since Trump’s pullout. As a result, Zarif’s decision was widely assumed to be a worrisome sign that those hardliners had claimed their first victim.

There was even unfounded speculation that, without Zarif, who had worked tirelessly with the Europeans to preserve what was left of the nuclear pact, Iran itself might abandon the accord and resume its nuclear program. And there’s no question that the actions and statements of Bolton, Pompeo, and crew have undermined Iran’s moderates, while emboldening its hardliners, who are making I-told-you-so arguments to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader.

Despite the internal pressure on Zarif, however, his resignation proved short-lived indeed: Rouhani rejected it, and there was an upsurge of support for him in Iran’s parliament. Even General Qassem Soleimani, a major figure in that country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the commander of the Quds Force, backed him. As it happens, the Quds Force, an arm of the IRGC, is responsible for Iran’s paramilitary and foreign intelligence operations throughout the region, but especially in Iraq and Syria. That role has allowed Soleimani to assume responsibility for much of Iran’s foreign policy in the region, making him a formidable rival to Zarif — a tension that undoubtedly contributed to his brief resignation and it isn’t likely to dissipate anytime soon.

According to analysts and commentators, it appears to have been a ploy by Zarif (and perhaps Rouhani, too) to win a vote of political confidence and it appears to have strengthened their hand for the time being.

Still, the Zarif resignation crisis threw into stark relief the deep tensions within Iranian politics and raised a key question: As the Trump administration accelerates its efforts to seek a confrontation, will they find an echo among Iranian hardliners who’d like nothing more than a face-off with the United States?

Maybe that’s exactly what Bolton and Pompeo want. If so, prepare yourself: another American war unlikely to work out the way anyone in Washington dreams is on the horizon.

Bob Dreyfuss, an investigative journalist and TomDispatch regular, is the founder of He is a contributing editor at the Nation , and he has written for Rolling Stone , Mother Jones , the American Prospect , the New Republic , and many other magazines. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. If Trump is smart than he should give an order to military to prepare plans for war on Iran. Once he sees the plans he should say that the plans are faulty, And then keep postponing the execution until he is reelected. When reelected then he should mothball the plans.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
    , @Moi
    , @renfro
    , @Wassap
  2. Anonymous[846] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t think the American people are willing to fight any more proxy wars for israel.

    On the other hand, the zionist media lies to our people all the time so I guess anything is possible.

    If I think war is on the horizon I will personally organize protests against it.

    israel needs to learn how to get along with its’ neighbors without the intervention
    of the US military.

    • Replies: @Amon
    , @Wally
  3. A123 says:

    Europeans have taken steps to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In particular, they’ve created a “special purpose vehicle” known as INSTEX (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges) designed “to support legitimate trade with Iran,” according to a statement from the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Great Britain.

    The two weakest leaders in Europe, Merkel and Macron, have been trying to set-up a system to break U.S. sanctions for many months and have failed. No company was been willing to sign up to be ‘protected’.

    Now the Financial Action Task Force [FATF] rules have been added to the mix (1). That system would block Iran’s ability to fund Hamas & Hezbollah offensive tunneling. It also would shutdown the money being funneled into the EU to back terror attacks there (2). Tehran is not willing to participate in FATF. Bottom line, Iran has killed the INSTEX deal, because the government wants to be violent against its neighbors.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (who only recently returned from a visit to Tehran) and closely allied with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite political party with a potent paramilitary arm.

    A potent paramilitary arm that has changed Lebanon from a prosperous nation into a dysfunctional state. (3) Lebanon is small enough that the problem can be contained. However, letting Syria fail like Lebanon would give Iranian offensive forces another much larger staging area. It is hardly surprising that all of Syria’s neighbors including Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan want to prevent Iran/Hezbollah placing military forces on their borders and threatening their civilian populations.

    Assad’s strongest ally is Putin, yet Russia has done nothing to interfere with Israel’s strikes on Iran/Hezbollah. Putin just had a very friendly meeting with Netanyahu and it appears they have reconciled (4). In fact, the Russian-Israeli joint arms industry has just inked an $800MM+ deal to supply AWACS to India (5).

    Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran?

    The author asks exactly the wrong question. What needs to be asked is:

    Are Ayatollah Khemani and President Rouhani of Iran so weak and desperate that they are willing to start a war?

    Weak leaders often try to stir up foreign fights to bolster their appeal at home. Ukrainian leader Poreshenko tried this recently, but it didn’t help him.

    If Iran starts a war — Many nations will join to contain that threat and Iran’s already crumbling infrastructure will be left in ruins. There will not be a wide spread invasion or occupation. Those would incur the price tag of rebuilding, and after the tab for Iraq no one will sign up for that. At most there may be some ground troops to make sure that Khemani’s nuclear warhead and ballistic missile facilities are fully wiped out.

    After that, it will be up to Iran’s people to rebuild and avoid the mistakes the prior regime made over the past 40 years.







    • Troll: L.K
  4. anon[178] • Disclaimer says:

    Unfortunately, I think the likelihood of war is very high. Trump must understand at this point that he has little chance of re-election, certainly after abandoning and insulting his base (now even publicly attacking Ann Coulter). And if he doesn’t, his advisors like Bolton surely do. Therefore, war is a possibility. Watch for it.

  5. If a shooting war starts I can see Israel and associated intelligence agencies sneaking a false flag attack involving a “dirty bomb” with massive (or apparently so) releases of radioactivity to be blamed on Iran and linked to their nuclear industry so as to provoke a US nuke drop on Tehran. I’d like to think I’m wrong, but also I can’t help thinking this is the way it will go. The US won’t risk losing many of its troops or much of its military hardware in a any war with Iran, or damage to the oil industry in the region or the loss of the shipping lanes, and after a dirty bomb attack I doubt that western public opinion would be much upset by a retaliatory nuclear attack, especially after the media has stoked up anti-muslim and anti-Iranian feelings with its propaganda turned to full blast.

  6. The US Navy’s fifth fleet commander mysteriously committed ‘suicide’ recently. Maybe he wasn’t signing off on a false flag in the Persian gulf that could be used as a catalyst for war????My bet is a mossad/CIA false flag sometime within the next 4 months in the gulf of Oman.

  7. Just more war for the benefit of the “jewish state.”

  8. If there is an ideal for a relatively peaceful world then the two rival factions of the Islam must be allowed to fight out an internecine war between them, otherwise, the world will never be at peace.

    • Disagree: Grace Poole
    • Troll: follyofwar
    • Replies: @Per/Norway
  9. I suspect there has been feverish planning underway for another “incident”–a Gulf of Tonkin, a 9/11, a USS Liberty or something on the order of the army barracks attack in Beirut that killed hundreds of US soldiers (including one of my family members)–which, in collusion with the corrupt US media, will try to propel all of us into another war on behalf of Israel. Personally, I am very pessimistic this can be avoided unless the hand of God decides otherwise.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  10. The use of the word “war” is misleading. Especially as regards to “cold war”

    Wars, by necessity are conflicts in which two, or more, parties participate. Which in this case is equivalent to saying that a woman raped participated in the rape.

    What we have is not war it is an endless series of violent crimes perpetrated by the USA on Syrians, Iranians, Venezuelans, Libyans Yemeni’s, Somali’s etc etc etc.

