November 12, 2009

Are Iranian Weapons Flowing Through Your Country's Ports?

The 500 tons of Iranian rockets, grenades, ammunition and mortar shells that Israel intercepted on the MV Francop was destined for Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, a fact that Iran's friends in the Obama White House will not doubt seek to downplay if not outright ignore. That means that a media largely compliant to the Administration's wishes will fail to pick up on the alarm sounded by Israel, which noted the weapons they intercepted had first been shipped into an unsuspecting third country, unloaded, transferred, and shipped out again without anyone in that nation knowing.

The weapons were not segregated or controlled, were not properly stored or packed, and highly explosive.

And it could happen any any port at any nation on earth.

"When you deal with those containers without any precautions at all, they can explode almost anywhere. And any one of your ships could carry one of those containers one day, and any one of your ports could deal with those explosives."

This isn't a secret.

So why isn't anything being done about it?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 12, 2009 09:18 AM

Start with the lack of security in most ports and add the tendency of most third-world customs inspectors to take bribes. Mix in total indifference to what is being shipped as long as the customs duties are paid. Top it off with traditional third-world indifference to the consequences of a container exploding and you have your answer.

Posted by: Mike at November 12, 2009 09:47 AM

Lockheed Martin was working on a system dealing with container tracking and security for our ports, but I'm not sure of the status of the project. I also wasn't involved with it so I don't know the details of what exactly the system entailed.

However that doesn't help with 3rd world ports. The real scary thing is them getting a nuclear device on one of those ships and detonating it in one of our major ports.

Posted by: Scott at November 12, 2009 11:20 AM

The casualness in which TCNs (third country nationals) handle high eplosives is enough to make any sane man run for cover. Even when they are TRAINED they're dangerous. I've personally seen TCNs throwing LIVE 120mm mortar rounds into a pile like so many logs. "InSh'Allah" is their watchword meaning "It's Gods Will" or "In Gods Hands" IF the stuff blows up.

Case in point: its symptomatic of Islam, this personal abrogation of personal responsibility. By claiming that everything is in "God Hands/Will" the individual in question never need feel, nor respect anyone, anything, or do anything other than what they themselves wish to do or impose on others because it's all up to God. This is why they run red lights in Kuwait (causing me a permanant limp) and don't strap their small children in car seats, or even throw load high explosives around with impunity. If God wants them to live, they will, InSh'Allah.

Posted by: Big Country at November 12, 2009 04:09 PM

RE: Scott

It is not a matter of "getting a nuke on ONE" in a cargo container.

It's simply a matter of time, sufficient stockpile to detonate a half dozen with sufficient reserve stockpile to be credible with issuing threats and edicts, it will happen. 3-5 years.

Once they have accumulated sufficient stockpile to getting 5 or 6 in separate U.S. ports, stored say for a couple weeks to coordinate a simultaneous blast, plus another 5 or 6 in financial city centers, plus likely a couple on missiles aimed at Israel, the U.K. France and Germany,


Visit the port of Long Beach sometime, the port of Oakland, the port of Houston and Baltimore.

Five years ago they Mullah thugocracy had their Pasdaran practice launching long range missiles from the holds of junk frieght ships in the Caspian. Guess what ? It works.

Posted by: Econ_Scott at November 12, 2009 07:17 PM

And oh yeah one last thing,

The really cool thing about nukes, the ones that fit on missiles are generally under 1,000 pounds, small enough to fit in the back of a heavy duty pick up truck.

or least a small furniture freight box truck, could simply be DRIVEN OVERLAND to some third country, THEN loaded on a cargo container, then shipped anywhere.

Tracking ships and containers that leave Iranian ports just won't quite do it.

The design of "little boy" in 1945 they didn't even have to test, they knew it worked.

And that crude design is down now to about 2,000 pounds with lithium/tritium boost.

and last week it was revealed that the Mullah Thuggocracy had tested explosives of a two point implosion design. A five generation leap in miniaturized nuke warhead design. And you won't be happy to learn where they got the design.

Operation Merlin

Posted by: Econ_Scott at November 12, 2009 07:44 PM