Who exactly is the destabilising force in the Middle East?

George Bush gave one of his less coherent, but nonetheless more disturbing speeches this week, and virtually declared war on Iran.

President Bush gave warning last night that Iran’s pursuit of the atomic bomb could lead to a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East, and promised to confront Tehran “before it is too late”.

What would a Bush speech be without baseless accusation, misleading talking points or outright lies?

“Iran’s pursuit of technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust. “Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere, and the United States is rallying friends and allies to isolate Iran’s regime to impose economic sanctions. We will confront this danger before it is too late.”

So in typical fashion, Bush’s recipe for a region already known for instability and violence is to create more of it. The last time I checked, it was the US that invaded Iraq, not Iran, yet according to Bush, it is Iran that is meddling in Iraq.

And he goes on:

“I will take all actions necessary to protect our troops,” he said. “I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s murderous activities.”

Translation: We are looking for any reason to escalate the hostility with Iran into a reason to bomb their country back to the stone age.

As for a taste of what Washington is planning for Iran, see for yourself what the disturbed minds in Bush’s administration are dreaming up.