  11. Economic Zionism(EZ) is a “winner takes all” system of economics; often found in control of the money supplies and armed rule making structures (ARMS=nation states, kingdoms, etc). Why? Maybe laws restrain domestic dissent, and armed strength restrains “competitive challenge to monopoly powers”. :
    EZ monopoly power = no outside competition allowed, no benefit shared with outsiders, no threat permitted to survive, no outsider to own anything<=explains socialism)

    Economic Zionism (EZ) accepts competition, technology and resources owned or controlled by others only as a threat which must be eliminated (productive businesses, organized under Syrian, Yemen, Venezuelan, Libyan, Iranian, Turkish, China are perceived as threats: bomb it, kill it, destroy it, bury it..but take its Gold. Allow no competition is not a nation state trait, its a constraint imposed by a system of economics that develops monopoly power by eliminating competition. and

    Restraint is an intolerable competitive threat to monopoly power, hence departures of Kelly, Cohen, McMaster, Mattis, and everyone who hesitates. Treaties, congressional resolutions, promises, etc. made by the USA are without meaning implied Rouhan, but he did not understand that ruthless destructive, snake-like disregard to benefit from opportunity is the essence of EZ. . It is not USA, UK, Israel, India, Turkey Saudi Arabia, Jews, Arabs, Moslems, white, blacks or yellows, or the Christians,.. Economic Zionism EZ is about destroying competition as a means to build monopoly upon monopoly,

    EZ is about destroying or gaining control over the means (infra structure, great minds, history, the news, and life or death itself etc. ) that can be used to compete. When one encounters controlled news, rewritten histories, behind closed door government, massively embedded spy systems, virtual environments completely filled with propaganda one should suspect that EZ has been adopted as the system of economics.

    EZ teaches that all wealth, all privilege should be transferred to the in-charge few… (kings in control of the mountain allow noone to push them off); Captn Ahab at the helm.

  12. Israel isn’t merely “an ally” — ISRAEL CALLS the SHOTS.

    If we fail to extract the Israel Lobby Parasite, sooner or later these (((chicken-hawk war criminals))) will (((hustle))) us into Israel’s long-sought Iran War:

    “False Flag AKA ‘Crisis Initiation’ with Patrick Clawson”:

    — ( )

    “Patrick Clawson, member of the globalist-controlled think-tank and neo-con influenced Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP); recently spoke about the use of false flags as a necessary way for instigating a war with Iran. Clawson remarked that Obama has had a difficult time “getting the US into a war with Iran” and advocating the use of conventional means (i.e. using a false flag to provoke a military strike). […]”

  13. @Anonymous12

    You got that right:

    “False Flag AKA ‘Crisis Initiation’ with Patrick Clawson”:

    — ( )

  14. Many feel Trump was sElected for just this purpose. I can’t say I disagree. Blind faith in psychopathic leaders has never ended on a good note.

  15. Z-man says:

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, President Trump’s former favorite generals who had urged caution, are no longer around.

    There’s gotta be other voices in Trump’s ears besides those Neocon stooges Pompeo and Bolton or at least his own logical intuition. Ya gotta hope.

    And though the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution last month calling for the United States to return to the nuclear agreement that President Obama signed, there are still a significant number of congressional Democrats who believe that Iran is a major threat to U.S. interests in the region.

    Yeah Jews or owned stooges, which make up a big proportion of the Dumbo’krat party.

    • Replies: @Amon
  16. An attack on Iran carries with it the gloomy warnings of history. The maelstrom it would cause in the Middle East is dire enough. But there would be global consequences as well. Iran is strategically too important for Moscow – probably more so than Syria – the consequences of instability or regime change there would be felt across the borders into Central Asia and the Caucuses, Russia’s near-abroad, also an area of vital importance to China, increasingly allied to Moscow. Such chaos would threaten their core interests and possibly survival. Confrontation between the US and Russia/china would be inevitable. The American government risks finding itself in a war it never wanted. War in one location triggers conflict in another, the interconnectedness that leads to world war.

    • Agree: bluedog, L.K
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  17. anon[415] • Disclaimer says:

    “If Iran starts a war”- do you know when you wants a war ,when you want to fight . Have you heard Peal harbor or 911 ?

    “A potent paramilitary arm that has changed Lebanon from a prosperous nation into a dysfunctional state”- Have you heard of the bastard people called Zionist? ts them who engulfed Lebanon in 70s in civil war to get to water resources and to get a balkanized Lebanon ? No, you don’t The Zionist-Ben Gurionist,Oded Yinonist Shamrist Netanyahuist Bennetist ,AIPACist and ADL told you not to learn it.

  18. anon[415] • Disclaimer says:

    And the congressional Democrats now leading the party on foreign policy — Eliot Engel, who currently chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Bob Menendez and Ben Cardin, the two ranking Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — were opponents of the 2015 nuclear accord”

    Menendez is one of the largest payee in dollar values channeled through AUPAC . Get born or get bought.

  19. anon[415] • Disclaimer says:

    Hamas & Hezbollah offensive tunneling”

    Have you visited the places around the electric fences that guard the overground which Israel has built to US with US taxpayers money ?

    1 “An 11th grade student has been expelled from a private school in New Jersey after anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was found in bathrooms on the school campus”- How come Sam harris and Bill Mahler still have the platforms in the media and in the political discourse?

    2A Scottish activist sacked from his union for claiming the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated has lost his appeal.

    Pete Gregson, who was shop steward for NHS Lothian, was expelled by the GMB after he claimed Israel was a “racist endeavour” that “invents” or “exaggerates” the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews “for political ends”.

    3The documentary also exposes the intimate relations between the pro-Israel lobby and members of the British parliament and is quite critical of some of the ways in which the Labour party has been handling accusations of anti-Semitism. At one point, the film even suggests that the party is entering a McCarthyist era.

    The complaint

    As if to prove these assertions right, Labour MP Chris Williamson, who had helped arrange the screening, was suspended from the party in late February. A Labour spokeswoman said it was “completely inappropriate” for Williamson to have booked a room in parliament for a screening of Witch Hunt.

  20. There is a fundamental difference between the human being and this mask(Persona) most human beings wear without ever questioning why to wear it. They don’t even realize the mask they wear.
    The mask is owned by the corporation that creates the masks, it is a dead thing, a piece of paper, a contract.
    Why do human beings act as caretakers of these masks, that are tied to ‘laws’/rules made for these masks only?
    It is a very clever scheme, a trick to bind us to a fake reality, an illusion.
    The persona is very comparable to a playable character in a computer game, eg WoW. You play an elf, but you are not an elf. You ride a bike, but you are not the bike.

  21. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    I thought the war of the month ( march 19 ) was just Venezuela .

    Maybe march , named after Mart god of war , will have two wars of the month , 2×1 .

    Beware of the idus of march !

  22. Don Bacon says:

    Never happen. Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, it has the capability to destroy US Gulf bases and 40,000 troo0s and dependents stationed there, plus Hezbollah has thousands of missiles targeting Tel Aviv and other Israel cities. The Pentagon would never accept such a poor idea.

  23. The Zionist high kabal that rules the US wants a war with Iran and Israel wants a war with Iran and since the ziocons control Trump, a war with Iran is guaranteed at some point in the future the only problem is to arrange a false flag to blame on Iran to give the excuse to go to war.

    • Replies: @renfro
  24. JNDillard says:

    This article is in the service of — who? Sounds like Israel and the neocons to me. Israel would very much like the US to attack Iran. Let the Goyim die for the Chosen People. But the US is not going to attack Iran for the same reason Israel will not: this has been war gamed to death in both countries and there is no way to prosecute a war with Iran without doing major damage to the global economy, mas well as the attackers and their allies throughout the region. These are realities, facts on the ground. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors to push some agenda.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  25. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Agree, however the only problem is that Trump is controlled by the ziocons who want a war with Iran for the Zionist NWO and since Trumps ziocon son in law passes on the instructions from the Zionist high kabal, war with Iran is guaranteed!

