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Now Do We Have Your Attention?

Consider:

In this public opinion survey carried out by TNS on behalf of EDAM, the Turkish public opinion was polled on the question of “In reaction to a possible threat from a nuclear armed Iran, should Turkey develop its own nuclear weapons or rely on NATO’s protection?”

8.2% The NATO security umbrella is sufficient. Turkey shouldn’t develop nuclear weapons

53.9% The NATO security umbrella is not sufficient to counter the threat of a nuclear Iran. Turkey should develop its own nuclear weapons.

34.8% Turkey should not develop nuclear weapons under any condition

3.0 No idea/no answer

I’m with the three percent. I can’t answer because I’m thinking “oh [bleep]” to myself. Not that Turkey having nukes is worse than Iran having nukes. But if Turkey wants nukes to counter Iran’s threat, that means two things: they don’t believe Iran’s “peaceful power program” any more than we do; and the Arab world wants nukes even more.

I think 100% of you would agree with my position.

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Bomb, Bomb, Bomb—Bomb, Bomb Iran

People don’t ask this often, but what if McCain had won?

Defense Minister Ehud Barak confirmed on Thursday Haaretz’s report that President Barack Obama recently received a new National Intelligence Estimate report on the Iranian nuclear program, which shares Israel’s view that Iran has made significant progress toward military nuclear capability, and said that the report has raised the urgency of the issue.

Speaking on Israel Radio on Thursday morning, Barak said that there is a U.S. intelligence report “being passed around senior offices,” and that, as far as Israel knows, this report has brought the U.S. position over Iran closer to the Israeli position, and made the issue more urgent.

Haaretz reported on Thursday that the National Intelligence Estimate report on Iran was supposed to have been submitted to Obama a few weeks ago, but it was revised to include new and alarming intelligence information about military components of Iran’s nuclear program. Haaretz has learned that the report’s conclusions are quite similar to those drawn by Israel’s intelligence community.

The NIE report contends that Iran has made surprising, notable progress in the research and development of key components of its military nuclear program.

I’m going to suggest that Iran has not made “notable progress” in its nuclear program in recent weeks and months. I just don’t think you undergo two computer virus attacks and a spate of “accidental” deaths of nuclear scientists and make a net gain in research. Rather, I think the NIE has slowly, very slowly, been extracting its head from its hindquarters on the issue—from what me worry to oh [bleep]!

If that’s too cynical for some of you, consider the other possibility: that politics has been driving the NIE reports rather than the other way around. The Obama administration would prefer to deal with Iran in its own way, in its own time. Israel doesn’t have that luxury.

Neither do the rest of us.

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Fool Me Six Times, Shame on Obama

Everyone’s got something to hide, ‘cept for me and my monkey:


Where’s that damn Domino’s guy?

North Korea vowed Sunday to go ahead with plans to launch a long-range rocket, rejecting criticism in the West that it would scuttle recent diplomacy.

North Korea said Friday that it would fire an observation satellite into space on a new rocket as part of celebrations next month of the 100th anniversary of late President Kim Il Sung’s birth.

The announcement came about two weeks after the North agreed to suspend long-range missile tests and make nuclear concessions in exchange for much-needed food aid from the United States. The agreement was seen as a promising step toward improved relations between the two wartime enemies.

The U.S., Japan, Britain and others have urged North Korea to cancel the planned launch, calling it a threat to diplomatic efforts and warning that it would violate a U.N. ban on nuclear and missile activity because the same rocket technology can be used for long-range missiles.

China, North Korea’s main political and economic ally, also expressed rare concern Saturday and called on all parties to exercise restraint.

On Sunday, the North’s official news agency dismissed the criticism, saying it denied North Korea the right to the peaceful use of space.

“It is a sinister and deliberate anti-peace action” by hostile forces, the Korean Central News Agency said in an editorial. It said North Korea remained determined to carry out its plans.

Besides, North Korea has nothing to hide:

North Korea will invite foreign space experts and journalists to witness the launch of a satellite that the United States and other nations see as a provocation, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

The apparent attempt at North Korean transparency comes amid a flurry of condemnations of its planned launch because it uses ballistic missile technology.

