Thursday, January 07, 2016

Strait of Hormuz 2017

[Speculative news, 2017] The internal disintegration of Saudi Arabia continues apace, with the monarchy attempting to hold on to power amid violence between radical Islamist movements spilling over from Iraq, Syria and moderate Saudis pushing for democratic reform.

Troops with newly supplied Canadian-made armoured vehicles were filmed yesterday firing on unarmed protesters in what Twitter has rapidly coined the Riyadh Massacre. This follows intensifying exchanges between the air and naval forces of Iran and Saudi Arabia resulting military casualties and the loss of a number of ships and aircraft. These include the three Saudi Typhoons shotdown this week to what are thought to be Russian-supplied Iranian S-400 surface to air missiles.

In Canada, the Liberal government has come under sustained criticism for its failure to cancel the armoured vehicle deal made under the previous Conservative government. The Canadian foreign minister, St├ęphane Dion announced his sudden resignation in a brief press release, and the prime minister's office has not yet responded to Dion's announcement or events in middle-east, although an announcement is scheduled for tomorrow.

Many experts interviewed by the media have stated that yesterday's events were entirely predictable given the steady disintegration of region since the post-9/11 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by US-led forces.

"Why the Trudeau government continued such awful Tory policies in the region is a bloody mystery. I warned them!" complained one source, an early advisor to the Trudeau government who said he  resigned after he felt his advice was ignored. Others have suggested that pressure from international allies and domestic pressure around manufacturing jobs contributed to the Liberal decision not to cancel the vehicles deal.

4 comments:

e.a.f. said...

That certainly was an interesting read. Didn't see it covered on this evenings news on any of the MSM stations. Of course that might be expected.

We do need to cancel the "deal". We need to stay out of this. We did see on this evening's news the starving children in Syria because the Syrian government won't let aid trucks in. Those children look like Holocaust survivors.

The middle east will continue to implode and perhaps at some level that may be for the best. The countries were artificially established by western governments and their oil companies. Now if we can just keep Turkey from killing Kurds at least they maybe able to establish their own country.

I certainly don't care what other countries have to say if Canada cancels the contract. Its Canada's business, not theirs. As to the blow back from job loss, they can establish something else for them to work at.

Its sort of like the gun manufacturers saying we need to keep selling guns in the U.S.A. regardless of how many people get killed. We need the jobs and we need the profits. Selling armaments to the Saudi's and the rest of them in the middle east is along the same thought lines.

West End Bob said...

Your future fictional scenario is not so very far from future reality Boris.

Excellent post . . . .

The Mound of Sound said...


Trudeau tells us that "Canada's back." If so it's back to the Harper era. I winced to watch Dion on CBC explain away his government's refusal to stop the death wagon deal. He went from 'everyone's doing it (flogging arms to S.A.)' to 'if we didn't sell these weapons someone else would' ending up with the lamest excuse that the Saudis had assured Canada these weapon systems wouldn't be used against their own people. I expect the Saudis give the Americans the same assurances with every delivery of cluster bombs they wind up dropping on Yemeni civilians.

As Edmund Burke observed, "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

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