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  26. The globalist elites degenerated beyond salvage. The US today is a unique Empire: it is doing its level best to destroy everything that keeps it on top. The elites weaponized international law. Net result: the US policies destroyed it by starting numerous aggressive wars without any justification (Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, etc.). The elites weaponized the US dollar, undermining its dominance, literally forcing the players who refuse to be subservient to the Empire to get away from it. The elites weaponized financial instruments, destroying the whole world financial system that the US dominates. The US elites are repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. Starting war with Iran would be suicidal, but it does not seem that the elites have enough brains to see that. Lemmings running towards the cliff, shouting about making themselves great again. A sad spectacle.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  27. @AnonFromTN

    The elites believe that they can survive a nuclear war by riding it out in their DUMBS is Deep Underground Military Bunkers, which they have through out the US and Europe and these DUMBS are connected by underground tunnels through out the US via high speed rail, one of the key bases is under the Denver Airport, but there are many others ie at Dulce New Mexico etc.

    The believe they will survive a nuclear exchange with Russia and care not the millions of people will be killed as a result, and for that matter the elites think the world is over populated and they are willing to go to war with Iran, which will bring in Russia and thus go nuclear and kill millions but the elites are willing to take the gamble!

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  28. Syria has ordered the Chosen out of the Golan. Methinks Iran has had enough of being a punching bag for the Anglo/Zionist Empire. The war with Iran will commence when Iran (and Syria) begins to defend itself against Israel. What does Iran have to lose? If it does nothing it will be destroyed.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  29. @Desert Fox

    If they do believe that, it confirms my diagnosis: the globalist elites degenerated beyond salvage.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  30. @AnonFromTN

    I believe that the Zionist and WASPS elites are satanic and will do anything in their power to destroy America in their drive for a NWO and the fact that Israel and the Zionist controlled deep state did 911 proved it once again along with the Zionist instigated wars from WWI right down to the Mideast wars of destruction of the Mideast.

  31. @peter mcloughlin

    “The American government risks finding itself in a war it never wanted. ”

    I do like well done satire, please play again soon.

  32. j2 says:

    Maybe it is simply oil. Just check the oil situation again, you probably have been cheated, Iran still has oil, I wrote a short text:

  33. SteveK9 says:

    I am not nearly as concerned about the recklessness of Trump versus the recklessness of Netanyahu. Hopefully the Israeli’s are not crazy enough to execute a false flag to start a war with Iran. But, I’m not very certain.

    • Replies: @WHAT
  34. @nmb

    The writer makes no mention of either Russia or China. Is he assuming that they will sit on their hands if Iran is attacked by the Hegemon? After Russia has expended so much blood and treasure in propping up the Assad government, I find it hard to believe that Russia will just say, “Oh well, we tried” and take their military toys back home from Syria while Teheran falls and their own country implodes.

    Also, perhaps Trump has been told that internal polling indicates he has little chance of winning re-election. In that case, the feeling of these psychopaths may be that it’s now or never.

    Finally, what’s up with Trump not nominating anyone to take Mattis’ place at DOD? It’s been going on 3 months now. Perhaps he’s happy with the interim puppet, and doesn’t want to take the chance that the Senate will rough up the person he selects when confirmation hearings finally take place.

  35. @WorkingClass

    Well, if Iran goes it alone, they will lose their whole country and ancient culture, just as Iraq did. So they have a lot to lose. They’d better be on the hotlines pleading with Russia and China if they want to save themselves.

    • Replies: @Don Bacon
    , @WorkingClass
  36. @JNDillard

    Why would these billionaire psychopaths worry too much about the global economy? Surely numerous studies have definitively shown that the world ‘s human population has exceeded its carrying capacity. After a few billion useless eaters are evaporated, provided we don’t descend into nuclear winter, the world’s economy could quickly come back, perhaps greater than ever. With so many things broken, it would be great for the construction industry. I’ll bet that Iran is now kicking themselves in the ass for not developing nukes when they had the chance. Nukes are the only thing saving North Korea. Teheran’s best hope is for Russia and China to pick up the phone and answer their calls.

    • Replies: @Grace Poole
    , @Vidi
  37. @Reuben Kaspate

    Greetings NPC, i see you have been drinking the kool-aid. Your programmers must be proud of you, i bet that you are so educated and knowledgeable that you know what Arbaeen is and that you know the difference btween wahhabism and Islam.
    I even bet that you believe the vatican and evangelicalists are Christians and not 2 schismatic cults..


    • Replies: @Reuben Kaspate
  38. Maybe I missed something. But after reading the article and most of the comments, I can’t find anyone else here talking about the probable roles of both Russia and China in case of a US attack on Iran. Why is no one else mentioning something which seems so obvious to me?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
    , @A123
  39. Don Bacon says:

    Iran is not about to plead with anyone. Iran suffered hundreds of thousands of deaths and many casualties, including from US-supplied chemical weapons, during the US-supported Iraq invasion and never pleaded for help. Iran is much more capable now, and able to put a serious hurt on any aggressor nation.

  40. @follyofwar

    Iran will not be alone.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  41. Art says:

    Oh my – 500 bloody Hasbara cut and paste words. This mantra is in the ears of every US elected official, every US diplomat, and every US general officer. They all can and will regurgitate them in a NY minute.

    Think of all the people who will die and be maimed for life because of Hasbara Central’s words.

    There is an alternative – it is called Peace – but that is the last thing that the Jews want.

    Hey – A123 you are a bloody bastard – PERIOD!

    Do NO Harm — Art

    • Replies: @A123
  42. @follyofwar


    Do you really think that Russia and China would risk starting WWIII, and one that could go nuclear, just to save Iran? I very much doubt it. Now in a limited conventional war between Iran and the US, they would supply Iran with weapons. But if Iran starts doing well and the US drops a nuke on them what would anybody in the world do? And then Israel may drop one on Lebanon if Hezbollah start raining rockets on Tel Aviv. Other then issuing condemnations they wouldn’t do anything. Russia and China would risk a nuclear war only if they themselves are threatened and not for anybody else’s sake. It wouldn’t make any sense to do otherwise.

    • Replies: @Herald
    , @follyofwar
  43. Mike P says:

    For once, wikipedia has something useful to say:

    Campaign against Persia and testing of oracle

    Defeat of Croesus at the Battle of Thymbra, 546 BCE.
    Croesus … began preparing a campaign against Cyrus the Great of Persia.

    Before setting out, he turned to the Delphic oracle and the oracle of Amphiaraus to inquire whether he should pursue this campaign and whether he should also seek an alliance. The oracles answered, with typical ambiguity, that if Croesus attacked the Persians, he would destroy a great empire.

  44. @Desert Fox

    With all due respect I do disagree. Russia would give Iranians more weapons that they would need.
    War with Iran would spell disaster for US and Saudi Arabia.

  45. A123 says:

    I mentioned Russia above.

    Assad’s strongest ally is Putin, yet Russia has done nothing to interfere with Israel’s strikes on Iran/Hezbollah. Putin just had a very friendly meeting with Netanyahu and it appears they have reconciled (4). In fact, the Russian-Israeli joint arms industry has just inked an $800MM+ deal to supply AWACS to India (5).

    Would Putin throw away billions of dollars of military contracts trying to help Iran? It seems unlikely.

    As long as Iran/Hezbollah terrorists stay clear of Tartus, Russia will stay out of they fight. If they start encroaching on Russian strategic military assets, there is little doubt that Putin will deliver a very painful lesson to Nasrallah and Khemani.


