Batshit Crazies

Apparently, last night the Americans came within an inch of attacking targets in Iran:

Donald Trump ‘cancelled Iran strikes with planes in the air’. Military operation reportedly called off, as Democrats warn US could ‘bumble into’ war

I say ‘apparently’ because these strikes were supposed to be in retaliation for a US spy drone that the Iranians shot down earlier in the day. Given the prominence that the presstitutes have given to these cancelled strikes it seems likely that the story is a face saving exercise for Trump & Co (ie, they never intended to take military action), and also to make them appear ‘reasonable’ (reasonable..? the people that Trump surrounds himself with should all be in straitjackets). Even without any military action from the Americans, Iran has already threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. This after the Americans unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal (known as the JCPOA) last year and increased the already mega economic sanctions, in an attempt to prevent Iran from exporting its oil. The recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman could well have been the work of the Iranians, to show that they’re serious about stopping the passage of tankers. Economic sanctions are just another form of warfare, and sanctions kill people just like a hot war does (the sanctions imposed in the run up to the invasion of Iraq, for instance, killed a huge number of people, including half a million children). From the noises coming out of Tehran over the last year it’s obvious that the Iranians have reached the end of their tether. American actions have cornered Iran, and we all know how dangerous a cornered animal can be.

So what would happen if the Iranians close the Strait of Hormuz and prevent tanker traffic in the Gulf of Oman? Well, 30% of the world’s tanker traffic passes through this region. Most analysts agree that if this traffic were stopped the price of oil would go through the roof, possibly reaching as much as $1000 a barrel (and if America starts a war with Iran in an attempt to keep the oil flowing the result would be the same). This would tank the American economy, which in turn would bring down the world banking system and lead to a global depression the like of which has never been seen before. It’s called playing with fire. The Americans must be aware of all this, but the problem is that Washington is stuffed full of batshit crazies…

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15 Responses to Batshit Crazies

  1. freddy says:

    Hi Rob, you may mean that crude will go to $100/barrel, not $1000.

    America has loads of Oil, they Frack it.

  2. freddy says:

    Rob at the moment Brent Crude is $65/ barrel

    It would be Amageddon, if it got to $1000/barrel.

    Incidentally
    The U.K.’s largest onshore gas field is thought to have been discovered at a drill site in East Yorkshire.

    West Newton A-2, a site operated by Rathlin Energy, is believed to hold at least 189 billion cubic feet of gas – the equivalent of 31 million barrels of oil.
    https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/business/west-newton-gas-field-uk-2986331

    Investment firm Reabold Resources also said the site could also be the largest hydrocarbon discovery in the country since 1973.

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      Freddy, that’s really interesting info you’ve given there.

      I’ve read through the Hull Online article and what they don’t seem to tell their readers is that this gas, if extracted, will be sold in US dollars, despite it being a British natural resource (North Sea oil – Brent Crude – is also sold in US dollars).

      It’s what all these idiotic wars are about: the dominance of the dollar, and in particular the petrodollar.

      When do you ever hear about the petrodollar in the MSM???

    • JOML says:

      Hi Freddy, I mentioned the East Yorkshire gas field to my friend in York and received a sarcastic response – “we’ll share it with the rest of the UK and not moan about it for the next 100 years!” My friend knows that I’ve always been a supporter of Scottish independence, hence his stereotypical response. What he doesn’t appreciate is that Scotland, and Yorkshire, will not reap the rewards of their local resources. Furthermore, my friend is from the Highlands of Scotland and so, despite being politically interested, he’s been blind all his life. He thinks this Yorkshire gas will benefit the working class of the UK (while ignoring global warming). As an aside, we shared a flat with a boy from Ayrshire in our early 80s student days and we caught up in York last year. The Ayrshire lad has worked in the nuclear industry (he dropped out of his catering course) . We hadn’t met for 20 years and our friend confided in us that, working in his industry, he felt he couldn’t have a child, as he felt the risks of something going wrong were too great. His father, having been in the same industry, had advised him. In essence, carbon fuels are bad but nuclear alternatives are unthinkable – as Fukushima illustrates.

  3. JOML says:

    Off thread, visited Sorrento in April and subsequently found this band on YouTube. I’d love to see them live but Google tells me they haven’t passed London on their UK visits….
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ogqBcK9ow&list=RDJ0ogqBcK9ow&start_radio=1

  4. freddy says:

    The Yankee War Machine has cyber attacked Iran.

  5. freddy says:

    U.S.A. President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

    Mr Trump said the additional sanctions were in response to the shooting down of a US drone and “many other things”.

    Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, was singled out because he was “ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime”.

    I should think it will be water off a ducks back to an Ayatollah

  6. freddy says:

    More French brutality

    The free techno party was organised as part of France’s Fête de la Musique (Music Day). The annual event encourages people to play music in public places every 21 June.

    Police intervened to end the Nantes party when it failed to end in the early hours of Saturday morning, saying the music “had exceeded the set time”.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48757450
    An inquiry has begun after French police broke up a group of revellers celebrating an annual music festival and a man aged 24 disappeared.

    Fourteen people were rescued from the River Loire after falling in during the police crackdown, witnesses say.

    Steve Maia Caniço was last seen in the early hours of Saturday and friends say he went missing when police intervened.

    Witnesses say police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to bring an end to a night of techno music.
    Footage was shared on social media showing police carrying batons and riot shields moving in on the bank of the Loire.

    Is Police Brutality the new normal for France?

  7. freddy says:

    French Economy going down the plug-hole
    France’s public auditor on Tuesday warned that the country’s debt level, which is hovering at close to 100 percent, was “worrying” and urged the government to “control” spending.
    France’s debt-to-GDP ratio is set to reach 98.9 percent this year, bucking the downward trend seen in most other eurozone countries after President Emmanuel Macron loosened the country’s purse strings to try end months of often violent “yellow vest” protests.
    https://www.france24.com/en/20190625-france-debt-level-worrying-government-auditor

    Blimey Rob, I had not known it was so dire in France.

  8. freddy says:

    BBC censored Boris’s insult to the French: Ex-Foreign Secretary branded nation ‘turds’ over Brexit in documentary but producers axed jibe amid diplomatic pressure
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html
    You’ve got to love his sense of humour

  9. freddy says:

    Mr Johnson’s critics will see the episode as further evidence of his unsuitability to be prime minister. His supporters may counter that his provocative remarks are part of his appeal.

    At his campaign launch a fortnight ago, Mr Johnson vowed to continue speaking his mind after he was challenged about such remarks.

    He said: ‘I will continue to speak as directly as I can.
    Two fingers to Emmanuel Macron, he is a little turd.

  10. freddy says:

    Skripal poisoning: Third Russian suspect commanded attack!
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48801205
    Apparently Mrs.Theresa May is at the G-20 telling Mr.Vlad Putin she knows Russia was to blame and she knows how they planned it.

    In February, Bellingcat published information identifying Denis Sergeyev as a man who travelled to London under the false identity of Sergei Fedotov.

    They also established details of his career and connection to his country’s military intelligence service, known by its Russian acronym, the GRU, and linked him to a 2015 suspected poisoning in Bulgaria.

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