Thursday, September 27, 2007

The coming war with Iran

A Coup Has Occurred

By Daniel Ellsberg
September 26, 2007 (Text of a speech delivered September 20, 2007)

Editor’s Note: Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who leaked the secret Pentagon Papers history of the Vietnam War, offered insights into the looming war with Iran and the loss of liberty in the United States at an American University symposium on Sept. 20.

Below is an edited transcript of Ellsberg’s remarkable speech:

I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I would call a police state.

If there’s another 9/11 under this regime … it means that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of a police state that has been patiently constructed, largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and known and accepted by the Democratic people in Congress, by the Republicans and so forth.

Will there be anything left for NSA to increase its surveillance of us? … They may be to the limit of their technical capability now, or they may not. But if they’re not now they will be after another 9/11.

And I would say after the Iranian retaliation to an American attack on Iran, you will then see an increased attack on Iran – an escalation – which will be also accompanied by a total suppression of dissent in this country, including detention camps.

It’s a little hard for me to distinguish the two contingencies; they could come together. Another 9/11 or an Iranian attack in which Iran’s reaction against Israel, against our shipping, against our troops in Iraq above all, possibly in this country, will justify the full panoply of measures that have been prepared now, legitimized, and to some extent written into law. …

He says what I've been feeling more and more lately: The Iran war is getting closer and closer to being inevitable, and it will make the clusterf**k that is Iraq seem like a walk in the park.

For the full text of the speech, click here


Blogger PoliShifter said...

Politicians talk of the moral obligation we have for the Iraqis yet no one is talking about the moral obligation we have to the innocent Iranians that will be killed if we bomb Iran all because Mahmoud is a nutjob and Bush hates him like he hated Saddam.

No one talked about the moral obligation to the Iraqis and the ensuing humanitarian crisis as the first bombs fell in 2003.

No one's talking about our 150,000 troops in Iraq that are sitting ducks for retaliation after we bomb Iran.

3:00 PM, September 27, 2007  

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