Neo-Colonialism and "Preventive" War in the Middle East

by William Hardiker

A recent memo sent to the Bush administration from influential “think tank” institute PNAC (Project for a New American Century) stated “we believe the administration should demand that Iran and Syria immediately cease all military, financial and political support for Hezbollah and its operations. Should Iran and Syria refuse to comply; the administration should consider appropriate measures of retaliatory action against these known state sponsors of terrorism”. This comes on the heel of former chairman of another influential far right Washington Zionist lobby group, ‘The Defense Policy Institute’ and PNAC member Richard Perle’s call for congress to pass an “Iran liberation act”, as applied to Iraq in 1998. There is little doubt that Iran and Syria are numbers two and three on the Bush Neo-Con’s hit list of “rogue states” singled out for regime change. The only unknown is the manner in which the administration will affect policy that is without doubt ‘on the table ‘.

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