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The Mideast has its own variety of crazy humor. The Saudis have been blasting and bombing wretched Yemen, one of this world’s poorest nations, since 2015.

These US-supported attacks and a naval blockade of Yemen imposed by Saudi Arabia and its sidekick ally, the United Arab Emirates, have caused mass starvation. No one knows how many Yemenis have died or are currently starving. Estimates run from 250,000 to one million.

The black humor? The Saudis just claimed they were victims of Iranian `aggression’ this past week after the kingdom’s leading oil treatment facility at Abqaiq was hit by a flight of armed drones or cruise missiles. The usual American militarists, now led by State Secretary Mike Pompeo after the demented warmonger, John Bolton, was finally fired, are calling for military retaliation against Iran even though the attack was claimed by Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement.

This drama came at roughly the same time that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of US president Donald Trump, vowed to annex Palestine’s entire Jordan Valley if elected. Not a peep of protest came from the US, which recently blessed Netanyahu’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights while scourging Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, for annexing Crimea – a Russian possession for over 300 years.

I studied US photos of the damaged Saudi oil installations. Its oil tanks appear to be precisely hit at the same place. After the attack, the Saudis claimed half of their oil production was knocked out; but a day later, they vowed production would be resumed within a week. Parts of so-called drones were shown that appeared way beyond the technological capabilities of Yemen or even Iran. The missiles may have been supplied by Ukraine.

The Saudis, like their patron in Washington, have a poor record for truthfulness. Remember the Saudi denials about the murder of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi? More important, we have been waiting for more false flag attacks in the Gulf designed to justify a US attack on Iran.

The pattern of so-called drone attacks against the Saudi oil installations is just too neat and symmetrical. The Israelis have a strong interest in promoting a US-Saudi War. The attacks in Saudi came ironically right after the anniversary of 9/11 that plunged the US into war against large parts of the Muslim world.

As a long-time military observer, I find it very hard to believe that drones could be guided over such long distances and so accurately without aircraft or satellites to guide them. In Yemen, which is just creeping into the 12th century, changing a flat tire is a major technological achievement. To date, Iran’s missile arsenal has poor reliability and major guidance problems.

Adding to the questions, the Saudis have spent billions on US-made air defense systems. They failed to protect the oil installations. The Saudis would have been better off buying air defenses from the Russians, at a quarter of the US selling price.

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Trump at least showed some wisdom by so far rejecting demands from the neocons that surround him to launch major attacks on Iran. Blasting Iran would not serve much purpose and would expose US forces in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Somalia, and Syria to Iranian guerrilla attacks. Saudi oil installations – after what we saw last week – are vulnerable.

Attacking Iran, even if just from the air, risks a much wider Mideast war just as the Trump administration – which originally campaigned against ‘stupid’ Mideast wars – faces next year’s elections. But the administration is under intense pressure from its pro-Israel base to go after Iran.

Bombing Iran’s oil infrastructure would be relatively easy and has been intensively planned since early 2002. But what next? So-called ‘regime change’ (Washington’s favorite euphemism for overthrowing disobedient foreign governments) rarely works as planned and can get the US into horribly messy situations. The CIA overthrew Iran’s democratic government in 1953 and look where we are today.

Perhaps the attacks on Abqaiq may cause the reckless Saudi leaders to stop devastating Yemen and throttle back on their proxy war against Iran which has gone on since 1979. But don’t count on it.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Alistair says:

    “WHO LAUNCHED THAT MYSTERY ATTACK? ”

    The so called ”Zionist Hawks” in Israel and Washington, who want to start a war between the USA and Iran.

    These Hawks are under delusional assumption that an American led war against Iran would be a “Cakewalk”, and that Iranians have no means to defend themselves, will capitulate – these are of course delusional assumptions – only found in disturbed minds of a bunch of Go-Getter Zionist Think-Tanks in Washington, DC who are eager to serve their own tribal interests at the US expense.

    The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and Iraq in 2003, both are still ongoing – have long proven how delusional are these ridiculous assumptions – Iran will be at least 10 times harder nut to crack than Iraq was under Saddam Hussein – at least not without serious consequences to the security of Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the US itself, along with serious ramification to the post WWII international order under the USA; established since 1945.

    By now, president Trump knows too well that he is being poorly served by these so called ”Zionist Hawks” – who have instigated the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iranian Nuclear Agreement – but thanks to Trump’s own instinct, and his close relationship with Emmanuel Macron; Shinzo Abe; and of course Vladimir Putin – so far, Trump has resisted the temptation of going to all out war against Iranians.

