As for the current concern about Iranian production, the energy analyst says consumers of Iranian crude are seeking alternatives, which helps explains crude’s surge at the end of 2011. But the idea that Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz in response to U.S. sanctions and Israeli provocations “can’t happen,” he says, citing the size of the channel, which is over 30 miles wide at its narrowest point.
“You need a gazillion boats to close that off [and] it would be suicidal if the Iranian Navy picked a fight with the U.S. Navy,” Stuart says. “A closure of the Strait of Hormuz is not an issue. What is an issue is tightening sanctions on Iran and Iran’s looming difficulty in selling its oil.”
Jan Stuart, head of energy research at Credit Suisse.
What Ayatolla Khamenei Tweeted about Isreal for Al-Quds day, which was yesterday.
For those who still think Israel is the hate-monger of the Middle East…
Charmed, I’m sure.
Again, another flashback to a post of mine from last year before the election:
And a bonus zinger for you kids…
Ahmadinejad claimed that his statement on “wiping Israel off the face of the map” was mistranslated and he simply meant that the country, the experiment of Israel would fail and be “erased from the pages of history,” a la the U.S.S.R.
To that I say, fine, Mahmoud, but then to co-opt your line:
The Islamic Republic of Iran will be erased from the pages of history.
Not by force, but by the sheer will of its people to rise up against an irresponsible, inept, and corrupt regime that has retarded the nation’s path of modernity for the last thirty years. The measures taken by the ruling class are at odds with too many desires, rights, and dignities of a free people.
This experiment is a failure.
No translation required.
“Three Basij members have been arrested in Tabriz for raping and killing a 26-year-old woman they arrested for bad Hejab (strands of hair sticking out of the veil). Her body was found near a cemetery. Autopsy showed she had been beaten, raped and shot 3 times in the chest. She had been missing for a week and her family’s search found her in the coroner office. The group’s leader, who is the son of a high-ranking Revolutionary Guard member, has confessed to the crime.
Apparently showing a bit of hair or skin by a woman is sacrilegious but tearing her clothes apart and raping her is not.”
via the fantastic @PersianBanoo