Saturday 2nd of December 2023

nuke .....

‘Twelve hours: one circuit of the sun from horizon to
horizon, one course of the moon from dusk to dawn. What was once a natural
measurement for the daily round of human life is now a doom-laden interval
between the voicing of an autocrat's brutal whim and the infliction of mass
annihilation halfway around the world. 

Twelve hours is the maximum time
necessary for American bombers to gear up and launch an unprovoked sneak attack
– a Pearl Harbor in reverse – against Iran, the
Washington Post reports
. The plan for this "global
strike," which includes a very viable "nuclear option," was
approved months ago, and is now in operation. The planes are already on
continuous alert, making "nuclear delivery" practice runs along the
Iranian border, as Sy Hersh
in the New Yorker, and waiting only for the signal from
President George W. Bush to drop their payloads of conventional and nuclear
weapons on some 400 targets spread throughout the condemned land. 

And when this attack comes –
either as a stand-alone "knock-out blow" or else as the precursor to
a full-scale, regime-changing invasion, like the earlier aggression in Iraq –
there will be no warning, no declaration of war, no hearings, no public debate.
The already issued orders governing the operation put the decision solely in
the hands of the president: he picks up the phone, he says, "Go" –
and in twelve hours' time, up to a million Iranians will be dead.’ 

Time's Arrow: The Coming
Nuclear Epiphany In Persia

Political instability

Article at Counterpunch brings out some of the complications, if Bush orders attack on Iran - John Stanton: Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall

The volatilty of the Islamic world makes good training facilities for the likes of bin Laden - Bin Laden Now Targets Sudan.

ABC radio has Hindsight special: Timor, debt of '42, a tribute to Sparrow Force. The verbal witness of the aged survivors is testimony to the factors essential to building a successful team of insurgents (or terrorists, saboteurs, depending on the context). Blooded in the field, bound by horror and each dependent on the others keeping the pact of silence. Sounds like Cosa Nostra, Yakuza or Aryan Brotherhood. Nothing special, at all, just plain old psychopathology.

Al Qaeda needs a reservoir of veterans, if it is ever going to be capable of dealing multiple, coordinated hits at the West. They will be supplied by the ferment of revolution and civil war.

exit strategy .....

the great decider .....