War Drums? Seven ships burning in Iran’s Bushehr port stoke suspicions of sabotage by America, Israel

BUSHEHR, IRAN — We have been so busy watching the dumpster fires here at home, including a pandemic wreaking havoc in the U.S., that we almost missed these mysterious fires on seven ships going on in Iran’s port. These recent blazes are just the latest in a line of suspicious fires popping up in the Middle Eastern nation over the past few weeks, causing some to suspect sabotage.  

Why should that be of interest to us?

According to the New York Times

“Some Iranian officials have said privately that they suspect that at least some of the fires and explosions were part of an American and Israeli military campaign against Iran, but no official has publicly said whether any of the incidents are linked or blamed any country or group for them.

“Some analysts speculate that various enemies of the Iranian government — not just the United States and Israel, but possibly domestic groups as well — may be seizing the opportunity to stoke chaos.

“‘There is a belief that those who want regime change in Iran are throwing everything they have at Iran to see which one would stick,’ said Foad Izadi, a conservative political analyst in Tehran. The waves of explosions and fires, he said, are ‘creating this sense of instability and chaos and insecurity.’”

American Military News (AMN) reported Wednesday that at least seven ships were on fire in the port city of Bushehr.

While there have been no casualties reported stemming from the blazes at the shipyard, local officials said the “flames were so intense and consuming that they had to call in additional fire engines from the navy, the Revolutionary Guards Corp and a nearby nuclear plant.”

Initial reports from Reuters indicated only three ships on fire, but that was updated to show that the fire had spread to at least four additional vessels. These unexplained fires followed a pattern of mysterious explosions and fires at a military installation and a few industrial facilities in the past few days. 

“Several ships are on fire in the port of Bushar, southern #Iran,” tweeted Guy Elster, with video of efforts to put out a fire on a burning vessel.

According to AMN:

“It was not immediately clear what types of ships had caught fire in Wednesday’s incident. No casualties have been reported from the fires so far.

“The latest fire incident comes two days after an explosion occurred at an Iranian chemical plant in Iran on Monday, Israel National News reported. Two days before that, on Saturday, a gas explosion shook a residential building in Tehran.

“Another fire was reported at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran on July 2. Prior to that fire, there was an explosion at a gas storage facility near Iran’s military base in Parchin.

“On July 3, Iran’s top security body said it had determined the cause of the fire, but did not provide details. Iranian officials have alluded to the possibility of sabotage efforts being carried out by Israel or the U.S., but have not directly implicated either country in the pattern of fires and explosions.

“Other Israeli and Iranian policy observers have also raised suspicions about the pattern of fires and explosions.”

Yaakov Amidror, a former national security advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said:

“Many countries have a clear interest to delay the Iranian nuclear military project; one of them is Israel.”

He made the statement speaking to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Former Iranian diplomat Hossein Alizadeh said:

“The reason why authorities are not ready to point their fingers at Israel is that they would then be forced to react — at least at the same level, which would be very difficult, and it would result in Israeli retaliation.”

So, while one of the biggest threats to stability in the Middle East could be preparing to point the finger at us, or one of our staunchest allies in the region, look at what one U.S. Army veteran describes as the kind of stuff that our military is dealing with back here at home. 

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This editorial is written by a disabled Army veteran and staff writer for LET.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL — I spent eight years, two months and 24 days in the U.S. Army. I loved every minute of it, even the hard parts. Deployments, time apart from family, being at war, 9/11.

I loved it for all the right reasons. Serving my country, belonging to a brotherhood, standing in the gap for Americans who couldn’t fight.

We worked. We trained. We bled. We fought. We struggled. But we did all that together, as a unit. We did not care what the ethnic background of the person next to us was. We were a team. And that is how it should be in the military.

The Army I left in 2004, due to injuries sustained in the line of duty, is not the Army I see today. I served with pride. I love the Army. But when I look at the Army of today, I am not quite sure what I am looking at.

Shortly after the Fourth of July, which Colin Kaepernick referred to as a celebration of “white supremacy,” an employee of the U.S. Army sent out an email, inviting both service members and Department of the Army civilian employees to attend “Operation Inclusion” seminars at Redstone Arsenal on July 8 and 9. 

The email, which claimed the “U.S. Army Equity & Inclusion Agency” and “Assistant Secretary of the Army — Manpower and Reserve Affairs” as authors, did not go under the radar. It caught the attention of many, including the Congressman from the 5th District of Alabama, which is where Redstone Arsenal is located.

Representative Mo Brooks wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, and he carbon copied everybody, including: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States; Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense; Henry Kerner, Special Counsel; Dr. Juanita Christensen, Executive Director, Army CCDC AvMC, Redston Arsenal; Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff; and William Barr, U.S. Attorney General.

His letter was long, yet specific, detailing what was wrong with the email, and how it violated the Hatch Act. That act prohibits people from using official government email accounts to post political activity, which this email clearly did. 

His letter includes the images that were included in the email. 

The two most interesting: 

War Drums? Seven ships burning in Iran's Bushehr port stoke suspicions of sabotage by America, Israel
Screenshot from Rep. Brooks Press Release
War Drums? Seven ships burning in Iran's Bushehr port stoke suspicions of sabotage by America, Israel
Screenshot from Rep. Brooks Press Release

It is really hard to see what is listed on the pyramid. 

So, we found one of the original sources.  

We will let you read the lists and draw your own conclusions. 

Here is the gist of it. If you see color, it is racist. If you don’t see color, it is racist. If you ask people of color to share their experiences and teach you about their perspective, it is racist. If you stay silent and don’t ask…racist. 

