Hormuz is the largest gateway to oil, controlling access to one fifth of the world’s oil supply
When Christopher Columbus (1492) sailed across the Atlantic and Vasco da Gama (1497) sailed around Africa into the Indian Ocean, both explorers held multiple objectives. Beyond securing wealth for their Spanish and Portuguese patrons and converting inhabitants, the soldiers sought to make military alliances with the fabled Prester John and the Khan di Marco Polo, to attack Islam from the East. Weakening the Sacracenii was the primary goal of both explorers.
Few people remember that before World War II, the Poles feared the Russians more than the Germans. When the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the Soviets attacked from the East sixteen days later.
With their Syrian (Italian) and Chinese (Japan) allies along with their satellite in Iraq (Austria), the Tehran government resembles a fascist state bent upon attacking the people of the Old Testament, with consequences for the believers in the New Testament.
Iran’s leaders operate in an ideological matrix of apocalyptic fantasy.
“In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated,” Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, is warning.
Khamenei, speaking to hundreds of youths from more than 70 countries attending a world conference on the Arab Spring just days ago, told a cheering crowd in Tehran that “Allah’s promises will be delivered and Islam will be victorious.”
The countries represented included Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, all of which have been involved in the Arab Spring.
In his remarks, Khamenei advised the youths to remain vigilant, stating that the Islamic awakening in the region has delivered several blows to the enemies of Islam and that all Muslims, despite their own historical and social differences, remain united in opposing the “evil hegemony of the Zionists and the Americans.”
Khamenei then claimed the current century as the century of Islam and promised that human history is on the verge of a great event and that soon the world will realize the power of Allah.
Many clerics in Iran have stated that Khamenei is the deputy of the last Islamic messiah on earth and that obedience to him is necessary for the final glorification of Islam.
Khamenei has been heard to say that the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, is near and that specific actions need to be taken to protect the Islamic regime for upcoming events.
Mahdi, according to Shiite belief, will reappear at the time of Armageddon. Selected forces within the Revolutionary Guards [SS] and Basij [Brown Shirts] reportedly have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. Many in the Guards and Basij have been told that the 12th Imam is on earth, facilitated the victory of Hezbollah over Israel in the 2006 war and soon will announce publicly his presence after the needed environment is created.
Even though Iran has been asking for it since 1979, when our embassy in Tehran was occupied and Americans were held hostage for 444 days, another war of choice to prevent their nuclear capability should be avoided.
WASHINGTON — American officials who have assessed the likely Iranian responses to any attack by Israel on its nuclear program believe that Iran would retaliate by launching missiles on Israel and terrorist-style attacks on United States civilian and military personnel overseas.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is doubling the number of minesweeping ships it keeps in the Persian Gulf, part of a buildup in the region amid tensions with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
The Navy’s top officer said the U.S. would send four minesweeping ships along with additional mine-hunting helicopters to bolster U.S. defenses in the region.
An Israeli air strike that targets Iran’s atomic infrastructure will drag US into the conflict. The Republican Guard and surface naval units will seek to block with mines the Straits of Hormuz, the vital choke point for the world’s shipment of oil. Thirty miles across, the shipping channel is two miles wide, and by sowing mines, initially, the Iranians will be successful by utilizing asymmetric warfare. Minesweepers, frigates and other surface vessels will become the targets of missiles and RPGs fired from speed boats. Larger warships will be targeted by shore-to-ship missiles.
“Iran possesses a build up of anti-ship weapons called Sunburn missiles, which it has procured from Russia and China over the last decade. These are top-notch weapons developed by the Russians as a low-cost challenge to the expensive, tech-heavy weaponry of the U.S., and specifically the aircraft carrier task force.”
“The Sunburn is perhaps the most lethal anti-ship missile in the world, designed to fly as low as 9 feet above ground/water at more than 1,500 miles per hour (mach 2+). The missile uses a violent pop-up maneuver for its terminal approach to throw off Phalanx and other U.S. anti-missile defense systems. Given their low cost, they’re perfectly suited for close quarter naval conflict in the bathtub-like Persian Gulf.”
