MEDIA ALERT: SELLING THE FIREBALL – GEORGE BUSH AND IRAN June 25, 2008
MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
When George Bush arrived in Britain last week as part of his “farewell tour”, the real reasons for the visit were buried well out of sight. The tour was not, as the Guardian suggested, a mere “continental au revoir”. The purpose was to coerce Gordon Brown into raising troop levels in Afghanistan and to support toughened sanctions on Iran. Bush said pressure on Iran was necessary to “solve this problem diplomatically”, but warned: “Iranians must understand, however, that all options are on the table.” (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7456081.stm)
The remarks raised fears in London that Bush is “determined to take action against Iran before he leaves office in January,” the Independent reported.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned that any attack on Iran would transform the region into a “ball of fire.” Even from the West’s point of view an attack would be disastrous: