Iran Update (From Bad to Worse)
Truth and Liberty Blog | May 13, 2019
TLB has been monitoring the situation with Iran closely since late last week. This author had hoped that by now things would be beginning to blow over with cooler heads prevailing. The news as of late Tuesday evening however is not good – tensions have only been ratcheted up to the point that a follow-up to last Thursday’s story is now merited.
AP and The Daily Mail now report it was Iran that blew holes in ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates Sunday. All day the MSM reported only that two Saudi oil tankers had been sabotaged but this story confirms that Hal Turner’s initial report last night – that FOUR ships were involved – was indeed accurate.
UPDATE 4:06 PM EDT — UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Four merchant ships were subject to ‘sabotage operations’ within Emirati territorial waters. No casualties have been reported.”
Mr. Turner reports today that limpet mines – naval mines attached to a target by magnets – were placed on the ships and that 7-10 vessels may have been targeted. TLB is not at liberty to share the photos but this author has seen them and they appear consistent with this reporting.
Interestingly, Whitney Webb of Mint Press revealed this gem today:
Notably, the U.S., U.K. and France held a “mine warfare drill” in the Persian Gulf just last month and past Western media reports have characterized sea mines as “Iran’s favorite military asset.”
The fact that Saudi ships were targeted is significant as the Saudis will clearly come down on the side of the U.S., Israel, the U.K. and France, not that this was in doubt before.
TLB previously reported B-52 bombers and the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group had been deployed to the region and now The Jerusalem Post reveals that F35s, The USS Arlington, The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Patriot Missile systems are also dispatched to the region.
Paul Martin of Revolution Radio told Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show that he received a report of unprecedented levels of activity at a military installation in New Jersey.
And today Hal Turner reports:
HUNDREDS of M1A2 tanks on a train heading toward Port Hueneme, for transit out of the USA. The paint job on the tanks indicates the environment they will be operating in: Desert.
TLB believes it will likely be Israel that does the heavy lifting with Iran, at least initially. Tel Aviv may strike on multiple fronts including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Damascus, and nuclear facilities in Iran like the Bushehr’s reactor in the Western region of the country.
The U.S. may be positioning itself defensively to protect our assets in the region in the likely event of Iranian retaliation.
Iran for its part doesn’t seem too interested in de-escalating the situation if reports from Reuters are to be believed:
“An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now it is a target and the threats have switched to opportunities,” said Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division.
“If (the Americans) make a move, we will hit them in the head,” he added, according to ISNA.
TLB takes such quotations with a grain of salt but the important thing is that for the last several days the media have slowly been building the narrative and creating a case for war piecemeal.
There has been plenty of rhetoric and saber-rattling involving Iran in the past but the blatant pre-war propaganda that is on display now is truly unprecedented. With the Iranian Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) evidently falling apart Israel can now claim she has no other choice but to take action. (Was this the plan all along?)
Iran has been relentlessly vilified by the media for more than a decade as regional arch villains. Israel is threatened or at least that’s how the story goes. And President Trump with his Evangelical base is now Commander in Chief.
The globalists have been busy pitting Christians, Jews and Muslims off against each other and at this point a bloody clash of civilizations seems inevitable. In short the general public has grown weary of endless war and empire building but this sure looks like a perfect storm – a war that the public might actually accept and even applaud.
The West for the most part doesn’t want war with Islam but if it is going to be forced upon us by wicked globalists there are multitudes among us who are willing to fight. TLB is not supportive of this necessarily, but this is the reality of the situation.
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