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Bush's drive to war on Iran
Exposing their lies
Inside Iranian society
History and background
What they want from this war
The history of Washington's wars

LATEST NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Who's threatening who in the Gulf?
The U.S. claim that Iran is to blame for a "provocative" confrontation between U.S. warships and Iranian speedboats is falling apart.

Spy report exposes Bush lies on Iran
The Bush administration has been caught in another war lie--this time, before it was able to launch an attack.


BUSH'S DRIVE TO WAR ON IRAN

Will Bush start a war on Iran?
An SW reader and writer debate an article by Lance Selfa on whether a U.S. attack on Iran is likely to take place during Bush's presidency.

Inventing the next enemy
At no point in the media's recent campaign against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was there any serious examination of the allegations against Iran--or the larger U.S. aims at work.

The coming U.S. war on Iran?
One of the most serious guessing games around Washington these days is analysts' attempts to answer the question: Will the Bush administration launch a war against Iran?

Another pack of war lies
With the Bush administration repeating the same saber-rattling rhetoric, Socialist Worker provides the facts to counter its case against Iran.

Scott Ritter debunks the White House war lies
The case against Iran exposed
The Bush administration has not been honest or accurate about any aspect of how it has defined Iran and the supposed threat it represents.

Bush's surge plan exposes splits in the establishment
War machine in overdrive
Bush's surge plan is certain to cause more death and destruction in an already crippled country--and perhaps sets the stage for a new U.S. war against Iran or Syria or both.

The Bush administration dismisses diplomatic opening by Iran
Setting the stage for war?
The U.S. spurned a diplomatic opening from Iran over its nuclear program as evidence emerged that Washington is orchestrating armed actions inside Iran.

Article exposes plot to use nukes
U.S. plan for war on Iran?
The Bush administration is getting ready to use nuclear weapons against Iran, according to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

Washington has Iran in its sights
What's behind U.S. war threats?
A U.S. military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would be used to repackage Washington's presence in the Middle East as part of a "long war" on "radical Islam."

Democrats' Obama ready to bomb Iran
John Kerry's antiwar supporters repeatedly warn that a military attack on Iran is imminent if George Bush is reelected. But Democrats are rattling their sabers at the same target.

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EXPOSING THEIR LIES

Using women's rights as an excuse for war
The media are awash with indignant stories about the repression of the Iranian people, but Iranians have the ability and will to fight back without "help" from the U.S. government.

The torturers cry foul
To hear Tony Blair and George Bush describe the treatment of 15 British sailors detained by Iran, you'd think they had been...well, tortured in a U.S. military prison.

Another fake case for war against Iran
Who do they think they're fooling?
Washington's new rationale for expanding the war to Iran would be laughable if it weren't so deadly.

The country Bush has in his sights
Behind the U.S. myths about Iran
When George Bush rails about the supposed threat of Islamofascism, Iran is at the top of his list. But Iran is far more open politically than the U.S.'s main Arab ally, Egypt.

The hysteria about "Islamic fascism"
Another pack of lies to justify war
The chieftains of the never-ending "war on terror" are peddling a newly updated enemy: "Islamic fascism."

World's biggest nuclear power demands disarmament by Iran
The nuclear hypocrites
The U.S. is striving to get a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Iran stop its nuclear program. But Iran hasn't violated any international treaty obligations.

Tirades by the media designed to whip up support for war
The lies they tell about Islam
Behind the recent attempts by well-paid academic experts and media pundits to "explain Islam and Islamist organizations to a U.S. audience is a campaign to whip up bigotry, racism, fear--and support for Washington's agenda.

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INSIDE IRANIAN SOCIETY

Mansour Osanloo's fight against state repression
Union leader jailed in Iran
Mansour Osanloo, the leader of Tehran and suburbs bus workers' union, was arrested for a second time in November 2006.

