18
Jun 19

Torpedo or Missile?

Was a "harpoon" responsible for the damage?

It has been pointed out that if the tanker was hit above the waterline it could hardly be a torpedo and crew members reported something flying. It seems likely that the weapon was a submarine launched harpoon attack. The harpoon has recently been re-commissioned after successful trails.

Harpoon

Harpoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“……typically if you shoot a Harpoon and it 
hits above the waterline it’ll punch a hole
and blow up but it won’t sink a ship”.[1]

Book Notification – A New Commentary

Dark Sayings: Proverbs Commentary

Dark Sayings: Proverbs Commentary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Sayings

 The contextualization of Wisdom Literature in the 7th and 8th Centuries:

An Inter-textual and Stylometric approach to the book of Proverbs

(Including a précis of Canticles, Qohleth and Job)

P. Wyns, Dark Sayings, Biblaridion Media 2019, 603 pages

Read more here:http://www.biblaridion.info/html/dark.html

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[1] VIDEO: Navy May Bring Back Harpoon Missiles on Attack Subs After Successful SINKEX; RIMPAC Also Highlights Ground-to-Ship Strike Capability July 30 2018      https://youtu.be/yWzG5e5D_OI

 

 

 

 

15
Jun 19

Father of a lie

Lies and more lies

Below are some links to must read articles that delve deeper into the Iranian tanker incident. Often the truth is only found in the alternative media although sometimes the comments under the articles can be abrasive and often rude or down right racist some of the comments carry useful insights.....here is one such comment:

Summary

  1. A torpedo becomes a mine, and is now possibly a flying object
  2. The USA, who everyone knows is wanting to start a war, releases a blurred and grainy video of a boat (could be any boat) next to a ship (could be any ship). Where is the evidence that this is the ship that was attacked? Where's the smoke or charring?
  3. Several dozen people on board the boat. Are these the sailors being rescued by the Iranians, and if so, isn't removing a mine in front of witness rather stupid?
  4. Why place a mine above the waterline where it can be easily seen, instead of BELOW the waterline?
  5. When & where do you place the mine? When the ship is out at sea (and can be seen) or when it's at port (in UAE and Saudi)? Either way, how can you place a mine and not be seen? Surely carrying a mine around a busy port would invite some questions?
  6. In any crime there has to be Motive, Means and Opportunity. Whilst Iran may technically have the means, being one of the most spied on countries on earth limits opportunity. As to motive, how idiotic would it be to do something like this knowing that the USA, Israel and Saudi are itching for an excuse to start a fight? Rather like Syrians 'gassing' the terrorists right after the Syrian army has made significant gains, and inviting USA freedom missiles to rain down on their heads.
  7. Houthi (supposed) proxies have been quick to claim retaliatory attacks on Saudi pipelines and airports. If this is indeed them, why the silence in this case?

So in summary, this is another idiotic WMD false flag event.

Partisanship?

This blog is not partisan to either Israel, Iran  or the USA.  We stand against hypocrisy and lies.  Iran is a Shia Muslim community and it is under sharia law. It is an imperfect society and has many flaws. It reserves the right to self-defense and should not have war thrust upon it. Iran inherited the legacy of ancient Persia and on the whole treats its Jews and Christian communities with respect.  Israel is a Zionist state that has returned in unbelief, it has demonstrated itself to be belligerent and aggressive and religious Talmudists are intolerant. America is a world Empire controlling the reserve currency Petro dollar ("In God we Trust") it has become morally corrupt, controlled by special interests and promotes the welfare warfare industry of the deep state. Within this paradigm Christian-Zionists form the "mouth piece"  for special interests and shamefully align themselves with the king of this world.

Debunking the narrative

 

 

Debunking CentCom image of Courageous limpet-mine.

Debunking CentCom image of Courageous limpet-mine.

Click here to download an enlarged image:

http://www.biblaridion.info/images/courageous.png

 

How do these people think?

The above image (large version) shows the weakness in the narrative. Most people will believe what they are told because "the lady on the TV news said it was true".  It is obvious that the general public is treated with contempt and the powers that be don't even try very hard anymore to construct a plausible narrative. It has become blatant and in your face.