That’s right, everybody come. We’ll make a picnic out of it. Only, it’ll have to be a potluck. Until the food aid arrives, the only thing North Korea can offer is dog a la dirt. Or dirt a la dog if supplies run even shorter.

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Religion of Peaceful Nuclear Purposes

Look who’s speaking ill of the dead:

The wife of Martyr Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, who was assassinated by Mossad agents in Tehran in January, reiterated on Tuesday that her husband sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly.

“Mostafa’s ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel,” Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani told FNA on Tuesday.

Bolouri Kashani also underlined that her spouse loved any resistance figure in his life who was willing to fight the Zionist regime and supported the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Iran’s 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a chemistry professor and a deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was assassinated during the morning rush-hour in the capital early January. His driver was also killed in the terrorist attack.

I don’t know how much annihilating you can do running a power plant.

PS: I don’t know if anyone reminded the widow Kashani that as a martyr her late husband gets certain rewards she might resent.

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Where’s the Press on This Story?

A couple of carved rocks in the Iraqi antiquities museum go walkies for a few days, and the media reacts like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse just rode into town.

But an Egyptian nuclear power plant gets overrun by a bunch of Egyptian fanatics, and the stooges in the press can’t be bothered to pull their fingers from their noses and apply them to their laptops:

Egypt Independent reports on vandalizing, looting, and fighting at the nuclear power plant being built at El-Dabaa, a town in the desert to the west of Alexandria. The account draws on an unnamed source at the Ministry of Electricity and Energy who accused security authorities and the governor of North Sinai of “causing the disaster.” The official said the initial losses were around LE0.5 billion [= US$83 million]. He also accused a businessman and former member in the defunct National Democratic Party of being “behind the chaos,” but did not name the businessman allegedly involved.

The source said the meteorological station, ground water station and many of the offices had been attacked by “organized looters,” who took objects including computers, monitoring devices for earthquakes, furniture, cables and transformers.

To quote Joe Biden, they missed the big effing deal!

Radioactive material has been stolen from a nuclear power station on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast that was the site of violent protests last week, state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported on Thursday.

A safe containing radioactive material at the Dabaa nuclear power plant was seized while another safe containing radioactive material was broken open and part of its contents taken, the newspaper said.

The government has alerted security authorities and asked that specialised teams help in the search for the stolen material, al-Ahram reported.

More than a dozen people were wounded last week when military police tried to disperse hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the relocation of the Dabaa plant, which is still under construction.
Plant staff have refused to go to the site because of the deterioration in the security situation there, al-Ahram said.

Islamists are running riot in Egypt, and now they have radioactive material—what could go wrong?

And Obama said Mubarak had to go. Remind us why, President Doofus? Tell us why the Muslim Brotherhood serves American interests? Take that Greek column out of your behind and answer for this.

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Maybe it Was Just Another “Work Accident”

Karl Vick and Time Magazine doing what they always do to Israel:

Like three previous Iranian scientists ambushed on their morning commute, the latest nuclear expert to die on his way to work was a victim of Israel’s Mossad, Western intelligence sources tell TIME. Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an expert on a phase of uranium enrichment, perished on a Tehran street on Wednesday after an assassin in a passing motorcycle attached a magnetized explosive to the side of his Peugeot 405. “Yeah, one more,” a senior Israeli official said with a smile. “I don’t feel sad for him.”

Wednesday’s attack followed the pattern of previous operations planned by Mossad and carried out over the past two years by Iranians trained and paid by Israel’s spy agency, according to intelligence sources. The targets were chosen from the ranks of scientists seen as crucial to Iran’s nuclear effort — the country’s top physicist, Majid Shahriari, was killed by a magnetized bomb in October 2010 — then shadowed for weeks to determine their routines and points of vulnerability.

A year ago, Iranian television broadcast the confession of one alleged agent who described studying a scale model of the home of the scientist he helped assassinate by hiding a bomb on a motorcycle outside the front door. “It was the exact copy of the real one, even the size, material, its color, the tree next to it, its asphalt, the street curb, the bridge,” said Majid Jamali Fashi on the air. He said he viewed the model in Mossad’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, which he described in detail. Intelligence sources confirmed Fashi’s involvement in a Mossad cell that the sources claim was revealed to Iran by a third country.