The meaning of the election in Iran
The victory of a right-wing populist in Iran's presidential election highlighted social discontent in the country--and will be used by the U.S. as an excuse to intensify its threats.

Reformists shut out of run-off vote
What's at stake in Iran's election?
Amid renewed saber-rattling by the Bush administration, Iranians will go to the polls June 24 for a crucial presidential run-off vote.

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HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

The organization Bush condemns as "terrorists"
Who is Hezbollah?
Israel calls it a "terrorist" and "extremist" organization, but the truth is that the political party Hezbollah is viewed in Lebanon as a leader of the national resistance.

"Carpenters are running out of wood for coffins”;
Israel's terror in Lebanon
Israel's massive military offensive against Lebanon has created a humanitarian crisis and threatens to plunge the entire region into war.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979
The Iranian Revolution was the biggest defeat for U.S. imperialism in the years after the Vietnam War, and it permanently changed the political terrain of the Middle East.

The political force that Washington fears in postwar Iraq
Who are the Shias?
With Shiite clerics the de facto political authority in parts of Iraq, Washington is using the supposed threat of a Shiite dictatorship to justify a crackdown on any resistance to U.S. rule.

The West's long record of betrayal
Will a U.S. war free the Kurds?
We're regularly reminded that Saddam Hussein gassed and killed thousands of Iraqi Kurds in the village of Halabja in 1988. But Washington and the West have a long record of betraying the Kurdish people.

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WHAT THEY WANT FROM THIS WAR

The scramble for control of "black gold"
Oil and the empire
The U.S. government's thirst for oil isn't only about profits. In a world where the economic and military might of nations depends significantly on access to oil, it is also about power.

The U.S. and its allies have made the world more dangerous
Why the "war on terror" is a war of terror
In the name of the "war on terror," the U.S. and its allies have inflicted suffering across the Middle East and around the globe--and made the world a far more dangerous place.

U.S. maneuvers to maintain its grip on the Middle East
Washington's "democracy" double-talk
The Bush administration's grandiose claims that it was spreading "democracy" through the Middle East have melted away, revealing imperial politics as usual.

Politicians and the press bash Islam over anti-cartoon protests
The racist crusade against Muslims
The controversy over racist cartoons in a Danish newspaper has highlighted the scale of the Western assault on Islam as a justification for anti-immigrant scapegoating and imperialist war.

Behind the bipartisan consensus
What the U.S. "war on terror" is really about
Invoking the "war on terror" hasn't made the occupation of Iraq more popular. Yet the White House has preserved a bipartisan consensus in favor of aggressive use of military force.

Tied together by the U.S. drive to control the Middle East
Palestine and Iraq: The tale of two occupations
Toufic Haddad, the coeditor of the left-wing magazine Between the Lines, looks at what connects the occupations of Palestine and Iraq.

Washington hawks on the attack
The new U.S. war on Iraq began on March 20. But for a hard core of "hawks" in the Bush administration, the planning for it began years before.

The Bush Doctrine: What it means
The Bush administration has produced a National Security Strategy document that goes further than ever before in asserting U.S. military and economic power as the world's unchallenged super-cop.

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THE HISTORY OF WASHINGTON'S WARS

How the Vietnam War was stopped
The American movement against the Vietnam War was one of the most successful in history, and played a major role in ending the war.

The American way of war crimes
The massacres of civilians in Iraq are part of a long and bloody record of U.S. war crimes.

John Negroponte: Washington's dirty warrior
The U.S. government's dirty war on Central America in the 1980s has become a model for the administration's policy in Iraq and the Middle East.

The truth about empire
A growing chorus of right-wing ideologues is encouraging Washington to take pride in being a world superpower. But this project depends on erasing the bloody history of imperial conquest.

The history of Washington's occupations
Under Uncle Sam's thumb
Socialist Worker looks at the occupations Washington has dressed up with rhetoric about "democracy"--from Latin America, to postwar Japan and Germany, to Iraq today.

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