    China buys oil from Saudi, Iran, and other gulf states. They would like to head off a conflict that would interrupt that flow, but they are not strongly tied to any single gulf country. If they intervene on the losing side, they risk permanently cutting ties with a supplier that they need. That is a huge risk that the conservative Chinese government will avoid.

    Also, if the want to intervene, “How would they do so?” As a practical matter, the extremely long logistics “tail” makes it very difficult for them to intervene in a gulf military dispute. China lacks bases and pre-positioned equipment. The broad flat desert landscape means that armor is essential to the mix, and that is the hardest type of unit to sea-lift and keep supplied.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  46. A123 says:

    The number one test to identify Taqiyya Trolls is their ranting about hasbara. Thank you for self identifying.

    No one here is gullible enough to believe your Taqiyya deception. You say “peace” but you preach Iran’s violent “war” theology. Everyone sees the logical inconsistency in you superficial posturing.

    If you have nothing constructive to offer, please let the civilized adults talk.

    • Replies: @Art
    , @Herald
    , @anon
    , @anon
  47. renfro says:
    @Desert Fox

    Jared Kushner Is ‘Beating Heart’ of ‘Corrupt and Deeply Evil’ Trump Administration, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Says
    By Jason Lemon On 3/10/19 at 10:40 AM .

    Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, slammed President Donald Trump’s son-in-law of Jared Kushner in a tweet this weekend, suggesting he would soon be “exposed” as a traitor.
    Sharing a long Twitter thread by attorney and academic Seth Abramson, who is also a columnist for Newsweek, Tribe on Saturday referred to Kushner as “Smarmy, slimy, smiling.”
    Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, was appointed by the president as a senior White House adviser in January 2017.
    “Jared Kushner of 666 Fifth Avenue is the beating heart of this unprecedentedly corrupt and deeply evil administration,” Tribe wrote. “He’ll eventually be exposed as an insatiably greedy Benedict Arnold.”
    Abramson’s thread, shared by Tribe, laid out a case for why Kushner is allegedly the “greatest domestic danger to America.”

    Kushner is going to get us into a *devastating* war with Iran. Jared, singlehandedly. Jared, to make money for himself [sic],” the attorney wrote. “I’ll say now that Jared more richly deserves to be in prison for the rest of his life than Manafort, and Manafort richly deserves it,” he argued. “That’s how bad this is.”

    The attorney and columnist made the claim after “many months” of research for a forthcoming book titled Proof of Conspiracy . “Many former US government officials know for a fact that what I’ve just said is true,” Abramson wrote in his first tweet in the series.

    “Don’t believe anything you hear from Kushner’s attorney or from Kushner. *Ever*. The latter will always be lying to you, and the former will either be lying to you or will have been lied to by his client [sic],” Abramson continued. He then pointed to the reports surrounding Kushner’s top-secret security clearance, which he allegedly was granted despite the disapproval of intelligence agencies and top administration officials.

    “Trump circumventing our intelligence community to give his son-in-law that access is the shibboleth that made the current danger to America *possible* [sic],” Abramson warned.
    “Our foreign policy is totally off the rails in a way that is dangerous, and the sole reason for this is the Kushner-Trump axis. Our values have been betrayed in ways that we may shortly feel so keenly our heads will spin. We need whistleblowers to blow their whistles now,” he said. Abramson also argued that Kushner should go to prison for “a very, very long time.”

    Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly and top intelligence officials opposed granting Kushner access to viewing sensitive top secret materials pertaining to the nation’s security, according to a recent report from The New York Times . However, the president reportedly ordered his son-in-law be granted the clearance, allegedly disregarding the objections”

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  48. Moi says:

    It’s not up to Trump. If the Jews and Christian Zios want a war, there will be a war with Iran. And it will crash our economy.

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  49. In typical fashion, this Tom Dispatch overview sidesteps AIPAC as well as America’s ubiquitous and staunchly pro-Zionist news and entertainment media.

    There is also no mention of the pro-Zionist Deep State that is embedded deeply inside Washington.

    The Hasbarists at Tom Dispatch invariably treat Israel as if it’s simply one lobby among many. Does Dreyfuss believe that the cultural-political footprint of Israel and Saudi Arabia are in any way comparable? He implies so. This sleight-of-hand is highly deceptive.

    Israel is the iron-plated, nuclear-ready elephant in America’s living room.

    Israeli influence inside our civilization is unmatched. The House of Saud understands this jarring fact and it is now accommodating its policies accordingly. It’s no different throughout Washington.

    Here in the Land of the Free, just criticizing Israel a bit too harshly can spell immediate political death.

    Examining and measuring Zionist power inside America is also Off Limits.

    Glaring omissions of this sort emerge regularly and persistently from Tom Dispatch operatives. I therefore do not trust them.

    Repeat after me: ‘Israel is America’s greatest ally and Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East’.

    Repeat again. And pledge allegiance to.

    • Agree: Haxo Angmark
    • Replies: @renfro
  50. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    You the zionist want American lives and money be wasted to wage a war so Israel benefits. You take this wish into your grave. You never learn anything from your criminal action. What have you gained from staging 9/11 and then framing Taliban that Khalilzad, a neocon is negociating with the enemy Taliban with NO gain from a poor and small country? Then you want to attack a big country like Iran. All of you will be massacred. Come and see dummies.

    Now, your zionist neocon, Khalilzad, and other zionists are licking the Taliban leader’s dick begging for an ‘honorable discharge’ out of Afghanistan, since you have gained nothing but spit of the people in Afghanistan and the region.

    The US neocon and Israel staged 9/11 to frame Taliban to bring dummies like YOU on board to invade Muslim country one after the other, where you think you can get away with it.

    For the start, the neocons should lick Baradaran’s dick, Taliban leader, until you drop death.
    The zionist neocons wasted billions of dollars of American Tax money, and have committed war crimes against humanity killing millions of Muslims staging 9/11 to serve the interest of the Jewish mafia, and not American people with NO GAIN. YOU HAVE BEEN DEFEATED not only in Afghanistan, but in Syria, Iraq, and soon Yemen.

    You will be kicked out of occupied Palestine like a rotten rat, so those war criminals who are called ‘soldiers’ will have to leave Afghanistan soon. Taliban with NO high tech has, at least 55% of the land under its control and demanding US exit from Afghanistan. If the dummies at the state department knew history, they would have not let the neocons manipulated them into war for the interest of the Jewish mafia and a foreign country.

    Do you think the zionist mafia and the fifth column neocon will dare to attack Iran? Even illiterate and traitor Trump knows that should not do it, but pose it. He is bought by the Jewish money where makes him a traitor and his action is TREASON.

  51. @renfro

    Agree and it is my opinion that Kushner is in the Mossad, he also belongs to a satanic Zionist cult known as the Chabad.

  52. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    I do not think the US will make war to Iran .

    Iran is about twice and and half the size ot Texas (1,650.000 Km2 ) , has 80 million inhabitants , about 600.000 soldiers , ( Army 500.000 Guardians of the Revolution 125.000 ) , plus 300.000 reserve soldiers , Hizbollah , a stuborn islamic Government , Iran could close the Ormuz strait to the oil transit , could bomb the american military bases in the area as well as Saudi Arabia and the little oil Gulf countries .

    The US will continue the trade war against Iran ( which is very bad for the US` european ” allies ” which are more and more fed up with the ruinous US trade sanctions against half of the word , and will keep weakening the reliability of the US economy , recenty Iran wanted to buy 100 american Boeing commercial planes what was vetoed by the US Government ) , The US will continue the endless propaganda and threats of war against Iran , will try to organize a coup , revolts , maybe the US will send Marco Rubio to sabotage the iranian electric grid , but there will be no shooting war .

