Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Gearing up for war with Iran

Holy shit!
Honky-Tonk Dragon is pissed off, and breathing fire about the NeoCons' beating the war drums over Iran. Lots of great information here, I highly recommend checking out all the links.

At least one source (which unlike the US military sources, has the cajones to reveal it's identity) states that Iran does not even manufacture 81mm shells, the munitions we are supposed to believe are being smuggled into Iraq.
Iran does not manufacture 81mm mortar shells. According to a report offered by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, connected to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the neocon Brookings Institute, the smallest mortar produced by Iran is the 107mm M-30. This information is included in the JCSS’s “Middle East Military Balance,” updated last February. It can be read in this PDF file on page 15. According to JCSS, “The Middle East Military Balance has been the most authoritative source on Middle Eastern Armies since 1983.”
Even stranger, these shells are marked in Roman script using the Gregorian calendar... Iran is an Islamic state. Iran uses the aptly named Iranian calendar. Iran also uses the Farsi script, and past artifacts of the Iranian military have been documented as sticking to this practice.
Isn't that odd? Iranian armaments, including mortar shells, have markings in the Farsi language on them when discovered in the Sudan in 1997, but Iranian arms alleged to have killed 170 US soldiers in Iraq have no Farsi markings on them when captured in 2007. Even odder, most US troop deaths (by far) have occurred in the Sunni areas of Iraq (e.g., Anbar province, around Tikrit, West Baghdad), but these Iranian arms are supposedly being delivered to Shi'a militias.

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