Karl Rove (George W. Bush's senior advisor and chief political strategist. On February 8, 2005, Rove was appointed deputy chief of staff in charge of policy) is a good example of how these people think:

 

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based
community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions
emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and
murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.
He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore.
" He continued "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create
our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously,
as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you
can study too, and that's how things will sort out.
We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be
left to just study what we do." [1]

All politicians operate within an Orwellian nimbus
where words don't mean what they normally mean,
but Rovism posits that there is no objective,
verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is, ...[2]

Reality is what you say it is...

No it is not.  You will face the reality of Judgement Day and will realize that truth and justice are absolute and they are What God says it is.  In the meantime this blog will will employ truth and satire to expose the lies. Israel will have no peace until they return to God. They cannot "create their own reality".  All war mongers will be punished whether they be Jew or Gentile as will all who make and worship a lie.

Must read links

  1. Seven Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident by Caitlin Johnstone [3]
  2. US Officials Say Tanker Crew "Detained" - While Russia Thanks Iran for "Rescuing" Its Nationals [4]
  3. Ship’s operator says vessel damaged by projectile, not mine [5]

 

[1] Suskind, Ron (2004-10-17). Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The New York Times Magazine.

[2]    Neal Gabler, Los Angeles Times; October 25, 2004

[3] https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/seven-reasons-to-be-highly-skeptical-of-the-gulf-of-oman-incident-48958389f53e

[4] https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-14/us-officials-say-tanker-crew-detained-while-russia-thanks-iran-rescuing-its

[5] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-14/u-s-says-video-shows-iran-was-involved-in-an-attack-on-tanker

 

 

 

 

 

14
Jun 19

War Propaganda

U.S. Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks as Gulf Tensions Climb

See here for Pompeo's statement:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-13/u-s-blames-iran-for-oil-tanker-attacks-as-tensions-escalate-jwuzlj4u

CentCom logo

CentCom logo

Central Command (CENTCOM) statement:

https://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/STATEMENTS/Statements-View/Article/1875666/us-central-command-statement-on-june-13-limpet-mine-attack-in-the-gulf-of-oman/utm_source/hootsuite/

CENTCOM Twitter:

https://twitter.com/CENTCOM

 

Blumenthal tweet

Blumenthal tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHENEY CONSIDERED KILLING AMERICAN SERVICEMEN DRESSED AS IRAN TO START WORLD WAR 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZM7ppkVCT8

 

 

 

14
Jun 19

War with Iran inevitable

 

RT: Dozens rescued as oil tankers reportedly attacked in Gulf of Oman - Iran media

https://youtu.be/vYfIHhRVbxo
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Nic Robertson CNN International Diplomatic Editor

https://edition.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/gulf-of-oman-incident-latest-intl/index.html
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Tanker attacks fuel Middle East tensions | DW News

https://youtu.be/D6xlOpcfEn8
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Oil tanker attack sets energy markets on edge

https://youtu.be/Vly0oiHW9Cs

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Trump briefed on tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman

https://youtu.be/hY5D0fvGcgM

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Iran calls for probe into recent attacks on ships in the Gulf

https://youtu.be/QRR2saSoxuA
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Why are the US and Iran falling out now? - BBC News

https://youtu.be/efW9JrnLrC0

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Israel's New Submarine

https://youtu.be/4rDFphdeu_o
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UAE oil tanker attacks - what we know| FT News

https://youtu.be/zb8UDEFGTk
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Israel's nuclear capabilities - 25 Oct 09
https://youtu.be/Vxim7cx39bc

13
Jun 19

War, what is it good for?

Nothing like a nice little war…..

Tanker attack

ISNA Photo of burning tanker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the fun begin…..

war-tweet

Zerohedge war tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Middle East needs moar freeedum (like Syria and Yemen):

Destruction of syrian city

The fruits of war

Perhaps we need the Middle East peace Envoy?

Tony Blair War Criminal

Tony Blair War Criminal

Ooops......wrong one!

Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner

Further  Links:

False Flag? Iran Has Little To Gain From Oman Tanker Attacks
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-13/iran-has-little-to-gain-from-oman-tanker-attacks
Saudis Suggest Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Responsible For Tanker Attack
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-13/2-tankers-damaged-after-suspected-torpedo-attack-near-strait-hormuz-oil-soars

 

 

 

 

8
Jun 19

Blindness in Part

Many Christian- Zionists offer unwavering support to Israel in the mistaken belief that such uncritical support is equivalent to "blessing Israel". If the Old Testament prophets had the same attitude we would have had no prophetic books! The apostle Paul says they are enemies for the Gospels sake but beloved for the sake of the fathers - so a fine balance must be struck between honest criticism and qualified "blessing". How do you bless Israel? You preach the Gospel to them! This must be done in all humility knowing that Gentiles are an in-grafted branch....nevertheless...know this...Jesus will only return to a repentant remnant that say; "Blessed his he that cometh in the name of the Lord"

Reporting on Venezuela coup progress to Jewish leaders[1]

 Leaked audio reveals Pompeo telling Jewish leaders Maduro not going anywhere anytime soon - opposition divided, infighting. Recorded last week during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders in New York, Pompeo also revealed that the United States was...

