The steam is turned on
Something is burning, baby, are you aware? - Bob Dylan
No time for a proper post today, but I want to throw this out there. From Berlin Diary, this is William Shirer's journal entry for August 10, 1939:
How completely isolated a world the German people live in. A glance at the newspapers yesterday and today reminds you of it. Whereas all the rest of the world considers that the peace is about to be broken by Germany, that it is Germany that is threatening to attack Poland over Danzig, here in Germany, in the world the local newspapers create, the very reverse is being maintained. (Not that it surprises me, but when you are away for a while, you forget.) What the Nazi papers are proclaiming is this: that it is Poland which is disturbing the peace of Europe; Poland which is threatening Germany with armed invasion, and so forth. This is the Germany of last September when the steam was turned on Czechoslavakia.
For perverse perversion of the truth, this is good. You ask: But the German people can't possibly believe these lies? Then you talk to them. So many do.
"It is time for European nations to show their mettle" is the headline of today's editiorial from The Decatur Daily: Mettle, naturally, with respect to the clear and present danger of Iran's hypothetical future aggression. (Some headlines Shirer quotes from the summer of 1939: "Poland - the runner amok against peace and right in Europe" and "Warsaw threatens bombardment of Danzig - unbelievable agitation of the Polish arch-madness.") The Decatur editorialist remarks that "the United States should not have a monopoly on the prevention of wars of mass destruction." (Unspoken, of course, is that it should have a veto.) And if it takes tactical nuclear weapons to prevent such a war, then so be it. "All options," once again, are on the table. And just as with Iraq, the military option is pegged the reluctant "last resort."
Michael Ruppert is persuaded an Iran strike is not going to happen, and its threat serves as a distraction. Myself, I'm persuaded Ruppert's skillset makes him an excellent investigator, but not a particularly good forecaster. (In 2003 he wrote that Bush would be impeached "just as surely as" was Nixon.) Shirer wrote in his journal that most Germans with whom he spoke were opposed to the war, feared it, and didn't really expect it to come. But it came. It only takes a few people in key positions to make a war happen, regardless of how insane a misadventure it seems to everyone else. Those people are still there, and when positions open, they are filled with their own kind. I've seen nothing to suggest that real men no longer want to go to Tehran.
As Shirer could have written, This is the America of 2003, when the steam was turned on Iraq.