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20 March 2007

Iran Attack In April? Richard Reports. You Decide ...

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Well, we don't know about you -- but now we are really worried.

Four days ago,
Badger (a bloke who doesn't bugger about), put up a particularly 'plot thickening' type of post on his 'Missing (Arab) Links' blog.

Here's a quick clip & paste but you should definitely read the full piece via the link above.

Arab paper says Gulf regimes taking imminent Iran-strike reports seriously

Al-Quds al-Arabi and Al-Hayat both give prominent play to a report in a Russian newspaper that said the US has past the point of no return for an attack on around 20 Iranian nuclear and military locations, scheduled for April 6 and code-named "Sting".

The report also said the plant the Russians are helping build (Bushehr) will be spared. Russia, for its part, has warned the Iranian authorities of the planned attack and ...
Today, Associated Press report this.

Russia reportedly exits Iran nuke site

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer -- 50
minutes ago

VIENNA, Austria - Russia is pulling out its experts from the Iranian nuclear reactor site they were helping build, U.S. and European officials said Tuesday.

The move reflected a growing rift between Iran' and Russia that could lead to harsher U.N. sanctions on the Islamic republic for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.

The representatives — a European diplomat and a U.S. official — said a large number of Russian technicians, engineers and other specialists have returned to Moscow in the past week, at about the same time senior Russian and Iranian officials tried unsuccessfully to resolve financial differences over the Bushehr nuclear reactor.

They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because their information was confidential.

"A good number of them have left recently," said the U.S. official, of the approximately 2,000 Russian workers on site of the nearly completed reactor outside the southern city of Bushehr.

The European diplomat, who is accredited to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency' said a large number had left as recently as last week.

Sergei Novikov, a spokesman for Rosatom, Russia's Federal ...

Read the rest of AP's Russian report.

The Russians are suddenly effing off out of Iran? And effing off, fast? For no other reason than a farting little financial fall-out ?

Oh, yeah.


Sure.

Can you say convenient timing?

Can you read between lines?

Can you say 'likely story'?


Can you manage simple maths?

Well, we're sticking with what we said at the start.

As of right now, we are really worried.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is gonna do it. This all ties in with what's been said by so many in the know lately, that it's going to be done by April.

I'm more than just 'worried' Brit - I'm scared - and I'm asahmed at the same time.

Thanks for this anyway.

11:08 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Anon, talking of those 'in the know' it's as plain as the nose of your face that Russia is 'in the know'.

Is there no end to this US insanity?

11:11 pm  
Anonymous albie said...

Makes sense to me Brit. This would knock EVERYTHING else out the headlines.

11:41 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Dumping the petro-dollar was one of the final nails in Saddam's coffin.

Now look at this. Bushcrew knew this would happen - they actually helped it happen - guess why?

Iran to Sell Oil in euros and other currencies

Global Research, March 17, 2007

Fars News Agency

Iran's Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh has said that the Islamic Republic will sell its oil in all currencies.

"Our oil sales will be in every currency," Dow Jones reported Hamaneh as saying on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

Iran has already said it will carry out all its oil-industry related equipment purchases in euros instead of dollars and previously said it has informed its oil buyers that they should pay Iran in euros for the crude oil they purchase.


Read more.

12:01 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

If Russia doesn't sent the uranium fuel to Iran then Bush can't say the radiation from his bombing comes from Iran's own reactor

3:00 am  
Blogger markfromireland said...

I very much fear you're right Richard, when not if.

On a personal note - things are a little hectic right now but I do read even if I don't get to comment near as often as your writing deserves.

Thanks for being here.

mfi

6:28 am  
Anonymous Charles said...

Richard and other commenters - I'm as worried as you. But what can the man in the street do? Protests don't work any moe..

10:18 am  
Blogger landsker said...

Perhaps one should also remember the Chinese.
China has quite a few deals with Iran, and this morning they announced that they have stopped buying foreign currencies.
In fact it is said that if the Chinese wished to destroy the american economy, they could do so in minutes.
It`s just a game.
One way or another, the yanks are going to consume themselves.
If and when cheney and bush give the orders to attack, it could be that the commanders in the gulf will refuse.
If they attack, odds are that the Iranians will take out several ships and several thousand sailors within a few hours.
Then the green zone will go up with a bang.
Then the shias and sunnis might forget their differences and slaughter every single one of the silly fuckwits still left in Iraq.
The Brits are not stupid, which is why the troops in Basra are guarding the airport.
It is just about the only thing they are guarding.

Naturally, if say ten or twenty thousand americans were to be killed in a few days, then there is every chance that there might be civil unrest, and economic turmoil back in the states.

