This is very, very disturbing. Once again, a clever diversion has been staged for a greater agenda–an act of war against Iran while everyone pays attention to the Olympics and the Russian-Georgian conflict (also a clever way to keep the attention of Russia focused on Georgia while it’s ally is moved in on.) It’s all becoming very clear…

Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran Operation Brimstone ended only one week ago. This was the joint US/UK/French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran and the likely resulting war in the Persian Gulf area. The massive war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the “enemy force”.

The lead American ship in these war games, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) and its Carrier Strike Group Two (CCSG-2) are now headed towards Iran along with the USS Ronald Reagon (CVN76) and its Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7) coming from Japan.

A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The Republic of Georgia, with US backing, is actively preparing for war on South Ossetia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border. Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia. The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.

Kuwait has activated its “Emergency War Plan” as it and other Gulf nations prepare for the likelihood of a major regional war in the Middle East involving weapons of mass destruction.

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Very interesting…guess we’ll see what they do.

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In early July, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen visited Israel to discuss the Iranian nuclear program with his Israeli counterpart, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, and other Israeli officials.

During the talks, Adm. Mullen cautioned that the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 is the type of incident that should be ‘avoided in any future military actions’ in the Middle East, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The USS Liberty, a $40m state-of-the-art surveillance ship, was ‘inadvertently’ attacked by Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats in international waters north of the northern Sinai Peninsula coast.

Although there are many conspiracy theories as to why Israel committed such a ‘mistake’ against its closest ally, former US seamen who served on Liberty claim authorities are guilty of a cover-up.

American Free Press quoted Adm. Mullen as saying that it is very ‘important’ at this time that ‘history not repeat itself’, referring to increasing speculation that Israel might stage another such scenario to push the US into a war with Iran.

Israel is reportedly lobbying the Bush administration to launch a joint attack on Iran before President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009.

In an Aug. 2 interview with the USS Liberty radio show, former army intelligence officer and CIA analyst Ray McGovern claimed Israel is planning a scenario similar to that of the 67 Liberty incident.

“It is obviously something bigger. The name of the game is to ‘decapitate the Iranian nuclear program’ whether it is aimed at a weapon or not,” said McGovern.

The war threats and speculation come despite the UN nuclear watchdog declaring that Iran is enriching uranium to 3 percent, a rate consistent with electricity generation.

The most recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report conceded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the ‘alleged studies’ of weaponization attributed to Iran.

Wow…pretty dang embarrassing. I think the Chinese were making point and we got it loud and clear.

American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk – a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.

By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.

According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.

The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.

And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.

According to the Nato source, the encounter has forced a serious re-think of American and Nato naval strategy as commanders reconsider the level of threat from potentially hostile Chinese submarines.

It also led to tense diplomatic exchanges, with shaken American diplomats demanding to know why the submarine was “shadowing” the U.S. fleet while Beijing pleaded ignorance and dismissed the affair as coincidence.

Analysts believe Beijing was sending a message to America and the West demonstrating its rapidly-growing military capability to threaten foreign powers which try to interfere in its “backyard”.

So Russia signs an oil and gas treaty with Iran (I believe China has one with Iran also??). They now have every reason to support Iran if the US and/or Israel were to attack it. And now we have a Chinese submarine sneaking up on a fleet of US Navy ships completely undetected. Interesting and scary…

This article is well worth the read to truly understand what will happen if we attack Iran. Do people really think the rest of the world will sit idly by if we (or Israel) attack Iran unprovoked?? Certainly, Russia DEFINITELY will not!! Here’s why…they have a vested interest in Iran’s oil and natural gas as the two countries have just signed a “memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sphere“. They also have fighter jets strategically placed should we or Israel attack Iran. How stupid can we really be??

Is oil really that important (because you know that’s what it’s really all about)? None of this would be necessary if we would just start utilizing other sources of energy. People say, “that’s a pipe dream”. No…It’s not. People, we need to step up and except the challenge of being part of one of the biggest revolutions in the history of this Earth. We need to make oil a thing of our past. Yeah, it will have an impact on our economy, it will be a monumental task to start using IT instead of oil. But we can do it. It will take commitment and time, but it CAN happen.