Oil prices will spike to $200 or $300 per barrel, maybe more, and gas will become unaffordable for many Americans; the world economy could collapse.
In my opinion, there is a reasonable alternative to a possible catastrophic air strike. Western nations must present a united front against the Iranian theocrats, with or without China and Russia, and deliver a warning. Testing a nuclear device will be a declaration of war: launch on warning. Nuclear power produced for peaceful civilian purposes is agreeable but the leaders of Iran are neither agreeable nor reasonable, for their government is the chief sponsor of terrorism in the world. By rolling the dice, the Israeli hurricane of violence will unleash fitful winds of change. A world war may not ensue as in 1914 and 1939 but the world will be affected by the Bibi effect.
With technology, Mankind has defeated the enemies of plague and starvation.
With organization, Mankind can overcome drought and calamity.
Mankind has yet to defeat the last enemy, auto-ignorance.
The hour grows late, very late.
“As the IAEA has documented, Iran is putting all the pieces in place to have the option to develop nuclear weapons at some point. Were Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to decide tomorrow to go for a bomb, Iran probably has the technical capability to produce a testable nuclear device in about a year and a missile-capable device in several years. But as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Arms Services Committee on Feb. 16, it does not appear that Khamenei has made this decision.”
Lost to my memory, not Nostradamus nor Edgar Cacye, an account written by an unidentified prophetic visionary. In 1980, I read this visionary account that described an attack upon the city of hollow mountains. And the rescues that followed. I interpreted this as an atomic attack on NYC. The death and destruction inflicted upon NYC on 9/11 was equivalent to a tactical nuke.
This terrorist attack shocked but did not surprise me. Having read “Clash of Civilizations” in 2000, I learned that “they” hate us.
Tip the server without mercy next time you dine out. It’s in your self-interest. Likewise, it’s in your self-interest to discern that the impossible is possible.
September 16, 2011
Iran’s Nuclear Aims and Apocalyptic Prophecy
Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (ret)
…And there should be no doubt, based on the cultist beliefs of Iran’s clerics and president, once Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, these men will not hesitate to use it in fulfillment of their self-proclaimed destiny to prepare for the 12th Imam’s return.
Born in the ninth century, the 12th Imam disappeared at the age of five and supposedly exists in a state of occultation, destined to return to Earth in the future. He will establish a global caliphate, making all other religions submissive to Islam. The 12th Imam’s return will occur only as the world is embroiled in chaos. But it is here the Iranian leadership’s beliefs differ from the vast majority of Muslims. While most believe that world chaos must evolve naturally, Iran’s leadership believes man can trigger it. No wonder, then, Tehran is fanatically committed to acquiring nuclear weapons.
Next year is shaping up as the year Ahmadinejad intends to create that chaos:
First, according to an expert on the subject, the belief is the 12th Imam will not return in an odd-numbered year.
Second, Ahmadinejad reportedly told other Middle East leaders the 12th Imam will return while he is still president. Ahmadinejad’s second term in office ends in August 2013. As he is limited to serving two terms, Ahmadinejad would have 15 months–if the required chaos is to occur in an even-numbered year–to initiate the process. (Note: Ultimate authority in Iran lies with the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He stole the 2009 presidential election from the Iranian people by ruling Ahmadinejad had won what he had lost. That raises the possibility Khamenei could also decide next year that Ahmadinejad is eligible to run for a third term, thus targeting either 2014 or 2016 for the 12th Imam’s return. However, since his reelection, Ahmadinejad–perhaps feeling he is personally ordained to usher in the 12th Imam–has tested Khamenei’s patience through a lack of submissiveness to the supreme leader’s decisions. Accordingly, he knows his days are numbered.)
Third, the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities last year severely damaged its nuclear program, causing major delays. Absent an initiative to recover from this, Tehran will be hard-pressed to develop a nuclear weapon by the end of 2012. That initiative has now been launched as Iran has doubled its efforts to produce enriched weapons-grade uranium.
Fourth, Tehran is concerned the West recognizes it is heading down the “homestretch” in developing this capability and may finally realize it will never abandon the program, and will launch a strike against its nuclear facilities. For this reason, Iran has been moving essential parts of the production process deep underground.