With what's being called a 'major escalation' happening now in the Middle East after explosions aboard two oil tankers were initially being blamed upon Iran, we're going to take a look at a new video warning from Russian President Vladimir Putin who recently used the St. Petersburg Forum to address his deep concerns about 'the fiery serpent of nuclear war' and the very real potential of a global catastrophe with the world now seemingly hurtling towards a major war breaking out in that region.
Yet while Putin issued his sharp warning to reporters and other attendees at the Forum as heard in the video directly below, he also says that he sees the light at the end of the tunnel towards peace and looks forward to working with President Trump to achieving that long desired result. Yet as we'll see below, what happened in the Gulf of Oman Thursday could put an end to that. And as we hear below from one US Air Force strategist, with Iranian sleeper cells embedded all across America, a war against Iran could lead to terror attacks all across America that could end the freedom of movement of Americans, for years!
Roughly one month after the US accused Iran of attacking Saudi- and UAE-docked oil tankers with naval mines in the Strait of Hormuz, two oil tankers were attacked in the Sea of Oman (not far from where the prior attacks occurred), leaving both ships seriously damaged, Bloomberg reports.
At the very least, the US military will use the attack as an excuse to continue its escalation of personnel in one of the most sensitive waterways for the global oil trade. According to the EIA, 19% of all oil traded by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz. -
With John Bolton probably already in Trump's ear, trying to convince him that "the nuclear option" (that is, actually nuking Iran) finally needs to be put back on the table, western investors hoping to cash in on the escalation have few options to turn to (that is, other than going long oil, but even that trade appears to have its limits, as today's move would suggest).
Worst case, it looks like NSA John Bolton may have just gotten the excuse he needs to justify a full-scale invasion of Iran, which we imagine will soon be confirmed as being behind the attacks.
And while others urge us to keep our eyes and mind wide open, suggesting this could very well have been a false flag attack, we're surprised that even Yahoo News is reporting that Iran had very little to gain from carrying out these attacks though fingers are already pointing at them. Will those seeking war with Iran at any and all costs get their wish? Once again, from Zero Hedge.:
And as one BBG analyst pointed out: "Fingers will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn't responsible, it will still suffer the consequences."
Several American warships were nearby when the attack unfolded, per radio traffic, which also showed some signs of tensions with Iranian vessels: "American warship identifying itself as 'Coalition Warship' stating they have multiple vessels and aircraft in the vicinity. Iranian Navy calling vessels asking their intention in the area."
So with the Middle East potentially going up in flames, we'll waste no more time before taking a listen to Vladmir Putin's warnings of the "fiery serpent of nuclear war" and the potential that our planet is facing catastrophe with much more below including a sourced reminder that, according to experts who testified before Congress back in April of 2018, Iran has 'sleeper agents' living all across America, some embedded here for up to 20 years or more, ready and prepared to carry out massive terror attacks here on American soil should war break out between the US and Iran.
Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these "sleeper cell" agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.
Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah have already been discovered in the United States plotting attacks, giving rise to fears that Tehran could order a strike inside America should tensions between the Trump administration and Islamic Republic reach a boiling point.
Intelligence officials and former White House officials confirmed to Congress on Tuesday that such an attack is not only plausible, but relatively easy for Iran to carry out at a time when the Trump administration is considering abandoning the landmark nuclear deal and reapplying sanctions on Tehran.
And as we had reported on ANP back on May 12th, those same experts who testified to Congress warned that the Iranian terror network using Hezbollah cells could use Latin American countries as a launching pad to carry out attacks against the US, giving President Trump another reason to get that wall built as soon as possible. From Al Arabiya.:
In Latin America, Hezbollah cells are openly active, which also means that Iran may take Latin America as an advanced launching pad for attacks on US territory or on Washington’s interests in the region when it wants, especially after threats by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to target the United States.
Intelligence officials and former White House officials have warned Congress that Iran could be planning to launch attacks against the United States. “The answer is absolutely. We do face a threat,” said Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who spoke at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence.
“Their networks are present in the United States.”
“Iran’s proxy terror networks in Latin America are run by Tehran’s wholly owned Lebanese franchise Hezbollah,” he said, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Their presence in Latin America must be viewed as a forward operating base against America’s interest in the region and the homeland itself.” Ottolenghi said the sleeper agents enter America by posing as immigrants who develop legitimate businesses that are a front for their other activities.
As Wikipedia had reported on Millennium Challenge 2002, after the humiliating defeat to Iran, the wargames were canceled. And now as this new story over at The Express which the Drudge Report had linked to on Thursday reports, should the US get into a war with Iran, it could very well be another war that the US can't possibly win. From that story.:
DONALD TRUMP’S USA boasts the most powerful armies the world has ever seen – but today military experts warned they would NEVER beat Iran in a military conflict even as the possibility of a hot war between Iran and the USA increased as British and US servicemen raced to the aid of two oil-tankers attacked off the Iranian coast in the Gulf of Oman.
Military threats and sabre-rattling rhetoric have littered dialogue between the two nations in recent months with Iran’s foreign minister warning the US just hours ago it “cannot expect to stay safe” while Donald Trump counter-warned any conflict would be “the end of Iran”. But military experts on both sides of the potential conflict know that despite a massive firepower advantage a USA victory is far from certain, especially accordng to one former ranking US Air Force strategist who now lives on the Straits of Hormuz.
And here’s why – he writes:
1. Iran is a REALLY BIG COUNTRY – it is 3–4 times larger than Iraq, with a much larger population
. 2. The terrain is more like Afghanistan, ringed with mountains, not deserts. It isn’t a good place for tanks to run amok.
3. Worse, the Strait of Hormuz is REALLY narrow, especially the shipping channel. Nearly all of it can be fired upon from Iran with short-range missiles or can be attacked from shore with small boats. There is NO WAY to try to sail tankers out during war times.
4. Iran is right – they probably CAN block the Strait in the event of war. No business wants to come under missile attack while in transit.
And their story also mentions the kind of pain that will likely come to America should war with Iran break out in the form of terrorist attacks upon either soft targets such as malls in America or amusement parks, not to mention the very real possibility that other potential targets of sleeper cells could be our infrastructure, with the worst potential outcome being a series of co-ordinated attacks upon the electrical grid that could knock out the power nationwide or to large regions.
Any conflict would spill over onto the streets of mainland USA with multiple terror attacks. He added: “Iran will undoubtedly use terrorism to strike the US if push came to shove.
“It’s easy to be brave NOW, but the US isn’t under attack. If a real war happened, we would have MULTIPLE Shiite attacks on targets like Times Square, Mall of the Americas, Disneyland…. You get the idea. So does Iran. So does Hezbollah."
And then their source alluded to something that most Americans would call an absolute nightmare.
“These attacks may take place YEARS after the war… literally. Kiss your freedom of movement goodbye, for YEARS."
“I’m not sure any American would say that is a good trade-off.”
In the first video below, Ron Paul speaks about this Middle East attack, warning "just as the prime minister of Japan was in an historic visit to Iran, a Japanese-owned tanker was attacked in the Persian Gulf. US neocons are pointing the finger at Iran. Does it make sense to attack Japan in the midst of productive talks? Will the propaganda machine ramp up war talk?" Again, we pray that those who make such decisions know about the possible repercussions here in the US. In the 2nd video below,Infowars talks about the recent announcement by Vladimir Putin that our planet could be approaching 'end times' with nuclear war a very real possibility in this day and age that we're living in.
UPDATE BELOW VIDEOS: Does Iran already have nukes?
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