Many important developments, that have taken place
since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have shed much light on
(1) Failure of Mr. Mohammad Khatami,
(2) Invasion of
(3) The infamous "axis-of-evil" speech by President
Bush in early 2002, after President Khatami's government had made extremely
important contributions to the downfall of the Taliban, and formation of a
national unity government in
(4) The illegal invasion of
(5) The war crimes at Abu Ghraib, Falluja, Ramadi, Haditha, Anbar, and elsewhere, the ongoing carnage and civil war in Iraq, and the quagmire that Iraq has become for the U.S. We will come back to this shortly.
(6) The rise of Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a radical
and reactionary figure,to the presidency of the
(7) The resurgence of the Taliban in
(8) The war between
The war was supposed to be a preview of the future
(9) The standoff between Iran on the one hand, and the United States and its European allies, on the other hand, over Iran's nuclear energy program. The standoff is partly due to the dangerous and irrational foreign policy of Mr. Ahmadinejad and his extremist supporters in parts of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and partly a result of the U.S. and its European allies insistence on Iran giving up its fundamental rights under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) of which Iran is a signatory, and
(10) the goal of regime change that has become the
official policy of the Bush administration toward
That regime change in
The Iranian regime sponsors terrorism, threatens
It would be utterly naive to believe that this
"ultimate goal" of the
But, not only is the regime-change policy against the
United Nations' Charter and all the existing international treaties, but also in
clear violation of the existing legal obligations of the
Non-Intervention in Iranian Affairs - The
These developments, and in particular the
regime-change policy, have provided ample opportunities for Iran's exiled
antidemocratic and quasi-democratic groups to reveal their true colors. It
has also become a "mouth-watering" opportunity for exiled Iranian political
charlatans and traitors who fancy themselves as
The Iranian antidemocratic groups consist mainly of
most of the monarchists, and the Mojahedin-e Khalgh (MEK). The most accurate way
of describing many of the monarchists - at least those whose mouthpiece is the
satellite TV programs from
The MEK is a terrorist cult that, since the mid
1980s, has been committing treason against
The quasi-democratic groups and political activists are those that profess to believe in democracy, but their political positions and actions often indicate the opposite. We will show in Part II that there are numerous such groups and individuals.
The goal of the present series of articles is
describing what the exiled Iranian antidemocratic and quasi-democratic groups,
as well as many individuals, have been trying to do in order to start a war
between the U.S. and Iran or, at the very least, encourage the U.S. and its
allies to impose the harshest possible sanctions against Iran which, similar to
Iraq, may ultimately lead to the war. Such sanctions would, of course, not hurt
the ruling elite in
There have already been a large number of articles about the activities of such groups and individuals. However, the goal of this series of articles - the result of nearly two years of research - is, to collect, describe and analyze in a series of articles the documented and indisputable facts about what these groups and individual have been doing, in order to expose them, not only to the Iranians, but also to the American public.
The invasion and occupation of
This group included Ahmad Chalabi, and a few other
Iraqis whom we refer to collectively as the Curveballs (the name given to one of
them by the CIA; see Part II). They provided fabricated and exaggerated
Their neocon patrons eagerly bought their lies and sold them to the public.
As Iraq's first Prime Minister after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Ayad Allawi, a man on the CIA payroll since 1992 (see Part II), helped put an Iraqi face on the puppet government installed in Baghdad by the U.S., after fake sovereignty was restored to Iraq in June 2004.
