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Cement, Lies, and Iranian Weapons Deals

June 27th, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Quick quiz. What do the following items all have in common?

Bags of cement, crates of marble, polyethylene pellets, lentils, cotton and powdered milk.

Answer: All these items, in recent years, have been used by Iran to conceal illicit weapons cargoes, shipped in alleged violation of United Nations sanctions.

The source for this information is a confidential 14-page report produced by the United Nations Panel of Experts on Iran sanctions, and obtained this Friday by Reuters — whose Louis Charbonneau has written a story disclosing some of its contents, under the headline “Exclusive — U.N. experts trace recent seized arms to Iran, violating embargo.”

The particular Iranian duplicity on which this UN report focuses is the shipment earlier this year of weapons hidden among bags of cement aboard a Panamanian-flagged ship, the Klos C. The weapons — including rockets, fuses, 120 mm mortar shells and roughly 400,000 bullets — were loaded onto the Klos C in an Iranian port. The Klos C then called at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, before heading to the Red Sea, where the ship, making for Sudan, was intercepted by Israeli naval forces.

According to Reuters, the UN panel’s confidential report confirms that the weapons hidden aboard the Klos C were shipped from Iran, in violation of UN sanctions. (Apparently the report does not speculate on the ultimate destination for the weapons — which the Israelis said was Gaza. Nor could the UN experts confirm the Israeli account that the weapons were smuggled into Iran from Syria, before being loaded aboard the Klos C. Perhaps Israeli authorities have better intelligence on Syria, Iran and Gaza than do the eight experts on the UN panel? But the UN report does confirm that the weapons were shipped from Iran).

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Actually it runs through the Ummah. Iran is only a part of the Shia faction of the Ummah and is only partly responsible.

To defeat the Jihadis you have to kill their paymasters. Now who is paying the way?

And the light goes on. Hope and Change...
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Well, I'd be quite happy to have a negotiating team (and cabinet, for that matter) of M. Thatcher, J. Kirkpatrick and C. Rosett.
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Forget Iranian lies. What about Obama's lies? He says the Iranian negotiations are to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. I suspect it's to stop Israel from bombing Iran's nuclear facilities - until it firmly has its bomb making facilities in place, which should happen sometime near the ed of the talks.
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They are not missils...they are crutches for handicapped people. See, you prop one up like this, put the second one under your armpit...
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As I recall Bush wasn't about to stop the Iranians or let Israel do so. Even so the intelligence community had to come out with that phoney assessment that Iran no longer posed a threat to make sure the Dybya didn't go off the reservation. Obama seems pro Iranian and anti Israeli so there will be a big show about a deal with Iran, but the Iranians will not slow their drive for a bomb one iota. It is 'game on' folks.
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Typical of b."insane" nobama to send two women to bargain with a bunch of people who view women as property!
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Well, I'd be quite happy to have a negotiating team (and cabinet, for that matter) of M. Thatcher, J. Kirkpatrick and C. Rosett.
35 weeks ago
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Forget Iranian lies. What about Obama's lies? He says the Iranian negotiations are to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. I suspect it's to stop Israel from bombing Iran's nuclear facilities - until it firmly has its bomb making facilities in place, which should happen sometime near the ed of the talks.
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