The sovereign can no longer say, "You shall think as I do on pain of death;" but he says, "You are free to think differently from me, and to retain your life, your property, and all that you possess; but if such be your determination, you are henceforth an alien among your people."

(Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Speculation about Iran war preparation

Three days ago, the Scotland's Sunday Herald published an article about a weapons shipment from the US to the US/UK airbase on Diego Garcia. "According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures. [...] Crucially, the cargo includes 195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs." The article concludes: "Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities."

Whoever those "experts" are, this news could indicate that a strike on Iran is in preparation. This would not come as a surprise, bearing in mind the continuous threat of the use of force by the US and Israel against Iran. On the other hand, a quick Google search reveals that Blu-110 and Blu-117 are not exactly what you could describe as bunker busters. They are mainly used as precision-guided bombs for all sorts of targets. Hence, they could be tagged for Iran as well as any other of the many places the US decided to bombard on a regular base.

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