Sunday, June 13, 2010

Clear Skies

Blue Skies by Frank Sinatra


Saudi Arabia has given Israel permission to use Saudi airspace for a strike on Iran. This is big news because it means a strike can happen soon.

In Israel's 1981 airstrike on Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in Baghdad, it happened in June 1981. The belief was that the reactor was going to be complete at minimum a month later. If that's any indicator, it should be noted that Iran currently has made much more progress than Iraq did.

From the Times Online article cited above,

"The four main targets for any raid on Iran would be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets include the lightwater reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete."

"The targets [in Iran] lie as far as 1,400 miles (2,250km) from Israel; the outer limits of their bombers’ range, even with aerial refuelling. An open corridor across northern Saudi Arabia would significantly shorten the distance. An airstrike would involve multiple waves of bombers, possibly crossing Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Aircraft attacking Bushehr, on the Gulf coast, could swing beneath Kuwait to strike from the southwest."

Here is a link to Google maps to get a better idea of the geography.

For more information on all the nuclear stuff, here are the Wikipedia articles for enriched uranium, and heavy water.

About Turkey, the likely reason why Turkey is shifting East, is because everyone is predicting doom for the Euro and ultimately the European Union. Greece may have to quit the European Union so that it can devalue its currency to be cheaper than the Euro; in order to pay off its debt. Other EU countries will follow, and then say good bye to EU.

Turkey is in the process of opening a free trade zone with the Arab countries, and that's basically like the beginning of an Arab Union.

Now we see a fuller picture of what's going on.

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