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War on Iran: Law the first casualty

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi, Asia Times

"So foul a sky shall not clear without a storm," wrote William Shakespeare in the play King John and, indeed, the deafening saber-rattling against Iran by the United States and Israel increasingly reveals a coming storm that will likely dwarf the magnitude of the Iraq war, in light of Iran's military prowess and ability to strike back throughout the Middle East.

The US's and Israel's decision to escalate the threat levels against Iran, reflected in President George W Bush's statement in Europe this week that all options remain on the table, has been matched by an equally resolute defiance by Iran. As a result, the growing anxiety over a summer war with Iran threatens to send already rocketing oil prices to unimaginable levels. --
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Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix rips U.S. approach on Iran's nuclear program
AP, ROME: Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix criticized the United States on Thursday for keeping open the possibility of military action to force changes in Iran's nuclear program.

Blix was in Rome to take part in an international gathering of experts on nuclear proliferation that was held, coincidentally, during U.S. President George W. Bush's three-day stop in the city.

Deadly 'Diplomacy'
By Norman Solomon, Common Dreams

With 223 days left in his presidency, George W. Bush laid more flagstones along a path to war on Iran. There was the usual declaration that "all options are on the table" - and, just as ominously, much talk of diplomacy.

Three times on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, Bush "called a diplomatic solution 'my first choice,' implying there are others. He said 'we'll give diplomacy a chance to work,' meaning it might not."

House Waves Off Impeachment Measure Against Bush
by Laurie Kellman, AP

The House has voted to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to a committee that is not likely to hold hearings before the end of his term.

By 251-166, House members dispatched the measure to a committee on Wednesday - a procedure often used to kill legislation.

Strike on Iran Nuclear Sites Under Discussion Again
by Dion Nissenbaum,
JERUSALEM - Six months ago, after American intelligence agencies declared that Iran had shelved its nuclear-weapons program, the chances of a U.S. or Israeli military strike on Iran before President Bush left office seemed remote
Ex-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan Speaks Out on the Bush Admin Lies and Media Allies that Led the US to War
Democracy Now

The former White House press secretary joins us for the hour on the heels of his explosive new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception. McClellan says former White House aides Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied to him about their role in the CIA leak case, criticizes the corporate media for acting as "complicit enablers" in what he calls the Bush administration's deliberate manipulation of the public to build support for invading Iraq.

Iran's nuclear program: will more sanctions work?The EU's Javier Solana heads to Iran this weekend to offer revised US-EU incentives.

European foreign policy chief Javier Solana is due in Iran this weekend to peddle a revised package of European Union and American incentives aimed at convincing Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions.

On offer are promises of ending Iran's isolation, boosting trade ties, and assisting a peaceful nuclear power effort. But Iran dismissed a similar offer in 2006 and has all but rejected this one, which, as a precondition, requires Iran to first give up enriching uranium - a process that can make nuclear fuel or material for bombs.

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