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A tangled web

Dear Editor,Recent events point to an imminent US attack on Iran … Government and media propaganda on how Iran constitutes a threat to America and Israel is increasing. The U.S. Navy recently conducted its largest show of force in the Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, with 15 ships, 125 aircraft and 13,000 sailors taking part in an exercise within a few dozen miles of Iran’s coast. The US is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region. There is buzz on the Internet about “Operation Bite.”International diplomatic exchanges have been carried out for securing areas of military cooperation and/or support for a U.S.-Israeli led military operation directed against Iran. Israel has recently taken delivery from the U.S. of some 5,000 “smart” air launched weapons. The munitions are said to be more than adequate to address the full range of Iranian targets.Tehran has confirmed that it will retaliate if attacked, in the form of ballistic missile strikes directed against Israel. They could also target U.S. military facilities in other Persian Gulf countries, which would lead to an all out war throughout the Middle East.But it’s not all bad. Sensing an impending U.S. war with Iran, members of the Gulf States recently went on a weapons buying binge, signing contracts with defense contractors including Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing, who expect to rake in sales that will surpass $2 billion. About a quarter of the world’s oil comes through the Straits of Hormuz and any military conflict would severely disrupt those supplies, which would produce an immediate price spike, increasing the profits of the world’s oil companies. And then there’s Halliburton …Sue GrayCarbondale

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