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by Alexis
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: June 13th Oil tanker attacks in the Gulf
Replies: 37
Views: 505

In the old time, liars were more skillful

According to some rumors, the US may be thinking about going kinetic over the tankers' attack . According to the officials, since Friday, the White House has been holding incessant discussions involving senior military commanders, Pentagon representatives and advisers to President Donald Trump. The ...
by Alexis
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Can the US be Defeated by Russia or China?...
Replies: 21
Views: 230

Re: Can the US be Defeated by Russia or China?...

Gentlemen, you assert a lot :) I would wagger, you assert way too much :P Who prevails in a war depends on a lot of factors, including geography, relative stakes for each of the warring parties, how the war began etc. For that reason, there is but little to be said about probable outcome of war "in ...
by Alexis
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: June 13th Oil tanker attacks in the Gulf
Replies: 37
Views: 505

Four possible culprits

I can mention four hypotheses at this stage about the identity and sponsors of the attackers... starting with the remark that people in charge are not always in control :| 1. Both Khamenei and Trump don't want to risk war. But "hard" and poorly controlled elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards...
by Alexis
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: June 13th Oil tanker attacks in the Gulf
Replies: 37
Views: 505

Map of the attack site

It isn't yet clear how the tankers were attacked. Words about "torpedos" as well as "surface attacks" have been spelt. One thing is clear: this is a serious attack, not an incident. Nobody can mistakenly fire on two different targets in succession. Here's a map. Note that Front Altair's trajectory i...
by Alexis
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: June 13th Oil tanker attacks in the Gulf
Replies: 37
Views: 505

June 13th Oil tanker attacks in the Gulf

Two oil tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman today: - Front Altair with dead weight tonnage (DWT) 110,000 t - Kokuka Courageous with DWT 27,000 t Both crews have been evacuated to Iran and are safe. The ships are on fire, probably lost. Given total DWT of the global oil tankers fleet of ci...
by Alexis
Tue May 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: EU parliamentary elections
Replies: 26
Views: 352

Re: EU parliamentary elections

That's because Portugal is poor and so need richer EU countries to subsidize them. I've found a video of you Cassowary, while practicing what appears to be one of your hobbys :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5eKgZn3lIw Provoke the toro... agitate that red cape in front of his eyes... irritate hi...
by Alexis
Tue May 21, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Do we need NATO?
Replies: 24
Views: 325

Re: A bit of WWI history

Please let's not forget the Canadian contribution -roughly similar to that of the US ("Lafayette, we are here"). Together, while not equal to France's efforts, nonetheless they were significant. You are absolutely right, of course. Also, and in order to clarify any risk of misunderstanding: I know ...
by Alexis
Tue May 21, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: How much longer can Australia sit on the fence?
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: How much longer can Australia sit on the fence?

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/how-much-longer-can-australia-sit-on-the-fence/ This incredible essay published in the Asia Times was apparently written by some American who knows Australia well. What he fails to mention is that if we were to break with China in commerce and trade it woul...
by Alexis
Tue May 21, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Do we need NATO?
Replies: 24
Views: 325

A bit of WWI history

:lol: Veuillez m'excuser, mon ami. Il peut y avoir juste un tout petit peu de révisionnisme historique ici. :D Indeed, there was a dose of historical "revisionism", to be understood as "error". In what you wrote :) Arguing about appreciations and opinions is often pointless, and I won't risk it. Wh...
by Alexis
Mon May 20, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: US Foreign Policy
Replies: 589
Views: 168959

Not only Jews & Saudi princes

Unless you are either Jewish, a Saudi prince or in the oil business; who cares a f*** about either Israel or Saudi Arabia? I would add two other groups: - "Zionist Christians", that is members of those Protestant churches who interpret the founding of the State of Israel as immediate precursor to t...