Iran: Blast came during dam job

Well, somebody’s gotta do it…

Apparently the Zionist-led American imperialists didn’t attack Iran’s nuclear facilities…yet. They’re probably just waiting for more oil to form in the area.

Here’s the report:

An explosion in south Iran, initially reported as caused by a missile, was blasting work during the construction of a dam, a senior military officer confirmed to state television on Wednesday.

“What happened was only a natural part of building work. These were heavy blasts carried out for the construction of the dam,” said Ali Reza Afshar, deputy to the chief of staff of the armed forces.

At some point in the near future (like, say, Friday) this will be part of a major conspiracy theory.

Anyway, Iran has been making waves lately. Yesterday they claimed that the US was making spy flights into their air space and that they’d shoot them down:

“U.S. spying activities over Iranian airspace have been going since a long time ago,” Yunesi told reporters.

“Most of the shining objects that our people see in Iran’s airspace are American spying equipment used to spy on Iran’s nuclear and military facilities,” the [Intelligence] minister told reporters.

Well, everyone knows we’re spying on Iran’s nuclear program, among other things. We’d better be. We should have been doing a bit more spying in North Korea, while we were at it. (Has anyone even mentioned Clinton’s 1990s deal with DPRK lately, by the way?)

As for shooting them down, I guess they’ll have to do what they feel is necessary. They just need to realize that we’ll have to do likewise.

Also, Wizbang notes that Syria and Iran Say Will Build ‘Common Front’:

Iran and Syria, both locked in rows with the United States, said on Wednesday they would form a common front to face challenges and threats.

“We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats,” Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said in Tehran after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari.

Otari told reporters: “This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front.”

Syria’s ambassador to the United States, asked by CNN what the common front with Iran entailed, stressed that it was not an anti-American alliance and said Syria was trying to improve its relations with Washington.

“Today we do not want to form a front against anybody, particularly not against the United States,” Imad Moustapha said.

Sounds like Syria doesn’t want to fill Iraq’s empty shoes in the ‘Axis of Evil’. Iran, a charter member of the AoE, apparently doesn’t have anything to lose. If only we had a base in the Middle East within striking range of either Syria or Iran. Or, best-case-dream scenario, if we had a base that could reach them BOTH…


Iran and Syria have acquired the missile capability to target U.S. interests in the Middle East.

A senior U.S. official said Iran and Syria have developed ballistic missiles that can destroy U.S. targets in Iraq as well as in nations aligned with Washington. The official said both countries have received significant assistance from North Korea, which has sought to sell complete missile systems to the Middle East.

“Iran and Syria can currently reach the territory of U.S. friends and allies with their ballistic missiles,” Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Stephen Rademaker said.

This is, of course, troubling. But I fail to get all worked up about it. This missile capability has existed, or was thought to exist, for some time. At least to some extent. The major threat right now from Iran and Syria is that of militants crossing into Iraq. Syria has already managed to blow up US interests with suicide bombers and IEDs. They’re not going to take an “official” shot at our military when the unofficial route is working for them.

(Please note that I’m not dismissing the threat. It’s something that we need to take into account. I just don’t see that this “revelation” really changes anything.)

Plus, on the Iran front, a reader sends me: Iranian cleric blogs for free expression. At one time I had a great deal of optimism that real change could be made in Iran without widespread violence of one sort or another. In the past year and half, however, much of that optimism has faded. I haven’t given up hope, though.

If bloggers can humble CBS News, maybe they can score a few points against the status quo in Iran.


  1. Nice to see them putting down the credibility of their news broadcasting yet again. I wonder if they do a translated version on satellite for people in the UK, so I can also get this comedy channel.

  2. Here’s what I think: Pull troops from Bosnia and Kosovo, call up our reserves, and take the friggin’ Iranians out!