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US-Israeli Cyber-Attacks Against Iran Continue With Assault On Internet – OpEd

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Reuters reports that foreign cyber-attacks have decimated internet traffic within Iran.  My own Israeli source tells me that these were mounted by a joint Israeli-U.S. cyberwar operation designed to ratchet up pressure on the country in combination with the ongoing currency crisis which is rendering the rial almost worthless.  This is a continuation of a joint cyber-terror campaign both countries have collaborated on going all the way back to 2006 according to the latest findings from Kaspersky Labs.  That project has brought the world the wonders of Stuxnet, Flame and Duqu, something akin to the contributions of the ancient library of Alexandria, the great Arab and Greek mathematicians, and the wonders of the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.  What a legacy we’re preparing for our children and grandchildren and future generations!

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If you consider that the manipulation of Iran’s currency crisis itself could be a further act of deliberate U.S. financial sabotage, then you have an incredibly alarming picture of the Obama administration subverting an entire nation, its infrastructure and the lives of its citizens.  The financial crisis alone should soon start killing vulnerable Iranian children and the elderly who won’t be able to purchase basic necessities of life.

Iranian officials themselves have conceded that the cyber-attacks are designed to damage systems contributing to the nuclear program and national defense:

“All of these attacks have been organized. And they have in mind the country’s nuclear, oil, and information networks.”

I’ve also noted apparent Iranian revenge attacks on major U.S. banking institutions which have brought down their websites and impeded online banking services.  Where does this dangerous game of cyber-chicken end?  Do we really have faith that our president knows where to place these limits?  The same guy who’s murdered teenage American citizens with drone assaults?  And killed 2,000 Muslims all told through such anti-terror operations?

This goes beyond Iran.  Obama’s policies, whether intentional or not, seem designed to make an enemy of much of the Muslim world.  And for what?

Our president also forgets that two can play this game.  Iran just announced it had developed a drone with a 2,000-km range, more than enough to reach Israel.  It is beefing up its own cyber-terror capabilities in an attempt to match those of Israel and the U.S.  It may be seeking to open new terror fronts against Israel via the Sinai.  This threatens to take us back to the Cold War, in which each side raced to develop ever more frightening and destructive weapons systems to outdo the other.  Who does this benefit?  Sure as hell not the average Joe on either side.

You know who it will benefit?  The defense contractors.  They’re already lining up at the trough slobbering at the prospect of all those R&D billions flooding into the military marketplace.  They in turn will funnel millions back into the coffers of the Democrats who budgeted this funding.  It’s ugly, a vicious circle impossible to break.  Until there is a catastrophe.  Until Israel attacks Iran and kills 50,000 or so, turning Isfahan into a gas chamber and other nuclear sites into Chernobyls (more on this study in a subsequent post).  Then perhaps the conscience of the world will be moved.  Perhaps.

This article appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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