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WHAT IS THE “MESSAGE?”
September 15, 2019
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
On Saturday, the largest oil-processing facility in the world, along with a nearby major oil field in Saudi Arabia, were “mysteriously” attacked and destroyed by massive fires deliberately set by drones.
Immediately, the guilty party told the world that their unholy hands were totally clean. Nearly six million barrels of crude supplies were halted for an indefinite period. When the markets open tomorrow, we can expect a lot of volatility in the energy sector.
Hmmm. Let’s see what the “message” of the drone attack might be: First, our president cancelled US participation in the idiotic nuclear deal with Iran crafted by his predecessor and replaced it with strong economic sanctions in the hope of eventually creating enough internal strife so that long-suffering Iranian citizens would bring down the Mullahcracy and replace it with a saner and more democratically responsible government. But, as the sanctions bite, Europe still wants to be able to sell Air Busses and BMWs to the Mullahs. And European leaders don’t much care for President Trump anyway (or the US for that matter.)
Second, Europe and Asia get much of their oil from the Persian Gulf, where the Saudis are the major and most reliable producers, so interrupting the Mullahs’ precious flow would bring a response. But their first “shot across the bow” to encourage an anti-sanctions policy – the piracy of foreign oil tankers passing through the Straits of Hormuz – didn’t get enough attention from Europe; thus, the Mullahs’ drone strikes up the ante. The message? “Work with us to end those nasty US sanctions and … “You can keep your little oil supply.”
Obama holdovers still love the Iran nuclear deal – a deal that guarantees the Mullahs nuclear weapons within (now less than) ten years! And what did we get from this? A promise of peace? Hmmm, the drone attacks are a fine example, as are the actions of their surrogates – the Houthis in Yemen and of course the Hezbollah, nearly everywhere. The surrogates are better funded since the US flew pallet-loads of billions of US dollars – cash – under the foolish Iran nuclear deal. But, besides Valerie Jarrett and her parents, Qui bono?
Biting economic sanctions are the best method of influencing regime change and are certainly preferable to armed conflict. Neither we in the US nor our friends in Europe and Asia can any longer cling to the insane idea that somehow, the attitudes of the Mullahs would change for the better, once they become a nuclear threat. Their credo, as demonstrated repeatedly with the rent-a-mobs in the streets of Teheran and elsewhere remains – “Death to the Great Satan” (that’s us!) and “Death to Israel.” They are irresponsible and dangerous, and yet, they cloak their evil-mindedness under clerical raiment.