“I’ve watched and listened to what the leadership in the Iran regime says, and it frightens me,” Mr. Harper said in a CBC interview.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes a serious matter, and turns it into an opportunity to help his oil buddies. Bruce Carson would be so proud of him (if Harper hadn’t thrown the illegal oil lobbyist, and former Harper insider, under a bus before the last election).
It is entirely plausible that Iran’s theocratic, and vehemently anti-Israeli government, would be a threat to peace if they got nuclear weapons. Then again, the unstable states of North Korea and Pakistan both have them, and years later nothing has gone baa-boom. Why the focus on Iran? It’s oil production is huge. What’s vile, is that Harper diminishes the threat of a nuclear armed Iran by linking it to a his failing energy policy based on greed, and bad business and environmental sense. He’s so eager to ship our brains out to China, that he doesn’t seem to care what ducks and bunnies he has to step on to get there.
“In my judgment, these are people who have a particular, you know, fanatically religious worldview, and their statements imply to me no hesitation of using nuclear weapons if they see them achieving their religious or political purposes,” he said.
Remember that the only state to use nuclear weapons in an attack, is the USA, even though Pakistan and North Korea have had them for years now. What he accuses the Iranian regime of, is not far off how many people view Harper’s government (minus the nukes). The Conservatives have shown time and again that they are willing to make Canada a global pariah to make a petro-buck. Ecology, and science, and human rights be damned.
Military action has been discussed, Mr. Harper added. “President [Barack] Obama’s said all options are on the table and I can certainly tell you that, when we talk about these issues, we talk about the full range of questions around these issues.
“I’ve raised the alarm as much as I can, but obviously I don’t advocate particular actions publicly. I work with our allies to see if we get consensus on actions,” he said.
Also during the interview, Mr. Harper linked the debate over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas with concern over Iran’s threat to blockade the main shipping route for oil in the Middle East.
“It’s pretty obvious what the right decision is … not just from an economic and environmental standpoint, but from an energy security standpoint,” Mr. Harper said.
Disappointingly (but not surprisingly) his next words did not contain “become renewable energy world leaders”. Instead he thinks we need to put the people of BC, and our coastline at grave risk from a catastrophic oil slick in the Pacific (as well as the rivers and lakes along the way from Alberta). Using warmongering, just like the kind used against Iraq 9 years ago, to bolster support for an invasion “achieving their religious or political purposes”, is in Harper’s words “frightening”. He just doesn’t see how black his pot is while pointing at the Iranian kettle.