Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Choose Express Delivery at the Checkout

Thanks to Rahid for sending me a link to the 'Iran in Iraq' powerpoint presentation from last Sunday which includes that photo of the mortar round I've been grumbling about in the last couple of posts. The presentation has been subject to widespread critical acclaim across the Internet as evidenced by the comments in places like here and here.

The presentation is a real page turner and includes such damning evidence as
  • an assortment of old coffee cans
  • a super high-tech infrared detecting rock, featuring the kind of sophisticated PIR technology currently only available in high street hardware stores and toy shops
  • pictures of some holes

Given the specific nature of this intelligence material it is no wonder that the presentation was made anonymously, lest the Iranians pick up some clues as to the identity of the high level moles involved in its collation

I particularly enjoyed this slide of mortar shipping containers

Slide 11, mortar round. Produced in Iran: September, 2006. Found in Central Iraq: September 9th, 2006.

Obviously the insurgents forked out for Amazon's Express Delivery option on that particular consignment.

All very scary stuff (particularly the old coffee cans) and the sooner the UK joins the US in 'doing a Cambodia' on Iran the better. And if we catch anyone supplying the Iranians we'll have to bomb those fuckers as well.

And so on. And so on. And so on...

After all, the War on Terror is a global conflict so it can't possibly be won until we make war on the entire world


which makes a grand total of three consecutive posts on the subject of 81mm mortar rounds, which is precisely three more posts than I ever intended to make in my life. Enough...


Oh sod it...

Here's a screen shot of just one more slide from that presentation...

No doubt, fans of the US standard MM-DD-YY date format that pisses off so much of the rest of the world will be delighted to discover that the Iranians also apparently use it - presumably because the US is such a big export customer for Iranian produced munitions...

Alternatively, maybe there's some bozo out there holding a spray can and some poorly thought out stencils on the receiving end of a right good kicking as I type.

And if I seem overly obsessed with this particular issue that concern dates way back to all the outright lies we were fed before the 2003 invasion - anthrax labs hidden in ice cream vans, 45 minutes to Doom, crap like that. It sounded like hyped-up nonsense at the time and the current media campaign to lure us into another bloody war has the same stink about it.


Right, that's definitely enough. That presentation was so all-encompassing in its shittiness and stupidity I'm starting to half think that it must be a deliberate ploy designed to suck Muppets like me in for God knows what reason. There's a whole Internet filled with knob gags and scat out there that I would much rather write about and link to instead...



Tony said...

Did you hear about the Austrian manufactured anti-body-armour rifles that presumably were sold to Iran and showed up in Iraq?

"Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon."

That is even better than the Mortar thing, because with Austrian manufactured rifles, no one can disprove that Iran did supply them to Iraq. Well, nobody can prove it either, but hey, as you said, we live in a world were the pre$$titutes take everything they have been told by the governments of the 'free' world for faith value and report it with a honest look on their faces.

Tony said...

strike "for faith value", replace with "at face value"...

Stef said...

Thanks for the links. I love the line

The discovery of the sniper rifles will further encourage those in Washington who want to see Iran's uranium-enriching facilities destroyed before a nuclear weapon is produced.

And whilst we're on the subject of specialist arms reaching the hands of Iraqi insurgents let's not forget the story of Beretta pistols manufactured without serial numbers turning up in Iraq...


Wolfie said...

Slide 15 : PG7-AT-1 Rocket Propelled Grenades


About 1/4 of the way down...

The RPG-7

The RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher is robust, simple and lethal. It is also extremely popular. As it exists today, the RPG-7 is the result of many years of revisions and modifications. The "original" RPG -- based on the German Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon - was eventually followed by the RPG-2, the RPG-3 and so on. In fact, although the RPG-4 had passed field trials in 1961, test findings of a newer model, the RPG-7, were released that same year, but with much improved firing range and armor piercing capabilities. So in 1961 it was the RPG-7, not the RPG-4, which the Soviet Armed forces adopted for actual use. Today, the RPG-7 is used by the armies of over forty different countries and is also used, reportedly, by a range of terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Latin Americas.

Could be from anywhere at all.

Stef said...

and let's not forget the American MM-DD-YY date format used on those RPG rounds

And what evidence have we been given to support the claim that only the Iranians have the know how and facilities to whip up improvised shaped-charges?

TBH any of the materiel in the presentation could have come from Iran. It could equally have come from dozens of other places but has that uncertainty been commented on by UK politicians or journos?

Bollocks has it

Stef said...

...with all that past history of the 'intelligence' lies and spin before the 2003 invasion you'd like to believe that our journalists would be just a teensy wee bit sceptical and cautious this time round

I'm having real trouble detecting any such scepticism or caution

naj said...

Great post Stef, thanks.

With your permission, I will link to it in my blog.

Oh their excuses are so lame, lame ducks! I won't be surprised if Iranians plot a couple of "let them shoot themselves in the foot" traps again!

you know what is making me MOST angry? That I have no choice but to side with the Iranian government in this UNJUST neocon generated conflict.

But the bottomline is, Iran is becoming an economic power. That is far more threatening to Americans and Israelies than Iran's military capabilities. And The fact that Iran hasbecome an economic power under a US embargo is such a big slap in the face! Those kind of things cannot go on, can they.

If America says "Die" people of the third world should just lie down and die! But the India and China have taught Americans hard learned lessosn about "how to negotiate with the underdog" ... so they can't let Iran join the camp.

Stef said...

@naj - link away

and don't forget Russia on that list along with China and India

the world is changing whether we in the west acknowledge or accept that or not