The Iranian Chalabis and Curveballs whom we will be
describing in Part II have been trying to play the same role as their Iraqi
counterparts, and the fake aspirants to
There is yet another group of Iranians who have been
committing treason against their native land. The Iraqi quagmire and the
Israel-Hezbollah war have forced the neocons to gradually realize that their
dream of regime change in
In order to justify what they have been doing, the
exiled secu-fascists and the Iranian Chalabis, Allawis, and Curveballs have been
claiming that the real and only goal of the Bush administration in invading
Moreover, aside from the fact that the
Administration's rationale for invading Iraq has been constantly evolving and
changing (depending on the political climate), the catastrophic state of Iraq,
Lebanon, the Palestinian lands occupied by Israel, and Afghanistan, and the
rising tension in the entire Middle East is the best evidence of the absurdity
of the democracy claim. Thus, in order to further refute this absurd claim, so
that it cannot be "sold" to the Iranian community by the satellite TV programs
In the present article, we first describe such events. There are perhaps thousands of articles that, over the past 5 years, have discussed these events. What we present is a summary of the available documented facts and evidence, together with our own analysis. We then review the present state of Iraq, as a result of its occupation, which teaches us many valuable lessons which have not, however, been learned by the exiled Iranian antidemocratic and quasi-democratic groups, and the Iranian Chalabis, Allawis, Curveballs, and other aspirants. We describe what we believe these important lessons are.
Part II of this series will describe the antidemocratic and quasi-democratic groups, and the Iranian Chalabis, Allawis, and Curveballs.
The ultimate goal and hope of the author for this series of articles, in addition to exposing the Iranian Chalabis, Allawis, and Curveballs, is that,in 20-30 years we will have a new word in the dictionary of every language:
chalabi (not Chalabi): someone who is willing to lie, sell out, and destroy his/her country in order to gain political power.
Background to the Invasion and Occupation of
Between 1958, when a military coup overthrew the
At the same time, since at least the October 1973 war
Toward the end of that war,
On June 7, 1981, eight F-16 fighters and six F-15
escorts from Israel's air force attacked Iraq's sole nuclear reactor at Osirak
(south-east of Baghdad), during what was called Operation Opera, and crippled it
. The reactor was a 40 MW light-water reactor built in 1977.
During the 1991
It is estimated that the sanctions killed about 500,000 Iraqi children. In1996, Lesley Stahl of the CBS TV program 60 minutes asked Madeleine Albright, the then U.S. Ambassador to the UN, the following question,
We have heard that half a million children have died.
I mean, that is more children than [the number of people] died in
to which Ms. Albright responded,
I think it is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.
Later on, in 2003, Ms. Albright tried to clarify her statement, but her explanation was not convincing, and she was disingenuous [11,12]. Perhaps, Denis Halliday, a coordinator for UN humanitarian aids who resigned in protest in 1998, described best the situation in Iraq at that time ,
I've been using the word "genocide" because this is a
deliberate policy to destroy the people of
In 1996, The Institute for Advanced Strategic and
Political Studies in
Israel can shape its strategic environment, in
cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling
The report then made the following absurd observation and "prediction" ,
Were the Hashemites to control
Given what has been happening in Iraq and Lebanon,
this absurd statement only goes to show that, (1) the neocons were after
invasion of Iraq, and that (2) they had (and still do not have) no knowledge of
the realities of Islam and the Middle East, and were (and still are) living in a
fantasy world. The Study Group leader that prepared the report was none other
than Richard C. Perle -the "Prince of Darkness" - and one of most forceful
advocates of the invasion of
Iraqis deserve some rough justice because we know that Saddam Hussein has ties to Osama bin Landen,
an assertion that turned out to be nothing but a lie.
Note that, in addition to Mr. Perle who was Chairman
of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board up until 2003, two other people who
signed the report were Douglas Feith, who became undersecretary of Defense under
Donald Rumsfeld (see below), and David Wurmser who later worked at the Pentagon
and was involved with manufacturing
fake intelligence about Iraq's WMDs (see below). In other words, three people
who later on became high-ranking
On January 26, 1998, a letter was sent to President Clinton from the Project for the New American Century, a neoconservative group co-founded by William Kristol of the necons' mouthpiece the Weekly Standard, also known as the neocons' "little Lenin," and Robert Kagan. It said in part 
We are writing to you because we are convinced that
current American toward
the cold war....... The policy of "containment" of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months.... We can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections....
The essence of the letter was in the following ,
Given the magnitude of the threat, the current
policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of coalition
partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate.