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
  53. WHAT says:

    Ahem? False flags is all they are capable of.
    Or do you expect Shlomo to actually fight in a war?

    • Agree: Mike P
  54. @A123

    Russia and China are protecting even Venezuela from the Empire, so they are going to protect Iran. The war is unlikely to become direct: the US leadership is too cowardly to place American boots on the ground in Iran. So, no WWIII. The US is going to work either via traitors (like in Venezuela) or via bombing (like in Syria). Supply of anti-aircraft systems and radio-electronic means for capturing control of drones to Iran would be sufficient. Israel is unlikely to use its nukes against Iran or even Hezbollah, not being suicidal – that tiny country can be wiped off the face of the Earth with conventional munitions. A huge disruption of oil transport via Persian Gulf and consequent spike in oil prices would benefit the US fracking industry, so some kind of US military action might be on the cards. The general rule “follow the money” applies.

  55. Imposing a War on a small country like Iran is going to be Trumpski’s last rabbit he’s going to pull out of desperation in 2020 after he knows for sure that he won’t be re-elected in November!

  56. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    There will be no attack on Iran, evey by a Jewish mafia member, a fifth column, like Trump.
    Israel and the Jewish mafia who control US government are trying so hard to destroy Iran like other countries in the region, so ‘greater Israel’ be erected to rule the region according to Oded Yinon. “A New Middle East”.
    But, those who are familiar with the facts on the ground and involved in the struggle against Zionism and imperialism say that Yes, there is going to be ‘a new middle east’, but WITHOUT US AND ISRAEL.
    Those who are familiar with what is happening know that there is a war against Iran right now, cold, played by “the Financial Action Task Force” (FATF) in the US TREASURY DEPARTMENT designed by the Jews, run by the Jews AND for the interest of Jewish mafiaand its extension, the 1% parasite, on American people’s expense.

    Since the policy is run by the Neocons, IT IS NOT IMPORTANT which asshole is at the WH, because they only follow the script with a little bite of different style. Obama was slave of the neocon and put a lot of illegal sanction on Iran to break Iran economy and produce too much damage, according to Jewish SCRIPT, that if FORCED UPON THE so called ‘president’.
    The FATF was established during the G-7 summit in 1989 to address international money laundering. It describes itself as “an inter-governmental body” which endeavors “to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.”

    FATF covers now includes terrorist financing, proliferation financing, corruption, and all manner of money laundering.)
    FATF is the latest Jewish tool to bring down government and take over their assets, like the Sassoon family to push Opium upon nations.

    Thus, the Jewish mafia and installed ‘president’ will put the targeted country’s institutions, central banks, major banks, defense department and its commander, Suleimani, on the TERRORIST list to force sanctions upon them. FATF, even has placed “New Horizon’ a Conference – on imperialism and Zionism- and its director on the list of terrorism, preventing exchange of Ideas using the hoax ‘antisemitic’ charge.
    The criminal west call targeted countries fifth column, ‘reformists’, and those who don’t want to be occupied, ‘hardliners’.
    Both Zarif and Rouhani are western educated, one in US and the other in Britain, where Zarif lived in the US since he was 15 years old. Both his children are US born and he was close to Soros and CIA agent, Trita Parsi who has received thousands of dollars from NED and George Soros, also close to J street.

    Zarif and people like him are not trusted and are called New York boys. Zarif stayed in the US for more than 25 years and return to Iran. He was called US agent by other minister in Public.
    The Zionist propagandists who feed the ignorant and illiterate public in the West are supporting the ‘reformists’ the fifth columnists and traitors. This traitors views on different issue including Syria, wars in Iraq and Libya, in Venezuela is IDENTICAL WITH THE LIES OF the neocons and traitors like Bolton and Pompeo where are pushing Iran to negotiating with forgetting what Pompea demanded from Iran..
    Thus, the fifth column in Iran is at the lowest point, and even Iranian public and students DO NOT WANT TO NEGOCIATE WITH THE US because they know what happened to ‘Iran deal’ where ‘reformists’ zarif, rouhani and other traitors gave everything and got nothing for closing Iran nuclear program. However, the young leader of N. Korea not only gave nothing, but expanded his program, and Trump traveled thousands of mile to kiss his hand.
    Now the ‘reformists’ are trying to pass FATF to satisfy the Jewish mafia in the treasury Department, traitors like, Zarif, the Central Bank chairman, Rouhani, and Ali Larijani, the Iran parliament speaker, a traitor that many want to be arrested and put on trial. FATF demands the Iranian economic information be given to the Jewish mafia at the treasury department so they can sealed all the openings that Iran uses to go around the sanctions to alleviate some of the damages and be able to trade to feed Iranian people. .
    The Jewish mafia wants to establish the fifth column, New York boys and their stooges in power against the so called ‘hardliners’ to have a servant in Iran.
    MEK, Reza and other stooges are not in the game, only the traitors ‘reformists’ can be useful for the Jewish mafia who run the US treasury department for Israel.
    Now, more than seventy percent of Guardian Council ARE AGAINST fatf where makes the ‘reformists’ including Zarif/Rouhani very nervous. Rouhani like Trump is a pathological liar and this camp have done EVERYTHING to deceive Iranian people. But the ‘reformists’ have lost many grounds and are hated.
    Zarif resignation was a ploy to improve his position. Although, the Iranian servants abroad were spreading lies that ‘zarif’ resignation was not accepted and came back stronger’ IS A LIE.
    He just done it to survive. The leader Khamenei did not pay any attention and said Nothing, but only his support would have helped Zarif, where he did not get it.
    Soleimani’s statement was not a support and many ‘hardliners’ would say the same thing as Soleimani, because these group do not want these traitors and agents of west harm the Iranian interest and pays nothing.

    Many have raised their voices and asked for arrest of some of these traitors and put on trial.
    Rohani regime is corrupt where his brother currently is on trial for corruption and transferring large amount of money to his daughters who live in Britain and Canada.
    People should not liston to propagandists who pose as ‘progressives’.

    Many Zionist perform this role like people at the a Zionist site pose as progressive and put out two or three papers on Iran, but nothing on Israel to make the war on Iran NORMAL by talking about it where they know will not take place. There is a cold war at the present.

  57. Art says:

    If you have nothing constructive to offer, please let the civilized adults talk.

    You civilized? To funny! Here is your bloody Jew dream. (Do you really want to admit that you are an adult?)

    Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran?

    There is our Little Jew man-child dreaming of bloody war and glory. Do you play computer war games with your Little Jew buddies – how many Arabs did you’ll kill this morning. Tell us, did you kill 100 Arabs before breakfast?

    You are still an immature sick bloody bastard – end of story.

    Do No Harm — Art

    • Replies: @A123
  58. Amon says:

    Sadly the twitter tossers are all on board with the Trump train of derangement. The same keyboard warriors who blasted Hillary for her calls for armed conflict with Russia to defend the enemies of the US by imposing no fly zones of Syria, now sides with Trump’s plans to invade Iran cause nukes and terrorists baby.

    Plus, each and every last one of them keeps pushing the Socialist agenda on Venezuela while ignoring that the same programs they call evil are also implemented across much of the western world.

    I truly believe Trump won’t be reelected, he had his chance and he threw it under the bus along with his voters.

    • Agree: Herald
  59. Amon says:

    There’s gotta be other voices in Trump’s ears besides those Neocon stooges Pompeo and Bolton or at least his own logical intuition. Ya gotta hope.