    President Trump should ban these” Go-Getter Zionist Hawks” from the White House; they are “Disloyal Jews” – who are eager to serve their own tribal interests at the US expense.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  2. Dude, US hobbyists flew a 11-pound model airplane across the Atlantic ocean over a decade ago.

    There’s nothing an engineer can’t do provided the money.

  3. Margolis redeems his reputation here, which was damaged by his previous puzzling post about who was responsible for 9/11. At least, here, he hints at the culprit behind the attack on the Saudi oil, who has been trying to get the U.S. to attack Iran for a decade or more; but, like most commentators, is afraid to say the name out loud.

  4. How long before seagoing drone carriers and drone mother ships? Automated, smaller, cheaper, and carrying thousands of drones practically to your doorstep.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  5. Miro23 says:

    Trump at least showed some wisdom by so far rejecting demands from the neocons that surround him to launch major attacks on Iran.

    He doesn’t want to get involved in another Iraq (or worse) which makes excellent sense for the US and himself on many levels.

    However, if the US Deep State (with the Israelis) could set up 9/11 without President Bush in the loop, then they could also arrange a False Flag attack on these oil installations, without Trump’s knowledge.

    The CIA looks very much like an independent international criminal enterprise, and they’re used to working with their Israeli and Saudi friends.

    • Replies: @Jem
  6. This is a seriously flawed analysis of Yemen’s and Iran’s actual capabilities. We’ve already seen Iran’s precision strike capability in Iran and Syria and we’ve seen Yemen’s homemade drones and missiles do similar to this at slightly lesser differences. The parts shown by SA are matches to Yemeni made missiles and drones such as Iran has been sharing around with their allies. The reason they avoided the US defences was that they came from a direction these do not cover, being pointed as they are at Iran. I’d say this was a Houthis attack and as they say, more will be coming if the aggression from SA against Yemen does not stop. One thing this attack has done is cool the heels of US, Saudi and Zionist warmongers. The damage done here by relatively small attack and cheap means gives some inkling of what things might look like after an attack on Iran. This was doubtless supported by Iran and as such a masterstroke. We enter a new paradigm.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  7. Mulegino1 says:

    Who Launched That Mystery Attack?

    Given their age old fame for perfidy, corruption, cunning, mendacity and hatred of the nations, along with their proclivity for high technology, my money would be on the Amish or the Russian Old Believers as prime suspects and beneficiaries of the attacks.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
  8. Saudi Arabian oil pipelines have always been vulnerable to attack. They are not well guarded at all. This is well known by Security Experts worldwide but not well known, it would seem, by hack ‘journalists’.
    Saudi Arabia is attacking Yemen as part of a long term plan to reroute it’s oil pipelines to the other side of it’s country, the Red Sea side, so that it is no longer vulnerable at the Strait of Hormuz ‘choke point’. In order to get rid of the Iranian threat to it’s oil as it leaves port in the Persian Gulf, the Saudi’s must sustain huge costs and PR losses to “stabilize” Yemen by a brutal war and then transit it’s oil via the Red Sea. This is also well known by Security Experts but not ‘hack journalist’.
    When we can’t get any truth from journalists why do we even have them? Oh right, the ‘masters’ think we are morons.
    Israel would be my first guess to who was behind the drone attacks. They have Washington D.C dancing to the tune of Tel Aviv and Moscow and London snapping their fingers to the beat. Their is nothing a Jew likes better than getting goyim Slavs, Arabs, Americans or (insert group here) to die for their needs. I
    It all fits into the reprehensible supremacist ‘religion’ of the Talmud which condones pretty much any abominable behavior as long as it’s done to non-Jews or children. Don’t believe me? I’ve read it. It is horrific. Judaism isn’t even a religion. It is an institutionalized manual of racial supremacy mixed in with over 600 rules Maimonedes came up with in the 12th Century. I know of no other book, other than ones on Satanism, that is as evil as the Talmud except for Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto.
    The latter two were written by a secular Jew, Karl Marx, an avowed Satanist. Seriously, Marx was an avowed Satanist and the original drafts of his works specifically refer to Satanism. A decision was made by Marx’s sponsors, the Rothschilds, to have Communism be atheistic. it was felt that Satanism was too radical for the average person of the time. Perhaps this explains why the Jewish Bolsheviks killed 46,000 Orthodox priest early in the ‘Russian’ Revolution.
    Imagine if Hitler had killed 1000 Rabbis? We’d never hear the end of it.

  9. Stan says:

    Trump rejected neocon demands for a war with Iran as he saw his chances for re-election vanish in the smoke of an US-Iran war. If Trump is reelected Americans will have to worry every day about a US-Iran war.