I find it very odd that people are willing to turn the world upside down by starting wars that kill thousands and millions of people but we can’t accept a challenge to TRULY change it for the better?? I’d like to have more faith in my fellow human beings than that.

Please read this.

Just remember, Iranians are people too. The seemingly mad ramblings of Ahmadinejad are not opinions held by the majority of Iranians. Just follow this link to see the pictures demonstrating life in Iran. You’ll see it’s not much different from our own. Put yourself in their shoes.

Gorgon Boy

Iran Shows Its Cards
by Scott Ritter

There can no longer be any doubt about the consequences of any U.S. and/or Israeli military action against Iran. Armchair warriors, pundits and blustering politicians alike have been advocating a pre-emptive military strike against Iran for the purpose of neutralizing its nuclear-related infrastructure, as well as retarding Iran’s ability to train and equip “terrorist” forces on Iranian soil before dispatching them to Iraq or parts unknown. Some, including me, have warned of the folly of such action, and now Iran itself has demonstrated why an attack would be insane

I’ve always pointed out that no plan survives initial contact with the enemy, and furthermore one can never forget that, in war, the enemy gets to vote. On the issue of an American and/or Israeli attack on Iran, the Iranian military has demonstrated exactly how it would cast its vote. Iran recently fired off medium- and long-range missiles and rockets, in a clear demonstration of capability and intent. Shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, regional oil production capability and U.S. military concentrations, along with Israeli cities, would all be subjected to an Iranian military response if Iran was attacked.

Everybody has heard the news: Iran has demonstrated its ability to attack Israel with by testing long range missiles.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles Wednesday during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any U.S. or Israeli attack, state television reported.

Oil prices jumped on news of the missile tests, rising US$1.44 to US$137.48 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The military exercise was being conducted at the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf through which about 40 percent of the world’s oil passes. Iran has threatened to shut down traffic in the strait if attacked. It was not clear, however, whether the missile test also took place near the strait.

Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, said the exercise would “demonstrate our resolve and might against enemies who in recent weeks have threatened Iran with harsh language,” the TV report said.

Once again, we have Iranian officials stating that their intent isn’t to offensively attack anyone, but that their motives are defensive. The US and Israel keep talking about attacking Iran, Iran responds by saying they will do all they can to defend themselves. Wouldn’t we do the exact same thing? Don’t they have that right?

Then there’s this:

“They should also refrain from further missile tests if they truly seek to gain the trust of the world,” he added, speaking from Japan where President Bush is attending the Group of Eight summit.

But the missles display seemed to be a response to an Israeli military exercise aimed directly as a show of might against Iran:

Israel’s military sent warplanes over the eastern Mediterranean for a large military exercise in June that U.S. officials described as a possible rehearsal for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, which the West fears are aimed at producing atomic weapons.

Iran says its nuclear program is geared only toward generating electricity, not weapons.

The Israeli exercise was widely interpreted as a show of force as well as a practice on skills needed to execute a long-range strike mission.

Shaul Mofaz, an Israeli Cabinet minister, set off an international uproar last month by saying in a published interview that Israel would have “no choice” but to attack Iran if it doesn’t halt its nuclear program.

I’m sure I’ll be branded a terrorist at the most and a terrorist sympathizer at least by those who chose not to logically think about this whole situation, but it seems to me that when Iran vehemently denies trying to create nuclear weapons and our intelligence supports it, UN inspectors say it’s true; but we keep threatening to attack them and Israel demonstrates it’s ability to do so, isn’t it perfectly logical for Iran to do the same?

It seems like all we have to do is accuse a country of wanting to blow the world up and it justifies us starting a war. But what happens if we tell them to stop doing something they aren’t even doing? How will they ever be seen as complying? Do we teach our children that if someone SAYS they are going to hit you it’s okay to hit them first whether or not they intend to follow through?