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Egypt Approves Passage Of Iranian Warships Through Suez Canal (Update)

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Crude go whoosh. And just in case it is unclear where this is going, the WSJ reports that according to "diplomats" Iran is redoubling efforts to enrich Uranium by installing faster centrifuges, as it is supposedly seeking to overcome setback to nuclear program believed caused by the Stuxnet virus. Unclear how much information was fabricated in the creation of this latest war provocation (see Iraq WMD).

From Al Arabiya:

Egypt has approved the passage of two Iranian warships through the
Suez Canal, a source said on Friday, a move Israel's right-wing foreign
minister described as "provocative".

"Egypt has agreed to the passage of two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal," the security source told Reuters.

State TV and the official news agency subsequently reported the news,
without citing sources. An army source earlier said the Defense Ministry
was considering a request by the Iranians to allow the naval ships to
cross the strategic waterway.

A Foreign
Ministry spokesman earlier told Reuters the request had been passed to
the Defense Ministry and the Suez Canal Authority.

Egypt's military said the request had stated that the Iranian ships did
not carry military equipment or nuclear or chemical contents. It said
the two ships were currently in the Red Sea, which lies at the canal's
southern end.

"The Ministry of Defense is currently studying the request," it said in a statement read to Reuters by an army source.

The source said the ministry and the armed forces were examining whether
the ship contents matched the description in the written request and
would make the necessary security arrangements for passage should the
ships be allowed through.

To pass through the strategic waterway, naval vessels need the approval of Egypt's foreign and defense ministries.

Iranian state television said on Thursday the two warships would be the
first Iranian military vessels to transit the canal since the country's
1979 revolution.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that Iran's
plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria, an ally of
Tehran, was a "provocation".

Israel's state-funded Channel One television said Lieberman, a
stridently far-right partner in the conservative coalition, had spoken
out of turn and that the Defense Ministry "had preferred to ignore" the
ships' approach.

Iran's move is an unwelcome distraction for Egypt's interim military
government, which has close ties to the United States and has been
ruling since Feb. 11, when President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in the
face of a popular revolt.

The canal is a vital commercial and strategic artery between Europe and
the Gulf region and Asia. It is also a major source of revenues for the
Egyptian government.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Jan. 26 that Iranian
navy cadets were going on a year-long training mission into the Red Sea
and through Suez to the Mediterranean.


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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:23 | 974372 Gully Foyle
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Capt. Binghamton: [grumbling] I could just scream.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:19 | 974736 King_of_simpletons
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WSJ is a Rupert Murdock outfit. They are free to fabricate anything to make a quick buck and war, oh my, that's great for profits.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:22 | 975982 ciao
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Antidote.  EIS 2011 report just released says what EIS 2007 report said.  Iran not seeking or developing nuclear weapons.  

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:25 | 974376 Azannoth
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If those ships don't make it out of the Canal, talk will be of a new 'Synai Triangle' event

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:34 | 974432 dick cheneys ghost
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next up: 'the house of saud'....a must read.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:54 | 974599 bankonzhongguo
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They got fresh "red prince" - "he's practically a Jeffersonian democrat"

Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud already warming up in the bullpen.

They'll shoot good king Abdullah up with the same batch of Haldol they used on Mubarak and let the crazies run wild a little until the US has to come in to restore order.

Now if only the Saudis hired some Chinese merc companies for protection maybe they won't lose their country again.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:26 | 974389 the not so migh...
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I guess we will find out if the Chinese sold the Iranians those cool ship bustng missiles.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:33 | 974430 Herman Strandsc...
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 Limpet Miners lol.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:27 | 974392 DosZap
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Well, Israel warned them.

Seal the bitch.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:39 | 974465 MarketTruth
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Screw Israel and their apartheid loving Zionist leaders/controllers. As a Jew (from the top Cohen tribe if you must know), looking at all the facts Israel is now captured worse than the US Government. It is time for a change, as Israel is far from following the Ten Commandments they claim to adhere to. Think of it like the USA Government and how they are not following the Constitution or Bill Of Rights.

And if you want to see extreme racism in action, look at what happens in Israel when a celebrity Israeli Jew tries to marry a non-Jew and how the government of Israel reacts to that.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:42 | 974498 DosZap
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90% of Israelis are secular.

They are agnostics.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:41 | 975086 chumbawamba
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100% of Israelis live on occupied land in an apartheid society.