  10. I love this comment by Margolis, that the KSA & US have a “poor record for truthfulness”
    Priceless. Apparently Genghis Khan had a poor record for brushing his feet on the mat before entering
    a town for a bit of light shopping.
    Margolis also says the KSA’s US made air defences “failed” to protect their oil installations. This maybe so. But apart from the fact that their air defences are orientated away from Yemen there’s a good chance the defences were turned OFF — apparently this is common practice in the KSA, esp on weekends.
    I don’t believe that Margolis’s “mystery” is anywhere as deep as he suggests. The Houthis have received weapons & training from Iran/Hezbollah & have demonstrated an ability to hit KSA targets with unmanned aerial weapons.
    Until better evidence appears, I’m willing to give it to the Houthis — if for no other reason than that they deserve to get in some good licks against that vile “Kingdom” (I’d suggest they next hit the water purification plants that serve Riyadh with all its water – apparently, the city has about 3 days of water stored. Evacuating 6 million from the Capital, the Sauds would be exposed as the corrupt, negligent, incompetent, stupid, vicious frauds we all know they are.

    • Replies: @Alistair
    , @Kratoklastes
  11. I know nothing of military equipment and so would welcome input from people who do. Is it possible that missiles could fly a considerable distance over a country to a target without the detection equipment of that country (ranging from human eyes to the most sophisticated radar) having some idea of the direction from which they came?

  12. Alistair says:
    @animalogic

    First of all, in the Arab world, the week starts on Saturday morning, Friday is the Weekend,

    Secondly, in the Islamic faith, depriving someone or Animals of “Water” is a great sin that Allah never forgives, that’s why Muslims give drinking water to their Animals before slaughter; it’s an Islamic ritual.

    So, Houthis did the attack on early Saturday morning at the beginning of their working week, right before dropping off their kids at the daycare….. LOL…

  13. @Alistair

    These Hawks are under delusional assumption that an American led war against Iran would be a “Cakewalk”

    What they do know for sure is that the military industrial complex will increase its budget during and after such a war.

    Follow the money!

  14. anon[254] • Disclaimer says:

    Corruption starts slowly and if allowed to continue by the system or by the corrupt individual ,it erodes other areas of structural and ethical functioning respectively .

    Very soon an individual is nothing but turned into from patriot to a sly bombastic grandstanding nationalist but in reality a traitor for the sake of the money and the position .

    Soon he loses the religion or earlier belief/ convictions also . Soon he is ready to sale each and very moral fiber for the sake of 1- staying in the game 2 enjoying the perks and the publicity 3 protection from social and political irrelevance 4 protection from uncertainty 5 doubt about going against the flow .
    System’s corruption prevents rise of ethical righteous patriotic people and allows the mindset of ‘ we are all in it together’ among the existing members.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  15. “The missiles may have been supplied by Ukraine.”
    Any evidence? I didn’t think so.

  16. Truth3 says:

    What? A Mea Culpa piece after trying to whitewash the Jewish & Israeli involvement in 9/11?

    The houthis did not attack the Oil Installation… it was the Izzies, obviously. Flase Flag 101.

  17. @Rabbitnexus

    There was no missile attack. Perhaps the same type of planes where two could bring down three towers into their own footprints were used.

    Inside job, just like 9/11.

    The tanks just happened to be full, so no explosion. The small circular holes are at the same position on each of the four tanks. Small fires easily put out.

    Wonder who had large positions on options that the price of oil would go ballistic on that day.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  18. @anon

    Corruption was designed into the system long before the system went live.

  19. So-called ‘regime change’ (Washington’s favorite euphemism for overthrowing disobedient foreign governments) rarely works as planned and can get the US into horribly messy situations.

    If the US goes into Iran for the next X number of years, it will fall further behind China. China isn’t slowing down, while Iran could be a major speed bump draining resources and further degrading the US internationally.

    Also, any sneak attacks on the US could easily be blamed on the Iranians. Just like the recent attacks on KSA.

  20. @animalogic

    I’d suggest they next hit the water purification plants that serve Riyadh with all its water

    That’s what NATO or the US would do: most of the first 100 sorties in any NATO/US butchery involve missile attacks on sewage- and water-treatment infrastructure, and the electricity distribution network required to keep them running… the better to cause a huge increase in water-borne diseases like cholera.

    And those water-borne diseases primarily affect infants and the elderly: they are the cynical, deliberate targeting of civilians.

    And since genuinely observant Muzzies tend to hew to what their theologians have written down the years… they will not target civilians.

    The 10 points that must be observed – scrupulously – by Muzzie warfighters, stand in very very stark contrast to depraved drivel like the books of Deuteronomy and Joshua – which are best summarised by “kill everything that moves, except the virgin women… those, you can rape“, and which were the inspiration for the infamous pronouncement at Beziers in 1209…

    Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius” – Kill them all – the Lord will know which [of the dead] are His.