The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that
The letter was signed by 18 neocons, most, if not
all, of whom steadfast supporters of
On October 31, 1998, President Bill Clinton signed
the Iraqi Liberation Act, that was intended to provide support to the Iraqi
opposition in order to overthrow Saddam's regime . It had been passed by a
vote of 360-38 in the House, and unanimously in the Senate, and was supposed to
provide $100 million to the Iraqi opposition. Now, however, those Democrats and
Republicans who claim that they are, and always have been, against the
In January 2001, President Bush took office. Paul O'Neill, Mr. Bush's first Treasury Secretary, told  Lesley Stahl of the CBS TV program 60 minutes (emphasis with capital letters is the author's) ,
From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go....Saddam was topic "A" TEN days after the inauguration - EIGHT months before Sept. 11.... It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying, "GO FIND ME A WAY TO DO THIS."
Mr. O'Neill also said that  the President
declared that he was going to "tilt toward
According to Richard A. Clarke, who was Mr. Bush's top advisor on terrorism, the following is what happened on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorists' attacks :
I expected to go back to a round of meetings
examining what the next attacks could be, what our vulnerabilities were, what we
could do about them in the short term. Instead, I walked into a series of
On September 12th, I left the video conference center and there, wandering alone around the situation room, was the president. He looked like he wanted something to do. He grabbed a few of us and closed the door to the conference room. "Look," he told us, "I know you have a lot to do and all, but I want you, as soon as you can, to go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this. See if he is linked in any way."
"I was once again taken aback, incredulous, and it showed. "But, Mr. President, Al Qaeda did this."
"I know, I know, but - see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred ..."
Mr. Clarke also told Lesley Stahl of CBS  that Mr. Bush gave them a very intimidating look when he was saying that, and that,
We got together all the FBI experts, all the CIA experts. We wrote the report. We sent the report out to CIA and found FBI and said, "Will you sign the report?" They all cleared the report. And we sent it up to the president and it got bounced by the National Security Advisor [Condoleezza Rice] or Deputy [Stephen Hadley]. It got bounced and sent back saying, "Wrong answer. ... Do it again."
Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb
In fact, on September 17, 2001, President Bush signed
a 2 1/2-page document marked "TOP SECRET" that described the plan for invading
The neocons have never trusted the CIA. Therefore, from the time President
Bush took office, they started setting up their own intelligence and propaganda units. First, the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was formed, headed by Andrew Card, the President's Chief of Staff, which was basically a propaganda unit. Then, as reported by Seymour Hersh , by October 2001 the Office of Special Plans had been established at the Pentagon:
They call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabal - a
small cluster of policy advisors and analysts now based in the Pentagon's Office
of Special Plans.... These advisors and analysts, who began their work in the
days after September 11, 2001, have produced a skein of intelligence reviews
that have helped to shape public opinion and American policy toward
The OSP was headed by Douglas Feith, the
undersecretary of Defense at that time. Mr. Feith had also formed a more
secretive group, called the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group , which had
two members, David Wurmser who had signed the "Clean Break" letter (see above),
and F. Michael Maloof, an aid to Richard Perle at the Pentagon in the 1980s. Mr.
Maloof is so loyal to the
All the "intelligence" that was provided by the OSP and CTEG was proven later on to be fake, and was mockingly referred to as the "Feith Intelligence."
Colin Powell referred to Feith's office as the "Gestapo Office" . Mr. Feith is so pro-Israel that after he supposedly explained the Pentagon's views in a meeting in 2002 with the National Security Advisor Condoleezze Rice and other principal figures on the Middle East, Ms. Rice told him 
Thanks Doug, but when we want the Israeli position we'll invite the ambassador.
