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The Iranian Oil Embargo: Does This Mean War?

I try my level best to avoid discussing International politics here on my blog, but, on some occasions I just cannot help myself but to question political manoeuvres that will impact our lives.  Today, the news that EU (European Union) has decided to impose Oil embargo on Iran, slowly closing down all dealings with Iran’s Oil by the 1st of July signalled the final step in ensuring war with Iran in July.

On the face of it, this may not sound or appear to be significant news, but in my view this is a potential bomb ticking – timed to detonate and explode on 1st July.

To make matters worse, our boss, the USA will implement their sanctions targeted at the global financing of Iran’s oil trade will come into force in around 1st July.  Let’s not forget its election time in USA – with no Osama Bin Laden about, a new threat needs to be invented and Iran is just perfect for USA election campaigns.

This is not the first time that Iran has had sanctions imposed on it, but unlike previous sanctions, today’s EU Oil embargo is indeed the action which Iran has long said “such actions would represent a declaration of war”.

So, as the news spreads like wild-fire across the globe, news also spreads that Western naval fleets have entered the strait of Hormuz, the presence of USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and its task force, including the British frigate HMS Argyll and a French warship no doubt will have Iranians all nervous, but does signal (to me) a build up of Western Force prior to war in the Middle East.

I can’t really comment on the financial crisis of other European or Western Countries, but for me, I really don’t think we, the British, can afford another war both financially and morally.  The scar and wounds of failed war in Afghanistan and Iraq are still fresh.  What makes matters worse and in one sense, exposes our weakness, is that after all these bloody years in Afghanistan, we decide to have peace talks with the enemy the Taliban.

I strongly believe, that another war in the Middle East is likely to happen with today’s news development.  What’s more is that the cost of fuel in the UK is likely to go up, meaning a further increase to our livings standards.  Adding more pressure and worry to every household in the UK.

Living through previous conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq, we know too well that these conflicts never end and can expand over decades, often loosing sight of the real reason in going to war.  Same happened in Afghanistan, the Taliban were removed but the war continued for well over a decade.  In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was removed, there was a regime change and no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, but yet the war continued for over a decade.  Iran is known to be more fearless than both Afghanistan and Iraq put together, with more advanced technology and sophisticated weaponry, one cannot imagine how long the war with Iran will take before it comes to an end.

I’d like to read what your take on this issue is.

Are we likely to see another war with Iran? 

How will that impact us in the UK or the West? 

Can we morally and economically justify a war with Iran?

 

 

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2011: Year In Review ‘I Fight On’

For the last few days, I have been drafting 2011 Year in Review post in my head.  It’s the first time I’m writing such a post, since my blog is less than 7 months old.  If I am to really explain year 2011 it will indeed be a very long post – but I’m going to attempt to explain it, in as little information as possible and how I feel about it.

All praise is to the lord above us, who, has blessed me with the biggest and most valuable gift one could ever imagine, I made a wish late 2010 and early 2011 that the Lord above granted true for me, and for this I am for ever indebted to the Lord above.

2011 compared to my previous years, has probably been the best year for me, as each year brings its blessings.  I can only pray and hope for more blessings going into the next.

Yes, at times, there have been downs, disappointments, periods when I wanted to be left alone, where I cried and looked to the heavens above for help, guidance and reassurance.

And Yes, there have been ups, delight, periods when I enjoyed the blessings bestowed upon me, when I laughed, smiled and looked to the heavens above to say ‘Thank You’, for guidance and reassurance.

Going through ups and downs in a period of 12 months (or longer) is part of human nature.  We, hope to do our best, be the best we can, help ourselves to help others, and to remember the bad moments in the hope to reflect, learn and become better individuals.

The world in 2011 has changed dramatically, it’s our responsibility to remember what we have, and appreciate everything we have in our lives.  If we count the blessings we have in our lives the moment we wake up till the moment we go back to sleep, we would no doubt lose count.

We seen mother nature show us her force in many parts of the world, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and so on.  We seen human beings at the lowest, when we fought each other for our own desires, greed, and for ill intentions.  2011 was no exception, and we witnessed enough losses that we never seen before.  We as humans, need to reflect on our purpose, reflect on our actions – not towards the end of the year but throughout the year – in the hope that we can lead better lives and live in harmony with each other and with our surroundings.

I’d like to share the following quote from one of my favourite personalities that once ever walked on this earth Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi:

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.

That said, I pray for everyone that we embrace 2012 as a year of success, good will and positive energy.  Where we put aside our differences and work together for a better and brighter future.  Yes, we do have many obstacles ahead of us, Yes we need more courage to deal with these obstacles, Yes we may experience ups and downs – but remember the quote above so we may indeed have two wings to fly, not one.

Good Bye 2011 and Welcome 2012

Last US Troops leave Iraq – Yeah Right..

Today, the US stated the last of US troops have left Iraq, but who are they trying to fool this time around.  The second World War ended in 1945, and guess what, the US (and its allies) still remain in both Japan and Germany.

I’m not fooled by this news.  Especially considering that on Iraqi soil the US have created the largest military base and US embassy in the world.  The question you then ask, is this to be a war launching pad for either Pakistan or Iran?

What really upsets me about this news is the blatant bias of the west, the media and war mongrels who thrive from making war.  The media here in the west has been reporting that “almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives [1]” (so the small figure comes before the large one – how interesting) but what about those who have died out side of combat zone, or those who have gone missing (and never found) and those millions of men, women and children who have been injured during this (illegal) war in Iraq?

I oppose any war, whether its in Afghanistan, Iraq, India, Pakistan or on the Moon.  War is bad, no freedom can be bought by attacking another nation, especially not when lies after lies are blatantly aired to brain wash us.

I can’t stop thinking we (UK) have already signed up to a war with Iran, where history is repeating itself for when momentum was building up for a show down in Iraq.  I oppose any war and I will do anything in my power to voice my protest at war.  I am not a member of a party but I can tell the difference between right and wrong.

Back in 2003 millions of people (in the UK) took to the streets to protest the war in Iraq, similiar and much larger protests repeated around the world – but that got us nowhere.  There are two things that this system understands and that is blood and money.

I have added a video below of George Galloway, who I have no connection with and have never met, but what he says in this video is along the lines of how I feel.  Please, I’d advice you to watch and listen to this youtube talk.

It’s upsetting, it makes me angry and sad that we are going to sleep walk into another war, one which has already been planned and executed behind the scenes.  Much like, Libya was, much like Iraq was and much like Afghanistan was.

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