Interesting times.

10:42 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

It seems to me that the Russians have had an early 'run for cover' warning from the US what's to come and when. Tbhney daren't kill loads of Russians ot that would be it!!! WW3.

But for one thing I can't see the Russians just ysaying 'okay boss, whatever you say then meekly 'retreating'.

And for another thing, when they did decided to 'comply' and 'cut and run' ~~ I'm sure they wanted something in return for their 'cooperation'. Putin is NOT the man simply to be 'chased' out of anywhere by the US ~~ not without getting something in retaun ~~ one way or the other.

2:16 pm  
Anonymous Tom V said...

No matter how much every cell in my body is against this looming war, I have to admit that the major pieces are in situ, so it is more-or-less a matter of decision.

General Ivashov mentioned in his article, the appearance of substantial concentration of support aircrafts such as airborne tankers and AWACS in Romania or Bulgaria (maybe Turkey?) as one telltale sign for an impending attack on Iran, if that happens.
My invention is to verify Israeli travel advisory for its citizens. Anyone have any information about these, or similar -seemingly mundane- things?

2:40 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

don't understand how anyone can have any doubt that Iran is going to be hit soon?

Everyone knows about the massive fleet[s] sent to the gulf - right?

Everyone knows Iran 's going to hit eventually - right?

Everyone knows that BushCo want to be the ones to do it - Right?

Then if they don't do it now, when the hell would they?

Leave it till all the massive airborne and seaborne forces that have been sent there {and still sit there} sail away from the area -- then some time later have to be senta all the way back again?

Pardon my French, but Bollix! Like hell they will.

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

April 6th. I wondered what day of the week that was. Sure enough, it's a friday. So Friday evening US time would be good I thought. Less likelyhood of impromptu demonstrations.

So I checked on my calender and let out an audible "Oh No". It's Good Friday. Just perfect from "their" perspective for lots of reasons.

Some pragmatic like everyone away on holidays (no demos), stock markets closed for a few days.

And some darkly spiritual.

Ever wonder where "Shock 'n Awe" comes from?
Shekinah.

Shekinah (or Sheckinah) is an Hebrew word meaning the presence and power of God made manifest but not in personal form. i.e. a demonstration of ultimate power.

Used in this context is it supremely blasphemous and I believe it is intentional as would unleashing war on Good Friday.

11:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom V, I don't know about Israel's foreign travel advice, but the Uk's Home & Forign Office is (still) not surprisingly advising against any travel to both Iran and Iraq.

12:56 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

I don't know what to say and I certainly don't know what to do about this ~~ well, nothing that's legal.

The lunatics are in charge of the asylum and there's nothing anyone's doing to try and wrest it back. Madness is the understatement of the last COUPLE OF centuries ~ at least.

1:02 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

ONE WEEK BEFORE APRIL

UK sailors captured at gunpoint

The sailors and marines are from HMS Cornwall

Fifteen British Navy personnel have been captured at gunpoint by Iranian forces, the Ministry of Defence says.

Link for more.

12:35 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

Er .... Britain's Bay of Tonkin?

2:15 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...

Richard,
There won't be an attack because the US does not have the emans to invade Iran and Israel is not ready for a war after its defeat in Lebanon. But the US can actually do worse. By prolonging its presence in Iraq and NATO presence in Afghanistan it is setting the stage for the increase of regional tensions, extremisms and sectarian conflict. Iran, feeling threatened both by the situation in the countries on its frontiers and by US and Israel's direct threats, will be contributing to these guerrillas. The main result will be more business for Halliburton and delay in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. the neocon and Bush politics in the ME has set an irreversible path of death and destruction. Chances for peace are now gone and the ME will not recover unless the alliance between Israel and the US changes dramatically.

The ME cannot wait for Bush to achieve anything because what he will achieve is only further destruction....

6:35 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Richard, Badger has unearthed the actual truth about this supposed planned attack on Iran expected to happen on April 6.

This was misinformation deliberately planted with the New York Times via a little known disreputable tiny Russian newspaper.

The first clue he said came from a comment by a reader who had just gotten a message from a friend in Russia. He said the source Russian newspaper was considered unreliable.

Sure 'nuff the information was completely false. Russia itself by then had refuted it with a full explanation of what it was doing with its staffing rotation at the nuclear site.

Iran's leaders used stronger language, saying it had caused internal panic and they had a bit to say about America using its propaganda expertise that works so well in the U.S. also trying to use it in the Middle East and around the world.

Russia got its response out in time to keep it out of most of the other American newspapers, fortunately.

For more about this -- See NYT misinformation in context dated Thursday, March 22.

4:21 pm  
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