General Tommy Franks, who led the
the f...... stupidest guy on the face of the earth
But, of course, Mr. Feith was smart enough to sell
his lies and fake intelligence to enough people to help start the
Note that, similar to the Pentagon's OSP for
The neocons were not the only supporters and
consumers of Mr. Chalabi's lies. Another big "fan" was Judith Miller, the
now-discredited (former) New York Times reporter. From 1998, Ms. Miller started
acting as the chief of propaganda for Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress,
presenting in her articles
One article that Ms. Miller published  with
Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for the New York Times, on
how Saddam was trying to purchase aluminum tubes to be used in Iraq's uranium
enrichment program, was used by the neocons, and particularly Mr. Cheney, as the
"proof" of Saddam's nuclear program. It turned out later that the neocons (and
Mr. Chalabi) had supplied the lies to Ms. Miller and Mr. Gordon, and then used
their article as the evidence or the "smoking gun." The "evidence" was quickly challenged
, but was still used for quite sometime (see below). For example, in a
The evidence indicates that
Despite such discredited reports, Mr. Gordon has
recently been busy publishing  articles with unsubstantiated claims about
The neocons are now trying to do for the Iranian
Chalabis and Allawis what Ms. Miller did for the Iraqi Chalabi. The only
difference is that, even the neocons are aware that the Iranian Chalabis and
Allawis do not have any legitimacy or credibility within
On July 23, 2002, 8 months before the invasion of
Iraq, British Prime Minister and war criminal Tony Blair met with his senior
advisors to discuss Iraq, including Geoffrey Hoon, the defense secretary, Jack
Straw, the foreign secretary, and Sir Richard Dearlove, known as "C," the head
of MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA. Sir Richard had recently traveled to
C reported on his recent talks in
In other words, the decision for invading
On September 16, 2002,
According to Mr. Hersh , there was an unsupported
allegation by Italian intelligence that
Thus, on January 27, 2003, President Bush, in his State of the Union address, stated that,
The British government has learned that Saddam
Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from
However, Joseph C. Wilson, a former
There was a barrage of lies and exaggerated news
On August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney said,
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein new has weapons of mass destruction.
Simply stated, Mr. Cheney was knowingly or unknowingly lying. Senator Joseph
Biden, who is a presidential candidate this year, said on September 4, 2002
If we wait for the danger to become clear, it could be late.
In other words, the Senator supported pre-emption,
which he now supposedly opposes. On the same day, Senator Joseph Liberman, a
most ardent supporter of
Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical
weapons, biological weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of
danger for the
We now know that every day that the occupation of
On September 8, 2002, National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice declared (regarding
We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud
which quickly became the neocons' slogan. Then, on September 12, 2002, President Bush claimed that,
These weapons and the facilities for producing them turned out to be imaginary. They could not be found even under the furniture in the White House that the President mockingly searched for . Two days later, the President made another unsubstantiated claim:
Saddam Hussein has the scientists and infrastructure for a nuclear-weapons program, and has illicitly sought to purchase the equipment needed to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon.
This was presumably a reference to the aluminum tube story (see above). The
President even claimed that a 1998 report by the IAEA
had said that
One of the worst and most embarrassing false statements by the President was the following, made on October 7, 2002:
We've learned that
Where were the training taking place? Colin Powell
told the UN Security Council that they were in a camp in northern
On January 28, 2003, the President claimed that,
Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of Sarin, mustard and VX nerve gas.
They were also not found after occupation of
We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
We now know that Saddam did not have any WMDs. Most interestingly, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is now running for President and acting as if she has always been opposed to the Iraq war, said on the same day,
Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of things [what things, Senator?], continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapon capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations.
The above statement sounds like from a person who is absolutely sure about everything. Yet, she now claims that,
had I known then what I know now, I would never have
voted to go to war in
But, Senator Clinton could have had all the information that she needed to oppose the war (even if we assume that she really did not know), had she wanted to know, if she had not, like her husband, been driven by the polls.
That Saddam Hussein did not have any WMDs had been certified by the UN inspectors led by Hans Blix, and by the IAEA inspectors led by Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei. In addition, Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and George H. W. Bush, said  on August 15, 2002, nearly two months before the Congress authorized use of force against Saddam hussein, that
There is scant evidence to tie Saddam Hussein to
terrorist organizations,and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks. Indeed, Saddam's
goals have little in common with the terrorists who threaten us, and there is
little incentive for him to make common cause with them.... There is little
evidence that the
Most recently, she contradicted herself again. On Thursday April 26, 2007, during a debate and in a response to a question about another hypothetical 9/11 attack, she said ,
You know, I supported President Bush when he went
after Al-Qaedaand the Taliban in
In other words, she knew enough not to go after
Saddam and would have focused on
We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons, and in dealing with this threat, as I have said for a very long time, no option can be taken off the table.
