China Confidential has learned that Zbigniew Brzezinski has persuaded US Senator and Presidential aspirant Barack Obama that bombing Iran would be a war crime and an impeachable offense.
Brzezinski, who is well known for his animosity toward Israel, may have also influenced Iran's so-called Supreme Leader to threaten President Bush with an international war crimes tribunal over the Iraq war. The threat by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is sure to resonate with radical Left elements in Europe and the US; demonstrations and mock trials modeled after the late Bertrand Russell's propagandistic mock trial of the US over Vietnam can be expected.
Sources say Obama believes Brzezinski, who was the National Security Advisor to President Carter from 1977 to 1981, has made a convincing case that an attack on Iran would be a unilateral, unconstitutional act of war because, in his view, the Islamist regime is several years away from having a nuclear arsenal and is not threatening the US. Bombing Iran without United Nations Security Council approval would make the US a rogue state, Brzezinski told Obama, and subject President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other US officials and military commanders to an international war crimes tribunal.
Meanwhile, Khamenei said on Friday that Bush had been defeated in the Middle East and would one day stand trial for "atrocities" committed in Iraq.
"I have a firm belief that one day this current US president and the American officials will be tried in a fair international court for the atrocities committed in Iraq," he said in a prayer sermon to mark the onset of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"They have to be held accountable. The United States cannot ignore its responsibility," Khamenei told worshippers, who punctuated his sermon with shouts of "Death to America".
"The situation will not remain like this. One day it was Hitler, then it was the turn of Saddam," he said.
Post Script: The reference to Hitler is intriguing and significant. Sensitive to international criticism caused by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's infamous denial of the Holocuast and embrace of neo-Nazi groups, the mullahocracy is making an effort to publicly differentiate between hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews, even to the point of allowing Iranian TV to broadccast a Holocaust-themed docudrama miniseries about an Iranian diplomat who saved Jews during the Second World War.