You are ignorant.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:31 | 975432 BKbroiler
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when did brooklyn become occupied territory?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:42 | 975655 Mad Max
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All good land is "occupied" in the sense that the current occupants are never the same (in terms of bloodlines and/or ethnicity) as the original occupants.  The Israelis happen to be among the most recent occupiers of previously occupied land.  Somewhere people decided that all occupations prior to 1900 were OK, and all since were not OK.  The USA?  Occupied.  Mexico?  Occupied.  Australia?  Canada?  Japan (look up "Ainu")?  Occupied!

There are many crimes committed by the Israeli state.  There are many crimes committed by the US state.  In both cases the people able to direct those crimes don't necessarily have meaningful support from the majority of the public.  And, one might say, there is quite a bit of overlap in the people directing crimes committed by those two states.  I am not at all blind to what's going on.  But one needs to separate actions of the controlling elites from the simple presence of the masses, ordinary people, proletariat or whatever you want to call them.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:48 | 974554 Rodent Freikorps
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Cohen? You are kidding, right?


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:45 | 974880 MarketTruth
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Am of the Kohen tribe, technically.

Did you know that thousands of Hasidic Jews marched in protest in Washington DC when Netanyahu visited months ago? They are not happy Israel's actions. Of course that protesting never made it on MSM television or within newspapers.

Again, it is not Jews but the Zionists that are the real problem imo.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:17 | 974992 Rodent Freikorps
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What Kohen tribe?

A kohen (or cohen, Hebrew: ????, "priest;" pl: kohanim) is a Jewish priest, a direct male descendant of the Biblical Aaron, brother of Moses. Kohanim are distinct from but related to Levites, who also served in a priestly capacity, of as the assistants to the kohanim.

And no, it wouldn't surprise me. 70% of American Jews do seem to be self-destructive.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:58 | 974629 msamour
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A Rabbi friend of mine told me that they were about to vote a law in the Knesset about revoking the right of return for people who recently converted to Judaism. If this is true he stated that they were breaking the covenent, and that historically this was a very bad thing. I am hoping there will not be a war because of the greed of a few in the Israeli government.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:51 | 975124 chumbawamba
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That's nothing.  Did you know about the law barring Jews from marrying non-Jews?

And their Supreme Court upheld the use of human shields.  Amongst other atrocities.

Did you know the Rothschilds funded the creation of Israel?

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:30 | 976166 Cathartes Aura
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why yes, I did.

+++ reality check.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:27 | 974394 unky
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i think it is more breaking that silver will pass $32,50 any moment

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:32 | 974418 Cognitive Dissonance
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And Gold is about to pass $1,390.

Houston, we have liftoff of the Silver and Gold Shuttle.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:35 | 974441 yellowbr
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Oh, I think I see a 32.65 here.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:39 | 974479 unky
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when is this gonna end today? i was supposed to receive some money today and wanted to buy silver with it, but didnt receive it yet.

i am really pissed off

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:41 | 974490 PenchantForHoarding
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SLW just crossed $39, up 6% today.  Cha-ching!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:43 | 974506 EscapeKey
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And you think those two stories are unrelated?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:47 | 974521 unky
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sure not, it doesnt hit gold that hard at all (of goes a little uptrend there too)

by the way, why would Iran provoke a war? Iran sees the mess going on in the U.S. and they know that only a war could save the U.S. economy from not imploding.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:47 | 974551 EscapeKey
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Well, my cynic nature tells me the Iranian ships are going through because of silver going up, not the other way around.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:28 | 974400 Cognitive Dissonance
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Time to unleash Stuxnet 2.0

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:33 | 974429 AN0NYM0US
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or Exocet

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:28 | 974402 Racer
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Better buy shares in anything because of course margins are going to be squeezed by higher oil prices

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974412 colonial
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what's the problem?  stocks go higher no matter what...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:30 | 974413 karzai_luver
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All should have the right to the passage.


As it should be.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974414 overmedicatedun...
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news in the last few days is getting scary

social breakdown seems alot closer..

I am going to put on CNBC they will talk me down.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:57 | 974623 Oh regional Indian
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That was funny, CNBC talking you down.


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974415 Mad Max
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Buy the fucking crater!  (The dip is sooooo 2010!)

