As regular readers here might have noticed, for the past week I've been more or less focused on some geopolitical possibilities and speculations. Yesterday, for example, I blogged about the possibility that we may be witnessing some sort of covert warfare going on, principally between the USA and China, but involving other players as well. Today I'd like to expand briefly on that theme with reference to an article from Zero Hedge that B. shared with me, concerning Iran. It's a bittersweet article for me, because when I was in graduate school, one of my jobs involving working with a lot of people from Iran. They were invariably bright, smart, courteous and, well, just nice. The bittersweet part for me comes from the contrast between my experience of Iranians, and the horrid and brutal regimes which they have suffered, under the Shah (remember SAVAK?) and then under the ayatollahs.
Iran has been in the crosshairs of Mr. Globaloney for a long time, so when B. shared this article, I had to wonder if we're watching another manifestation of that hot covert war I blogged about yesterday:
Zero Hedge lays out an interesting case, and, citing the New York Times and The Times of Israel is wondering the same thing as I:
On Saturday an explosion ripped through a power plant in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, marking the third 'mystery' blast to hit the country in only under a week, and the fourth recently.
State media showed emergency crews on the scene of the daytime incident while a fire raged at the power plant. This followed days ago a huge blast which destroyed Sina hospital in northern Tehran, which killed 19 people and injured 14.
Iranian authorities had described the Sina blast as the result of a gas leak. A similar explanation was offered for other prior explosions.
To review, starting over a week ago a massive explosion was observed lighting up the midnight sky outside Tehran, caught on film by local residents, which Iran's military dismissed as a gas leak explosion incident. But it was later revealed to have occurred at a ballistic missile development facility.