By Sharmini Peries
SHARMINI PERIES On to discuss all of this with me today is Vijay Prashad. He’s the Director of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor of LeftWord Books. As always, good to have you here, Vijay.
VIJAY PRASHAD Thanks a lot.
SHARMINI PERIES All right. Vijay, explain these contradictory messages that are coming out of Washington about their war plans for Iran.
VIJAY PRASHAD It, I think, would be silly not to be very alarmed by what we’re hearing from Washington— the arrival of the USS Abraham Lincoln, the fighter group that is now sitting off the coast of Iran. I think it’s also alarming that the United States has asked its personnel to leave Iraq. I think this is something that people need to take very seriously, largely because Mr. Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, has made some very dangerous statements about Iran. There are provocations from the United States made against Iran, trying to egg Iran towards a conflict. So, one should not be sanguine about this. I think one has to take this very seriously. On the other hand, Sharmini, I think this is something that we need to also consider, unlike the US move to attack Iraq in…