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15 March 2017


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TTG, IMO an Iranian Port not even a military base is impossible, to maintain such a port Iran military ships need to pas through suez canal, a sunni canal, that will not happen, last time such a thing happened was when Morsi was president of Egypt. ON Nutywho' misinformation on jews history with iran, Iran's FM zarif, strongly replied here is what he said:

“To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history and falsifying Torah. Force of habit,” Zarif tweeted on Sunday.

“Once again Benjamin Netanyahu not only distorts the realities of today, but also distorts the past — including Jewish scripture. It is truly regrettable that bigotry gets to the point of making allegations against an entire nation which has saved Jews three times in its history,” the chief diplomat noted.

He added, “The Book of Esther tells of how Xerxes I saved Jews from a plot hatched by Haman the Agagite, which is marked on this very day; again, during the time of Cyrus the Great, an Iranian king saved the Jews -- this time from captivity in Babylon; and during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in.”


Perhaps in a few years, Iran will be trading access to the Suez for access through the Mandeb if SA keeps up with its brute force mentality.


Yes, without doubt Elijah Magnier always stands out with his reports. This is a lot more thorough then earlier ones that caught my attention.

Definitively worth reading!


during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in.

I remember seeing a documentary about that 10 or 15 years ago.

The oldest permanent Jewish cemetery (in use today for over 3,000 years) in the world is in Iran.

Netanyahu is a self-righteous drama queen: every Jew is in danger, every Jew is entitled to more consideration than anyone else, every Jew insists their verkakte myths supersede solid historical truth and if you question or correct them, as Zarif did, Jews get to out a target on your back. Good for Putin. Netanyahu needed his head read. Does he have no sense of how the memories of the immense losses Russians endured in WWII are still ripe in every Russian’s head? Did he not see Putin walking arm-in-arm with fellow Russians through the streets--in the millions--two or three years ago on the anniversary of the end of war carrying his father’s photo? It was a national day of mourning not a celebration. (I forget the name of that day. It was in May.)

By the way, listen to this excellent radio show last Tuesday night on the John Batchelor show with Stephen Cohen, the Russian professor emeritus and analyst. Those of you who aren’t Rachel Maddow fans or are fed up with Mika Brzezinski’s mewling should enjoy it for shits and grins. https://audioboom.com/posts/5708777-new-cold-war-eve-of-the-new-huac-stephen-f-cohen-nyu-princeton-university-eastwestaccord-com. Cohen’s wife owns The Nation, she’s publisher and editor-in-chief. Cohen’s support of trump’s foreign policy statements during the election pissed off his family, but it’s only made Cohen louder.

Yeah, Right

Kooshy, I believe that the Convention of Constantinople still regulates passage through the Suez Canal, which means that the Egyptian government must allow safe passage through the canal for any warship, regardless of its nationality.

Iran can be at war with Anyone But Egypt and that treaty will still require Egypt to grant safe passage to an Iranian warship.

If Egypt is at war - With Anyone, It Doesn't Have To Be Iran - then the Egyptian government can block Iranian warships from passing through but, hey, last time I looked Egypt wasn't at war.

Some people might argue that treaties are for sissies, but that convention has held since 1882 and Sisi is unlikely to tear it up no matter how Sunni he is feeling.

William R. Cumming

If one were a seer where would the nation-states discussed in the post and comments stand with respect to what was once Syria at the end of the current century? And the KURDS?

What is the major U.S. Naval base in the MED?

Babak Makkinejad

I think the Books of Daniel and Esther are romances and not historical documents.

But Benjamin Netanyahu is demonstrating again and again the central validity of the point that I have been making; we are in a multi-religion war with no end in sight.

A few more years of this and we would see the war spread to India as well; given the antipathies there, it is just a matter of time.


