Thursday, June 14, 2007

How Inconvenient!

On June 12, in ”How Convenient?, I published a followup to Senator Joe Lieberman’s call for the US to bomb Iran. Indirectly seconding Lieberman’s motion within hours was a US Undersecretary of State.

“IRAN IS ARMING TALIBAN, U.S. ENVOY CLAIMS.” ‘Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, speaking to reporters in Paris, said Iran was funding insurrections across the Middle East — and “Iran is now even transferring arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan.”'

Today comes an assertion which is as inconvenient for the Washington warmongers as Burns’ statement was convenient:

‘Afghan official says Iran is not arming Taliban.
Defense minister dismisses claim by top U.S. State Department official’

‘BRUSSELS, Belgium - Afghanistan’s defense minister on Thursday dismissed claims by a top U.S. State Department official that there was “irrefutable evidence” that the Iranian government was providing arms to Taliban rebels.

‘“Actually, throughout we have had good relations with Iran and we believe that the security and stability of Afghanistan are also in the interests of Iran,” Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press. “There has been evidence of weapons, but it is difficult to link it to Iran. (They) might be from al-Qaida, from the drug mafia or from other sources,” Wardak said.’

Putting Burns’ words alongside the flagrant lies based on equally “irrefutable evidence” which were used to push America into the Iraq war, the word “irrefutable” now has a new meaning in Washington: “Nonexistent”.

We apparently have truly arrived at the totalitarian world of George Orwell’s “1984”, albeit a few years late, where the Party’s slogan is, “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength."

We can now add, “Lies are Truth. Truth is Treason.”

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