Thursday, December 1, 2011

Opening moves of a Middle East Armageddon? Finger tapping by "the hand of God."

A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise between the West and Tehran.

Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.

The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident".

The explosion at Iran's third-largest city came as satellite images emerged of the damage caused by one at a military base outside Tehran two weeks ago that killed about 30 members of the Revolutionary Guard, including General Hassan Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian missile defence program. . .

On Monday, Dan Meridor. the Israeli Intelligence Minister, said: "There are countries who impose economic sanctions and there are countries who act in other ways in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat."

Major-General Giora Eiland, Israel's former director of national security, told Israel's army radio that the Isfahan blast was no accident. "There aren't many coincidences, and when there are so many events there is probably some sort of guiding hand, though perhaps it's the hand of God," he said.

A former Israeli intelligence official cited at least two other explosions that have "successfully neutralised" Iranian bases associated with the Shahab-3, the medium-range missile that could be adapted to carry a nuclear warhead. "This is something everyone in the West wanted to see happen," he added.

Perhaps even Obama, who needs a good foreign policy crisis right about now. Even that seasoned foreign policy expert Donald Trump thinks so.

John Robb of Global Guerrillas comments:

What does this mean? A war with Iran would:

* Cause an immediate energy shock. Oil prices shooting through $200 + a barrel. Lost production from Iran, Iraq, and most of the monarchies. A potential loss of 6-10 m barrels a day?

* Global depression deepens. Prices over $150 cause immediate recessions. Higher than that, who knows? Usually, a slow down in economic activity reduces demand, however with peak oil (we hit the max the world could produce a couple of years ago) and lost production from the Middle East, that price could remain high even in the face of a deep, deep economic depression.

* Networked Resilient Communities. Nobody is going to save you. You need to prepare by building or moving to a resilient community that produces most of the energy and food it needs to survive.

Got militia?


John said...

Peak oil is a scam. Plain and simple sold to you by the same folks pushing carbon credits and the over population crisis. Google abiotic oil. Alot of the reason we buy oil from the middle east is the shipping interests want it that way. Not saying they Oil interests wouldn't love to use any crisis as an excuse to raise prices. Of course most 'crisis' are only an excuse to exert control.

Anonymous said...

As to the oil . . . .
We've been hitting the "peak oil" crisis every ten years for the past 50 years. "Peak oil" is a control freak/chicken little panic myth.
If American oil producers could shake Big Gubbment and the EnviroNazis off their backs, America could produce all the coal, oil & natural gas we need (and cheaply, too), and the rest of the world could worry about the Middle East OPEC.

Sounds like the "Hand of God" has a human agent helping on the side. Go Israel!!

B Woodman

Cederq said...

Got A deep, deep hole to go? Looks like it Mike, btw, and seems you are back and working again without the "script error message, was it the last post in line that dropped off that was causing the problem?

Cederq III
Kevin Cederquist

Pat H. said...

Israel is an international terrorist nation, a pariah, with which no honorable man would have dealings with.

Sean said...

South Carolina is an international terrorist state, a pariah, with which no man would have honorable dealings with. Aww, Pat, is that way too harsh? Then I'd change it to "Pat H. is a f-ing Nazi", but then, everyone already knows that. So, skip back to your little collection of gruppenfuerers, and tell them the "Final Solution" is postphoned again. Toodles!

Anonymous said...

John and BW are correct, peak oil is a scam. Between the OPEC oligarchy and the US severely limiting exploration and production, it's easy to control the supply, and thus the price. Stir in other nations that control their own oil production such as Venezuala, Russia and Mexico to name a few, really shores up control of the supply.

Israel and others had to do something as Iran is simply out of control. They are not fooling anyone claiming 'peaceful' purposes. If they wanted nukes for peaceful power, it would be easier and cheaper to simply buy the appropriate uranium pellets on the open market. Better to destroy them covertly than start another stinking war.

Bob Katt

Anonymous said...

Pat H: In my experience, when someone is holding a gun on you and telling you he/she is going to kill you, you have to options: Kill or be killed. Whether you like these guys or not, they are a sovereign nation and have a right not only to exist, but to defnd themselves.

rexxhead said...

What's Iran's best move if attacked by Israel?

A: Do nothing. Play the innocent bystander just trying to get a peaceful nuclear electric program started.

Within a month, Israel would be cut off from everyone except us, and we're almost at the point of being 'too broke to pay attention'. Within ten years, Israel would no longer exist.

As in 'War Games', here the only winning move is not to play.

Anonymous said...

Funny Pat, you just described Iran perfectly.

However, I would not describe the only true democracy in the MiddleEast and the chosen people of God as you did. Israel is surrounded by its enemies and has every right to defend itself. Remember, Iran has publicly declared it's intentions to destroy Israel by any means available to it.

I stand with Israel.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Sean.

Anonymous said...

You don't mess with them badd assed hebrews! Go Isreal!
What some folks fail to understand is that these are God's chosen people. Isreal will prevail, with or without US. One thing to keep in mind is the Lord blesses those that bless Isreal.
Dixie Dennis

W W Woodward said...

At the very least Israel has the good sense to shoot, shovel, and shut up accompanied with only subtle hints as to their involvement.


Anonymous said...

Israel does NOT have America's best interests in mind. Why are you fools defending it?

Sean said...

Anon 9:03, I may be a fool, but by attacking G*ds' people, I'd be a bigger one. America doesn't have Americas' best interest at heart. Israel has its' own interests at heart, to be sure, but they are not our enemies. Are they are friends? Do we act like one, consistently?