    There was, once, they helped Trump get elected with the promise of Making America Great Again only to be frozen out, dismissed or fired on whatever excuse could be found in favor of keeping the old guard of lunatics in power.

    • Agree: Desert Fox
    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Herald
  60. @follyofwar

    I’ll bet that Iran is now kicking themselves in the ass for not developing nukes when they had the chance.

    Maybe they did.

    Ya never know with those crafty bazaaris.

  61. @Per/Norway

    Fools! It’s been going on for hundreds of years and yet, there is no resolution in sight. But it beggars belief that you still believe in the recipe that non Moslems can live with them peacefully… what are you smoking?

  62. A123 says:

    Not only are you a warmongering Taqiyya Troll, you are also quite bad at commentary. You just ascribed a quote from the article author to me. ***ROTFL***

    Did you even bother to READ the article? Or, did you simply start your Taqiyya ranting with no grasp of the facts. Admittedly the point of Taqiyya deception is to be detached from civilisation and reality. But you are coming across as less lucid than most of your Troll brethren.

    Bottom line, if Iran wants:
    PEACE — Step #1 is stopping the construction of Iran/Hezbollah and Iran/Hamas attack tunnels.
    WAR — Keep violating international law by launching unprovoked attacks on innocent civilians.

    If Iran chooses WAR, they are going to lose. Blowing up a very fragile and decrepit oil export infrastructure is easy. After that, no invasion is necessary as bankruptcy would be both imminent and inevitable.

    • Troll: bluedog
    • Replies: @Herald
    , @Art
  63. Z-man says:

    Besides his own correct instincts you got to bet some anti Neocon types like Buchanan and others are in his ear. At least I hope they are.

  64. Herald says:

    The person responsible for the appointment of so many of these lunatics to positions of power is of course Trump. How anyone could still maintain a glimmer of hope that he is still engineering a cunning plan to drain the swamp is far beyond laughable.

    • Agree: AnonFromTN
  65. Herald says:

    “If Iran chooses WAR, they are going to lose. Blowing up a very fragile and decrepit oil export infrastructure is easy. After that, no invasion is necessary as bankruptcy would be both imminent and inevitable.”

    Meanwhile Iran, ever so obligingly, accepts that it would be totally immoral to carry out any retaliation.

    Dream on.

    • Replies: @anon
  66. Herald says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Meanwhile the US feels free to attack all and sundry unless of course, they happen to have nukes, like cunning Kim.

  67. Herald says:

    Not hard to work out who you are trolling for.

  68. Art says:

    There 81 million Iranians – the Jews want to splinter them into warring factions – and break the country up. They want to bring chaos and death inside Iran.

    Regime change is the name of the game. There is no question – if there is a shooting war on Iran – then there will be a shooting war on Israel. The Jews do not want that. They are going to break up Iran by starving it through sanctions and covert actions.

    The real danger is that before they go down, that the Shea Iranian leadership well start a war themselves. I think that there is 100% chance of that.

    There is ZERO reason to destroy Iran – out of the 7,000,000,000 people on our planet – only 15,000 of them want to devastate and annihilate Iran — all Jews.

    Our elected politicians are all YELLOW – they fear the Jews – they will not support peace.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  69. Art says:

    But you are coming across as less lucid than most of your Troll brethren.


    I think the part that your are an immature sick warmongering man-child Jew is coming across loud and clear.

    Keep violating international law by launching unprovoked attacks on innocent civilians.

    You mean like Israel has done every day for the last sixty years straight?


    Do NO Harm — Art

  70. @Anon

    if only to get itself re-elected by waving the flag/bloody shirt,

    the Kushner-Trump regime will

    attack Iran at a well-calculated time.

    the only question is

    how vast and terrible the pre-war false flag will be.

    your #’s re Iranian troop strength are irrelevant.

    the Isramerica/Iran War will be largely naval and land-based air strikes

    whose purpose will be utter destruction,

    not occupation a la Iraq.

  71. Robjil says:

    The main reason that Iran is constantly on the radar in our “free” Zion MSM press is that it is one of the seven nations to be destroyed for the nine eleven false flag. Wesley Clark mentioned the seven. Iran is the only one of the seven not yet destroyed. This “sophisticated” concept of destroying seven nations comes from the Old Testament passage in Deuteronomy 7. 1-2. It was written in 500 BC. Zionists think that Old Testament themes can be endlessly recycled. This recycle program is called noheg l’doros.

    Since these seven nations no longer exist4 a person could think that this commandment is not noheg l’doros [for all generations5]. But only someone who does not understand the concept of noheg l’doros would think such a thing. A command that can be fulfilled without being limited to a certain time is considered noheg l’doros, because if the act would become possible in any generation, the mitzvah would apply.

    The Amalek theme is another lovely concept from Old Testament. It calls for the genocide of any people that Zionists considered an enemy to Israel firsters. It is also in the noheg l’doros recycle program.

    “When G‑d will totally destroy the descendants of Amalek and remove them for all time — as will be speedily in our days, as G‑d (exalted be He) promised,6 “I will wipe out the memory of Amalek” — will we say that the mitzvah (command) to wipe out the memory of Amalek7 was not noheg l’doros? This is not true, for in any generation when one finds a descendant of Amalek, he must be killed. “

    USisrael did nine eleven for this seven nations theme. Iran is the only one not yet destroyed. They have to fulfill their nine eleven game. This is what this frenzy to get Iran is all about. Our Zion rulers live in a destructive, violent fantasy world of the Old Testament circa 500 BC.

    “The same applies to this mitzvah (command) of killing all descendants of the seven nations, which is a milchemes mitzvah ( mandatory war). In every generation we are required to uproot them and search after them down to the last individual. We did this until King David destroyed them completely, with the survivors being scattered and assimilated among the nations until they disappeared. “

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  72. Wally says:

    And with those in Congress, like the vocal Ilhan Omar, a big fuss would be forthcoming if we again followed Israel’s order and attacked Iran.
    Regardless of what side of the aisle one is on domestically, the truth about horrific Israel is busting out all over and it’s not going back in

    see: Ilhan Omar’s “Tropes” Are True:

    Also read mainstream Jew, Eric Margolis’s article:
    Breaking Our Biggest Taboo :

  73. renfro says:

    Trump isn’t smart, he’s a con man. He can only fool naïve people.
    He’s lost his heartland supporters and is playing to the only people he has left—militant Jews, Neo and the freaky Christian Zios.

    Trump says he’d poll at 98 percent if he ran to be Israel’s prime – The Hill…/433419-trump-says-hed-poll-at-98-percent-if-he-ran-to-be-israel&#8230;

  74. renfro says:
    @mark green

    The House of Saud understands this jarring fact and it is now accommodating its policies accordingly. It’s no different throughout Washington.

    Not entirely…….the Saudis and other Gulf rulers cant afford to make nice with Israel as long as the Arab ‘street’ is totally against Israel.

    Saudis Tell Israelis: Don’t Believe Netanyahu!

    Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Israel Today Staff
    A senior member of the Saudi royal family granted an unprecedented interview to Israeli media this week in order to convey a simple message to all Israelis: Don’t believe Netanyahu!
    Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, the former Saudi intelligence chief and ex-ambassador to the US and UK, was interviewed by Israel Channel 13’s Barak Ravid in London.

    He told Ravid that Israelis need to know that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is exaggerating the extent to which Israeli-Arab ties have warmed in recent years. Prince Turki said Netanyahu is no doubt doing so in order to make himself look good ahead of the upcoming election in Israel: “He’s a man who runs for election on platforms of ‘look what I have done for you. I have brought you this. I have brought you that.’ Like all politicians.”