The similarities among the attacks were not lost on Iranian authorities, who immediately blamed both Israel and the U.S. for Wednesday’s attack. “The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists and is the work of the Zionists,” Tehran’s Deputy Governor Safar Ali Baratlou was quoted as saying by the Fars News Agency.

Israel is officially silent on the incident. However, its top spokesman for the country’s military posted this on Facebook: “Don’t know who settled the score with the Iranian scientist, but for sure I am not shedding a tear.” The Obama Administration insisted it had nothing to do with the attack. “The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor declared. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her denial of U.S. involvement “categorical.”

Hey, maybe Israel is responsible. I hope she is. You can bet most of the Arab states hope she is. But I wouldn’t believe anything Time Magazine wrote about Israel.

You can pretty much tell who the worst of the bad guys in the Middle East are by how hostile they are to Israel: Saddam, Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah—Karl Vick.

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Once in a Lifetime Job Opportunity

Just yesterday, I noted how Obama’s chiefs of staff were like drummers in Spinal Tap: the spontaneously combust.

But so are Iranian “professors”!

A senior legislator blamed the Zionist regime’s hirelings in Iran for this morning’s terrorist attack on the life of an Iranian university professor and scientist, and said the method used in today’s assassination was similar to the previous attacks carried out against three other Iranian scientists.

Speaking to FNA on Wednesday, Vice-Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Kosari reiterated that the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a professor at Tehran’s technical university, was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani – who is now the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization – and his colleague Majid Shahriari. The latter was killed in the 2010 terrorist attack.

The culprit behind the terrorist attacks, Majid Jamali Fashi, confessed after he was arrested a few weeks later that he had received $120,000 from the Zionist regime to carry out the assassination and then returned to Iran.

Kosari condemned those behind the Wednesday terrorist attack, and said, “In this case the footprints of the Zionists and the world arrogance are seen too.”

Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, 32, had majored in chemistry at the Oil Industry University and was a deputy director for commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility.

The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 11, 2010.

He’s got a point. Those are pretty arrogant and Zionist footprints if I’ve ever seen any.

But don’t they have remote car starters in the Islamic Republic?

The explosion took place after a motorcyclist stuck a bomb on the side of the car, a Peugeot 405, in Ketabi square in eastern Tehran, this morning.

Oh. Well then, take the bus.

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Pop Goes the Persian!

Boy, if it weren’t for bad luck, Iran wouldn’t have any luck at all:

Seven people, including foreign nationals, were killed, and more than a dozen wounded in another blast in Iran, this time at a steel plant. It is not known if the factory has any connection with Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The explosion occurred Monday evening in the city of Yazd and comes after two previous blasts in the area of nuclear facilities. Yazd is located approximately 175 miles southeast of Isfahan, where an explosion severely damaged a uranium enrichment facility last month.

Iranian stage television reported that five people were found dead on the scene at the steel plant and that another two died after being rushed to hospitals.

The official reason for the explosion was the presence of water in steel furnaces.

I hate when that happens!

Iran needs its own OSHA. The Tehran Ummah Safety and Health Islamic Emirate…or, TUSHIE.

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Tehran, We Have a Problem

Looks like there won’t be any Iranian astronauts any time soon.

Oh hey, sorry about that:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

The huge explosion that destroyed a major missile-testing site near Tehran three weeks ago was a major setback for Iran’s most advanced long-range missile program, according to American and Israeli intelligence officials and missile technology experts.

In interviews, current and former officials said surveillance photos showed that the Iranian base was a central testing center for advanced solid-fuel missiles, an assessment backed by outside experts who have examined satellite photos showing that the base was almost completely leveled in the blast. Such missiles can be launched almost instantly, making them useful to Iran as a potential deterrent against pre-emptive attacks by Israel or the United States, and they are also better suited than older liquid-fuel designs for carrying warheads long distances.