There is not a shred of credible evidence, at least
as of the time of writing this series, that
On February 8, 2003, the President declared that,
We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons - the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
These sources were presumably Ahmad Chalabi and the Curveballs. They could not have been intelligence sources, because the President would have said so, as he had done countless other times. The biggest blunder (if not lie) was made by Mr. Cheney when, on March 16, 2003, said that,
My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators,
which is also what the Iranian Chalabis have been claiming (see Part II).
On the same day, Mr. Cheney also said that,
We believe [Saddam] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
On March 18, 2003, the day before the invasion of
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments
leaves no doubt that the
This turned out to be absolutely wrong. On the same day, the war criminal Tony Blair, stated that
We are asked to accept Saddam decided to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd.
It turned out that it was Blair's statement that was palpably absurd, because Saddam had, in fact, destroyed those weapons.
F... Saddam. We're taking him out.
The lie factory  had finally produced the war that the neocons had been after since 1992. The necessary fake intelligence for convincing the public was provided by what Colin Powell referred to  as the "separate government," ran by Mr. Cheney and his cohorts.
A Little-Known Casualty, a War Criminal, and a Hero
One casualty of the war who is mentioned very little
is Dr. David Kelly, the senior advisor to the British defense ministry on
A war criminal who has mostly escaped the anger of
the public for his role in the
it is inherently dangerous for
A hero of the
The Occupation: The Lies Continue
The campaign of lies and grand exaggerations continued for a few months after the occupation. The neocons and their supporters insisted that Saddam Hussein's WMDs would be found. On March 30, 2003, Donald Rumsfeld declared that,
We know where they [the WMDs] are. They are in the
area around Tikrit and
Robert Kagan, the co-founder of the Project for the New American Century (see above) said on April 9, 2003 that (emphasis with capital letters is the author's),
Obviously the Administration intends to publicize all
the weapons of mass destruction
President Bush declared on April 24, 2003, that
We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.
On May 1, 2003, the President, abroad the USS Abraham
Lincoln, declared victory in the "battle of
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so,
and still three days later,
I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein - because he had a weapons program.
On June 1, 2003, the President made a false statement
again (perhaps in his haste to announce that the WMDs had been finally found)
Yes, we found a biological laboratory in
The President was referring to discovery of two truck
trailers that the CIA had claimed were potential mobile biological weapon
laboratories. But, by the end of the same month, this claimed was dismissed.
They turned out to be what the
As late as May 26, 2003, the
Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we are interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction.
But, as it started becoming increasingly clear that no WMDs may ever be found, the tone of the statements made by some of Administration's officials began to change. Donald Rumsfeld, who even knew where the weapons were, said on May 4, 2003, that
I never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country,
and on May 27, 2003,
They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer.
It never occurred to the docile reporters to ask Mr.
On May 12, 2003, Condoleezza Rice said
US official never expected that "we were going to open garages and find" weapons of mass destruction.
Major General David Petraeus, commander of 101st
Airborne Division (the present General Petraeus, the overall commander of the
I just don't know whether it was all destroyed years ago - I mean, there is no question that there were chemical weapons years ago - whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they are still hidden.
Again, General, if
The one person who still continues to lie about
There clearly was a relationship [between
To this date, he continues repeating this lie. In fact, the 9/11 Commission said exactly the opposite .
The President keeps making the absurd argument that,
"if we leave
A precipitate withdrawal would result in a bloodbath, destabilization of southeast Asia, would embolden our enemies, and result in more not less war.