    Prince Turki explained that the reality of the situation is that Saudi Arabia, and possibly other Gulf states, are never going to fully normalize ties with Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians is solved.
    “Israeli public opinion should not be deceived into believing that the Palestinian issue is a dead issue,” said the Saudi prince. “From the Israeli point of view, Mr. Netanyahu would like us to have a relationship, and then we can fix the Palestinian issue. From the Saudi point of view, it’s the other way around.”

  75. @renfro

    Agree, Trump is a Trojan Horse for his Zionist masters and to put it another way a Judas Goat leading America to destruction and he and Helliary are two sides of the same counterfeit coin.

  76. Z-man says:

    Our elected politicians are all YELLOW – they fear the Jews – they will not support peace.

    Bears repeating.

  77. @WorkingClass

    That’s my thinking also, although many who have taken the time to respond to me here seem to think that both Russia and China will sit on their hands and do nothing. If they are correct, then why in hell wouldn’t US ruling psychopaths just feel free to get on with it? It could be just like the Libyan model. Endless bombing, missiles, and drones with no boots on the ground and very few Americans killed.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  78. anon[287] • Disclaimer says:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to suggest Monday that Israel’s Arab citizens had more affiliation to other Arab states around the region than to Israel, responding to controversy over his claim a day earlier that Israel is not a country of all of its citizens but a Jewish state.
    Netanyahu has come under harsh criticism amid accusations that he is using anti-Arab rhetoric as part of his election campaign. On Sunday, he responded to model Rotem Sela’s complaint over the issue by saying that a nation-state law passed last year enshrined Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people alone.”

    The true face of the Zionism is being ripped apart by the psychopathic leader of that uncivilized rabies infested country.

  79. @renfro

    There is no doubt in my mind that Trump is loosing. But it is my opinion that any president being in his place would be far bigger looser. Times are becoming harder and harder for US.
    US policies in middle east are policies of headless chicken. US should have stick with Sunnis maybe in that case US would have chance. Now for US everything is lost. US eliminated Sunni power in Iraq.
    Than now US eliminated Sunni power in Syria, He joined with Kurd’s. Shiite power now rules the Levant. Idiotic Zionist MSM is attacking Saudi Arabia.
    Things just aint working out for US.

    • Replies: @renfro
  80. anon[287] • Disclaimer says:

    What is Taqiyya? A rabbi was asked by a child who was drawing the picture of the flower and writing death to the Lebanese on the missile that were later shelled against kindergarten in Beirut in 2006.

    Rabbi answered: “when we the Jews talk of peace while undermining from behind but blame the Arab for scuttling the peace process , we get the Taqiyya working .” He continued ” in compensation we receive money from US ,missiles , ammunitions and planes , submarines from Germany , France UK and US we honor Taqiyya by explaining to them that we need them for protecting the peace ”

  81. anon[287] • Disclaimer says:

    Stupid evangelical will accept the fact that Iran is a threat and will destroy US and Israel sooner than when next Sunday soccer game of in town is held but won’t raise a finger if US at the guidance of Israel keeps on sabotaging,killing,manufacturing chaos ,instigating rebellion,supporting terrorist and eventually attacking the country.

  82. @Commentator Mike

    Russia saved Syria from certain defeat because it was in their national interest, not just to help a friend – Assad. As Iran nearly shares a border with Russia, separated at its nearest point only by little Azerbaijan, I doubt if Putin could survive in office if he allowed a US bombing attack to go unanswered. Already, many Russian nationalists are not happy with the way he has allowed Kiev, using American weapons, to keep shelling the Donbass and killing many ethnic Russians, even after they voted by referendum, like Crimea, to return to Russia.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  83. @follyofwar

    It can play out a thousand different ways and I am not a military analyst. But Iran is not a sitting duck and the stakes are too high to assume anybody would just sit the thing out. Click the link below to see what might happen if the war went global. The U.S. has every incentive to avoid WWIII.

    Israel (and the U.S. and Turkey and Saudi Arabia) lost the war in Syria. Israel may have to stop attacking Iranian forces in Syria. It may have to give up the Golan Heights. It may have to depend on Russia instead of the U.S. to keep it’s enemies at bay. The hard part is Imperial Washington will have to give up it’s insane desire to rule the earth by force of arms. That’s why the thing is so dangerous.

  84. @follyofwar

    OK, up to a point. But Putin has done nothing to stop Israel bombing Syria. Or even US bombings in response to White Helmet false flags, other than supplying anti-aircraft missiles. All we can do is wait for a false flag on Iran and hopefully Putin can work something out to prevent any responses from escalating into all out war.

    • Replies: @Herald
  85. Agent76 says:

    It has been all part of the Pentagons Empire building project after Eisenhower built the infrastructure.

    February 26, 2019 The Empire: Now or Never

    Many people I talk to seem to think American foreign policy has something to do with democracy, human rights, national security, or maybe terrorism or freedom, or niceness, or something.

    Sep 11, 2011 General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

  86. Art says:

    Hmm – is Israel going to drag the US government into a war with Iran?

    Or is the Bolton lead US government going to drag Israel into a war with Iran? Bolton is a very bad man.

    Will Trump’s Hawks Dare to Risk Israel?

    Long article: here is the end of it.

    Yet Mr Bolton too, has long advocated ‘bomb Iran’ (i.e. in his NYT op-ed of March 2015). Until recently, it was always assumed that it was Netanyahu who was trying to coat-trail the Americans into leading a ‘war’ with Iran. Is it sure that these roles have not become reversed? That it is now John Bolton, Mike Pence and Pompeo who are seeking not all-out war, but to put maximum hybrid pressures on Iran – through sanctions, though fomenting anti-Iranian insurgencies amongst ethnic minorities in Iran, and though Israel regularly poking at Iran militarily, in the hope that Iran will overreact, and fall into Mr Bolton’s trap for ‘having Iran just where he wants it’?
    This is the point of the deterrence package – it is all about ‘containing’ the US. The initiative is constructed, as it were, with all its deliberately ambivalent linkages between actors, to signal that any US attempts to foster chaos in the Greater Levant or in Iran, beyond a certain undefined point, now risks embroiling its protégé, Israel, in a much wider regional war – and with unforeseeable consequence. It is a question not so much whether Netanyahu ‘will risk it’, but will Bolton dare ‘risk Israel’?

    It is a question not so much whether Netanyahu ‘will risk it’, but will Bolton dare ‘risk Israel’?

    Do No harm — Art

  87. Art says:

    Hmm — Israel has four countries to contend with if Iran is dragged into war by Bolton and company. Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

    Can Israel sustain a war with them all – will Trump have to go to war to save Israel?

    Rouhani sets off on historic visit to Iraq in major blow to Trump

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Baghdad on a trip aimed at solidifying strategic ties despite US efforts to keep the two neighbors apart and curb Iran’s influence in the region.
    He met with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih shortly after arrival on Monday for important talks which the Iranian president described as “very good.”

    “Strengthening ties between Tehran and Baghdad works to the benefit of both countries and we won’t let this positive path towards progress slow down to a halt,” Rouhani said at a joint news conference.

    Me thinks that Bolton is embarked on a very dangerous path for the world.

    Do No Harm — Art

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  88. renfro says:

    US should have stick with Sunnis maybe in that case US would have chance.

    You are crazy if you believe that.

