You and I agree on that.
I think Israel is primened and ready to resolve these issues in a timely fashion.
They show remarkable restraint.
When I was in Riyadh, S.A., I had a very difficult time understanding their culture of interaction. By that I mean they have NO PROBLEM looking you in the eye, smiling, and lying through their teeth. Then, when called, they just as cheerfully admit they were lying, in a non-ashamed way, and carry on like nothing happened. I dealt with this several times in King Fahd hospital with Saudi security guards. Its like lying is nothing to be frowned upon. Its a negotiating tool used freely, and if you don't catch it, shame on YOU.
While I didn't come close to figuring out their culture or customs....I gained a profound appreciation of our LACK of understanding of their culture.
While we deal with many countries with whom we disagree, usually you can at least see their warped logic or reasons for doing things. Ain't so with that part of the world. This thread, case in point.
It is also shipped overseas from other countries.
Interesting. Sounds like its still largely in planning phases, but could go full scale. It just goes to show that energy companies will sell us and our energy independence out the window to make an extra buck. Not surprised there.
The one line that jumped out at me, and I totally agree with is from T. Boone Pickens:
"We are going to go down as the dumbest generation ever if we don't put those reserves to work domestically and use it as a clean, abundant, domestic alternative to OPEC oil."
So what do the energy conglomerates want to do? Sell it overseas!
That is something we can all agree with, Paul. When I started reading this thread, I had to chuckle with the oxymoron of "Iranian Gunships". One US drone properly armed could probably handle their entire 'fleet'... not that the Israelis would need any assistance.
It's my guess, however, should the Iranians be so ignorant as to chance this idea, the Israeli military wouldn't stop at knocking out a few 'gunships'. They would implement knocking out the leadership that sent them...THEN all hell will break loose.
Only in in the planning stages in Alaska.
Liquefied Natural Gas
Qatar is the world’s leading LNG exporter. In 2009, Qatar exported nearly 1,800 Bcf of LNG. Japan, South Korea, and India were the primary destinations for Qatar’s LNG exports, accounting for about 57 percent in 2009. European markets including Belgium, the United Kingdom and Spain were also significant buyers of Qatari LNG, accounting for an additional 33 percent.
Russia is the leader in LNG exports.
Wring their hands and call for constructive dialogue?
Shoot that "fish" and maybe the frigate grounds itself in of the single lanes of the canal or does some other damage to the bridge or other canal infrastructure and let's see how quickly traffic backs up & prices surge.