Swift destruction?

EU Announces Channel To Circumvent SWIFT

And Iran Sanctions Is Now Operational


The “bankers” will not be best pleased, Trump and his backers are not pleased. One headline prefaces with “Trump to unleash Hell on Europe” (which is of course exaggerated).  Iran now has a means to circumvent sanctions.  Is this a case of Mahershalalhashbaz (LOL)…… SWIFT is booty, speedy is prey  (Isa 8.3). The EU is still trying to broker peace. What is wrong with them?  Did they not get the war memo?  Perhaps they don’t want another 2 million Middle East refugees.  Spoilsports.  It all helps diversity.


Fill your Gas tank

Transport of Petroleum Products
Transport of Petroleum Products












Seems like Saudi Arabia will not be able to continue supply when war starts.

Even with their alternative pipeline there will not be enough to go around.

What a pity that the coup in Venezuela failed.

The Oil Crisis Saudi Arabia Can’t Solve


Moron sends aircraft to Qatar


Arrival of fighter jets in Qatar
Arrival of fighter jets in Qatar




















(P.S. Moron is the name of the Spanish US base it means something like “hillock” (or perhaps pillock?))

A Dozen U.S. F-22 Raptor Stealth Jets Make Their Return To The Persian Gulf Region





Preparation for War?

Countdown to war

2019 Could Be The Year That A War With Iran Changes Everything, And 2 Key Deadlines Loom Within The Next 2 Weeks


Preparation for War?: Israel, US and UK Conduct First joint F-35 drills over Mediterranean
US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons refuel behind a KC-135 Stratotanker (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel). Israeli F-35 fighter jets participated this week in an international exercise alongside F-35s from the United States and United Kingdom, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Wednesday.












A First: Arab Country Asks Israel for Peace Without Even Losing a War to them

The foreign minister of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa said that his country recognizes Israel’s right to exist, knows that it is “there to stay,” and wants peace with it reports The Times of Israel.

Bahrain FM to Times of Israel: Israel is here to stay, and we want peace with it Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa says Manama conference could be ‘gamechanger’ like Israel-Egypt Camp David Accords; urges Israeli leaders to ‘talk to us’ about Arab Peace Initiative





Trump retarded

Name Calling

Diplomatic negotiations have moved into the delicate phase of name calling. Trump has been called retarded and mental and Iran has been threatened with obliteration.  I wonder where the Iranians got the idea from?








The clock on regime change is ticking


The clock is ticking
The clock is ticking













Iranian President calls White House ‘mentally retarded’


The Big Picture

In order to understand the big picture you need to select the link below the thumbnail to get the “big” map.

Shia distribution select link to enlarge
Shia distribution select link to enlarge










If we are going to descend to the level of the “playground” then let us use the analogy. We have a big playground with two gangs. One gang calls themselves Shia and the other gang calls themselves Sunni.  They both want to be in charge of the playground.  We have a smaller kid who has pushed into the playground and has a special relationship with the headmaster (who some consider retarded).  The small kid was often bullied when he was younger. He cries a lot and was forced to move away because he was naughty but now he wants his spot in the playground back. The small kid who has claimed a part of the playground has kicked out another  kid and won’t let him play marbles in the corner anymore.   Some consider the small kid a bully always running to the headmaster (who he has some kind of hold over) and telling tales.  Suffice to say the small kid and the headmaster had a good idea.  What if they suck up to the Sunni gang?  If they can get the Sunni gang to ignore the kid who wants to play marbles in the corner then the Sunni gang together with the retarded headmaster and the crying kid can beat up the Shia gang and have the playground to themselves.   And they lived happily ever after (NOT).  Because bad actors like that always end up slapping, pinching and pulling each others hair.  And the chief  of the board of governors is coming to inspect the playground and the school.  And he will kick the backside of that retarded headmaster, the small crying kid and all the gangs until they say that they are sorry.  He did the same thing to the naughty cry baby a long time ago and the kid is still not sorry:

"When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, 
what will he do unto those husbandmen?
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those
wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other
husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits
in their seasons" (Matthew 21:40-41 ).

Are ye not entertained?






It is very difficult to get up-to-date maps with the ever changing sands of the Middle East

Here is an excellent map put together by a university (from 2011):


Here is an important article with maps from 2017 describing the Shia/Sunni struggle (good read):

Medieval Times in the Modern Middle East

By George Friedman and Kamran Bokhari

June 26, 2017





Peace Deal: Show me the money

Money for peace?



