Sunday, August 8, 2010

Castro Says What the Rest of the World's Leaders are Thinking

If Obama approves an attack on Iran, (Castro) added, he will trigger a war that will spread through the Middle East and Asia and cause ``the instantaneous death of hundreds of millions people, among them an incalculable number of people in his own country.''

The ``established order of the planet ... will inevitably collapse, the reigning social order will disappear abruptly'' and all currencies will be worthless, he added.(1)

The quandary for Washington on Iran is that it is too big and too cohesive as a nation, with a historical identity, to simply shock and awe in submission. The U.S. achieved a limited victory in Iraq and then only by drenching itself in blood. It can do nothing about Iran short of a nuclear strike or a carpet bombing mission using bunker busters. Iran has retaliatory capabilities of its own, as well as a mutually beneficial and almost co-dependent trading relationship with China. Oil for refined gasoline. And as the previous day's post indicated, the economic muscle is simply not there for US imperialism anymore. They have only raw military power, and that mostly suited for war against an enemy, the USSR, long gone. Will the ruling class of the United States slip peacefully into the night ? It's very doubtful they will of their own volition.

1'Castro: Obama Can Prevent Impending Nuclear Holocaust' - Miami Herald; Tamayo

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