- The War With Iran
By Douglas Herman
A Rense.com Exclusive 1-9-5
The war began as planned. The Israeli
pilots took off well before dawn and streaked across
Lebanon and northern Iraq, high above Kirkuk. Flying
US-made F-15 and F-16s, the Israelis separated over the
mountains of western Iran, the pilots gesturing a last
minute show of confidence in their mission, maintaining
Just before the sun rose over Tehran, moments before the
Muslim call to prayer, the missiles struck their targets.
While US Air Force AWACS planes circled
overhead--listening, watching, recording--heavy US
bombers followed minutes later. Bunker-busters and
mini-nukes fell on dozens of targets while Iranian
anti-aircraft missiles sped skyward.
The ironically named Bushehr nuclear power plant crumbled
to dust. Russian technicians and foreign nationals
scurried for safety. Most did not make it.
Targets in Saghand and Yazd, all of them carefully chosen
many months before by Pentagon planners, were destroyed.
The uranium enrichment facility in Natanz; a heavy water
plant and radioisotope facility in Arak; the Ardekan
Nuclear Fuel Unit; the Uranium Conversion Facility and
Nuclear Technology Center in Isfahan; were struck
simultaneously by USAF and Israeli bomber groups.
The Tehran Nuclear Research Center, the Tehran
Molybdenum, Iodine and Xenon Radioisotope Production
Facility, the Tehran Jabr Ibn Hayan Multipurpose
Laboratories, the Kalaye Electric Company in the Tehran
suburbs were destroyed.
Iranian fighter jets rose in scattered groups. At least
those Iranian fighter planes that had not been destroyed
on the ground by swift and systematic air strikes from US
and Israeli missiles. A few Iranian fighters even
launched missiles, downing the occasional attacker, but
American top guns quickly prevailed in the ensuing
The Iranian air force, like the Iranian navy, never
really knew what hit them. Like the slumbering US sailors
at Pearl Harbor, the pre-dawn, pre-emptive attack wiped
out fully half the Iranian defense forces in a matter of
By mid-morning, the second and third wave of US/Israeli
raiders screamed over the secondary targets. The only
problem now, the surprising effectiveness of the Iranian
missile defenses. The element of surprise lost, US and
Israeli warplanes began to fall from the skies in
considerable numbers to anti-aircraft fire.
At 7:35 AM, Tehran time, the first Iranian anti-ship
missile destroyed a Panamanian oil tanker, departing from
Kuwait and bound for Houston. Launched from an Iranian
fighter plane, the Exocet split the ship in half and set
the ship ablaze in the Strait of Hormuz. A second and
third tanker followed, black smoke billowing from the
broken ships before they blew up and sank. By 8:15 AM,
all ship traffic on the Persian Gulf had ceased.
US Navy ships, ordered earlier into the relative safety
of the Indian Ocean, south of their base in Bahrain,
launched counter strikes. Waves of US fighter planes
circled the burning wrecks in the bottleneck of Hormuz
but the Iranian fighters had fled.
At 9 AM, Eastern Standard Time, many hours into the war,
CNN reported a squadron of suicide Iranian fighter jets
attacking the US Navy fleet south of Bahrain. Embedded
reporters aboard the ships--sending live feeds directly
to a rapt audience of Americans just awakening--reported
all of the Iranian jets destroyed, but not before the
enemy planes launched dozens of Exocet and Sunburn
anti-ship missiles. A US aircraft carrier, cruiser and
two destroyers suffered direct hits. The cruiser blew up
and sank, killing 600 men. The aircraft carrier sank an
By mid-morning, every military base in Iran was partially
or wholly destroyed. Sirens blared and fires blazed from
hundreds of fires. Explosions rocked Tehran and the
electrical power failed. The Al Jazeerah news station in
Tehran took a direct hit from a satellite bomb, leveling
the entire block.
At 9:15 AM, Baghdad time, the first Iranian missile
struck the Green Zone. For the next thirty minutes a
torrent of missiles landed on GPS coordinates carefully
selected by Shiite militiamen with cell phones positioned
outside the Green Zone and other permanent US bases.
Although US and Israeli bomber pilots had destroyed 90%
of the Iranian missiles, enough Shahabs remained to fully
destroy the Green Zone, the Baghdad airport, and a US
Marine base. Thousands of unsuspecting US soldiers died
in the early morning barrage. Not surprisingly, CNN and
Fox withheld the great number of casualties from American
By 9:30 AM, gas stations on the US east coast began to
raise their prices. Slowly at first and then altogether
in a panic, the prices rose. $4 a gallon, and then $5 and
then $6, the prices skyrocketed. Worried motorists,
rushing from work, roared into the nearest gas station,
radios blaring the latest reports of the pre-emptive
attack on Iran. While fistfights broke out in gas
stations everywhere, the third Middle Eastern war had
In Washington DC, the spin began minutes after the first
missile struck its intended target. The punitive
strike--not really a war said the harried White House
spokesman--would further democracy and peace in the
Middle East. Media pundits mostly followed the party
line. By ridding Iran of weapons of mass destruction,
Donald Rumsfeld declared confidently on CNN, Iran might
follow in the footsteps of Iraq, and enjoy the hard won
fruits of freedom.
The president scheduled a speech at 2 PM. Gas prices rose
another two dollars before then. China and Japan
threatened to dump US dollars. Gold rose $120 an ounce.
The dollar plummeted against the Euro.
CNN reported violent, anti-American protests in Paris,
London, Rome, Berlin and Dublin. Fast food franchises
throughout Europe, carrying American corporate logos,
A violent coup toppled the pro-American Pakistan
president. On the New York Stock Exchange, prices fell in
a frenzy of trading--except for the major petroleum
producers. A single, Iranian Shahab missile struck Tel
Aviv, destroying an entire city block. Israel vowed
revenge, and threatened a nuclear strike on Tehran,
before a hastily called UN General Assembly in New York
City eased tensions.
An orange alert in New York City suddenly reddened to a
full-scale terror alarm when a package detonated on a
Manhattan subway. Mayor Bloomberg declared martial law.
Governor Pataki ordered the New York National Guard fully
mobilized, mobilizing what few national guardsmen
remained in the state.
President Bush looked shaken at 2 PM. The scroll below
the TV screen reported Persian Gulf nations halting
production of oil until the conflict could be resolved
peacefully. Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, announced
a freeze in oil deliveries to the US would begin
immediately. Tony Blair offered to mediate peace
negotiations, between the US and Israel and Iran, but was
By 6 PM, Eastern Standard Time, gas prices had stabilized
at just below $10 a gallon. A Citgo station in Texas,
near Fort Sam Houston Army base, was firebombed. No one
claimed responsibility. Terrorism was not ruled out.
At sunset, the call to prayer--in Tehran, Baghdad,
Islamabad, Ankara, Jerusalem, Jakarta, Riyadh--sounded
uncannily like the buzzing of enraged bees.
USAF veteran, Douglas Herman correctly predicted the
aftermath of the attack on Iraq in his column: Shock
& Awe Followed by Block-To-Block. A Rense
contributer, he is the author of The Guns of Dallas,
available at Amazon. com.