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974420 palmereldritch
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It's on like Donkey Khan

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974421 falak pema
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maybe those missiles have silver tips! that would explain it.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:31 | 974423 alien-IQ
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This is gonna be one NUTTY weekend!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:33 | 974426 wherewasi
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How many ships in the Iranian Navy anyway?  3...?  What the hell is anyone worried about?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:13 | 974720 palmereldritch
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How about two cops in a rowboat?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:39 | 974475 alien-IQ
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What everybody is (or at least should be) worried about is the Israeli response (or overreaction) to this event. It's the chain of events that could be triggered that should be substantial cause for concern.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:32 | 974427 Hammurabi
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2 ships from the 1940s, with no air defense, one of theme is a supply ship, the other one have couple of guns.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:36 | 974449 Internet Tough Guy
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What do you suppose is in the supply ship? And where is it going?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:37 | 974463 palmereldritch
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iPads for Egypt

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:39 | 974472 Hammurabi
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old Rusian missiles from the 1940 they call Katushia or Grad,

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:08 | 974687 RichardP
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What do you suppose is in the supply ship?

Supplies for Gaza.  These ships are going to break the Gaza blockade and dare Israel to stop them.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:01 | 975155 chumbawamba
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They have a gift for Bibi.

Hahaha, fuck you.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:26 | 975233 Internet Tough Guy
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Still paying cash up front for internet access at the internet cafe, flim flam?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:44 | 974518 DosZap
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Dont forget the Russian subs.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:33 | 974431 Barry Dingle
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What if those ships never intend to leave the canal once they enter? Warship enters after cargo ship, blows it up...canal blocked.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:35 | 974439 palmereldritch
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Now who would benefit from that?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:36 | 974447 yellowbr
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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:02 | 975157 chumbawamba
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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:34 | 974436 virgilcaine
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 strategic move..puts the Israeli's and US on defensive. Almost taunting them.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:46 | 974532 DosZap
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Exactly, and precisely WHY they would not maqke it home.

Make a good coral reef.

That little Nazi Bastd neeeds to be taught some humility.

Kim Jung Il's stepson in Persia.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:15 | 974724 Rodent Freikorps
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The Sea is a dangerous place. Who can say why some ships go missing?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:07 | 975187 chumbawamba
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Neocons are so cute when they feel threatened.

Knock Knock

 Who's there?


 Neocon Who?


I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:35 | 974437 falak pema
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nutty for those who still have nuts that have not been cracked by the Nutcrackers suite as played by crazy Ben.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:35 | 974443 shushup
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Sooo glad the US made friends with Egypt's new leadership and giving them 150 million dollars in addition to the 1.5 billion we already give them. It is also a great help to Obama's sof talk pals,  the Iranians.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:36 | 974457 jus_lite_reading
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I'm so glad the US was able to find $150m last week for Egypt when whole cities are collapsing here over a $5m shortfall!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:49 | 974553 DosZap
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I am amazed the US paid them a dime.........just like Watts.(at least it was Americans doing it)Except they burned their shot down on a different content, and we were not even at the picnic.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:35 | 974444 jus_lite_reading
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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:36 | 974452 americanspirit
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Please Israel - attack those ships. Please. Please. Please. (Just don't pull another USS Liberty and "oops" a US vessel too. That would not be good for your - er - image.)

And by the way, how's your electricity grid doing without all that NG? ( Pesky Palestinians) And, how many rockets do Hamas and Hizbollah have pointed your way, combined? ( Darned meddling Iranians)

I've got a funny feeling YASNY (you aint seen nuthin yet). So please, do be careful Little David.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:51 | 974573 DosZap
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Little David has some BIG ass rocks to throw, do not wish for the destruction of everything within a 100 miles of Israel.You may get your wish.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:14 | 975204 chumbawamba
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Yes, everything within a 100 miles of Israel, which would mean mostly Israel and not much else.  We'd just have to contend with the radiation cloud.

Would be worth it.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:02 | 976090 oygevalt
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Try for a moment to get your cretinous, historically inaccurate, and anti-Semitic head out of your ass - take a break from the Rothschild conspiracy theories for five seconds - and see how much you like the idea of a Middle East without any regional check for some of Islam's more radical goals. 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:08 | 976105 Rodent Freikorps
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What makes you think he's not a muslim?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:10 | 976112 oygevalt
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He posts too much worthless drivel to have the time for 5 prayers a day.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:12 | 976124 Rodent Freikorps
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Okay, point.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 21:39 | 976330 BigJim
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Israel isn't a 'check' on Islam's more radical goals - it's their chief provoker and justifier.