Replace southeast Asia with the
The President lives in a state of denial. He cannot
accept that 95% of those who are fighting with the
Vice President Cheney is either in a worse state of denial than the President, or he is simply a chronic liar. In an interview with the CNN on May 31, 2005, he said ,
I think we may well have some kind of presence there
Clearly, the last throe has turned out to be very long. Most recently, in another interview with the CNN, Mr. Cheney declared ,
Bottom line is, we've had enormous success, and we
will continue to have enormous success [in
Meanwhile, the neocons continue to live in a fantasy world. For example, Karl Zinsmeister, a neocon at the American Enterprise Institute, declared in June 2005 that ,
The war is over, and we won
Right, and the author is the most handsome man on the face of the earth.
Those Iranians who advocate US military attacks on
What is the present state of
4. In the first few days of occupation of
It's untidy, and freedom's untidy ... The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over, and over, and over, and it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase.
5. Nearly 2 million Iraqis have left their country. Clearly, these are the educated, professional and wealthy people and, therefore, a great drain on the country. In particular, 3000 Iraqi professors have left their country [63,64].
The population of the
6. Close to 2 million Iraqis have been displaced
7. In October 2006 the prestigious Lancet medical journal reported that over 655,000 civilians have been killed . Therefore, for every American killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, about 220 Iraqis have died who had nothing to do with the criminal terrorist attacks. This is in addition to thousands of civilian Afghans who have also been killed, who also had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Proportionally, it would be as if 7.8 million
Americans are killed here in the
8. On average, every month 100 Iraqi women become
widowed, and 400 children orphaned. Overall, 900,000
9. At least 230 Iraqi professors have been killed, and 56 are missing .
10. 6.5 million Iraqis remain completely dependent on food ration .
11. 70 percent of Iraqi children suffer from mental stress disorder , and 21 percent of them are chronically malnourished .
If, for a period of 10 years, the funding for cancer research is doubled, every American with diabetes or heart disease is treated, and a global immunization campaign is carried out which would save millions of children, the total cost would be about $600 billion, almost the cost of Iraq war so far .
What are the lessons of what has been happening in
The author believes that, if we have truly free
elections in every Islamic nation, then, with the exception of
3. The people of
This point is extremely important.
In contrast, given
In the author's opinion,
(i) the neocons, partly due to their close
(ii) While some people believe that Iraq war is one
for Israel's sake , the author believes that, that is one, but not the only,
important factor. As described above,
(iii) Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, two people
from the oil industry, believed that the
An energy task force appointed by Mr. Cheney in early
2001 prepared a report in April
2001 in which a bleak picture of the oil production and market, and in
particular the energy needs of the US in the 21st century, was drawn. The report
was prepared jointly by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at
(iv) President Bush wanted to not only finish what his father left incomplete after the first Persian Gulf war, but also believed (and presumably still does) that he takes orders directly from God. In June 2003, he told Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who was the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister at that times, that 
God told me to strike at Al-Qaeda and I struck them,
and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am
determined to solve the problem in the
How different is this from what Mr. Ahmadinejad has claimed about his relation with God? He has claimed that when he spoke at the UN General Assembly in 2005, he was protected by a "crescent of light" (presumably created by God), and that he speaks directly to God.
The author hopes that the reader now has a better
understanding of why
References and Notes:
 To read about the high praise of the
 There are too many articles on the
Hezbollah-Israel war of 2006. See, for example, many excellent articles by
Jonathan Cook, a British journalist based in
 See Human Rights Watch reports that accused
 See, for example, M. Sahimi,
 For a good analysis of the influence of the Christian fundamentalism on the Bush administration see, Y. Sikand, Christian fundamentalism and American empire, www.countercurrent.org/us-sikland240906.htm see also, J. B. Utley, Torture, the GOP, and the religious right, www.antiwar.com/utley/?articleid=7592
 The military operation by which the Iraqi Kurds' uprising was crushed by the MEK was dubbed Operation Morvarid. There are too many articles on these MEK crimes. See for example,
(i) A. Higgins and J. Solomon, Strange bedfellows,
called a terror cult by many, MEK wins friends in
(ii) A. Singleton, Saddam's Private Army: How Rajavi Changed Iran's Mojahedin from Armed Revolutionaries to an Armed Cult. The book can be retrieved from www.iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=813.
