Stuart Littlewood looks at the tinderbox that is waiting to explode in the Persian Gulf as the USA and Britain contemplate doing Israel’s bidding and attacking Iran, and suggests that if Britain’s Israel flag wavers love Israel so much, then they should “don uniform and flak-jacket” and go play in the tinderbox themselves.
The most important thing I’ve read these last few days is the excellent article “Armageddon Approaches” by Dr Lasha Darkmoon , a cautionary piece which points the reader towards some very scary background information.
The Gulf tinderbox
For example, according to Russ Winter of the Wall Street Examiner, Iran’s Sunburn missiles, acquired from Russia and China over the last 10 years, have the capability of creating “a world of hurt” for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
The Sunburn is perhaps the most lethal anti-ship missile in the world, designed to fly as low as nine feet above ground/water at more than 1,500 miles per hour (mach 2 plus). The missile uses a violent pop-up maneuver for its terminal approach to throw off Phalanx and other US anti-missile defence systems. Given their low cost, they’re perfectly suited for close quarter naval conflict in the bathtub-like Persian Gulf.
With its 90-mile range, the Sunburn can be fired from practically any platform, including a flat bed truck, and could hit a ship in the Strait of Hormuz in less than a minute.
Mark Gaffney adds this warning: “The US Navy has never faced anything in combat as formidable as the Sunburn missile.”