Iran vs Tonkin II
In the 1960s, the United States was spoiling for a fight in East Asia.
In 1964, the ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident gave them the justification they needed to attack and invade Vietnam. For those not familiar with the situation, please check out this background story.
The resulting disaster set the policy tone for the entire Asian region for several decades to come. And countless billions wasted on the military machine.
Since almost the same time in history, the United States is spoiling for a fight with Iran.
Ever since their revolution in the 1970s, there have been efforts to alienate Iran from the rest of the world. Attempts at embargoes have failed. They are too large and have too much oil.
Nuclear power efforts have been labelled as attempts by Iran to create nuclear weapons.
Iraq was taken down shortly after 9/11, even though perpetrators were from Saudi Arabia and others were hiding in Afghanistan.
There are some theories as to why Iran is consistently in the cross-hairs of US war hawks. I’m not informed enough to really have an opinion on this, but the group of non-central bank countries is dwindling to a mere few. Cuba, Sudan, Libya, Venezuela, Iran and North Korea have been the last holdouts.
Now it’s just Cuba, North Korea and Iran.
Yesterday’s events signal a return to the positioning of ‘THEY STRUCK FIRST’. Whether this is true or not, we’ll probably all collectively never know the real truth about who made the first move.
But know this: the US will make the NEXT move and it will be a doozy.
We can already see the Oil Barons wringing their hands, giddy with the prospect that oil prices are finally starting to climb. Even though most of the world is moving away from carbon, it’ll be a last wonderful grab at the pocket books of gas consumers everywhere.
And Canada? Maybe Justin Trudeau will back off getting involved, but with Trump in charge and Andy Smear breathing down his neck, I worry that Canada will get pulled into an incursion that we cannot afford.
Maniacs run this planet. How do we make it stop?