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Columnists Echo LaRouche's
'Guns of August' Warning...

July 25, 2007 (EIRNS)—The Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee issued the following release on July 25, 2007.

Two columns appearing in today's Washington Times reflect a partial awareness of the danger of an outbreak of war in the coming weeks, which Lyndon LaRouche has put most starkly in his "Guns of August" warning.

The first, by strategist Harlan Ullman, is entitled "July 1914 redux?" — referring to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungary Empire on June 28, 1914, and the mobilization and outbreak of war which quickly followed. Ullman reviews today's hot spots — Iraq and Iran (citing the reports that Cheney has won the fight within the Administration over taking out Iran's nuclear industry with a military strike), and also Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria — and he says "the possibility of at least one or more of these danger spots exploding is real," and any one of them "could detonate a regional explosion with potentially catastrophic consequences." He concludes by asking "if what we are seeing today may be eerily reminiscent of July 1914, but in slow motion."

A second column, by UPI international editor Claude Salhani, reports tentatively that all is quiet on the Middle Eastern front, but this may just be the proverbial calm before the storm. Salhani notes the rumblings of renewed violence between Israel and Syria, and the rumors of a coming U.S. attack on Iran. He points out that with a third U.S. carrier group headed for the Gulf, this places 300 fighter jets within striking distance of Iran. [LPAC has reported that by September, there will actually be four carrier groups in the Persian Gulf area]. Salhani also says that with Syria and Iran being bound by a mutual defense pact, an attack on Iran is likely to bring Syria into the fray.