"trying to support various religious...institutions 
to get the opposition to come together," but that
the effort to keep the opposition united "has proven
devilishly difficult."

 

Mossad intelligence helped link Iran to UAE tanker sabotage [2]

US said set to present evidence on ‘pretty impressive’ attack — including materials gathered by Israel — to UN Security Council:

 

“Who else would you think is doing it?” Bolton asked
at one point, when pressed last week.
“Somebody from Nepal?”

 

Why Trump now wants talks with Iran[3]

The great Bilderberg secret of 2019 had to do with why, suddenly, the Trump administration has decided that it wants to talk to Iran “with no preconditions”.

It all has to do with the Strait of Hormuz. Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran – 20% of the world’s oil. There has been some debate on whether this could occur – whether the US Fifth Fleet, which is stationed nearby, could stop Tehran doing this and if Iran, which has anti-ship missiles on its territory along the northern border of the Persian Gulf, would go that far.

An American source said a series of studies hit President Trump’s desk and caused panic in Washington. These showed that in the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.

The Bank for International Settlements said last year that the “notional amount outstanding for derivatives contracts” was $542 trillion, although the gross market value was put at just $12.7 trillion. Others suggest it is $1.2 quadrillion or more.

 

Peace Progress?[4]

Netanyahu: Sunni Arab states ‘moving faster’ than the Palestinians on peace. In comments made last month but broadcast Monday, PM tells US Jewish leaders that some in region see Israel as an ‘indispensable ally in standing up to Iranian aggression’. Netanyahu reversed what for decades has been the traditional expectation of the sequencing of peace, saying that it was likelier that the Sunni Arab states would lead the Palestinians to peace with Israel, and not the other way around.

 

 

[1] https://www.sott.net/article/414449-leaked-audio-reveals-pompeo-telling-jewish-leaders-maduro-not-going-anywhere-anytime-soon-opposition-divided-infighting

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/exclusive-pompeo-opens-up-about-venezuelas-opposition-says-keeping-it-united-has-proven-devilishly-difficult/2019/06/05/85385a33-8eae-4ba5-a9ac-6b7b8c3d5762_story.html?utm_term=.7f4989cca0e1

[2] https://www.timesofisrael.com/mossad-intelligence-linked-iran-to-uae-tanker-sabotage-report/

[3] https://thesaker.is/why-trump-now-wants-talks-with-iran/

[4] https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-sunni-arab-states-moving-faster-than-the-palestinians-on-peace/  and Iraq's president calls on neighbors, allies for Iran's stability https://youtu.be/OF8K19XlVmc

 

2
Jun 19

Three Frog Spirits

The deal of the next century [1]

Asked about the deal of the century, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told Israeli Reshet Bet radio program, “Now it is the deal of the next century.” Aaron David Mille: Former State Department Middle East analyst, adviser and negotiator in Republican and Democratic Administrations and a CNN Global Affairs analyst. Aaron David Miller concurs:

If you think Trump intervened in the run-up to the April 9
Israeli elections to help Netanyahu, buckle your seat belts.
You ain’t seen nothing yet. It started with today’s announcement
that Bolton and the Israeli and Russian NSAs will meet next month
in Jerusalem.

That was the announcement yesterday from the White House Press Secretary of a meeting of US, Russian, and Israeli National Security advisers in Jerusalem next month. Netanyahu took credit for this idea, yet another appeal to his constituents to give him a fifth term. Netanyahu also says that he and Trump have a lot to do yet: strengthening the settlement project. He means Trump will support annexation

Trilateral meeting[2]

US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev expected to discuss Syria, Iran with Meir Ben-Shabbat next month. “In June, United States National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem, Israel, to discuss regional security issues,” the White House press secretary said in a statement issued minutes before the Knesset voted to disband and to set new elections for September 17.