Kushner unveils economic part of ‘deal of the century’ Middle East peace plan
US scheme bids to create 1m new jobs for Palestinians
Workshop in Bahrain held amid widespread scepticism

Trump to unveil long-awaited peace plan at summit Israelis and Palestinians will not attend
At the helm is Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who will present a 96-page document that outlines a $50bn plan to “jumpstart” the ailing Palestinian economy.

What’s Wrong With Palestinian Surrender?
Knowing when to give up is often the first step to making peace.

Palestinians not to attend U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain (CGTN)
Palestinian Officials Vow to Boycott Bahrain Summit (i24 News)
Palestinian President Abbas speaks on $50 billion economic plan (Daily Mail)
Dr Saeb Erakat Palestinian negotiator twitter






Trump throws Bolton under the bus?

Trump Unleashes On Uber-Hawk Bolton: We’d Be Fighting “The Whole World At One Time”



Iran shows Constraint

Insider-Account: How Iran Decided To Down A US Drone & Avert War By Sparing A Spy Plane

Authored by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media



A US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane. Image source: Defense News/US Navy
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane. Image source: Defense News/US Navy












Iran Air Defense System
Iran Air Defense System










Bloodthirsty rant

Funny video showing cognitive dissonance

Hannity goes ballistic with epic rant; would love to be up to his elbows in blood and guts.

Why don’t they send people like this to the front-line where they belong?

Hannity meltdown exposes thirst for war with Iran. Tucker is voice of reason






Cyber War with Iran

Cyber War with Iran




Lindsey Graham Says Israel Will Attack Iran, And The U.S. Will Follow

Tucker: US came within minutes of war with Iran

US launched retaliatory strike against Iranian military computers, as cyber war escalates


Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare



$100 million worth of drone

Iran Shows Restraint

Iran Says “It refrained” from shooting down US spy plane that accompanied the drone and had 35 military personnel on board.

$100 million worth of damage

Drone remains
Drone remains















This is what a $100 million worth of drone (Q-4A Global Hawk) looks like
picture from Iranian News Web site.

If I were a US citizen I would prefer spending $100 million of tax payers money cleaning up the homelessness and the human feces problem in US cities.


Welcome to San Fran
Welcome to San Fran





















Third world country?
Third world country?

Big Mistake

Big Mistake

Trump says that Iran made a big mistake.  In this video Trump strikes a conciliatory tone and offers the opinion that the incident may not have the support of the Iranian government but might be down to an over enthusiastic IRG  (terrorist organization?) soldier.  Trump adds that it is lucky that the drone was unmanned (aren’t they always?) so no loss of life.


It seems then that Trump is less inclined towards war than Pompeo or Bolton. Perhaps Trump remembers the promises he made to voters or perhaps he remembers his previous tweets?


















Disputed Location

The location of the drone crash site has become clearer:


UAV shoot-down location 0
UAV shoot-down location 0











Ooops!    Big Mistake.   That is not the drone crash site but the site where the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane in 1988 (AR Flight 655) that was definitely “manned” (including 66 children). Bush senior publicly stated that America would not apologize and Bush gave the Medal of Honour to the captain of the Navy Vessel.   Perhaps the Iranians should hand a medal to the drone shooter and blow a big raspberry at the US.  The only one making Big Mistakes here is the US. Here is the crash (and launch) sites:



UAV shoot-down location 1
UAV shoot-down location 1


















It is a big Mistake for Iran to continue its war mongering:



Countries attacked by USA and Iran
Countries attacked by USA and Iran















Banker Wars

Although the Yinon Plan for a greater Israel lies behind much of the trouble in the Middle East, the situation cannot be reduced to a single factor as multiple intersecting interests (including oil supply and the petro dollar) are driving the chaos.  The old adage that “all wars are banker wars” holds true because many of the moneylenders have the same interests as the territorial expansionists – it seems they have hit a sweet spot   that allows the simultaneous achievement of multiple goals namely, territorial expansion, oil security and petro dollar supremacy with the strategic goals of Israel merging with those of the US.  It is not for nothing that many of the countries that rejected the petro dollar soon found themselves at war. Read the following article, authored by Lee Camp via Truthdig.com; “I know which country the U.S. will invade next”.




It seems that everything was ready for early morning retaliation and Trump backed down.   Trump must be under a lot of pressure from the war hawks.  I wonder how he backed them down?

New York Times: Trump abruptly calls off military strikes against Iran after approving them