MI6 Iran Disinfo: The Prelude to War?


Iran and US Bases
Iran and US Bases

Campaign Iran has pointed out that the current media spin about Iran, some of which appears to originate from MI6, bears more than a passing resemblance to the WMD hype that preceded the ongoing slaughter of 650,000+ Iraqis. So are we on the verge of a massive escalation of the criminal US-UK imperial war?

There have been many warnings [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ] about the possible use of US or Israeli nuclear weapons against Iran. Furthermore, Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research has warned that this is just one part of the US "military roadmap" for the Middle East [ text | video | audio ], while Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed wrote last summer that the war had already started.

Needless to say, a war on Iran would be illegal, and would only add to the long list of war crimes that Bush, Blair and their conspirators are guilty of. But then, what would legality matter if we became a planet of the nuclear dead?

Read: Selected Articles on the Proposed US-Israeli Nuclear War on Iran | Articles on the looming war with Iran | Middle East: Cradle or Graveyard of Empire? | Indybay feature: The US gears up for war with Iran

Daily Telegrams

On 24 April, 2006, John Pilger wrote in the New Statesman: “We now know that the BBC and other British media were used by MI6, the secret intelligence service. In what was called ‘Operation Mass Appeal‘, MI6 agents planted stories about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction - such as weapons hidden in his palaces and in secret underground bunkers. All these stories were fake.”

In an almost exact repeat of those events in 2002 and 2003, the British mainstream media are now reflexively boosting the US claim that Iran presents a threat to the West. Even as the staggering catastrophe in Iraq continues to be played out, the BBC and other media are yet again preparing the public mind for more war. If the public can be convinced that this latest 'threat' is real, then politicians can again unleash their bombers with impunity (see these examples: BBC’s support for US war propaganda on Iran | Is The Independent for or against a military attack on Iran?)

A report, put together by Campaign Iran and published at the end of 2006, revealed that Daily Telegraph's political editor Con Coughlin, the man who 'broke the story' of Iraq’s 45 minute WMD capacity, was behind 16 articles containing unsubstantiated allegations against Iran over the past 12 months. The Press Complaints Commission has launched its third investigation into Coughlin in as many months after a number of high level complaints about his latest article on Iran. The investigation is looking at an article by Coughlin on 24 January relying on an unnamed "European defence official" alleging that North Korea is helping Iran prepare a nuclear weapons test.

Back in 2000, the British Journalism Review remarked that "officers of MI6... had been supplying Coughlin with material for years." It is known that the MI6 has a shadowy programme called "I/Ops" (Information Operations), whose activities within Fleet Street have never before been so clearly exposed.

What is it really about?

Well, it's clearly not about Iran's nuclear plants that the US had sold to Iran in the first place. Nor is it about the alleged nuclear weapons development any more than the war against Iraq was about Iraq's never-found WMD. No substantive evidence has ever been found by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suggesting that Iran has a covert nuclear weapons programme (see here for more details).

In December 2006, William Clark published a long article analysing the real reasons for a possible attack on Iran. Under the title "Hysteria Over Iran and a New Cold War with Russia: Peak Oil, Petrocurrencies and the Emerging Multi-Polar World", it touched on some issues that are not often publicly considered as key motivations for the imperial war, namely the Iranian Oil Bourse and the threat to the petrodollar.

Until Saddam Hussein made his decision in the autumn of 2000 to switch to a petroeuro arrangement, efforts by the US and UK to maintain the global petrodollar system were very successful, due in large part to the “special relationship” between Washington and the Saudi monarchy. [...] Following operation "Iraqi Freedom", the other Persian Gulf oil exporter threatening to undermine US supremacy is Iran.

I propose that, despite the ongoing subterfuge, the US and the UK establishment are far more concerned about Iran’s upcoming Internet-based oil exchange, or "oil bourse", which over time could undermine the global supremacy of the petrodollar.

This assertion is based on the fact that Washington is quietly but actively engaged in economic warfare against Tehran. The goal is to undermine the proposed oil bourse via “smart sanctions.” Should this strategy fail, it appears that a military option is under serious consideration by the Bush administration.