The Guardian and Human Rights Watch both have supported what Singleton has stated in her book. See,
(iii) Evidence proves MKO massacred Kurds, www.nejatngo.org/memories_en.php?pageaction=opencmsdetail&cms_id=122&parent_id=15
(iv) New document on MKO's involvement in Kurds' massacre, CNN Arabic, January 23, 2007. It can be retrieved from www.iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=1693
 See, for example, A. Abedin, Iranian views on
regime change in
 See for example, P. Clawson, Can Iraq
reconstitute the Arab eastern front against
Mr. Clawson recklessly advocated for a long time
creating a catastrophic accident in the Bushehr nuclear reactor, until the
author's article exposed him to the public and forced him to stop talking about
his criminal suggestion. See, M. Sahimi,
 See, for example, Y. Amidror,
 For a detailed account of the attack see, for example, D. McKinnon, One Reactor: The Story of Israel's Attack that Destroyed Iraq's Nuclear Program (Airlife, 1988). See also,
R. Claire, Raid on the Sun: Inside
 See Ms. Albright's memoirs, Madam Secretary
(2003). On page 275, she states that, "I must have been crazy; I should have
answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the
premise behind it..... My reply had been a terrible mistake, hasty, clumsy and
wrong. Nothing matters more than the lives of innocent people...." However, this
statement was disingenuous because in the paragraph immediately before the
above, she stated that, "little effort was made to explain Saddam's culpability,
his misuse of Iraqi resources, or the fact that we were not embargoing medicine
or food." But, while food had not been formally embargoed,
 Shortly after September 11, 2001, Ms. Albright
gave a speech at the
 S. Richman, Albright "apologizes", www.fff.org/comment/com0311c.asp
 See, www.israeleconomy.org/strat1.htm
 The Hashemite dynasty in
 To read more about what Richard Perle does see, for example, E. Alterman, Perle, interrupted, The Nation magazine, April 7, 2003, p. 10; see also,The world according to Richard Perle, blog.wired.com/defense/2007/04/the_fog_of_war.html
 The full letter can be retrieved from www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm
 The people who signed the letters were Elliot Abrams (a convicted criminal for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, who was pardoned by President George H. W. Bush, and is now deputy National Security Advisor to President Bush in charge of the Middle East); Richard L. Armitage (Colin Powell's deputy at the State Department); William J. Bennet (Education Secretary during the Reagan administration and the GOP "moral czar" who, however, was caught gambling millions of dollars); Jeffrey Bergner (assistant Secretary of State for legislative affairs); John Bolton (U.S. Ambassador to the UN until November 2006); Paula Dobriansky (undersecretary of State for democracy and global affairs); Francis Fukuyama (professor of international political economy at Johns Hopkins University); Robert Kagan (co-founder with William Kristol of the Project for the New American Century); Zalmay Khalilzad (U.S. Ambassador to the UN); William Kristol; Richard Perle; Peter W. Rodman (until recently assistant Secretary of State for international security, and now a fellow at the Brookings Institution); Donald Rumsfeld; William Schneider, Jr. (the Pentagon's Defense Science Board Chairman); Vin Weber (former congressman from Minnesota, and Chairman of National Endowment for Democracy); Paul Wolfowitz; R. James Woolsey (CIA director, 1992-1994), and Robert B. Zoellick (until recently deputy Secretary of State).
 See, for example, S. Green, Neo-cons,
 See the Presidential statement issued by President Clinton at, www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/libera.htm
 Bush sought "way" to invade
 See also, R. Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon and Schuster, 2004.
 R. A. Clarke, Against All Enemies: Inside
 Clarke's take on terror,
 G. Kesseler,
 S. Hersh, Selective intelligence, New Yorker, May 12, 2003. see, www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/05/030512fa_fact
 J. Risen, How pair's finding on terror led to clash on shaping intelligence, the New York Times, April 28, 2004. See, www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0428-07.html
 See, J. Lobe, Losing Feith, www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=4629
See also, en.wikipedia.org/Douglas_Feith.
