Was it Photoshop or Was the Hormuz Incident Real?

by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca on January 10, 2008

It’s hard to know whether the Bush administration really thinks the American people are stupid enough to buy the so-called “incident” in the Strait of Hormuz, located between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

According to mainstream media reports, five Iranian ships “threatened” three U.S. Naval ships in the vital oil shipping lane. One of the American ships was “very close to giving the order to fire” on one of the Iranian boats, according to an anonymous source in the New York Times. The U.S. Government has released a tape of the incident which includes audio. Iranian officials are calling it a fake. Iran also says that contact between the ships was “routine.”

The truth doesn’t matter. In politics, it never does. It’s all about spin, and the Bush spin has begun. “This was a very provocative act by the Iranians,” said Bush’s National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, “and could have come very close to resulting in an altercation between our forces and their forces.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates added, “It is a reminder that there is a very unpredictable government in Tehran.”

No, Mr. Gates, it’s a sad reminder that there’s a very predictable government in Washington that is biting at the chomps to get into war with Iran over the dead dinosaur juice it needs to sustain America’s gluttonous lifestyle and increase corporate profits.

It’s no secret that Bush wants war with Iran. With no threat of impeachment or any accountability for his shameless lies about weapons of mass destruction, not to mention his spying on American citizens, eradicating habeus corpus and supporting torture, Bush is unstoppable. He is no doubt going to spend his last year in office doing whatever he and his neocon friends want.

This is possible, not only because impeachment is “not on the table,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi keeps saying, but also because Democrats do not have the votes to stop him. It’s that simple. They can’t bring home the troops, they can’t pass healthcare for America’s poor children, they can’t even cut funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, with America’s attention glued to the presidential primaries and whether tweedly dee or tweedly dum is going to win, Bush is setting the stage for that third and final war of his eight year reign of terror. Whether the Hormuz incident was real or completely faked is impossible to know at this point. No news source can be trusted. No government believed. In an age when Photoshop can make anything look and sound real, there’s only one truth.

Reality is as they say it is.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a radical southern Italian queer atheist with a webpage (that is more real than their reality): www.avicollimecca.com

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