I am not an expert, but I believe it is Souda Bay: http://tinyurl.com/juxnexp

The Twisted Genius


That march you speak of is the Immortal Regiment march that takes place on Victory Day. It follows the always triumphant Victory Day parade. Marchers carry portraits of their relatives who died fighting in the Great Patriotic War or have fought and since died. The marches take place all over Russia and in many other countries.

The Twisted Genius


Given the strength of the Iranian Navy and the IRGC Navy, this proposed naval base will never be a serious military threat to Israel, but its symbology will be immense. It will be a constant reminder of the permanence of the Iranian-Syrian relationship.

Richard Rendell

What about North Korea ?

scott s.


Naples is the major base, but from an actual ship support viewpoint, probably Rota Spain. Otherwise mainly use NATO assets such as Souda Bay Crete and Catania (and Sigonella) Sicily. We used to have a sub base with a tender at Sardinia, but that was closed years ago.



On the other "note" you might enjoy these versions:



The Porkchop Express


A bit off topic, but would you mind if I posted a request about a couple of stories from Syria and Iraq? A journo friend is looking for people (on, off record or on background) for a few interesting stories. Thought someone here may have insight.

different clue


This is a good point. If one is to take the Book of Esther as history and analyze it in its own internal terms, it was not "Persia" which plotted to kill off the Jews of the Persian Empire. It was a particular named Emperor's Counselor named Haman (and all his assistants no doubt) who plotted to do that.

Saying that "Persia" plotted to kill the Jews is like saying that the Hebrew Slaves built the Pyramids of Egypt. And Menahem Begin is quoted as having said that once somewhere. I wish I could remember where.

The Revisionists set a very deep truth-decay process into motion when they had their elements within Shin Bet and elsewhere engineer and perform the Rabin Assassination.


Nobody comes even close to COB

The Beaver

@ different clue


Amihai Mazar, professor at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says that myth stemmed from an erroneous claim by the former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, on a visit to Egypt in 1977, that Jews built the pyramids.

"No Jews built the pyramids because Jews didn't exist at the period when the pyramids were built," Mazar said.

As far as Haman is concerned, he was a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites from Negev


The main problem I see with the Iranian naval base in Syria theory is that it simply doesn't make sense from the standpoint of Iranian interests.



It was very moving.

The Twisted Genius

kooshy and fredko,

I just realized it was Bobby Darin in that recording I pointed to and not Sinatra. I knew it was a Darin song, but I was so excited when I thought I found a Sinatra rendition. It's still a damned fine recording of a damned fine song.

The Twisted Genius


Maybe not from a military point of view, but it would be a symbol of the permanency of the relationship between Teheran and Damascus. It would also be one more thing for Israel to think about whenever they start feeling froggy.


TTG, I like Bobby Darin, but he is no Sinatra, nobody comes close to him, old days I had a pleasure of seeing Sinatra live in Vegas. That good of music and entertainment not there anymore.


If I were asked to name the three people I could have with me as the last four survivors on earth, Ambassador Freeman would be one of the three. He has always had a way of saying more directly, more elegantly, but more succinctly what I have been realizing and thinking. When Obama didn’t have the strength of character, or judgment, in February 2009 to resist the pro-Israeli crowd who went nuts at the idea of Chas Freeman being head of Obama’s National Security Council, I knew we were doomed, and that I had duped myself and been a fool to think Obama had anything to offer.

Freeman sees and accepts what few do: clear-eyed responsibility.

Something Netanyahu could never do, because he’s not a statesman, and has no sense of history, consequence, or understanding of how what he represents has reduced our world because it’s substandard and insufficient.


O/T. In case no one has seen this lead story on the BBC:

"Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump"


Don't believe any story until its been officially denied, as someone once said.


But it would always be used as justification for regime change in Syria even though it's really no threat to anyone. Can you imagine anyone, beyond Rand Paul in Congress complaining if Israel were to attack it or even opposing a bill to order further U.S. sanctions up to and including an attack on Syria because of it. I can't

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