Uhh, yes, because it's Donny
there you go again, I haven't disputed who caused what, I merely pointed out that the lying, contradictory AK is equally untrustworthy. To have unclouded judgement, you have to see everything.
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Chinese/Japanese relations will never be as good as pre WW2. Go into any Chinese family home and you'll find a video tapes collection of WW2 movies about the boxer rebellion, opium wars and Japanese aggressions.
Just as some Japanese will always have inner animosity towards USA, a lot of Chinese will have inner animosity towards Japanese.
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Increase the minimum wage and all problems will be solved. Inflation will reach target, participation rates will increase, and young Japanese couples will plan for family.
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Your preoccupation with Trump is clouding your judgement.
So here's AK, quoted in his own words as saying Iran has quadruppled uranium enrichment. Whilst not so long ago he was saying Iran will keep its side of the deal and urges other signatory to lobby USA to come back to the table.
Completely contradictory statements and you focussed on Trump?
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China wont let her resign - she has so much mainland personal assets at stake to do so arbitrarily. The HK Legislative council is a "puppet" Government, and HK'ers know that..
Yes, HKers do know that, that's why they resist Beijing and its proxy. Lam is now seen as that proxy, which means what ever she try on, will be vehemently opposed and she won't be able achieve anything for Beijing. To HKers she symbolises the Beijing grip now, a liability. Her carefully cultured image of 'mother' of HK is now obliterated by her own actions.
Personally, I think Beijing will make her resign when they have found a suitable replacement. She is useless to Beijing now, and IMHO, Beijing has to manage the potential for this protest movement to morph into something even bigger, ie independence!
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Lam is a liability to Beijing now, which means she is potentially an asset to the pro-democrcay crowd in HK. Think about it, what kind of CEO would Beijing install to replace her?
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Yet here we are.
The problem is some people are as sure of your conspiracy theories as you are with assessment by US intelligency. You're going to oppose what ever the case.
Sanctions against Iran even if it meant conflict is averted;
You'd oppose intelligence even if it meant to appease you means fully revealing capability and covert methodologies;
You'd oppose Obama's ways of dealing with it too, ie just send in covert teams, or drones standoff attacks and neitger confirm nor deny it ever happen.
Meanwhile tankers, airports, pipeline, even civillians attacked without opposition.
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US to maintain its economic dictatorship.
I'm sure you haven't noticed this, so I'll do you a favour to bring it to your attention. US economic dictatorship has benefitted its allies enormously, on the other hand, those who side with communist, socialist block (Russia, China et al) are desperately poor, corrupt, and always on the verge of disaster.
Millions of those in South America, like Venezuelan are trying to reach USA, NOT China or Russia, why is that? Aren't tgey allies of Russia and China?
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You're too late Mr Pompeo. The Saudis are already planning a response.
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it simply makes no sense for Iran to fire on ships from Japan
When Abe suggested to Ayatolla K to meet with Trump to talk things through, he got a slap in the face with a 'I will never talk to Trump message'.
Here's a PM visiting Iran for the first time in 41 years, bringing a message of peace, instead AK basically ruled out peace. Does that make any sense?
Immediately after sanctions were lifted and money was flowing to Iran, it started funding Hamas, Hezbolla, Houthis rebels, a slap in tge face to Obama who gave them a chance, does it make any sense?
What make sense to me is Iran threatened to attack tankers, and now they have.
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Handy that they we just a few metres away...
and when interviewed (after released and reached Dubai) they said they weren't rescued, they were 'detained' by Iran, AND that their release had to be negotiated. How much I wonder?
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Surprise, surprise, low wages strikes again!
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They are taunting Japan
Of course they are/he is.
It was supposed to be a diplomacy coup, first in over 40 years, objectively to work towards peace/dialogue. Instead AK told him straight to his face, he will never talk to Trump.
IMHO, that's a slap in the face for Abe. The tanker is just cream on top.
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Sorry but I disagree
Sure, don't let facts get in the way of a good theory. I was referring to the comment about 4k camera.
Surveillance cameras are never optical because they are unreliable (can't see through cloud, fog etc, and relies on good lighting). The vid is obviously a surveillance footage, NOT a weapon system targeting clip/footage. 4k cameras in this discussion is fiction.
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They've been chomping at the bit to ramp up things with Iran for a long time.
But conversely, the detractors are not happy either way whether conflict breaks out with Iran or when sanctions are raised against Iran (ie sanctions in lieu of war).
It seems to me like there's just no pleasing some people. You give them a bucket of gold, and they'll say it's to heavy to carry.
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...meanwhile, the Saudis are demanding rapid response to the attacks which they blame on Iran. Not surprising, they've had 3 missile attacks on their airports and pump stations by Iran proxy, the Houthis, in the same week, and previously had a pipeline sabotage also by Iranian proxy.
Probably doesn't matter whether anyone believe the US anymore, the Saudis looks like they're priming for a unilateral response anyway.
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its shot using highly sophisticated phased aperture arrays, that construct images from microwaves using sophisticated super computers
I am guessing it's a SWIR system, because of low light, long range large aperture, through cloud & fog etc. You can actually see that image exposure never changes, but occasionally, the array dropped out.
Still, IMHO, rather good vid, if you consider that tge one camera is probably covering the entire Gulf.
BTW, there's a lot conspuracy theorists here, no point arguing with stuff people make up.
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It is as simple as this:
Big corporates wants to pay as little as possible for anything in the cost chain, eg materials, wages, taxes, IP, ETC. They lobby for goverment support to access, the lowest of all these costs globally, yes including taxes.