    Contrast that with Abu Bakr’s exhortation (which has the same weight for Muzzies, as a Papal Bull would have for devout Catholics)…

    O people! I charge you with ten rules; learn them well!

    Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.

    I’ve said before: I hold no brief for Muzzie nonsense. I am a militant atheist, and the sooner humanity sloughs off all varieties of primitive nonsense, the better off we’ll be.

    However the ‘Muzzie fanatic’ is largely a fiction in the tradition of Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein: the fanatics’ behaviour is far more aligned with what would be expected from someone who was an avid readers of the Pentateuch (or “King’s Torah”).

    That last paragraph ought to give some hint as to who’s behind the ludicrous “Shit from the cutting room floor for ’24′” media narrative about ISIS.

    • Agree: Parfois1
  21. “the administration is under intense pressure from its pro-Israel base to go after Iran” – what more needs to be said?

    • Replies: @Herald
  22. Sparkon says:
    @SaneClownPosse

    There was no missile attack. Perhaps the same type of planes where two could bring down three towers into their own footprints were used.

    I don’t know what happened in Saudi Arabia, but I do know, and you should too, that the “three towers into their own footprints” mantra is false. Sorry to go off topic with this.

    Bldg. 7 was demolished and fell mostly into its own footprint, which we can tell from the substantial debris heap visible in all the photos, but by contrast, WTC 1 and WTC 2 did not fall into their respective footprints, even though they too were demolished, but by different means than Bldg. 7, and with different results.

    We know that because of the lack of debris heaps where WTC 1 and WTC 2 had stood, and also from the wide scattering of ejected debris from the Twins, again visible in the photos, especially the exterior box columns in the familiar “chex” sections that were visible all over and well beyond the WTC complex, with several of the multi-ton sections impacting and damaging surrounding property like the Winter Garden atrium and the Deutsche Bank, which eventually had to be dismantled, not so much because of damage from ejected debris, which was fairly substantial, but rather because of toxic dust contamination within the structure.

    So far, there is not enough physical evidence from the attack on the Saudi processing facilities to determine conclusively the responsible party, but I don’t think it was necessarily beyond the capability of the Yemenis.

  23. I am sympathetic to the idea of an Israeli false flag (my first guess when I got wind of the attack) but then how does one explain the Houthi claim? My only guess is bragging on their part but that would be a pretty stupid thing to do given the hornet’s nest it has riled up.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  24. Alistair says:
    @Philadelphian

    Remember the old saying; ” All Roads Lead to Jerusalem “.

  25. Jem says:
    @Miro23

    Christopher BOllyn investigated 911 THOROUGHLY. Videos are available on youtube AND on Bollyn’s website. Bush was not a major player in 911, but he was DEFINITELY in the loop. Don’t kid yourself. Cheney had a bigger role to play than Bush.
    IsraHELL, zoinists, mossad, did 911. The deep state helped.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  26. @Jem

    Bush was not a major player in 911, but he was DEFINITELY in the loop.

    I think Bush was only told what he absolutely needed to know before the fact.

    Cheney (or someone like him) probably told Bush around 9/10:

    “We are going to do the Operation Northwoods thing tomorrow. X in the secret service will give you further instructions as needed.”

    Bush probably said: “Anything else I need to know?”

    and Cheney (or someone like him) said: “No, sir.”

    That would explain why Bush was not surprised and kept reading the “pet goat” book to the kids on 9/11–he had no sense of urgency–he knew everything had been pre-planned and was “under control”.

    (After that the plot thickened on Air Force One–but that has been discussed elsewhere on this site.)

    For those interested in the military’s role as co-conspirators in 9-11, this is an excellent resource:

    • Replies: @ploni almoni
  27. @Justvisiting

    “Another Nineteen” is a bigger thicker portion of the 9/11 lie for those who have swallowed the original and are still hungry for more. Go back to where you came from and don’t visit again.

  28. @Drapetomaniac

    How long before seagoing drone carriers and drone mother ships? Automated, smaller, cheaper, and carrying thousands of drones practically to your doorstep.

    Good point. And why not pre position such in anticipation of the need to retaliate. They don’t all have to be activated at once.

    And of course all those hundreds of thousands of ocean going containers have all been inspected as they were unloaded. Probably by the same people who were instrumental in keeping the assassins of 9/11 under watch.

  29. Herald says:
    @Alfred Barnes

    “the administration is under intense pressure from its pro-Israel base to go after Iran” – what more needs to be said?

    And in such circumstances, why does a president surround himself with those who are rabidly pro-Israel?

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