Here Comes The Iran Provocation

Tyler Durden's picture


If indeed this is the first step of a forced provocation (shocking "weapons of mass destruction" discoveries coming?) we can't wait to hear how much more excess capacity Saudi Arabia can suddenly find and come to market with. It may however be slightly troubled to replace lost Russian output too: Reuters now reports that crude products exports blocked in thick ice at Russian Baltic ports according to St Peterburg Port Authority.

Bad news for crude bears all around today.

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Atomizer's picture

The Ruskies have Iran's back covered. Too many investments at stake.

Oh regional Indian's picture

As if on cue, the 33rd parallel comes alive.
The cross to the Axis of Evil (Doing).

Distractions, obfuscations...


barbarika's picture

ORI, Thanks for good right brain perspectives. Here is another usefull info nugget floated in cyberspace today:

What will be the consequences of mumbai style attack on cricket world cup?

Oh regional Indian's picture

barbarika, glad to know they are appreciated.
And boy, an attack during the world cup, especially if during an India Pakistan match? Mayhem. Or Aprilhem.

And try as they may, Indian security is pretty awful.
Would not be pretty at all and could spark something big. Since India/Pakistan, bangladesh and sri lanka are involved, the whole sub-continent could be in trouble.


Hicham's picture

Interesting perspective, but when you just start drawing lines on a map every which way you're bound to hit an area of trouble, and find causality in coincidence...something people tend to do.

EscapeKey's picture

Nah, that would be the Chinese. They have $200bn invested in Iranian oil.

DaveyJones's picture

yup and the only thing they need to attack is the dollar..not that we're already doing a pretty good job on that front.

Mae Kadoodie's picture

U.S. now pushing for a NO ICE resolution for the Baltics.

IQ 145's picture

 LOL. yeah, that's good. Congress could vote on it; "turn up the global warming":. heh, heh. heh. ? Seriously, tho; it's spring time the ice will be gone in ten days. Journalism is wonderful, isn't it ?

101 years and counting's picture

"someone" trying to keep a lid on oil today.  when they fail, watch out.  $110.

Hugh Jorgan's picture

This is all very surprising, given the benevolence of the  Califate in Iran, and of course the global warming that has melted all the ice in the baltics............Are you guys just pulling my leg?

johnQpublic's picture

limited nuke exchange by end of october 2011

odds stand at 5:6

snowball777's picture

Israel and Iran?

India and Pakistan?

NK and USA?

Confused's picture

Propaganda machine just keeps going back to the well. 

Max Hunter's picture

Why not?.. It works so well..

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

Last I heard the Russians have the only two atomic powered ice breaking ships in the world... I saw them in action on some PBS show and they bust some seriously thick ice.

Now, suddenly these ice breakers can't cut it?

Maybe the Russians wouldn't mind seeing crude rise a bit more before deploying their ice breakers?

BorisTheBlade's picture

Those icebreakers are only utilized in the Arctic ocean, pure waste using them in the Baltic sea where ice never gets that thick.

Overflow-admin's picture

It's global warming negationist propaganda! </sarcasm>

P.S. Who wants still to drill crude in the Arctic?

Eally Ucked's picture

I wonder what Doppelhorn would say about that problem?


kaiten's picture

If US/NATO attacks Iran, then this year will be the year of 3: QE III, WW III.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

...and perhaps 3 small tribes of natives left alive somewhere in a jungle rain forest...

Rusty Shorts's picture

...and this is why I built a house in the jungles of West Africa.

papaswamp's picture

Libya and Iran plus Iraq and the US implementing the crusades or something?

lsbumblebee's picture

I guess yesterday's footage of the women's liberation parade failed to impress.

Et cetera ad nauseum:

John McCloy's picture

The only reason we have not attacked Iran is evidenced by Libya. The "recoveries" cannot chance oil climbing higher. Anyone hear the reports of Gadaffi sending a representative to Egypt to discuss partnership? This whole week has been a wheel turning exercise to keep the markets up praying for a break that goes in the direction of stability. They cannot afford a 5% drop because the climb back will be expensive.

Josh Randall's picture

Good take on events -- already margins getting squeezed, state and local layoffs on the march once budgets officially become approved,  you add $5-6 gasoline at the pump in the US and you will see people turn on Barry Soetero like he was the fat kid that emptied out a buffet line. They need stability without appearing weak, good luck with that  

Pants McPants's picture

Big deal.  What's Snooky up to?


snowball777's picture

About 240lbs give or take (she's hung-over and may or may not have hurled her Sambuca).

Bryan's picture

"We are peaceful country.  We want only nuclear energy for our peoples.  Why you want to take away electricity from innocent citizen?  We never make, how you say, nuclear weapons."

I bet all the naive, peace-loving toads that just loved listening to Ahmadinajad's lies are still in denial.  "But... but... he SAID it was for peaceful purposes!"  lol

Max Hunter's picture

Well of course. Given the rich history of Iran invading other countries in the last couple hundred years.. As the peace loving Americans buy the pre-emptive invasion  propaganda.