BUT, they want to extract the highest prices for their products or services, also globally, so they lobby for government to support differential pricing in different markets, monopoly distribution deals, monopoly market boundaries, restricted access to cheaper alternatives, restricted access to alternative technology ETC.
People have had enough of this, Trump wants to tweak things just a little, ie they can have everything else, EXCEPT wages. Bring back jobs to USA and you can restrict access, have your monopoly etc., just bring back jobs. Obviuosly the big end of town is playing hardball.
Other governments of the world can continue on the current trajectory, or follow USA.
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The about-face was one of the most significant political turnarounds
Don't think for a second it's an 'about face', it's a strategy shift. Don't be surprised if a CCP agent commits a serious, heinous crime in HK, then flee to the mainland. Mrs Lam will then emerge as a hero touting 'I told you so'. She speaks with a forked tongue, take her on face value at your own peril.
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So I know this forum loves a bit of conspiracy, and is unfazed about fiction, so here it is.
My guy Nuno, FO on the tanker has a recording on his go-pro, this is a transcript.
Hameed: The fornicating cheapskate gave us cheap expired Russian mines, no wonder it didn't go off, just shoot it Mustafa.
Bang, bang, nothing, silence
Mustafa: here you have a go Hameed
Bang, bang, nothing
Hameed: Fornicating cheap Russian useless crap, Mustafa, you swim over and get it and bring it back, it won't blow up, it's cheap fornicating Russian crap.
Mustafa: no way Jose, if I go, you go, we all go!
Hameed: Waleed! drive the boat over so we can get the fornicating cheap Russian crap that won't go bada boom like it's supposed to.
Mustafa: what if the Americano take video of our boat next to the tanker?
Hameed: Don't worry, Ayatolla very good fibber, he makes up story for us, more important not to leave Russian mine left on tanker.
Sound of motorboat approaching, clank, clank, sound of motorboat leaving and lits of swearing about cheap Russian mines.
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I'm all for people living their lives, taking chances if they so desire, and all that, but at what point does it go from your choice to someone else's requirement to rescue you?
You could walk down the street and still need rescuing, the point, as others have posted, is knowledge and preparation. I don't know why people don't use guides when they first venture an area, but I've never needed rescue, especially when with a guide.
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As a climber i will hang up my climbing boots well before 70
Wow, for a person living in what is a country full of mountains...
I'm in my 6ties, this January went ski touring in the Kamikawa area with a bunch of other people in their 6&7ties. Preparation, food drops in the fall, and fitness were the ingredients that gaves us all a great time, and I can see this continuing for many years to come.
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Talk about fake news...warmongers really want this war....
I hope this doesn't happen, but you're going to find that if the Saudis decide to go alone (ie ignore US & Western advice) and response by force or stop shipment of oil through the Gulf, people every where are going to march on their parliament and demand WAR.
The warmongers as you call them, don't have to do anything.
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Wow, this is a whole lot of conspiracy theorists in one place. Suddenly Iran is trustworthy... what a joke.
+1, but the sad thing is it was all predicted before Obama signed the deal. I don't like Trump on any front, but I do admire the fact he can recognise a bad deal when it's a bad deal.
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The original Reuters story was very misleading.
Yes, but don't let the truth get in tge way of a good conspiracy ;-).
This story and the comments from the conspiracy theorists is a good reason to back the NeoCons when they normally shouldn't be trusted. Not doing so means letting conpiracists agenda proliferate.
Just as the NeoCons have form, so does Iran. Iran has deployed mines before, they've attacked tankers many times.
Obama, against advice of his own people (but under immense pressure from the EU) signed up into a deal that would guarantee chaos in the region. As Obama's advisors predicted, as soon as the sanctions ended on Iran, and cash started flowing, it went straight to Hezbolla, Hamas, Houtis, even IS when it suits them, and as predicted, it's not easy or quick to reimpose the sanctions, and the EU would try circumvent it also as predicted.
I am against conflict of any kind, and I particularly felt uneasy about the last Gulf war, but I can't see how this current situation can go on like this. Lift sanctions and Iran funnel money to our foes (chaos), impose sanctions and Iran attack our friends directly or by their proxy. Obama never should have allowed Iran to regain its strength, biggest mistake of his presidency.
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I had already watched the video. So are you saying the full might of America's military hardware can't cope with an 'Iranian' boat in the dark......?
and you can't figure out the video was taken from the air miles away. How does a plane intercept a boat? The tanker is in the Gulf of Oman, even if the USN could get a boat there (in time or at all), do you think they would pursue the boat into Iranian waters? AND for what, they got the video.
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Someone needs glasses. "his terrorist". Is that the CIA terrorist? Remember the Iraq/WMG ploy? Thought not.
Pot, kettle, black?
Watch the video....it's an IRG boat. Love to hear the lying rodent's explanation for this...
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Yeah, Obama built a coalition and got concessions from Iran to end their nuclear development
Not END, slow, and reduce. Sanctions END. One sided deal. Blind Freddie can see ir's a dumb deal, a deal made in China with German wrappings.
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watch the video first then suggest how you would go about intercepting the boat, in the Gulf of Oman, in the dark.
Assuming it's all possible, because you're ace interceptor, what next?
The US got what they needed....
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Ah, no wonder AK doesn't want to talk, there's video of his terrorist removing an unexploded mine off the tanker.
Still want to blame every one except Iran?
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