No issue enrages Muslims like Israel's treatment of their co-religionist Palestinians, and the West's tacit acceptance (and, in the US' case, facilitation) of it.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 22:17 | 976455 oygevalt
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Do you think that Israel being wiped off the map would be an enouragement or a discouragement to Islamists - the specific kind that are interested in bringing the caliphate to a town near you?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:47 | 984797 BigJim
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If the dreaded 'Islamists' try to bring the Caliphate to a town near me, I and every one else here will resist it. However, the 'town near me' didn't belong to the Palestinians within living memory.


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:37 | 974460 falak pema
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Maybe Ahmednijadeh is taking a cheap extended week-end down the Nile at reduced rates. He's taken the Navy shuttle up to the canal. 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:37 | 974466 newstreet
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Go trolls, go.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:39 | 974474 butthead
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That would be veeery interesting.  Sink them in the canal and we see $200 oil, $50 silver, and $2000 gold COB next week.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:08 | 974693 Agent P
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...and a newly dredged canal.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:41 | 974486 jimmayjvf
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Look for Obama to be diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of lung cancer from smoking.  3 months to live.

Mossad has to get someone in charge that will commit to crushing these uprisings in the ME.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:48 | 974896 Vergeltung
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too much to realistically hope for. but, we can always dream.....

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:41 | 974494 Misean
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I hear the crack Iranian bi-plane fighter group is camel storming near the Iraqui border as well...boooga boooga!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 21:35 | 976337 BigJim
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Exactly. All this fear-mongering about Iran is just laughable.

Israel is the region's unquestioned military superpower. Mexico is about as much of a military threat to the US as Iran is to Israel.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 23:18 | 976590 StychoKiller
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Ah-hah!  NO one expects the dreaded Mexican Navy! :>D

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:52 | 974582 karzai_luver
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Ah yes, once again the drums for the brain dead , the old slime balls try to run the same old song and dance on the sheeple.


Bad man are coming to take you out be afraid.



Look under the bed, it's a mullah!




Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:53 | 974593 butthead
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Look for Obama to be diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of lung cancer from smoking.  3 months to live.


Don't get my hopes up...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:01 | 974619 virgilcaine
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Bens exporting his own form of teror. Cheap US Dollars. Who else would do this w/out realizing consequences..his masters want War in the ME>&The Bernank is just on a different planet, nothing registers.  They must use some heavy narcotics on him.  

My basic outlook China implodes, Wide spread war in the ME..Gold and Oil up, Stocks take a Hit.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:00 | 974641 Oh regional Indian
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On again off again, on again off again. This story feels like wolf wolf.

In the end, whether they sail or not matters not. Tensions raised, positions clarified.

Get your war on! Because we cannot face the TRUTH. 

The century of lies launched this century of even greater lies.

ANd ther lies the rub...


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:21 | 974749 jus_lite_reading
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The outcome will ultimately be war because as you said, the world cannot face the truth...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:31 | 974701 virgilcaine
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The US admin. is pure comedy.. O with his cowboy hats and RR quotes, and the New Press Secretary ..guess they are trying to entertain us as the ship goes down. These guys are on another planet altogether.


War on the verge in the ME? NO.. Cocktail time in Silicon Valley! Casual incompetence and neglect of duty.  Who is left to question it?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:07 | 975180 jomama
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i work at a biotech company in SSF, and so many people around here are still living in a bubble, just waiting for things to 'turn around'. 

hell, the guys who have been here over 10 years don't even realized a recession happened.  they are just pissed that they're underwater on their mortgages.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:22 | 974751 New Revolution
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I just keep moving up my  stops all day at a respectable distance and wonder how long its going to take a well placed missle to penetrate the hull of the freighter carrying all those arms to Lebannon/Syria while Europe goes into brain cramp over the Euro's meltdown with B. Baranke standing along the sidelines quietly asking, "How much money would you like, I've got plenty."

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:00 | 974933 Tric
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Goddamn.  It feels like there is so much tension building up, it's really wracking my nerves.  It just feels like something big is about to happen, and relatively soon. 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:09 | 974964 bugs_
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Dry run.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:12 | 974966 Cash_is_Trash
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"They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime," Janabi said.

Aren't we all better-off from the U.S. invasion of Iraq!?

I mean, our government expects us to believe we helped some Iraqi with a hunch.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:13 | 974972 Tell me lies
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Turn back the clock and it's the same shit as the ruskies sending ships to Cuba.


Shall we play a game?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:12 | 975202 Matxeu
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what if they went around the cape of good hope instead and sank both vessels- that would be irony

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