Like most rumors, the latest from Russia, will no doubt pass without incident. On the other hand, there are specific details and events suggesting that this time, perhaps, things will be different. If correct, the bombing of Iran will begin no later than this coming Sunday, April 6, 2008. That day will mark the beginning of the end.
Exactly how the rumor started is unknown. The Russians, contrary to popular opinion, enjoy a greater freedom of information than that offered by the vaunted American so-called free press - which is anything but. The absolute control of our mainstream media, in fact, insures that Americans are among the most uninformed and misinformed people in the world.
Regarding Iran, you are no doubt aware that Admiral William Fallon, the last real commanding officer to stand up to Bush, was recently fired. Bush can now count on the sycophantic approval of General David Petraeus and others of similar ilk to approve any deranged plans that come to mind.
Those plans include the destruction of Iran's nuclear, governmental and all military facilities. Civilian collateral damage is expected to be incredible but, as usual, of little concern to the warmongers in Washington.
What lends more than a little credence to this latest of cataclysmic rumors are Russian military reports indicating greatly increased U. S. military activity near the Iranian borders. That, and a new U. S. carrier group enroute to the area.
We are also sending Patriot anti-missle systems to the area - and for the first time since our invasion of Iraq in March, 2003, our Navy has achieved the same numerical presence in the Persian Gulf.
I firmly believe that we'll be at war with Iran, if not by April 6th, then certainly sometime prior to the expiration of Bush's term. I think that specific dates of impending doom are floated, more often than not, as trial baloons meant to gauge public reaction.
So forget April 6 for now. We'll be at war, or not, and there's not much you can do about it, or about the devastating effects of Iran's expected retaliation. I won't even mention the most obvious or the most likely. The most likely is the end of superpower Amerika - which, incidentally, is well under way, war or no war.
Consider just a few current events which have a direct and deadly bearing on your life. Consider, for example, the prices of oil and gas. So what if gas goes up, you say. What's another buck or two? It's the thousand dollar cost in diesel fuel for truckers to load up their rigs, to deliver food to your local supermarket.
That cost is already causing a slowdown. It will soon put independent truckers out of business. Food prices are rising. Some foods will soon be rationed. Without remedial action, supermarket shelves will be empty and food riots will begin. When that happens, an agreement signed on Feb. 14 in Texas will go into effect.
This is a bilateral Civil Assistance Plan between the military forces of the United States and Canada that allows the military from each nation to support the military of the other during times of civil emergencies. Canadian troops would patrol American cities during times of civil unrest, and provide assistance to US Police in rounding up hungry, violent masses of Americans for arrest and incarceration.
One soldier just back from Iraq says that U. S. troops are being trained to confiscate guns and shoot American citizens, including members of their own families, as part of impending Martial Law.
Recent estimates project Canadian armed forces in our cities as early as this summer. Food shortages being reported worldwide are expected to cause food riots in American cities at that time.
Your life might depend on the prices of oil and gas. And while you're at it, maybe it wouldn't hurt to urge your Congress Critter to publicly investigate why our mainstream media has the powers of complete censorship and absolute control over what the American sheeple are allowed to know - about this, and many other subjects.
But maybe it's all a wild April Fools Day exaggeration. While you're driving to work, keeping an eye on the gas gauge and slowing down for unmarked patrol cars, and keeping your eyes peeled for Canadian tanks - you remember the subprime mortgage on your home. And April Fools Day is over.
We've seen some of the pictures on TV. Homes foreclosed. Furniture and personal possessions dumped unceremoniously on lawns. And there are 2 million plus homes to go! American dreams shattered on the altars of greed, big oil and proxy wars for Israel.
Some homeowners are returning their keys and walking away - devastated by thoughts of their continued obligation to repay their extorted mortgage payments, whether in ownership of their homes or not. Wondering how they'll survive without shelter or income. Contemplating a new lifestyle in a homeless shelter or in a cardboard box under a bridge.
Some are trashing their homes before they walk away. An increasing numbers do they need? (Welcome to Wal-Mart. How I can help you?")
No other jobs left. Put your money in silver or gold or weapons of self defense. A good shotgun might come in handy. Or find a good MRE supplier - Meals Ready to Eat. I hear they're quite tasty now. Think survival.
If you're in the stock market, get out. Especially, get out of dollars. The American Dollar has begun its final slide to oblivion. Its value, sometime this year, should be close to zero. You might want to stock up on Chinese Renminbis, especially if you plan continued Wal-Mart purchases. And a nice stack of Euros would certainly help. Even now, countries all over the world are demanding payment in just about anything except the American dollar.
Another sign of the Good Times going Bye Bye is the Congressional Budget Office's projection that, as of the fiscal year beginning in October, 28 million US citizens will be using foodstamps to buy essential food. A new symbol of poverty and obvious, disgraceful reminder that the richest country in the world is facing financial ruin.