Unprecedented [3]

Unprecedented’ US-Israeli-Russian security meeting to be held in Jerusalem. The three countries’ national security advisers will discuss regional security issues with a focus on Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. PM Netanyahu: A meeting like has never taken place before in Israel. Never.” Jerusalem will host next month an unprecedented trilateral meeting of top security officials from Israel, Russia and the US, the White House announced on Wednesday.

 

[1] Trump peace plan is now ‘dead and buried’ https://mondoweiss.net/2019/05/trump-peace-buried/
[2] The Jerusalem Post: Israel, U.S., Russia to discuss Syria in trilateral meeting in Jerusalem https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-US-Russia-will-hold-trilateral-meeting-591151
[3] Israel Hayom:  ‘Unprecedented’ US-Israeli-Russian security meeting to be held in Jerusalem https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/05/31/unprecedented-us-israeli-russian-security-meeting-to-be-held-in-jerusalem/ Jerusalem to host ‘unprecedented’ Israel-Russian-US security summit https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-to-host-unprecedented-israel-russian-us-security-summit/

 

 

29
May 19

China, Russia and Palestine boycott “Deal of the Century” conference

 

Beijing and Moscow will 'boycott' the meeting being organized as part of backchannel Palestine-Israel peace plan.[1] Chinese Ambassador to Palestine Guo Wei said his country, along with Russia, would not participate in a US-sponsored meeting in Manama slated for June 25 and 26, according to Palestine's WAFA news agency. Wei reportedly made the remarks at a meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah with Nabil Shaath, a top adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Wei was quoted as saying;

 

"Boycotting the Bahrain conference comes within the framework
of a bilateral Russian-Chinese agreement not to participate in it"


"In support of the Palestinian cause and people, including their right
to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state
of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital".

 

Early last week, the US announced plans to hold a landmark conference in Manama, where Trump administration officials are expected to unveil economic aspects of the "Deal of the Century", a US backchannel Palestine-Israel peace plan, the terms of which have yet to be made public. The Manama meeting will reportedly be chaired by Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Middle East envoy.

 

Along with host Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both announced their intention to send representatives to the event. The meeting is expected to be attended by a host of finance officials and business leaders from several countries. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), for its part, says it was never consulted about the planned meeting and has stated its refusal to take part in the event.

 

Last week, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the meeting would not address the core political issues of the conflict: final borders, the status of Jerusalem, or the fate of Palestinian refugees. He stated:

 

"Any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political ... 
and based on ending the occupation,"

 

Ever since Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in late 2017, the Palestinian leadership has rejected all US peacemaking efforts. At the same time Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas commented Monday, lashing out specifically at the White House-backed Bahrain conference for the first time. Abbas said:

 

"Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will go to hell, as will the economic 
workshop in Bahrain that the Americans intend to hold and present illusions".[2]

 

 

And interestingly, it's none other that President Trump's own son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner who will chair the summit. Al Jazeera reports:

 

 Early last week, the US announced plans to hold a landmark conference in Manama, where Trump administration officials are expected to unveil economic aspects of the "Deal of the Century", a US backchannel Palestine-Israel peace plan, the terms of which have yet to be made public.

 

 The Manama meeting will reportedly be chaired by Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Middle East envoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1] https://www.axios.com/russia-china-boycott-bahrain-conference-israel-01a0e1e9-f31a-4eae-b335-ed358ea56d4c.html

[2] https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-says-trumps-peace-plan-bahrain-workshop-will-go-to-hell/

 

25
May 19

Peace in our Time?

The Pentagon says "the leadership of Iran at the highest level" ordered a spate of disruptive attacks over the past two weeks including attacks on an Aramco Saudi oil pipeline and pumping facilities, the recent sabotage of four tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, as well as a May 19 lone rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad's protected Green Zone. [1]

The president himself seemed to all but admit this in passing remarks to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Japan: “We want to have protection in the Middle East. We’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective,” Trump said. “Some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now. And we’ll see what happens,” he added.[2]

Iran the warmonger nation

Iran has moved its country too close to US bases

Peace in our Time?

