On May 28th, the Asia Times carried an article (Bush 'plans Iran air strike by August') by Muhammad Cohen, claiming US President Bush intends to bomb Iran "by August".
The air attacks would be directed at the headquarters of the elite "Quds force" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The Quds Force stated mission is to spread Iran's revolution of 1979 throughout the region. It is claimed Quds has been assisting the Iraqi insurgency.
The report claims that two US Senators who have been briefed on the mission will be making their opposition to it public in the near future.
There is no way to tell whether this is true until we see corroboration from the two so far anonymous senators or someone else in the know.
Certainly, the Bush Administration rhetoric against Iran has been heating up over recent months and the organisation named in this report was last year designated by the US Senate as a terrorist organisation. It is unusual for a part of a country's military to be designated as a banned terrorist organisation.
There does appear to be reason for concern. There is already a campaign underway to put political pressure on the White House to abandon any such plans. The consequences of any such attack are incalculable. In my opinion, the Bush Administration has a record of consistently underestimating the negative consequences of it's actions. I hope this won't be yet another example.
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