ANALYSIS – The correspondent on Newsnight last night ended his analysis of the latest development in the Iran, namely the assassination of another of her nuclear scientists as he left work in Teheran, with an admission that it is probably inevitable that there will be a war with Iran in some form, perhaps at the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran would probably argue that the war had already begun a long time ago, beginning with George Bush’s speech and the slow trickle of attacks, including cyber terrorism and the continued violations of her sovereignty that the latest killing is.
Last week, the Iranian navy threatened to shut of the Strait of Hormuz in response to the latest round of US sponsored sanctions aimed at Iranian banks amongst others.
The threat was accompanied with a clear statement – that Iran was the undisputed power of the Gulf region.
If this will be lead to war then a war with China may be around in the not too distant future.
China – who received a visit from the US yesterday in an effort to get her to stop buying oil from Iran – has recently complained about America’s build up in Asia.
Will a war in the Strait of Hormuz be followed by war in the South China Sea?
Those who favour such actions may also want to take a look at a video that has been on played on television screens today – namely of 4 soldiers urinating over three bodies.
War dehumanises all who take part in it, it is not glorious and its effects last forever.
US Secretary of State backs protestors in Iran
Initial video pictures to emerge from Iran show some demonstrators taking to the streets of Tehran to call for the overthrow of the ruling government. These images which show tens rather hundreds of demonstrators have been posted on Youtube and have been seized upon by Hilary Clinton, who is arguing that this is latest episode in the wave of popular protests to have gripped the Middle East, and which has already seen the downfall of two tyrants, including that of Hosni Mubarak. The problem with these claims is that the government of Iran always manages to counter any such video images with their own counter demonstrations which are invariably far greater in size by a considerable amount. For the moment, it would be safe to say that based available online video footage, Hilary Clinton’s wishes may just be that, a wish, a shot in the dark. And further to this, available footage also reveals the limits of such citizen journalism, which whilst having its place in the online world is also severely hampered because unlike a work of journalism it can not be verified and thus can be called into question. One video shows a man who we believe may be a member of the secret police dressed in civilian clothes being attacked by a mob. No body can definitely say that this man was what is being claimed in the video. All we can see is a man being attacked by a crowd.
Posted by Nayab Chohan