Speaking at his address at the celebration of Israel’s 71st anniversary held at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC Pompeo states " Peace Plan to be Unveiled This Summer, “No Guarantee of Brighter Future for Palestinian"People” (LOL)

https://youtu.be/sRSrPEFc0UI

An offer he can't refuse

Make him an offer he can't refuse

 

I encourage blog readers to read the article regarding  “Five prophecies fulfilled in 2018” and “Five prophecies to be fulfilled in 2019”.[3] Of particular interest is numbers (1) and (3) with expected fulfillment this year (1); Increased and Prophesied Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews (3); Focus on and Return to the Third Temple.  Number 1 and 3 belong together – the Torah worshiping non-Jews are the Christian-Zionists.  If the third temple ever gets built or sacrifice recommences expect Christian-Zionists to be the biggest supporters. 

If that happens we have come full circle; The M.E. has been balkanized by the American beast thus (in their eyes) fulfilling the promise to Abraham for the Jews to hold sway from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates – under control of Jerusalem ( the harlot city) as per the Yinnon plan. Soon the image of the beast (temple) will be -built and the Christian-Zionist will be the spokesman, mouth piece, propagandist or false prophet (if you want to use the apocalyptic term).  False Christians and false Jews joining together to defy God and “make a name” for themselves; I wonder how that will end?

 

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone
for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be
cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered
together against it” (Zech 12.3).

Time for a laugh

I thought I would end  this post on a laugh. The next link will take you to a classic piece of Saudi Propaganda made with CGI (as it is probably the only way they will win a war).  The movie has been produced in English probably to allow other countries to marvel at Saudi prowess (at least in the digital sphere).  It starts with a Saudi ship delivering "Humanitarian Aid" (LOL) being attacked by Iranian patrol boats. Then all hell breaks loose and the Saudi's end up winning the "war" with the Iranian people cheering their "liberation".    I must say the Saudi's are good at irony and comedy (or do they really believe this?).  

Webpage:

https://www.theinvestigative.com/saudi-arabia-propaganda-video-shows-iran-invasion-plan-to-start-wwiii/?fbclid=IwAR0kdLNvtYo7zIC0vYhq3AoO9lbsbBECe_tM70idu6JDzZzS2qs8O0V_JYs

Movie link:

https://youtu.be/9selhGBPdek

Screenshot:

Humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia

The Saudi's deliver aid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side of the ship says King Salman Humanitarian AID

Do they need more  bone-saws in Yemen?

 

 


[1] Pentagon will send 1,500 troops, along with drones and fighter jets to the Middle East to counter Iran threat https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/24/pentagon-to-send-1500-troops-to-the-middle-east-to-counter-iran-threat.html

[2] Pentagon: We won't reveal proof Iran is behind recent Middle East attacks, but have we ever been wrong before? https://taskandpurpose.com/iran-proof-middle-east-attacks

[3] https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/119711/biblical-prophecies-fulfilled-2018/

22
May 19

Trump saves the world

Apparently war has been averted.  The Pentagon announced  on Tuesday that US defense posturing and military build-up in the Persian Gulf has thwarted potential attacks on Americans. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran was forced to “put on hold” plans to harm American troops and their allies in the region:

“I think our steps were very prudent and we’ve put
on hold the potential for attacks on Americans and
that is what is extremely important,” Shanahan told
reporters at the Pentagon, though without giving specifics.   
He added that Iran was ultimately forced to "recalculate"
its aggression". [1]

This adds to a number of other recent impressive US victories such as Syria and Venezuela (one wonders why these countries resist democracy,  liberty  and freedom when they could have the opportunity to become free like Iraq and Libya).

 It looks like every single western country on Pompeo's warmongering tour  saw through the fake sabotage of tankers for the false flag lame effort that it was, forcing the US and (((allies)))  to reconsider their plans to start a war against Iran or at least change their methodology.

The USA et al did everything to try and provoke Iran.

Abusive and threatening posturing, placing an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers in their backyard....constantly accusing them ("credible intelligence") of preparing to attack. Iran responded by, doing........... Nothing.  Well I guess all we can do is declare victory over their aggression.

The internet is a nuisance because even when you control the main stream media and arrest journalists like Assange the truth still leaks out.  Expect a further global clamp down on internet freedoms. I hope someone suggests the Donald for a Nobel peace prize but it is probably best to wait until after the "Deal of the Century".

In any case, the warmongers have been humiliated but not deterred. This merely postpones the inevitable - new methods must be sought.

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[1] Potential for Iran attacks 'put on hold,' threats remain: acting Pentagon chief  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-military/potential-for-attacks-on-americans-in-middle-east-put-on-hold-acting-pentagon-chief-idUSKCN1SR1OL?il=0