    The US doesnt need to be with Sunnis or Shiites.
    And the Sunnis represented by the head whacking Saudis are as depraved as ISIS, who they armed and financed …..they lost in Iraq, they lost in Syria, they will eventually lose in Yemen.
    They are as stupid as Israel.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  89. Let the games begin. What? What did you say? I said they, the games, have never ceased. Oh. I got it now.

  90. @renfro

    You did forget the most important fact. US lost support of Turkey because US used Kurds as proxy.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  91. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Are you aware that both Kurds and Turks are Sunnis?

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  92. @AnonFromTN

    Yes I am. But they different racially and they are fighting for land. And Kurds are stateless like Palestinians.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  93. Robjil says:

    March 6th 2019 at sundown is the start of the Purim month of Adar. Netanyahu said this on March 6th:

    “On 6 March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world community to stop Iran from shipping oil abroad. He also threatened to deploy the Israeli Navy to help tackle suspected Iranian efforts to smuggle out oil via maritime routes to skirt US sanctions.

    If the Israeli Navy attempts to hamper Iran’s oil sales, Tehran “will firmly respond”, the Iranian Minister of Defence Amir Hatami stated Wednesday.

    The defence minister also noted that Israeli actions would be seen as “piracy” if the navy would act against Iran, according to the news agency IRNA.”

    The three day Purim holiday starts on sundown March 19/Adar 13. Erev Purim, Purim Eve andTai’aint Esther, Feast of Esther, is the day of March 20th/Adar 13. Purim starts on sundown March 20th/Adar 14. Purim day is March 21th/Adar 14. Shushan Purim, walled city Purim like Jerusalem, starts on sundown March 21th/Adar 15. Shushan Purim day is March 22/Adar 15. Will USisrael try something this Purim season?

    • Replies: @Art
    , @Art
  94. Art says:

    Will USisrael try something this Purim season?


    If there is a chance that Netanyahu goes to jail, or he loses the election – then the possibility of a false flag is every real.

    Do No Harm — Art

    • Agree: Robjil
  95. Vidi says:

    Why would these billionaire psychopaths worry too much about the global economy? Surely numerous studies have definitively shown that the world ‘s human population has exceeded its carrying capacity. After a few billion useless eaters are evaporated, provided we don’t descend into nuclear winter, the world’s economy could quickly come back, perhaps greater than ever.

    Many of the billionaires would not survive a third World War, despite their bunkers. That is probably what keeps these psychopaths from pulling the trigger.

  96. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Well, Kurds don’t have their own state for a reason. They have a history of backing wrong horses, the last one being the Empire, which, quite predictably, used them in Iraq and Syria, then discarded them like a used condom. They won’t have a state until they learn to place their bets correctly. That may never happen.

    • Replies: @Avery
  97. Deschutes says:

    All I had to read was your dumbshit suggestion that Iran wants to start a war with USA/Israel/S. Arabia to realize…erm….that you are a dumbshit.

  98. Avery says:

    Kurds are their own worst enemy.

    In addition to what you wrote about them routinely backing the wrong horses and getting screwed over as a result, there is a more fundamental reason why 30-40 million people have no county of their own: despite having a common language and common name, they are in reality a collection of various Kurdish tribes: they have no notion of Kurdish nationhood. Their loyalty is to their tribe/clan first and their tribal chieftains, who are mostly corrupt and on the payroll of various foreign states.

    Kurds will kill their own kind for their foreign masters – without thinking twice.

    Kurds enthusiastically participated in the Armenian Genocide for their Turk masters. Grabbed whatever loot they could, abducted orphaned Armenian children, young women,……
    After Turks no longer needed them, they turned on them and are now killing Kurds any chance they get.

  99. Art says:

    Hmm — it appears that the pentagon shares the “March” war starting theme.

    The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War. Has the US “Declared War” on Venezuela?

    …. …. ….

    Is it a mere coincidence?

    In recent history, from the Vietnam war to the present, the month of March has been chosen by Pentagon and NATO military planners as the “best month” to go to war.

    With the exception of the War on Afghanistan (October 2001) and the 1990-91 Gulf War, all major US-NATO and allied led military operations over a period of more than half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

    The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ides of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

    Lest we forget, the month of March (in the Roman Calendar) is dedicated to Mars (Martius), the Roman God of War.

    For the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked “the time to start new military campaigns.”

    Think Peace — Art

    • Agree: Robjil
    • Replies: @Robjil
  100. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    Please Don’t Trust this piece.

    This piece is in the same line as pieces written by the neocons pro Israel as propaganda for war. That’s why this piece was posted at the neocon site today.

    These neocons propagandists pose as ‘progressive’, but in fact are part of the gang of zionists who are trying to make the was normal by focusing on it and post few peices on Iran and the possiblity of a war on a daily basis so people get tired and tell them, DO IT AND LEAVE US ALONE.
    There is NO WAR

    This piece is posted at LOBEBLOG.COM today.
    Loblog site is focused ONLY on Iran but do not talk about Israel’s crimes against humanity. Most of this site pieces on Iran are PROPAGANDA written by zionist Jews, MI6 agents, pro Israel Arabs, and Iranian traitors like Shireen Hunter and her US diplomat husband.
    Don’t waste your time on these propaganda pieces, but not exposing Israel crimes against humanity.

  101. Robjil says:

    The Gulf war had a Purim connection.

    “Purim teaches us to search for the patterns amongst the dots of our time. And when we see them, the 2360 years since Purim originally took place is not a wide span that separates then and now, but these years – the past and the present – become one continuum. Purim is not just some distant memory that we commemorate, but an event that lives on today just as it lived then.

    Patterns create eternity. They connect the details, which are isolated on their own, and unite them in one tapestry.

    Let’s look at some of the dots in our times.


    Persian Gulf War 2003.

    Persian Gulf War 357 bce.

    Persian Gulf War I in 1991 ended on Purim.

    The ultimatum to Iraq today is for Purim eve.

    Too many Persian dots to ignore.

    What is it about this region – the Persian Gulf, and the Middle East in general – that continues to remain a hotbed in the spotlight?”

    This was written in 2003. The Persian Gulf continues to be the place for Purim games for USisrael.

  102. L.K says:

    A123 == Zionist TROLL.

  103. Well, “invade the world” means just that . . . invade the world.

    Ah don’t think we’ve ever invaded Iran. So what are we waiting for?

    Our New World Order policy is: invade the world, invite the world, in hoc with the world.
    (Mah buddy Dick told me that. He also said to not repeat it too much, I dunno why.)

    An’ nobody’s gonna change that, understand, amigo?? Mah buddy Barack pretty much kept it goin’, and mah other buddy Hillary was on board to keep it all the same-old same-old.

    • LOL: Ilyana_Rozumova
  104. Herald says:
    @Commentator Mike

    “But Putin has done nothing to stop Israel bombing Syria. Or even US bombings in response to White Helmet false flags, other than supplying anti-aircraft missiles.” This little bit of ‘other’ now seems to be working, though I readily accept that Putin should have beefed up Syria’s air defences done much much earlier.

  105. Anonymous [AKA "Brian Reid France/UK"] says:

    As a 67 year old Brit living in France this is my first visit to this website. A123 seems to have a tenuous grasp on reality and history and it is somewhat ironic to find him/her talking about attacks on innocent civilians. Hiroshima Nagasaki Vietnam Nicaragua shock and awe in Iraq…and the list goes on. I find myself picturing an angry person sitting in a room full of automatic weapons waiting for niggers Hispanics homosexuals Muslims to walk by and … well pretty sad really.

  106. Wassap says:

    But Trump is Satanyahoo’s slave and Israhell won’t accept nothing less than war.

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