Maybe we should hasten that day by starting another war in the Mid East. After all, Afghanistan and Iraq are costing us only 12 billion dollars a month. That's 12 billion dollars. Every month. I'm sure we could find a few more bucks by cutting back on benefits to wounded servicemen. By eliminating wasteful school programs or health benefits for disadvantaged kids, or repairing deteriorating infrastructure - or any number of other non-essentials.
Here's another little item of interest you might want to consider as you attempt to economize and survive the meltdown and destruction of almost everything. That used car you might be considering buying now comes with a catch. An unbelievable, Police State loss of freedom catch designed to manipulate and control another aspect of your life.
It's icing on the cake. Thought you lost everything? Here's something you could lose, on top of everything else. It's like visiting a loan shark, knowing you'll have 2 broken legs when you miss your promised payment. It's legitimized crime.
An estimated 7 million subprime used car borrowers are discovering a little box under their dashboards that forces them to make their payments on time. A light flashes and a beeper goes off when payment is due, usually every 2 weeks. When payment is made, the customer receives a six-digit code number to reset the box.
If payment is not made - for whatever reason - the vehicle won't start and a Repo man is notified. A recent innovation is connecting the device to a global positioning unit. The car automatically shuts off and a message goes out to the lender with its exact location - making repossession easier.
Can you picture the driver of such a car, who has just lost his home to foreclosure - who has just lost his job due to outsourcing - who has used up his allotment of food stamps - who is looking for a warm place to spend the night - any place - wondering about his prospects, his future, his next meal - when suddenly his car stops. Lights on his dashboard begin to blink. A buzzer goes off. Again and again and again. How does he feel? What does he do?
Can you spell Road Rage? That doesn't begin to describe it. I know what I'd like to do if I found myself in that situation. And if I was the predatory finance company manager who made such loans, I think an investment in a good Kevlar vest would be mandatory.
But, of course, things could be worse. Really? Newsflash: Your government is your enemy. As Kris Kristofferson used to say, Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. How much more are you prepared to lose? You are about to experience freedom - Kristofferson's version. Go back and reread Orwell's 1984. You might find yourself - and your chosen future.
Getting back to the impending war with Iran, here are a few more tidbits suggesting its actual possibility.
Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz reporting on Dick Cheney's March 22 visit, said they were preparing to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the Kingdom following warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.
Vladimir Putin received an interesting presentation at the NATO summit in Romania this week. The Russians were advised to remain neutral in the scheduled attack against Iran's nuclear facilities. As usual, American “diplomacy" consisted of bribes and threats.
NATO would reject Ukraine and Georgia's memberships, and planning for a US Missle Shield in the Czech Republic and Poland would be terminated.
On the threat side, the Russians could expect American and European banks to deliberately collapse the Western banking system and the US Dollar - which would create the loss of almost $800 billion of Russian foreign reserves.
It will be interesting to examine the Russian response - especially in light of their recently published statement to the effect that an attack on Iran would be considered an attack on Russia.
Perhaps we should put our hopes in the statement last November by Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of Russia's general staff, that Russia is not “obliged to defend the world from the evil Americans. "
What Russia will do - or China - is anyone's guess. Both are heavily invested in Iran. Saudi Arabia has ordered its people to prepare for nuclear war. Israel is also preparing and has scheduled a national emergency drill.
The Russians also report that Israel is planning a simultaneous strike against Syria, which has raised its security alert and is preparing for imminent invasion. The Israeli strike against Syria will include another attack on Hisbullah, which has now rearmed with better, longer range missles, and is more than prepared to teach the brave Israelis another lesson.
What happens, happens. We'll find out soon enough. Maybe too soon. Maybe we should put all our hopes in one of the presidential candidates. Pick a warmonger of your choice. Then again, as usual, we don't really have a choice. Do we? We had one. Ron Paul. We could have had it all. Instead, we choose destruction.
At this point, we can only hope that events will lead to war crime trials for Bush, Cheney and the whole republican administration. The International Red Cross has acquired a mountain of evidence in expectation of same. We desperately need another Nuremberg. To properly fix the blame and responsibility and to bring some semblance of justice to the horrors and evil perpetuated in our name.
Someone has to pay a price. If an indifferent American public can't be made to see that, then we will all pay a price - every last one of us. We are no different in any way from the 1930's Germans who accepted Hitler's every lie. Now we have our own version, bent on conquering the world - and if we can accept his lies, we share the guilt and the blame.
Be prepared also to accept the justified retribution of an entire world - and beyond that, a divine retribution from which none of us will escape.
There's still a little time. Still a little hope. Try to remember the good times. They may be worth recapturing after all.
Otto King is a freelance writer, humorist and philosopher. His website 1984 News offers Real News from alternative and global sources, and chronicles our transformation into the totalitarian world of Orwell's 1984.