If you don’t mandate complete equality…white supremacy. If you say that we are all one big human family…same. 

At the end of the day, the Army is regurgitating a narrative that all leads to one conclusion: no matter what white people do, they are supremacists. 

Oh, we almost missed one. 

“Make America Great Again.” Uttering those words, or displaying them on a hat or shirt, or posting it on social media is a sure sign that you are a white supremacist. 

Hey Army, what about this guy? Is he a white supremacist? 

The invitation made its way to Instagram. The post conveniently left out the pyramid of “white supremacy.”

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#Repost  @usarmy_equity_inclusion . 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗔 𝗖𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗩𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗗. . The Secretary of the Army established “𝗢𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡“ a holistic effort to listen to Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members to promote #diversity #equity and #inclusion across the U.S. Army. . 𝗦𝗪𝗜𝗣𝗘 𝗟𝗘𝗙𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗗𝗘𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗦 ⬅️ . Military Equal Opportunity Profesional, Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals and Army Senior Leaders will host 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗩𝗢𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗦 listening sessions on Army installations across the globe. #YourVoiceMatters . 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘀𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝟴-𝟵 𝗝𝗨𝗟𝗬, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 . Interested and available Soldiers and DA Civilians in the Huntsville, Alabama, Redstone Arsenal, and USACE areas are welcome to participate in listening sessions taking place 8 and 9 July. . 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗸𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁. . 𝗨𝗽𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:⤵️ 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝟭𝟰 𝗔𝗨𝗚 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬. . Redstone Arsenal: Fort Bragg, NC: Fort Hood, TX: Fort Sam Houston, TX Fort Benning, GA HQ Army Futures Command, TX Joint Base Lewis- McChord, WA . 𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 @usarmy_equity_inclusion to stay connected to the conversation. . 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝘀𝗵𝘁𝗮𝗴𝘀: . #ArmyDiversity #OperationInclusion #ArmyIs #YourVoiceMatters #USArmy #GoArmy #adapt2win #TrainedandReady #usarmyreserve

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The letter that Brooks wrote and shared in the press release demanded answers:

“Dear Secretary McCarthy:

“It has come to my attention that earlier this week, as part of Operation Inclusion, an official invitation to an Army Listening Session with a Headquarters, Department of the Army (HDQA) Inclusion Advisory Team was sent to Department of Defense uniform and civilian personnel and, perhaps, even Department of Defense contractors in the private sector.

“Appallingly, the invitation included an overtly political Army document, which included a chart stating that the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ or ‘Celebrating Columbus Day’ or ‘Calling the Police on Black People’ or using the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Denying White Privilege’ (among many, many other things) constitutes ‘white supremacy’ and, therefore, racism!

“The federal Office of Special Counsel has issued guidance declaring use of the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ as political activity [1]. Conversely, attacking the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ is similarly political activity barred by the Hatch Act.  

“Distribution of materials with the phrase, on federal property or using government material, is a violation of the Hatch Act (P.L. 76-252), which applies to all DoD civilian employees, Reservists, and members of the National Guard [2]. Additionally, as guidance from the Office of Special Counsel makes clear, distributing items with the term ‘Make America Great Again’ [3], whether in support of or opposition to President Trump’s reelection campaign ‘would constitute political activity if tied to candidates or political parties’ [4].

“As you may also be aware, DoD Directive 1344.10, on Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, specifically states in section 4.1.2, that ‘a member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not: … use official authority or influence to interfere with an election, affect the course or outcome of an election, solicit votes for a particular candidate or issue, or require or solicit political contributions from others’ [5].

“The U.S. Army’s use of a graphic that claims ‘Make America Great Again’ (among many other things) constitutes ‘white supremacy’ and, thus, racism, in a clearly marked Army product distributed to U.S. Army uniform and civilian personnel working on or for Redstone Arsenal (a major U.S. military base) using an official email account is in violation of the law, federal regulations, and DoD Directives.

“Therefore, I respectfully request the following information:

 “1.  Who within the Department of the Army is responsible for the creation of the flyer/brochure and email?

 “2.  Who within the Department of the Army approved the flyer/brochure and email?

 “3.  Pursuant to the creation, approval, and distribution of the flyer/brochure and email, was there a violation of either the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10?

“4.  If a violation of the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10 is found to have occurred (a violation seems pretty obvious), will those responsible be held accountable for their actions?

“5. If it is found that a violation occurred, how will those federal employees be held accountable for their illegal conduct?

“Listening sessions, as means to check the pulse of the workforce and to foster communication among managers and employees, can be appropriate. Including overtly political materials in the invitation for such an event is completely inappropriate and, in this instance and in my view, illegal.

“Further, the inclusion of such materials serves only to ostracize segments of the workforce and create racial division, rather than minimize it. What occurred is absolutely unacceptable, and I expect Army leadership to fully investigate whether this incident violated the Hatch Act or any Department of Defense regulation and to appropriately hold those responsible accountable to the fullest extent possible.

“There are better ways to accomplish this mission of Operation Inclusion without demonizing and asserting that those who support President Trump are ‘White Supremacists’ and, therefore, racists.  By including such outlandish propaganda in Army documents, the Army will only continue to sow divisions among their workforce.”

The letter was signed, “Sincerely, Mo Brooks, Member of Congress.”

While the Congressman remained professional in his writing, I think he missed two vital questions that beg to be asked:

  1. Is this what the Army is spending its resources on rather than training to fight and win wars?  
  2. What in the flaming hell is the Army doing endorsing such blatant propaganda and force-feeding it to their troops?

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