It is still unclear what caused the explosion, with American officials saying they believe it was probably an accident, perhaps because of Iran’s inexperience with a volatile, dangerous technology. Iran declared it an accident, but subsequent discussions of the episode in the Iranian news media have referred to the chief of Iran’s missile program as one of the “martyrs” killed in the huge explosion. Some Iranian officials have talked of sabotage, but it is unclear whether that is based on evidence or surmise after several years in which Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated on Tehran’s streets, and a highly sophisticated computer worm has attacked its main uranium production facility.

Both American and Israeli officials, in discussing the explosion in recent days, showed little curiosity about its cause.

One small stumble for a mullah, one great belly flop for Shia.

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Huh…

A couple of days ago, I asked when an explosion is not an explosion.

The answer is becoming clear… as mud:

The explosion earlier this week that Iran said was at a uranium enrichment site actually damaged a nuclear plant and was far from accidental, The London Times reported Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted Israeli intelligence officials as saying that satellite photos revealed extensive damage from the explosion at Isfahan, near Tehran. The Israeli sources, so far unconfirmed, added that smoke was seen pouring out from a conversion plant and that it was clear that the blast was not accidental.

The government-controlled Fars News Agency had claimed that the explosion was caused by a military exercise, after having initially denied any incident took place.

Two week ago, an explosion at a military base that killed a top general and 16 others also resulted in extensive damage, according to published satellite images.

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security told The New York Times, “It was pretty amazing to see that the entire facility was destroyed. There were only a few buildings left standing.”

So, there was an explosion, the Persians now admit. And they took Aggie’s advice and termed it the military equivalent of an industrial accident.

I wonder if the mullahs are thinking what I’m thinking? That if explosions can happen at this or that military base, then they can happen anywhere. I mean, if they just happen, who knows where they’ll happen next?

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Grab Your MOP

Gosh, I wonder what they would use this for?

Pentagon officials are speaking publicly about the military’s new 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator, or MOP, known now as the biggest “bunker-busting bomb” in the world.

The Air Force has already received an undisclosed number of these bombs from Boeing, all designed to fit exclusively with the B-2 and B-52 bombers.

“It gives us a far greater capability to reach and destroy an enemy’s weapons of mass destruction that are located in well protected underground facilities… to a magnitude far greater than we have now,” Pentagon Spokesman Capt. John Kirby said at a briefing Wednesday.

I don’t quite know how to express the impact of the MOP, but according to Wikipedia, the terminal velocity of a bullet falling from a height is about 200 mph. That means, if my high school physics is correct, that the kinetic energy of the impact alone is 1/2 (30,000 x 200 x 200)—one-half the product of the mass and the velocity squared—or 1,200,000,000 whatchamacallits. That’s a lot of impact.

And they happen to mention it now?

But, strangely, Kirby denied these bombs are designed to target Iran, the only country known to have buried its nuclear weapons program.

“The system is not aimed at any one country, it’s to develop a capability we believe we need,” Kirby said. That remark was met by audible groans and various comments of disbelief from the Pentagon press corps.

It has been widely reported that Iran has buried it’s nuclear weapon production facilities at least 90 meters underground at locations in Natanz and Qom.

Qom-bye-bye, my Lord,
Qom-bye-bye…

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There’s a Zionist Behind You!

Look out!

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad laid blame for the untimely deaths of top Iranian nuclear scientists directly at Israel’s doorstep Sunday. Ahmadinejad said after the death of a scientist last year that the killers had used “Zionist methods” but the latest statement, accusing Israel of “conducting terror against our nuclear scientists,” named Israel more explicitly.

What are “Zionist methods” of killing? Assault with cream cheese? Forced feeding of chicken fat?

There is another possible theory behind his untimely demise:

At the time, the BBC cited British academics who described Mohammadi as an expert in quantum physics, a branch of physics that makes it very unlikely he was involved in nuclear research. The reformist movement in Iran, meanwhile, said that Mohammadi had supported their presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in last year’s election, raising the possibility that the assassination was an internal Iranian poilitical hit job.

Fingering Jews for the crimes you’ve committed yourself! It’s a microcosm of Arab/Muslim behavior since forever!

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