 See, W. C. Uhler, "Fixed" intelligence from
Feith's "Gestapo Office," the CIA and the Bush administration's impeachable lies
 Bob Woodward, The Plan of Attack, Simon and Schuster, 2004.
 J. Cole, Judy Miller and the neocons, salon.com. The article can be retrieved from fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/salon62.html
 J. Miller, An Iraqi defector tells of work on at least 20 hidden weapons sites, the New York Times, December 20, 2001. See, www.realdemocracy.com/iraqidef.html
 M. R. Gordon and J. Miller,
 J. Warrick, Evidence on
 M. R. Gordon, Deadliest bomb in
 R. Erlich and M. Sahimi, Fabricating evidence, round two?
 See, for example, A. Cockburn, Judy Miller's war, www.counterpunch.org/cockburn08182003.html
 See, for example, Tomgram: Mark Danner on the British smoking gun memo,
 J. C. Wilson, What I did not find in
 C. Deliso,
 An excellent account has been given by, C. Unger, The war they wanted, the lies they needed, Vanity Fair, June 2006. See, www.vanityfair.com/features/general/articles/06060606fege02
 See, www.counterpunch.org/wmd05292003.html
 See also, C. Scheer, Ten appalling lies we were
 At a dinner at the White House for journalists,
the President mockingly looked for
 B. Scowcroft, Don't attack Saddam, the Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2002.
 J. Siegel, Hillary to Aipac: Talk to
 L. Alexandrovna and M. Kane published an excellent article in which they provided the timeline to the invasion of Iraq, from January 26, 1998 when the letter by the Project for the New American Century was sent to President Clinton) to July 2003. See, The path of war timeline,
 Former CIA Director George Tenet recently said that there was not much debate on whether Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. See, for example, K. Shrader, Ex-CIA chief: No "serious debate on war,
See also Tenet's book, At the Center of the Storm, HarperCollins, 2007.
 Of course, like everyone else, Mr. Tenet is trying to blame others, and not himself and the CIA, for the catastrophic failure to tell the truth. This is the same man who had said that, "the evidence that Saddam Hussein had WMDs is a slam dunk;" See Bob Woodward, Ref. , and J. Cole,
George Tenet on the staircase with the neocons, salon.com. The article can be retrieved from
 D. Isenberg, We are taking him out,
 R. Dreyfuss and J. Vest, The lie factory, Mother Jones, January/February Issue, 2004, www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/01/12_405.html
 As quoted in Bob Wooward, Ref. .
 G. Hughes,
 A copy of the report can be obtained from www.globalsecurity.com/wmd/library/report/2004/isg-final-report/
 A copy of the report can be retrieved from
 C. Reese, George and Richard, www.antiwar.com/reese.?articleid=10886
 See, for example, P. Baker, Defending Iraq war, defiant Cheney cites "enormous success," the Washington Post, January 25, 2007,
 K. Zinsmeister, The war is over, and we won,
 E. Rosenthal, Strain of war causing health crisis in Iraq, International Herald Tribune, April 18, 2007 www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/18/news/who.php
 Free to do bad things,
 S. Raghavan, War in
 Tomgram: Dhar Jamil, into the Iraqi diaspora,
 S. Boseley, 655,000 Iraqis killed since invasion, the Guardian, October 11, 2006,
 Iraqi children suffer from mental stress from war, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9750915
 A complete copy of the analysis can be obtained from,
 L. Blimes and J. Stiglitz, The more-than-$2-trillion war, The Milken Institute Review, December 2006.
 D. Leonhardt, What $1.2 trillion can buy, the New York Times, January 17, 2007,
 P. J. Buchanan, Whose war? The American Conservative, March 24, 2003; see www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html
 Strategic energy policy: Challenges for the 21st century, www.cfr.org/publication/3943/strategic_energy_policy.html
 A. Kamen, Road map in the back seat? the Washington Post, June 27, 2003, www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A37944-2003June26?language=printer See also, J. Raimondo, Bush's satanic verses, www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7546
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