Fri Jun 21st, 2019 at 06:41:00 AM EST
Clock ticking towards a US-Iran military confrontration in the Persian Gulf region ...
○ Coping with Iran: Confrontation, Containment, or Engagement? | RAND - 2007 |
Is Trump willing to risk destroying a civilization existing thousands of years before the journey of Columbus and the discovery of the Americas in 1492 AD?
This event on the same day the USA named as a rogue state ...
○ US joins four rogue countries seen as likely forces for bad, poll finds | The Guardian |
I have been writing this for a number of years now! The election of Trump tipped the scale towards a force of evil ...
○ Donald Trump Decided to Strike Iranian Missile System, Then Changed His Mind | Newsweek |
More below the fold ...
Trump gave 'initial approval' for Iran strikes in response to drone attack | The Guardian |
Donald Trump reportedly gave initial approval for the military to launch strikes on Iran in retaliation for Tehran shooting down a US drone, before pulling back at the last minute.
Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the New York Times quoted an unnamed official as saying.
US military and diplomatic officials were expecting strikes on a handful of radar and missile sites after the president's top national security officials and congressional leaders gathered at the White House on Thursday night, the paper said.
It was not clear if strikes would go ahead at a later date.
One of the targets was the S-125 Neva/Pechora surface-to-air missile system, Newsweek quoted a Pentagon official as saying. It reported US believed the system was behind the US drone attack, although Tehran said it had used its "3rd Khordad" air defence system, the Iranian equivalent of the Russian Buk system that downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014.
Trump earlier appeared keen to calm tensions, saying the US Global Hawk drone might have been brought down by a "loose and stupid" Iranian officer without authorisation from Tehran.
"We didn't have a man or woman in the drone. It would have made a big, big difference," Trump said. Asked how the US would respond, he said: "You'll find out."
○ Iran's IRGC force shoots down intruding US spy drone
Iran sharply condemns 'provocative' US airspace violation, warns aggressors | PressTV - Iran |
Iran has sharply condemned the United States for violating the country's airspace by a spy drone, warning that the aggressors bear the responsibility for repercussions of such "provocative" moves.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Thursday reacted to the shooting down of a US surveillance drone flying over Iran's southern skies, voicing the country's "strong protest to such aggressive and provocative measures."
Tehran strongly warns against any "illegal and aggressive" violation of Iranian airspace and territory by any foreign intruder, he added, stressing that all the responsibility for such moves lies on the aggressors.
The statement came after Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had shot down an intruding American spy drone in the country's southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
It said the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region -- which sits in the central district of Jask County -- after the aircraft violated Iranian airspace.
As the world burns ... 28 heads of states of a dis-united Europe bickering about the top job in Brussels. Shame on all of you!
○ EU leaders remain at odds over top posts, call crisis summit | France24 |
The modern civilization in a digital world is not just too complicated for the individual, there is no leadership or state looking beyond the next "democratic" election. Could that be the reason there is a surge of autocratic states with a leading dictator?
○ How to Build an Autocracy
Related reading ...
○ "The Iranian Threat" Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace? by Noam Chomsky (2015)
○ Imminent: Trump's War In Persian Gulf Region by Oui @EuroTrib on May 15, 2019
Living longer than a few generations, a strong reminder of a U.S. Navy false flag attack leading up to the Vietnam War under President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Democrat ...
○ The Gulf of Tonkin provocation
○ Privatization, Human Sacrifice And The Architects Of War by BobHiggins @BooMan on March 12, 2007
○ From the Quiet Mutiny by Oui @BooMan on Aug. 5, 2017
○ G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 1 by Oui @EuroTrib on Jan. 25, 2018
Update [2019-6-21 13:29:33 by Oui]: Both Russia and China warn president Trump not to stir-up trouble with Iran …
Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran | AP News |
During the show, Putin warned the U.S. that an attack on Iran would have enormous consequences, adding it would trigger an escalation of hostilities across the region.
“It would be a catastrophe for the region as a minimum,” he said.
Tensions have been mounting recently over last week’s attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, assaults that Washington has blamed on Iran. Iran has denied the accusations.
Putin noted that Iran has abided by the terms of a landmark nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the accord, adding that he considers U.S. sanctions against Iran unfounded.
Asked if Russia could be willing to negotiate a “grand bargain” with the U.S. on Syria and other issues, Putin responded by saying that “we aren’t trading in our allies, our interests and our principles.”
He added, however, that it’s necessary to discuss regional issues with various players, including the United States.
Ahead of the attack on Iraq in March 2003 – an unlawful act by understanding of International Law – both Egypt’s leader Mubarak as the King of Saudi Arabia warned Bush Jr. the consequencies would be like opening Pandora’s Box. They both were correct. The Iraq War and the follow-up Arab Uprising in the MENA states causing over a million deaths, shifted allegiance in favor of Israel and was a direct cause of refugees crossing the Mediterraenian into Europe. This sealed the success of the seeds of Islamophobia sowed after the 9/11 attacks on America … a “Clash of Civilization”. All very predictable and well planned by the powers of the military and intelligence establishment. The wealth of right-wing donors did the rest to destroy democracies across the Western world. Such a shame … Brexit is a major success of the conservative movement. Europe needs someone or a few people to step up to the plate … leadership my friend.
Related reading …
○ Between Hostage Taking and Pandora’s Box by Oui @BooMan on Feb. 26, 2013
○ Turks and Sauds to Install Sunni Terror in Damascus, Syria by Oui @BooMan on May 9, 2015
○ China repeats its appeal to avoid opening ‘Pandora’s box’ and restates commitment to Iran nuclear deal