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Persian Gulf attack: Cui Bono?

Submitted by Steve Brown…

Search for the term, “Where does Israel import its oil from” and prepare to be surprised by the result. The number one search result returns information from Zion Oil, a religious right Wall Street affinity scam which has fleeced Bible-belt ‘investors’ for years, and now sells for .37 cents US per share.

Even so, Zion Oil has described Israel’s oil import dilemma quite well:  “Over the past 25 years, significant fuel imports have come from Angola, Colombia, Mexico, Egypt, and Norway. In more recent times, the Israelis have turned to Russia, Kazakhstan, and some of the other -stans for the bulk of their oil. In 2015 – 2016, most of Israel’s oil is supplied from the volatile Kurdish region.”

Note that no source for Israeli oil must traverse the Strait of Hormuz. And does Israel have the capability to carry out such a measured attack in the Strait?  Of course it has, and the Israeli Navy is known to operate there. The Dolphin-2 class subs were supplied to Israel not only for profit, but perhaps due to German guilt about its role in the creation of Israel in the first place. The Dolpin-2’s are the largest subs to be built in Germany since 1945, and perfectly capable of the type of action we have seen, attacking the Japanese tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.

Now, let’s retread some old ground about the top people in the Trump regime, from early days to now. They are predominantly oil men:

Tillerson.. Pruitt… Zinke .. Perry .. Bernhardt.. and not least… Mike Pompeo.  Yes, Mike Pompeo — the Koch Brothers own.

By the above, we know that US oil men will benefit from the resultant oil price rise; and we know that Israel will not suffer from oil import delays, if the Strait of Hormuz were to be impaired or closed. We also know that Israel has subs capable of such an attack.

So, who else benefits from the tanker attacks?  Clearly, besides Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will benefit from higher oil prices. KSA and the UAE also know that CentCom will not allow the Strait to be impaired or closed, and that the US will use military means to keep the oil lanes open if necessary.

The cost to Saudi and the UAE for military action to keep the Strait open is nothing, while the US benefits from the conflict, via ever higher share prices for its arms industry, increased public debt, and increased oil prices to benefit the US fracking industry.

It is true that Russia also benefits from higher oil prices, but the notion that Russia might covertly attack Japanese oil tankers in the gulf to raise the cost per barrel is not only ludicrous; consider the costly endeavour Russia has already engaged in, to secure its interests in Syria and the Middle East.  The idea that Russia would wish to expand its role as world peace-keeper by provoking US aggression versus Iran is more than farcical.*

Yes, Russia benefits through peace – not war; as proven by the Afghanistan fiasco, which ended in 1989. The Russian leadership learned its lesson well in Afghanistan; while the United States has not, and never will.

Now, who does not profit from the tanker attacks? Clearly Iran does not benefit. At the time the attacks on the Japanese tankers occurred, Iran’s leadership was meeting with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. For Iran to attack Japanese tankers at a time when its leadership is meeting with the leader of Japan defies logic and tests the boundaries of geo-political reality.  In fact, the very idea that Iran would make such a move at that time, allows us to identify the true perpetrators of this attack.

Furthermore, for Iran to invite the wrath of the US military by such a pointless provocation when Iran is struggling with the weaponization of SWIFT and the USD, only compounds the unreality of such a scenario.

Finally, we must conclude with our opening query: cui bono? The United States benefits for the reasons stated above. So does Saudi Arabia.  And the UAE.

And since By Deception Thou Shalt make War … the reader may conclude, primarily Israel.

*To its great credit, Russia has however guaranteed Iran’s safety.

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Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
June 14, 2019

As shown in this article, there are a handful of Americans who benefit from Washington’s never-ending war stance:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/05/americas-defense-contractors-profits.html

The last thing that these individuals want is peace.

Hmmm
Hmmm
June 14, 2019

So that’s where all the overstock Kodak Polaroid cameras ended up.

The Belching Feline
The Belching Feline
Reply to  Hmmm
June 16, 2019

I think I saw a BUK missile launcher riding on that boat.

Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg
Reply to  The Belching Feline
June 16, 2019

I think you may have finally munched on one too many hairy NATO furballs there, Felix.

False Flags R US
False Flags R US
June 14, 2019

If it lives in a stable in Texas and it winnies, stamps its hoof and trots, it’s most likely a horse and not a zebra (course could also be a politician).

I’m begging to think that series “The Walking Dead” was meant as a satire piece on that segment of the American population that actually trusts government to not be telling naughty, little lies. ‘Nuff said.

Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg
Reply to  False Flags R US
June 16, 2019

Stage 2 to the provocation saga. Sink whatever Iranian speed boats you find on the water. Now you’re justified. Oh, and f_k the EU.if they’re not on board with it.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
June 16, 2019

I might be wrong but I think israel is the only nation in that region that has been talking of attacking Iran. israel didn’t hesitate to attack the US Liberty, so why would it hesitate now to attack other ships – with the hopes of triggering a devastating war against Iran.

Remember the Maine Theme to US Hegemony
Remember the Maine Theme to US Hegemony
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
June 16, 2019

You underestimate how dear to our hearts we in America hold the Gulf of Tonkin.

From the Mouths of Babes
From the Mouths of Babes
June 16, 2019

“Iran did do it. And you know they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” Trump said during the early morning interview with FOX News.

And not only that…but there was probably some sarin gas in there somewhere.

US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UK…who is behind the false flag in Gulf of Oman?

The Overlooked Jigsaw Piece in the Hillary Clinton – Libya Equation is Huma Abedin