Experts: Iran would unleash terror if U.S. strikes / Groups backed by Tehran more lethal than al-Qaida, officials say, by Dana Priest, Washington Post [2006 April 2]
“Bush says he is pursuing a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but he has added that all options are on the table for stopping Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.”
Too Valuable to Burn, by by Stephen E. Fleischman in CommonDreams.org [2005 November 29]
[What ever happened to the “friendly atom”? Iran claims to be going nuclear to meet energy needs. Iran has lots of sun and sand. Has Bush considered offering sand-to-silicon, clean, non-radioactive solar energy technology (which earned Einstein the Nobel Prize and was reduced to practice by Bell Labs) instead of nuclear power? Ed.]
"The Shah of Iran, America’s puppet monarch in the good old days before the Iranian revolution of 1979, is reputed to have said, 'Oil is too valuable to burn'..."
An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Iran, by Jacob G. Hornberger [2005 January 31]
"When Iranians took U.S. officials hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, Americans were mystified and angry, not being able to comprehend how Iranians could be so hateful toward U.S. officials, especially since the U.S. government had been so supportive of the shah of Iran for some 25 years. What the American people failed to realize is that the deep anger and hatred that the Iranian people had in 1979 against the U.S. government was rooted in a horrible, anti-democratic act that the U.S. government committed in 1953. That was the year the CIA secretly and surreptitiously ousted the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, a man named Mohammad Mossadegh, from power, followed by the U.S. government’s ardent support of the shah of Iran’s dictatorship for the next 25 years."
The Real Reasons Why Iran is the Next Target: The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker by William Clark [2004 October 27]
"The Iranians are about to commit an "offense" far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq’s oil exports in the fall of 2000. Numerous articles have revealed Pentagon planning for operations against Iran as early as 2005. While the publicly stated reasons will be over Iran's nuclear ambitions, there are unspoken macroeconomic drivers explaining the Real Reasons regarding the 2nd stage of petrodollar warfare - Iran's upcoming euro-based oil Bourse."