We had reported a news item here put out by Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti on possibility of a US attack on Iran. But the item turned out to be an old post by the same news agency from exactly one year ago. We have removed the report and offer our apologies to all our readers.
I think this is an old post from exactly one year ago. March 27 and 28 has this exact same wording about the stennis which got to the gulf a while ago. Part of me would like it to be true, but I think its a rehashing.
p.s. Part of me wouldn't like it to be true.
That is correct. The article re-published by the Russian news agency was last year's. My apologies for reporting it here without further research.
I saw the date on that Russian report after Marc Parent posted it on his blog and I notified him immediately that the story was old. He removed it shortly afterward. Marc Parent has a very interesting blog but he also has a tendency to be a bit overdramatic and sometimes hysterical. He has been predicting war between the USA and Iran for several years now. There are those of us who have been arguing with him that war is not going to happen -- Iran holds all the cards in Iraq and the USA cannot afford to pick a fight with Iraq's very large and powerful next-door-neighbor. Marc Parent has so much of his credibility invested in war that unfortunately I think he hopes it does happen. He would rather see war between the USA and Iran than admit he's been wrong and he has been making false predictions.
On a lighter note, when you can spare a minute I would ask you to please visit this page:
Iranian employees work at a fast food restaurant in northern Tehran.
Note the "Cold Beer" advertisement in the background. I never saw anything like this in Tehran, even in the Armenian quarter. Is that for real? Is it an advertisement for non-alcoholic beer perhaps? What do you think is the explanation for public advertisements for beer in Tehran?
P.S. You might find this site interesting if you're not familiar with it:
Very happy to have you back! It’s been a long time.
I agree with you that it would be extremely difficult for the US to engage Iran militarily. The mathematics of troop availability is not there. The only hope is that the White House would recognize this reality. I stopped predicting the behavior of this White House some long time ago!
I couldn’t open the link to cold beer sign. But you shouldn’t read much into it. It could very well be a decorative poster put up by some clever store owner, but it’s not meant as advertising the sale of cold beer there. One can get beer in Tehran with ease, however.
I did like Tehran Avenue a lot. I’ll be adding a link to it. Thanks for mentioning it.
Thank You, it's very nice to be back. Unfortunately I've been partially offline or completely offline for about two weeks. I used to be with Cox cable service but I had to switch ISPs. Cox's service deteriorated to the point that it was unacceptable. I could not get online at all some days and other days the service was so slow I could barely load any sites. I switched over to DSL last week and that seems to be working much better.
Sorry about the bad link. The photographer's website is behaving oddly. Many of his linked photos will not open. Below is an alternative address for the page along with the address for the jpg itself. Try these and see if one works for you:
Can you see the "Cold Beer" neon sign and what looks like a display of beer bottles in the background? I wonder what that's all about !!??? (This restaurant must be in the Armenian quarter but I never saw such open displays of beer or wine even there, where it is legal.)
Let me know if you cannot open any of the links above and I'll send you the photo via eMail. It's not a crucial news story, I just find the picture very interesting.
Yes, I agree, predicting the behavior of the present U.S. administration is very difficult. But I have to think that the American military understands that the problems they're having in Iraq and Afghanistan today will be multiplied many times over if they invite Iran into the conflict. But, as I say, Marc Parent and a few others have been predicting war for so long that their credibility is taking a beating. Some of these bloggers are actually hoping to see war between the USA and Iran (!!!) just so they can say "See, I told you so" rather than "Oops, I guess my predictions have been wrong for all these years and I'm really embarrassed about that."
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