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Bush manipulating US fear to attack Iran: US Congressman

Press TV -- US Congressman, Jim McDermott, says the Bush administration is manipulating American fear to justify a military confrontation with Iran.

"[Bush] wants to find a way to provoke a military confrontation, or gin up some data to frighten the American people into believing a preemptive strike is defensible," McDermott told a recent forum in Washington.

"And I live in constant fear that he intends to do just that," he said.

Entitled "The Folly of Attacking Iran," the forum organized by the group Just Foreign Policy, aimed at encouraging support for direct, unconditional negotiations with Iran.

Prior to the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, McDermott had insisted that no Weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.

Also present was former New York Times correspondent, Stephen Kinzer who explained the implications of the 1953 coup in which the Eisenhower administration overthrew the democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.

"The great lesson that I draw from this is that when you violently intervene in the political development of another country, you can never predict what the long-term consequences will be," said Kinzer

He also noted that although the consequences will be terrible and tragic for the target country, they will be even worse for the country that launched the intervention.

"The same thing will be true if we fail to learn this lesson and launch an attack on Iran now," he added.

... Payvand News - 03/11/08 ... --

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