Geek Mythology

June 30, 2008

Preparing the battlefield

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 10:28 am

Seymour Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who has been covering war torn areas with a heavy focus on he middle east for ages. He has recently published a piece in the New Yorker called ”Preparing the battlefield”.In this piece he continues his investigations on the ongoing proxy war between Iran and the United States. The United States and Iran have had a long and dark relation. In 1953 the US overthrew the democratically elected Iranian leader(Mossadeq) and replaced him the Shah. The Shah went onto privatize the oil which Mossadeq had nationalized. This was ofcourse in favour of the western oil companies interests. Ruling with an iron fist, the Shah trained his infamous secret police, called SAVAK, with the help of the CIA. The Savak was infamous for its torture and imprisonment of dissidents. Finally in 1979 the Iranian people rose up and overthrew the Shah leading the way for the Islamic revolution. As usual with violent takeovers, the new government didnt prove to be much better than the old one. Soon torture, executions, and persecution of dissidents was happening again but now in the hands if the new rulers.

Ever since the Unites States invaded Iraq, Iran has understandably become very concerned. To them the United States is the “Great Satan” (interestingly George Bush has called Iran a member of the ”axis of evil”). It didnt take long before a proxy war ensued between the two countries (a proxy war is the war that results when two powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly). The Bush administration has long accused the Iranian government for supplying Iraqi militias with funding, weapons, and IEDS(road bombs). Iran, now surrounded by coallition forces from America and Great Britain, on both of its borders(in Iraq and Afghanistan) has refused to cease its nuclear program and this is a source of great concern within the international community. It is especially a great concern of the Israeli government who feel that the anti Israeli rhetoric from Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is more than just talk. In late May-early June this year the Israelis launched operation ”Glorious Spartan 08” The goal was for more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to prepare for long-range strikes and demonstrate Israel’s serious concern over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Shaul Mofaz, who is the current Israeli Minister of Transportation and a Deputy Prime Minister, and a former Minister of Defense, said recently that “If Iran presses ahead with its plan to develop nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The window of opportunity is closing” he also said that “the sanctions are not effective. To stop the Iranian nuclear program, an attack is inevitable.”

According to Seymour Hersh, congress has agreed to fund major American covert-operations within Iran. This means that over 400 million US dollars is being spent on commandos, CIA operatives and sponsoring Iranian dissidents, all with the aim of destabilizing Irans religious leadership. In Iranian press there are articles now blaming the CIA for these operations, so the war rhetoric is alive and well there to. The Bush administration does not believe that Iran has ceased its enrichment of uranium like they said they did in 2003 and, according to Hersh, are probably not willing to leave office next year with an Iran that’s arming itself still in place. This has led to major worries across the board of an escalating risk for a preemptive strike against Iran (which would probably take the form of an airstrike against their nuclear facilites). America may leave this up to Israel, just like Israel bombed nuclear reactors in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria last year. The consequences of this kind of preemptive strike would be catastrophic and as the president for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei says, would turn the middle east region into a “ball of fire”. He also said that “a military strike would spark the launch of an emergency programme to make atomic weapons, with the support of all Iranians, including those living abroad.” This type of attack would also greatly endanger the lives of the 160,000 US service men and women inside of Iraq. Iran would most definetly strike at those forces and cut off their supply lines. This kind of attack will also, as the Secretary of Defense Gates said “create generations of jihadists, and our grandchildren will be battling our enemies here in America”. This conflict is a powder keg waiting to blow up, and if it does then its “bye bye world” like someone said. Stop this war now. Increase diplomacy with the Iranians and bring the Coalition forces home.

Read the whole Seymour Hersh piece here:

June 28, 2008

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June 27, 2008

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This is an article about me and two other artists from Stockholms Fria magazine:

June 24, 2008

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New info about our show at Kulturfestivalen in August:

June 23, 2008

The forgotten holocaust part 2

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June 17, 2008

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June 16, 2008

El Dorado

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Between august 12 and august 17th Valeria and I will be constructing the installation “El Dorado” outside of Kulturhuset by Sergelstorg in the city centre of Stockholm. This will be a part of the huge Stockholm culture festival that will be taking place that week. We will be there every day between 12 and 3. If you want to participate in the building then please come down cause its gonna be big. We want you to bring raw materials that we can work with. Can be anything from old clothing to pieces of furniture.

June 15, 2008

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June 14, 2008

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