Bryan's picture

Not sure if that's sarcasm, but given the agenda to wipe Israel off the map, I would expect either a nuclear threat or even attack on Israel soon, or some kind of pre-emptive strike on Iran shortly.

Pants McPants's picture

Hi Bryan,

This is not sarcasm, but a serious request.  If you truly believe Iran is thhisss close to attacking Israel (or the US), sign up to fight.  Better yet, become a mercenary.

No sense sitting behind the keyboard when the fate of the world hangs in the balance! 

Max Hunter's picture

Of course it was sarcasm. There is no agenda to wipe Israel of the map. The statement  was grossly mistranslated. But I'm sure that doesn't matter to Zionist Israeli-Firsters like you.

I'm not out to protect Israel like you are. Are you actually preparing to enlist to go fight these wars of aggression for Israel? I suspect not..

Idiot Savant's picture

+ untold number of civilian casualties!

Who gives a shit if Iran has a nuke, it's not worth starting a war over. Sad to see that all the suckers are still buying the BS pre-emptive doctrine.

IQ 145's picture

 Who cares if Iran has a nuke? Wow, it must be wonderful to live on a steady diet of major tranquilizers and soap operas. Iran, my simple friend; is the puss filled center of the Muslim pimple. It funds terrorism everywhere and is deeply committed to a kind of end game where either they win or everyone dies; and they don't much care which. It's a psycopathic nation run by insane cult followers.

Bryan's picture

There has been an agenda to wipe Israel off the map for hundreds/thousands of years.  What makes you think this arab/muslim leader is any different?  I really do not understand the recent anti-Semite sentiment that seems to be growing.  What is it about Jews or Judaism or God that you don't like?  I believe that our (formerly?) Judeo-Christian nation has a duty to protect the nation of Israel and the Jewish people/religion, if for humanitarian reasons if nothing else.  The hatred and spite between jews and muslims (and atheists?) is really high, and Israel is right in the center of it all!  If you don't think Iran could and would use nukes against Israel, you're pretty naive.


And who keeps junking my posts!!!  Stop that.

Max Hunter's picture

Lots of people junking you, because you deserve it. Especially with comments like this:

I believe that our (formerly?) Judeo-Christian nation has a duty to protect the nation of Israel

Commenters on ZH (for the most part) are far to well read to buy this pile of shit..

Go back to your congregation and tell them to prepare. People are wising up to your nonsense..

Flakmeister's picture


Curb your dogma....

andybev01's picture

...and before I run it down with my karma.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Protect? Pftt why? They keep starting fights with the region and bring in the US to fight things or play peace maker.

Not once have they done anything for peace or for themselves.

Best thing us can do is stop sending aid and weapons.

andybev01's picture

There is a correlation to this video clip wherein the girlfriend is Israel and the boyfriend is the USA.

Rick Masters's picture

Yeah and people generally don't like being called bigots, and Bryan, that's essentially what you implied, when they are not bigots but simply don't support bombing Iran cause Israel says so. We have a protect America. That's it. I remember one time a synagogue was going to be built in front of my development that would have put a road right in the front of the development and cause all sorts of other problems including getting rid of several bogs and wetlands that would have flooded everyone's houses once the synagogue was built because the water has to go somewhere. And when people complained, the Temple's parishioners came from all over attacking everyone in the neighborhood calling them anti-Semitic. They simply were protecting their homes. The moral: Stop with the anti-Semitic stuff whenever someone disagrees.

Max Hunter's picture

They love to pull out that anti semite bullshit like a cold glass of water on a hot summer day.  And why not, it's working pretty good for them..


Bryan's picture

Well it sure sounds anti-Semitic to me.  Maybe you can help me understand this point of view, since I don't seem to have got the memo.  What is it about muslim-jew conflict that I'm not understanding?  And why would America not want to protect an ally surrounded by her enemies?  Unless you are saying that Israel should not be an ally because... I guess, "what has Israel done for us lately?"  Is that the sentiment?

I understand your story about the temple and the development and I would be angry too, especially if they hid behind an 'anti-Semite' (i.e. racist) defense.  I hate it when people play the race card; blacks, whites, jews, indians, whoever.  But that means that everyone gets to hate Israel now?  That part I don't get.  Are you saying "they're all like that -- all them damn Jews?"  Of course not, because that's sort of Nazi-ish isn't it?

Anyway, I would appreciate a sincere answer, without the 'shit-head' and 'pile of shit' comments to muddy it up.  Thanks!

Flakmeister's picture

  Not commenting on your "debate" but if you are new to Zerohedge or "fightclub" there are a few things to be aware:

1) Credibility is earned, not given...

2) You have to give as good as you get...

3) The way to deal with Ad hominems is to outwit your opponent

4) There are a lot of very sharp people here, be sure you pick your battles wisely....

Ask around here, my posts reflect my "adversary"...