Criticisms of Campaign Iran

Campaign Iran was created in October, 2006, when Action Iran, Iran Solidarity and the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII UK) merged to form a single organisation. Some on the left, like Yassamine Mather, have been critical of Campaign Iran and its tactics of lobbying Downing Street.

"For Iranian socialists inside and outside the country," Mather wrote, "neither the three components nor the new merged organisation address the essential issues concerning the plight of the Iranian people at a time when the threat of some form of imperialist intervention must be taken seriously. The accusation of appeasing a reactionary regime is echoed by many left activists in Iran."

Yassamine Mather and others have set up another campaign called Hands Off the People of Iran.

Stop the War Before It Starts

The 'godfather' of Neocons, Zbigniew Brzezinski, recently warned that the war could be started with "some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran". This is very similar to the 'plan' that Michel Chossudovsky wrote about back in August 2006: "Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have instructed USSTRATCOM to draw up a contingency plan," which "used the pretext of a 'second 9/11', which has not yet happened, to prepare for a major military operation against Iran."

Yet, as John Pilger wrote, "privileged journalists, scholars and artists, writers and thespians, who sometimes speak about 'freedom of speech', are as silent as a dark West End theatre. What are they waiting for? The declaration of another thousand year Reich, or a mushroom cloud in the Middle East, or both?"

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If US attacks Iran it is the end of the world

a beginner 10.Feb.2007 04:00

If the US attacks Iran they will bomb oil facilities all around the gulf with some of their 1000s of cruise and exocet type missiles. Also they will blow up their own oil tankers or those of others in the gulf of Hormuz and in other locales. Then they will attack from within and without: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE.

then sleeper cells and others will launch ground attacks on oil resources not yet hi - including attacks with nuclear or other dirty bomb deigns.

Then they will overwhelm thousands of US troops in Iraq and take them hostage along with hundreds or 1000s in other countries.

That would all be quite interesting and exciting - I hope it happens...

break the simulacra and you never know what is opn the other side - we need war - war war

Judge for yourself

. 17.Feb.2007 03:56

The photo of Iwo Jima is one of the most recognized pieces of American history and imagery. The RAND Corp. studied and twisted grassroots organizing tactics, as explained here and here:

Now connect these dots to see how BushCo manipulated imagery to launch its wars in the Middle East:

Much, much more video and pictures at:

do it! do it! do it! do it!

do it! do it! do it! do it! 19.Feb.2007 21:15

I think we should do an about face. Iraqi insurgents get weapons from Iran to kill our brave Christian holy warriors. We must attack Iran! Glory for Jesus! Lets take to the streets and demand a total war with Iran starting tomorrow. We must get violent, smash windows, the whole black bloc thing and invite the whole city to join in. Make it like Seattle 1999 times a hundred. Dont sign up for the military though. After the invasion lets do everything we can to sabotage the system. When the military gets bogged down in Iran they will blame Russia and China for arming the Iranians before the war and using proxy fighters to kill our brave Christian holy warriors. At the same time, the American ruling class and the Russian ruling class will say heck lets finish the other side off before they get us. ICBMs rise from their silos. The worlds best fireworks show begins. You know you wanna see it but you never tell anyone else do you.

Imminent Confrontation

Flynn O Flynn 26.Feb.2007 15:21

The Saterlites over the,39 Ecliptic of the Gulf have already been Re directed,remember Supergun affair ? The Three Carrier Fleets are closing into the Indian Ocean, along with thirty British Support Ships, I was right about the SuperGun affair Gerald Bull, Iwas right that the Russians would turn the Gas tap off, that Venezuala, would Nationalize its natiral resources, Chechenya, Georgia, lebanon, Sakalin,Siberia will all claim their Natural resources Back, the Straits of Hormutz will be blocked by Silkworm Missiles, and drogue and conventional Mines, as well as Commumnication Saterlites being Targeted, there wont be much trade coming from the Gulf. I only hope that Bertie and Dempsey are watching. Irish Gas wont cross the Border, unless the People of Erin agree, and IMPEACHMENT is still an Option, this is why the European Legislation isnt translated into Gaelic, it was Illegal when Eire joined the EU. Keep your Powder Dry,in the Republic,and yes best beloved I Fynn O Flynn told you so.