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DIRE STRAITS

By Pete Moore On January 11th, 2012

So lemme get this straight.

Iran has threatened to block the Straits of Hormuz, an act which would strangle world oil supply. This is in response to American sanctions on Iran, particularly against institutions doing business with the Iranian Central Bank. US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, is in China seeking support for the sanctions. The EU has decided to embargo all Iranian oil and will put the squeeze on with further sanctions. So the picture’s clear: the intent is to shut down exports of Iranian oil. Transactions for Iran’s oil must go through the central bank in Tehran, pressure is being put on anyone who would do business with it, and much of the world is backing away from buying Iranian oil anyway.

Question: if these moves succeed and Iran’s oil exports dwindle, why wouldn’t Tehran decide then to block the Straits anyway? If they cannot get their own oil to market, then what’s the incentive to not stiff everyone by blocking the route? The Tehran regime is not the kind of regime to take it without retaliation, so is the West actually trying to provoke Iran into retaliating with a blockade?

And another thing: why has it not been widely reported that Leon Panetta, US Secretary of State for Defense (sic), said last weekend that Iran is currently not trying to build a nuclear bomb?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdiGahJItOA

7 Responses to “DIRE STRAITS”

  1. “Leon Panetta, US Secretary of State for Defense (sic), said last weekend that Iran is currently not trying to build a nuclear bomb?”

    1) Leon is a lying, pansy-assed, Obama butt-licker whose puppet strings are being yanked by the president himself. That’s why he got bumped from the CIA to his current (on his knees-bare ass in the air) position.

    2) The Iranians may make a show of force, but I sincerely doubt they are ignorant enough to go all out in an attemp to stop shipping.

    3) This is the standard “Irish political” gambit. Like the current “rape the pensioner” game so the country will forget it’s over its head in debt and Germany + France are about to stomp the crap out of it, the threat to block the strait is shifting the world’s attention off of other more urgent matters like the development of a nuke warhead.

    Unfortunately, the dreaded enemy of Ireland & Iran (Israel) has its eye on the ball and will not be fooled. America under Obama & company are just itching to see Israel & Iran go head-to-head. If a “mutual destruction” scenario plays out Obama gets rid of two problems without as much as working up a sweat. The oil flows……..Israel glows…….The prospect of another 4 Socialist years grows!

  2. “if these moves succeed and Iran’s oil exports dwindle, why wouldn’t Tehran decide then to block the Straits anyway? ”

    Because sanctions really mean a boycott, enforced on domestic companies, and a boycott is legal*. Blocking an international sea route on the other hand is obviously illegal.

    There was yet another assassination of an atomic scientist in Teheran today. Intriguing.

    * except of course a boycott of Israeli goods, which in the US is illegal, as is even promoting such to boycott
    http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenforcement/antiboycottcompliance.htm

  3. last year do you know what the number one EXPORT product of the United States was? OIL. So a nation that has shut down production of a product still has enough of it to outsell every other American product. Imagine if we were actually producing it.

  4. Any comment on the assasination of yet another Iranian nuclear scientist?

  5. daytripper

    Troll is writing a post as we speak condemning it as a cowardly act of terrorism carried out by evil scum who should be executed for their crimes. That is after all what he has rightly said applies always about anyone who carries out violence surreptitiously and not in uniform face to face with the enemy.

  6. ^^Like!^^

  7. I think a post on the Iranian assassination would be interesting too.

    I’m not sure what I think of it.

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