What is "special" about our bunker-busters?
By Michael McGehee at Jul 15, 2008
Military experts are not sure that Israel's military forces can do the job. Iran has dispersed its nuclear program sites around the country, and some weapons facilities are said to be deep within the earth. The U.S. has special bunker-busting bombs that could destroy such underground laboratories, but Israel does not. [Emphasis added]
So, what is "special" about our bunker-busters?
"special" = nuclear
We proliferate nukes directly (production) and indirectly (by provoking others to do so for deterrence) and then use our proliferated nukes to thwart the spread of nuclear proliferation.
Wikipedia describes Iran's economy this way: "Iran's economy is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures."
This is the problem. They are closed to our business and we are using nuclear proliferation as a pretext to open them up just like we did in Yugoslavia and Iraq.
In Yugoslavia it was noted by Strobe Talbott, former US Deputy Secretary of State (1994-2001), that:
It is small wonder NATO and Yugoslavia ended up on a collision course. It was Yugoslavia's resistance to the broader trends of political and economic reform--not the plight of the Kosovar Albanians--that best explains NATO's war.
And following the Iraq War in 2003 the first thing Paul Bremer did was issue a series of "edicts" that opened up the country to privatization.
Look at the economies of our "allies" who are despots as well, like Egypt or Tunisia, and we notice they are increasingly opening up to privatization to foreign investments.
Our concern about nukes is obviously just as dubious. Iran has shown support for FISSBAN where the US has opposed it on the most absurd grounds.
When Shah Palavi ran Iran with the SAVAK we knowingly assisted their nuclear programs, but when Khomeni came to power and closed the country off then we had problems with their nuke programs.
And of course there is Israel. But I bet you that regardless of their human rights abuses against Palestinians and Lebanese, and their 200-400 nukes, if they were a closed economy, especially to our industries, then these things would be of concern. There would be no "security fence." We would have never vetoed dozens of UN Security Council relations. We would not be supplying them with weapons and aid. We would have long joined the world in denouncing their crimes.
So how can we think this impending conflict is about nuclear proliferations when:
1) We are proliferating and considering the use of nuclear weapons by:
a) creating a new round of "special bunker busters" and updating our warheads;
b) considering the possibility of transferring these low-yield nuclear weapons to Israel for potential use against Iran; and
c) promoting proliferation as a deterrence for other countries via our belligerent and lawless foreign policy.
2) Iran has shown support for putting its nuclear programs under the control, supervision and inspection of an international team of inspectors; while we have voted against it on the grounds of protecting "secrets" (though we might want to seriously consider what legitimate/lawful "secrets" we have to keep, if any).
The alleged concern about Iran's nuclear programs and supposed interference in Iraq is a smokescreen to what motivates our real agenda: changing course on their economy.
Some say that democracies don't fight each other. Well, that's not really true. It's not that democracies don't fight each other. It's that globally linked and privatized economies don't fight each other, and that's the real deal here. We don't fight Egypt or Tunisia and they're not democracies. We don't fight because our economies are linked, and once we put Iran in a state of chaos (i.e. the Shock Doctrine) they will be forced to accept economic reforms to get aid, and low and behold our relations will start to improve. Though, of course, the repercussions of this strategy will undoubtedly be more adverse than we are willing to acknowledge.
This upcoming bombing campaign isn't about halting nuclear proliferation. It is about privatization of Iran's economy and bringing them under our aegis.
Mark these words...